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March 28, 2014
12:16 EDTPCG, RH, BBRY, IDRA, CBSO, RHT, CBSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the market looks to finish a relatively down week on an up note. The Nasdaq average, which has been down after all but one session this week, is reversing the trend and leading the other averages near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income and consumer spending both rose 0.3% in February, matching expectations. The core PCE price index rose 0.1% in the month, which was also in-line with estimates. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for March came in at 80.0, which was down from February's 81.6 reading and a bit below expectations. In Europe, an index of executive and consumer sentiment rose to 102.4 in March from 101.2 in February, beating the consensus estimate of economists. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY) initially advanced after the company reported quarterly losses that were not as bad as analysts expected, excluding certain adjustments. BlackBerry said about 3.4M of its smartphones were sold through to end customers in the quarter, which included about 2.3M BlackBerry 7 devices. The company also said it continues to look for opportunities to streamline operations and is targeting break even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015. By midday the stock had given up all its early session gains to be down about 2%... CBS (CBS) rose more than 1% after the successful initial public offering of its outdoor advertising subsidiary CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO). After the offering, CBS owns approximately 83% of CBS Outdoor, which plans to convert into a real estate investment trust later this year. The IPO priced at $28.00 per share and the new stock began trading at $30.10 in its debut this morning. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was home furnishing retailer Restoration Hardware (RH), which rose 12% after the company’s first quarter profit view beat estimates. Also higher were shares of Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), which rose 11% after the company's Phase 2 trial of its treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis met its primary objective. Among the noteworthy losers was PG&E Corporation (PCG), which dropped 4% after reporting that they expect that the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the 2010 San Bruno natural gas transmission pipeline accident. Following the announcement the stock was downgraded this morning at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Also lower was open source software provider Red Hat (RHT), which fell over 4% after the company’s profit outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimate. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.94, or 0.77%, to 16,389.17, the Nasdaq was up 40.21, or 0.97%, to 4,191.44, and the S&P 500 was up 15.11, or 0.82%, to 1,864.15.
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February 4, 2016
07:16 EDTCBSResignation of CBS chairman 'marginally positive,' says Bernstein
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06:57 EDTRHTRed Hat upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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06:05 EDTCBSShari Redstone doesn't want Dauman to become Viacom's chairman, NY Post says
Shari Redstone, the daughter of Sumner Redstone, says she does not want Viacom (VIA) CEO Philippe Dauman to succeed her 92-year-old father as chairman of the media company, The New York Post reports. Shari says, "It is my firm belief that whoever may succeed my father as chair at should be someone who is not a Trustee of my father's trust or otherwise intertwined in Redstone family matters, but rather a leader with an independent voice." CBS yesterday announced that Leslie Moonves has been elected its new chairman, with Sumner servicing as chairman emeritus. Reference Link
February 3, 2016
19:35 EDTCBSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 27.9%... Capstone Turbine (CPST), up 17.2%... Solaredge (SEDG), 12.6%... Take-Two (TTWO), up 8.3%... PennantPark (PNNT), up 5%... Cadence Design (CDNS), up 4.5%... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: VirnetX Holding (VHC), up 90.6% after the company won a $625.6M verdict in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL)... Viacom (VIAB, VIA), up 9.5% and 7%, respectively, after Viacom issued a brief statement which reads, "The Viacom board of directors is scheduled to meet tomorrow."... CBS (CBS), up 4.7% after Sumner Redstone has resigned as executive chairman of CBS to be replaced by CEO Leslie Moonves. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: DHT Holdings (DHT), down 5.3%... GoPro (GPRO), down 9.9%... Imperva (IMPV), down 11.7%... Shutterfly (SFLY), down 3.8%... MetLife (MET), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Ambarella (AMBA), down 2.2% after GoPro reported Q4 results.
16:47 EDTCBSCBS, Viacom shares jump following news of Redstone departure
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) have jumped a respective 4.33% and 7.45% following news that Sumner Redstone has resigned as executive chairman of CBS to be replaced by CEO Leslie Moonves, as well as a report by CNBC's David Faber indicating that Viacom will also move to replace Redstone as chairman on Thursday.
16:32 EDTCBSViacom board expected to replace Redstone, CNBC's Faber says
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16:26 EDTCBSCBS says Shari Redstone offered, declined non-executive Chair role
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16:15 EDTCBSCBS jumps 3.7% after Redstone resigns as Executive Chairman
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16:14 EDTCBSCBS names Moonves as Chairman, Redstone to be Chairman Emeritus
CBS announced that Leslie Moonves has been elected the next Chair of the CBS Board of Directors. He also will continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, positions he has held since 2006. Moonves' election by the Board follows the recent resignation of Sumner Redstone from his position of Executive Chairman, which was effective February 2, and his appointment to the role of Chairman Emeritus. Shari Redstone, Mr. Redstone's daughter, will continue to serve as Vice Chair of the CBS Board.
