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March 28, 2014
12:16 EDTIDRA, CBSO, RHT, CBS, PCG, RH, BBRYOn 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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September 2, 2015
05:23 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMBA BBRY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Ambarella (AMBA) 88, Cablevision (BBRY) 65 according to iVolatility.
September 1, 2015
18:35 EDTCBSAll streamed NFL games on CBS to be available for free, CNBC says
In a tweet, CNBC said, "All streamed NFL games on CBS, including Super Bowl 50, will be available for free and will not require authentication."
August 31, 2015
16:08 EDTCBSBarrington to hold a conference
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08:38 EDTPCGPG&E completes repairs to transmission towers in Burlingame
PG&E crews completed temporary repairs to high-voltage electric transmission equipment in Burlingame after a third party doing construction work severely damaged a tower and related electrical equipment last Friday night, closing Highway 101. These towers carry power to the Peninsula and throughout San Francisco. PG&E partnered with the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans to allow the work to be conducted safely, without any risk to employees or the public. The repairs required the closure of a stretch of Highway 101 in Burlingame in San Mateo County, beginning at 10:00 p.m. Sunday and completed on schedule at just before 4:00 a.m. on Monday.
August 27, 2015
18:49 EDTPCGCalifornia Utilities Commission investigates PG&E safety practices
The California Public Utilities Commission began a formal investigation Thursday into whether Pacific Gas and Electric has corporate governance, clearly documented organizational goals and objectives, and work procedures that "prioritize and improve safety." CPUC President Michael Picker commented, "A public utility's track record of safely operating its system is dependent on more than messages and slogans. An effective safety culture is shaped by... most of all, the accountability set by the top leadership." The CPUC will evaluate PG&E's organizational culture, governance, policies, practices, and accountability metrics in relation to its record of operations, including its record of safety incidents. The CPUC will analyze the methods used by PG&E's board of directors and executive leadership to hold themselves and management accountable for their decisions and actions, including executive compensation policies. "PG&E has invested in safety improvements, added new board members with safety experience, and reorganized to prioritize gas operations safety. But accidents and events affecting the safety of the general public, its customers, and others continue to occur on PG&E's system, prompting the CPUC to take a deeper look." The CPUC's safety and enforcement division will retain the services of an independent expert consultant with experience in auditing corporate governance and accountability, not to exceed $2M. PG&E will reimburse the CPUC for the consultant services, said the Commission. Reference Link
10:38 EDTRHWilliams-Sonoma sinks after earnings, BofA downgrade
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10:01 EDTCBSCBS and TEGNA renew affiliation agreement
CBS (CBS) and TEGNA (TGNA) have announced a comprehensive deal that renews station affiliation agreements for 10 TEGNA Media markets nationwide. The markets renewed cover over nine percent of the U.S. and serve more than 10 million households. The new deal also includes TEGNA's participation in CBS All Access, the company's digital subscription, video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service. The addition of all TEGNA CBS-affiliated stations will expand the live linear feed coverage of CBS All Access to 85 percent of U.S. households by year-end. The agreement includes renewals for TEGNA-owned CBS affiliates: WUSA in Washington, D.C.; WTSP in Tampa, FL.; WFMY in Greensboro, NC; KTHV in Little Rock, AR; WLTX in Columbia, SC; WMAZ in Macon, GA; KREM in Spokane, WA; KHOU in Houston, TX; KENS in San Antonio, TX; and WWL in New Orleans, LA.
August 26, 2015
07:09 EDTIDRAVertex, Novavax among select biotechs to buy on weakness, says Piper Jaffray
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August 25, 2015
10:57 EDTCBSHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:01 EDTCBSCablevision, CBS reach new comprehensive content carriage agreement
Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) and CBS Corporation (CBS) announced a broad-based multi-year content carriage agreement. The new deal covers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, and the continued carriage of SHOWTIME(R), CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the new agreement, Cablevision is the first cable or satellite provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and SHOWTIME Internet services to its Optimum Online customers. Pricing plans, timing and other particulars will be provided at a later time.
August 21, 2015
08:53 EDTCBSAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
August 20, 2015
09:17 EDTCBSDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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06:36 EDTCBSBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
August 19, 2015
16:47 EDTPCGPG&E names Melissa Lavinson as Chief Sustainability Officer
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13:09 EDTBBRYLeaked photo shows BlackBerry's Android phone with keyboard, BGR reports
A leaked photo shows BlackBerry's upcoming phone based on the Android operating system will have a keyboard that slides out of the bottom, BGR reports. Reference Link

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