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February 7, 2013
09:41 EDTVIA, ATVI, VIABActivision signs deal with Viacom for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games
Nickelodeon and Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (ATVI), announced a worldwide, multi-year deal to develop and publish video games inspired by the new CG-animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Under the new agreement, Activision has the global rights to produce interactive games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
News For ATVI;VIA;VIAB From The Last 14 Days
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November 27, 2015
13:22 EDTVIAB, VIAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following the short Black Friday session. In addition to periodic checks on traffic at malls and big box retailers, the day's media coverage was dominated by discussion of Disney's disclosure that subscribers for ESPN have dropped about 3% from last year's levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released, as several reports that usually come out on Thursdays or Fridays were accelerated into Wednesday due to the holiday. In China, shares of brokerages sold off sharply, with Citic Securities, Founder Securities and China Merchants all falling about 10% on news that the China Securities Regulatory Commission had launched investigations into the firms in an effort to limit short selling and speculation. Amid the rout in the brokerages, the Shanghai Composite index tumbled 5.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Disney (DIS) fell $3.56, or 3.0%, to $115.11 after the media giant disclosed in a regulatory filing late Wednesday that domestic subscribers for ESPN were estimated to have declined by 3M. As of October 3, ESPN had 92M subscribers in the U.S., as estimated by Nielsen Media Research. In the company's 10-K filing last year, Disney stated that Nielsen estimated that ESPN had 95M subscribers as of September 27, 2014. Disney's weakness weighed on its big media peers as well, with Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) falling 1.2%, Time Warner (TWX) dropping 0.74% and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) sliding 1.8%... Amazon (AMZN) shares were flattish, falling 0.3% despite Adobe Systems estimating that online shoppers in the U.S. would spend $1.7B in online shopping by the end of the day on Thanksgiving, a 22% jump from last year. Additionally, ChannelAdvisor estimated that Amazon had a "strong showing" on Thanksgiving day, calculating that its same-store sales grew 28.9% compared to last year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rose 3.8% to $9.23 after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, posted the 2016 Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Fee Schedule. Exact Sciences announced this morning that it has requested that CMS clarify the 2016 reimbursement rate for the company's Cologuard test. Also higher were shares of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals (KBIO), which jumped 30.8% to $34.83 after its new CEO, Martin Shkreli, announced last night via his Twitter account that after speaking with his counsel and advisers that he has decided to stop lending his KaloBios shares out until he "better [understands] the advantages of doing so." Among the noteworthy losers were a number of oil and gas explorers, as Pioneer Energy Services (PES), Stone Energy (SGY) and Southwestern Energy (SWN) fell 8%, 10.2% and 7.2%, respectively, during another down day for oil prices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 14.90, or 0.08%, to 17,798.49, the Nasdaq gained 11.38, or 0.2%, to 5,127.52, and the S&P 500 added 1.24, or 0.06%, to 2,090.11.
November 24, 2015
07:07 EDTVIAB, VIAJefferies calls Viacom an attractive value play in media
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November 23, 2015
12:08 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday but have moved in a very narrow trading range throughout the morning. The market, coming off one of its best weeks of the year, appears to be consolidating its gains amid the increased caution that prevails worldwide, highlighted by the ongoing lockdown of Brussels due to its assessment of a "serious and imminent" terrorist threat. There was little help from the day's economic data, as reports on manufacturing and existing home sales both came in below expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for November fell 1.5 points to 52.6, missing expectations for a 54.0 reading. Existing home sales dropped 3.4% to a 5.36M rate in October, lower than the forecast for a 5.4M rate. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index showed a reading of -0.04, versus the expected +0.05 reading. In Europe, Markit's composite services and manufacturing PMI rose to 54.4 in October from a prior reading of 53.9. That reading marks the euro-area's highest level since May 2011. COMPANY NEWS: As telegraphed in recent media reports, Pfizer (PFE) and Allergan (AGN) announced plans to combine, creating the world's largest drugmaker. The companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which they will combine in a stock transaction valued at $363.63 per Allergan share, for a total enterprise value of approximately $160B, based on the closing price of Pfizer common stock on November 20. Amid concerns that regulators may try to block the huge deal, or make rule changes that will make it less lucrative, Pfizer shares declined more than 2.5% while Allergan saw a similar percentage slide... Alcoa (AA) jumped more than 5% higher after activist investor Elliott Management revealed a 6.4% stake, saying it seeks to engage in a "constructive dialogue" regarding the company's recently spin-off transaction as well as a number of added opportunities it sees to maximize shareholder value. In other activist investor news, Carl Icahn said in an open letter that his talks with AIG (AIG) CEO Peter Hancock make it "abundantly clear" that he is not willing to take the bold steps that Icahn has pushed for, including the suggestion that the insurer separate into three public companies to shrink below the threshold for systemically important financial institutions. Icahn added that he intends to commence shortly a consent solicitation that will enable shareholders to express their views directly to the board, which may include a proposal to add a new director who would agree in advance to succeed Hancock as CEO if asked by the board to do so. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), which rallied 9% after reporting quarterly results and guiding for fiscal 2016. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rebounded 5% after several analysts opined on the company's outlook after shares pulled back Friday as the company confirmed that six new cases of E. coli linked to its restaurants had been identified in four additional states. In addition, SunEdison was up 9% after the company announced that CFO Brian Wuebbels will take over as the president and CEO at its two "YieldCos." Among the notable losers was GameStop (GME), which fell 7.5% after reporting weaker than expected Q3 results. Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), whose games are sold at GameStop, slipped nearly 6% and 0.5%, respectively, after the retailer's report. Also lower was Diebold (DBD), which dropped 8% after it announced that it will acquire Wincor Nixdorf in a cash and stock deal valued at $1.8B. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.52, or 0.04%, to 17,831.33, the Nasdaq was up 14.78, or 0.29%, to 5,119.70, and the S&P 500 was up 4.64, or 0.22%, to 2,093.81.
