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April 21, 2014
09:10 EDTBCOR, DISCABlucora announces agreement to acquire HowStuffWorks from Discovery
Blucora (BCOR) and Discovery (DISCA) announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Blucora to acquire the assets and operations of HowStuffWorks from Discovery. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in 2Q14, subject to customary closing conditions. As part of the transaction, Discovery will retain its key client relationships and partner with Blucora and HowStuffWorks to continue to deliver native advertising solutions. Discovery also will have ongoing access to HowStuffWorks video assets, consistent with Discovery’s strategic shift toward video content. Blucora expects to fund the transaction with cash on hand. Upon completion of the acquisition, HowStuffWorks will join the reporting segment that includes Blucora’s InfoSpace business.
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July 22, 2014
10:46 EDTBCORHigh option volume stocks: SBAC KS EDU PII GALT EJ AXL TSEM HLF BCOR
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July 21, 2014
06:34 EDTDISCADeals 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
12:21 EDTDISCACable 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
July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTDISCAMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
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07:43 EDTDISCADiscovery volatility expected to move on Time Warner rejecting 21st Century Fox
Discovery (DISCA) volatility expected to move after Time Warner (TWX) rejected an $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, (FOXA). Overall option implied volatility of 25 is near its 26-week average of according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement. Discovery is expected to release of Q2 results on July 31.
July 14, 2014
06:56 EDTDISCADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
09:29 EDTDISCADiscovery Europe strategy creates fantastic buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:29 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO sees content consolidation coming, CNBC reports
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