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June 10, 2014
10:41 EDTAMCX, CMCSA, DTV, TWC, FOXA, SNI, DISCA, TWX, VIAB, TAMC Networks seen as potential target for Viacom, Time Warner
A number of media companies may consider buying AMC Networks (AMCX), research firm Topeka wrote in a note to investors earlier today. AMC Networks owns and operates a number of cable TV channels, including its flagship, which broadcasts the popular "Walking Dead" show. WHAT'S NEW: A number of media companies may consider acquiring AMC, Topeka analyst David Miller theorized in a note to investors earlier today. The recent acquisitions of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and DirecTV (DTV), by Comcast (CMCSA) and AT&T (T) respectively, are likely to make media companies more interested in acquiring AMC, Miller believes. Those deals increase the bargaining power of content buyers and could create headaches for content suppliers if the latter fail to respond, according to Miller, who believes several content providers are considering responding by buying AMC. The most likely suitors for AMC are the largest media companies that are upbeat on the outlook for overseas growth, wrote the analyst. Miller noted that AMC last year bought Chellomedia, which, as of February 2013, developed content for channels that were distributed to more than 390M households in 138 countries. Viacom (VIAB), Time Warner (TWX), Discovery (DISCA), Scripps Networks (SNI), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) are the most likely suitors for AMC, the analyst indicated. All of those media companies operate cable channels as their core business and all of them have sought to grow by expanding overseas, according to Miller. The analyst kept an $87 price target and Buy rating on AMC Networks. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, AMC Networks shares were virtually unchanged at $60.70.
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July 22, 2014
07:01 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q1 EPS 75c, consensus 72c
Reports Q2 revenue $16.84B, consensus $16.95B.
06:20 EDTVIABViacom's music group and Spotify form music streaming partnership, WSJ reports
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July 21, 2014
17:06 EDTTWXTime Warner amends by-laws to block holders ability to call special meeting
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16:18 EDTTWC, CMCSANetflix says policy goal is for DOJ/FCC to block Comcast, TWC deal
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15:30 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
15:19 EDTFOXA, TWXFox unlikely to raise Time Warner bid immediately, Business Insider says
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11:04 EDTTWXOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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08:08 EDTTAT&T awarded $275M contract U.S. Department of State
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07:28 EDTFOXAFox chairman says laws hinder Tribune acquisition
21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) chairman Rupert Murdoch posted on his Twitter account that he cannot make a play for Tribune (TRBAA) due to 'cross-ownership laws from another age still in place." Reference Link
07:13 EDTTWX, FOXAFox contemplates using Sky sale to enhance Time Warner offer, Reuters says
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06:57 EDTFOXA, TWXTime Warner-Fox agreement would add weight in China, Reuters says
Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) chairman Rupert Murdoch's target to purchase Time Warner (TWX) would give the firm a greater say in China, a quick-growing market that media firms are finding difficult to break into, reported Reuters. Even though Time Warner's board denied Murdoch's $80B bid, the chairman is expected to continue pursuing the company. Reference Link
06:34 EDTSNI, DISCADeals increase vulnerability of small cable stations, NY Times reports
Recent major M&A deals, if approved, would make the owners of small cable TV channels more vulnerable, industry executives and analysts say, according to The New York Times. It is uncertain if the small cable TV networks will be acquired or disappear, the newspaper stated. Owners of small cable channels include Discovery Communications (DISCA), Scripps Networks (SNI), and Crown Media (CRWN). Reference Link
July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTFOXA, TWXMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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13:02 EDTTWX, FOXAGoldman, JPMorgan ready with $25B bridge loan for Time Warner takeover by Fox
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12:21 EDTTWX, AMCX, DISCA, VIAB, CMCSA, FOXACable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
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11:04 EDTCMCSAComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
08:21 EDTCMCSA, FOXA, TWXTime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:05 EDTFOXA, TWXCBS CEO says will examine CNN if Time Warner puts up for sale, Reuters says
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06:53 EDTFOXABSkyB aims for European expansion with Fox German, Italian units, Reuters says
In an effort to try to expand in Europe, BSkyB has started discussions with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to purchase Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, according to Reuters, citing comments from one top-ten shareholder in BSkyB. The move would create a European powerhouse with 20M subscribers. Reference Link
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