10:18 EDTATVIGameStop plunges on weaker than expected Q3 earnings
Shares of GameStop (GME) are plunging in morning trading after the company reported downbeat third quarter earnings on lower new software and hardware sales and delays in store openings. The company also provided guidance for the fourth quarter and reiterated its outlook for fiscal year 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Before the market open, GameStop reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $2.02B, below analysts' consensus estimates of 59c and $2.14B, respectively. GameStop added that global same-store sales for the quarter were down 1.1% year over year, with SSS down 1.7% in the United States and up 0.3% internationally. The company said foreign currency negatively impacted EPS by 2c and sales by about $100M and noted that it recorded $1.6M of one-time charges as a result of non-recurring acquisition-related costs. GameStop said new hardware sales declined 20.4%, while new software sales were down 9.3%; pre-owned sales were up 0.6%, the company said. Commenting on the quarter, Chief Executive Officer Paul Raines said that the company's results fell to the low end of its guidance range -- 53c-60c for EPS on SSS up 1% to up 4% -- due to "lower than expected new software and hardware sales and delays in Technology Brands store openings." The company provided an outlook for the fourth quarter, forecasting EPS of $2.12-$2.32, below analysts' estimates of $2.37, and SSS ranging from down 1% to up 6%. Despite the disappointing Q3 earnings and weak Q4 guidance, GameStop affirmed its FY15 EPS view of $3.66-$3.86 and added that it expects full year same store sales to grow 2%-6%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Prior to the retailer's Q3 earnings report, Steven Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the tape said that GameStop was "running out of lives" since it has experienced an increasingly challenging video game retail environment due to a rising number of shoppers buying games digitally. Russolillo noted that GameStop's resale business is still profitable and may pare losses somewhat. In addition, NPD Group reported earlier this month a 3% year over year decline in game software retail sales in the U.S. in October. The loss came even despite the major launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) flagship title "Halo 5: Guardians." STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray analyst Michael J. Olson said that GameStop is "clearly" seeing an impact from increasing digital software sales, but that the firm expects digital expansion to ease during the holiday quarter. Olson added that the video game industry is currently in the "renewed growth phase" and that he expects trends in the sector to be strong heading into 2016. The analyst maintained an Overweight rating and $57 price target on the company's stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GameStop slipped 13.93% to $33.89. The company will hold its earnings conference call at 11am. OTHERS TO WATCH: Video game makers are also lower this morning. Shares of Electronic Arts (EA) are down 2.26%, Take Two Interactive (TTWO) is down 0.84% and Activision Blizzard is down 1.55%.
10:00 EDTVIA, VIABOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aixtron (AIXG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cavium (CAVM) downgraded on checks at JMP Securities... Chico's (CHS) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Chipotle (CMG) downgraded on new E coli infections at Sterne Agee CRT... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Fairchild (FCS) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Haemonetics (HAE) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Jumei (JMEI) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Phillips 66 (PSX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Tata Motors (TTM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Textura (TXTR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... TriVascular (TRIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
07:31 EDTVIABViacom weakness overdone, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Viacom's multiple compression is overdone, given what it sees as the company's visibility in affiliate fee revenues, cost savings from restructurings, and improving ad revenue outlook. RBC keeps a $60 price target and Outperform rating.
06:28 EDTVIA, VIABViacom downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTVIA, VIABBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
November 16, 2015
09:48 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard management to meet with Brean Capital
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07:36 EDTVIABBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).

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