16:12 EDTCBSCBS says Redstone resigns as Executive Chairman, Moonves named Chairman
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February 2, 2016
15:46 EDTCBSEarnings Watch: Media networks report amid shifts in streaming, TV landscape
Comcast (CMCSA), CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA), and 21st Century Fox (FOX) are among media companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks. EXPECTATIONS: Comcast is expected to report EPS of 82c on revenue of $18.77B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 93c, Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $7.53B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.18 on revenue of $3.26B, and Fox is expected to report EPS of 44c on revenue of $7.54B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast, Fox, and viacom reported mixed results for the previous quarter, while CBS and Time Warner beat on both top and bottom lines. NEWS: On November 10, Comcast announced it expanded its advanced fiber network to Modesto, California as part of the company's ongoing response to Google (GOOG) Fiber. On November 12, the Wall Street Journal broke news that Hulu, a video streaming joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast and Fox, is in talks to sell a stake to Time Warner, though the Journal said on January 31 that the company has expressed dissatisfaction with Hulu's inclusion of current-season TV episodes, which it believes contributes to cord-cutting. On December 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube was holding talks with Hollywood studios and production companies to seek content licenses amid intensified competition with Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu. On December 9, Re/code reported that Apple (AAPL), rumored to be working on a subscription TV service, walked away from its negotiations with the major networks after being pressed to include "filler" channels in its hypothetical service. Speaking at a January 7 media conference, Time Warner CFO Howard Averill said the company was negotiating to make full seasons of TV shows available to pay-TV customers on demand, mirroring the "binge watching" offered by Netflix. On January 8, the New York Post reported that Corvex Management was considering an activist position in Time Warner. That same day, Benzinga reported that Twenty-First Century Fox remained interested in the company and had made a $105 per share acquisition offer, though Fox later denied the report. On January 14, the New York Post reported that Comcast has begun "ripping up" agreements with cable networks, moving them from basic cable onto digital tiers in response to consumer demand for smaller bundles. On January 27, Reuters reported that SpringOwl Asset Management is urging Viacom to seek outside investment from strategic partners. On January 30, the New York Post reported that Nelson Peltz is considering an activist position in Time Warner. On February 1, the National Football League announced a broadcasting agreement with CBS and Comcast's NBC which will see the two companies paying roughly $225M each for rights to the next two seasons of Thursday Night Football. Also on February 1, it was reported that Fox offered certain employees voluntary buyouts as part of a $250M cost cutting target. STREET RESEARCH: On November 5, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded Time Warner to Market Perform after its "huge" guidance cut last quarter, with the shares also seeing downgrades at CLSA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. On December 22, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne called Comcast one of his top large cap picks for 2016, saying the company can use skinny bundles to take market share and potentially add net video customers for the first time since 2006. On January 8, research firm Stifel cut its price target on CBS to $54 from $66, citing a belief that industry syndication and SVOD revenues will significantly decelerate going forward, with CBS having more exposure to those areas than its peers. Meanwhile, JPMorgan added the company to its U.S. focus list on January 11, citing its heavily discounted stock and potentially strong EPS growth in 2016. On February 1, Pacific Crest argued that Comcast shares should be owned going into fourth quarter results, contending that the company's video and broadband investments will likely translate to increased market share and strong cash flows this year. PRICE ACTION: Comcast and Fox, the first of the media giants to report quarterly earnings, are down 2% and 3.6%, respectively, amid the broader market selloff.
12:10 EDTRHTRed Hat management to meet with William Blair
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Raleigh, NC on February 8 hosted by William Blair.
08:47 EDTBBRYBlackBerry initiated with a Buy at TD Securities
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February 1, 2016
13:54 EDTCBSNFL says CBS to retain Thursday night rights, NBC added as partner
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13:33 EDTCBSCBS, NBC to split rights to Thursday Night Football, WSJ reports
The National Football League has agreed to a rights deal with CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC under which each will broadcast five Thursday night games that also will be simulcast on the NFL Network, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Each network will pay about $225M for the rights under the new deal, or $450M in total, which is an increase $300M CBS paid to the NFL this season, the report noted. Reference Link
13:20 EDTCBSNFL reaches deal with CBS, NBC for Thursday night football, Dow Jones says
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13:18 EDTCBSNFL near deal with CBS, NBC to split up Thursday games, Bloomberg says
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10:02 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:50 EDTRHTRed Hat management to meet with JPMorgan
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06:22 EDTRHRestoration Hardware downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen downgraded Restoration Hardware (RH) to Market Perform saying a slowdown in high-end consumer spending brings risk to 2016 estimates. The analyst cut his price target for the shares to $64 from $105. Chen also downgraded Tiffany (TIF) this morning.
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