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March 27, 2015
19:00 EDTGOOGMicrosoft, Yahoo extend search partnership discussions for 30 days
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15:14 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson not likely to buy Intuitive Surgical, says BofA/Merrill
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11:17 EDTDISWalt Disney volatility at low end of range as shares near record high
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09:59 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson to collaborate with Google to advance surgical robots
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08:03 EDTGOOGYouTube experiments with ultra-high-def video, TechCrunch says
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06:14 EDTTWCAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
05:57 EDTGOOGMicrosoft to push 2 inexpensive notebooks in mid-2015, DigiTimes says
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March 26, 2015
12:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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11:37 EDTGOOGAnalyst says preliminary Google click data looks negative
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10:44 EDTNFLXRovi expects decision in Netflix case within next few months, remains confident
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10:36 EDTGOOGGoogle paid clicks growth slowed in Q1, says Axiom
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10:04 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle expands product ratings in search results to U.K., France, Germany
In a blog post, Google reported it is expanding its "product ratings" advertisement feature to the U.K., France, and Germany. The feature appends customer reviews to product ads that appear in search results. Reference Link
08:40 EDTGOOGFTC responds to recent Google reports, calls claims of impropriety factless
In a statement released yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission responded to recent news regarding its 2012 antitrust investigation of Google. The Commission stated the inadvertently disclosed memo is "only a fraction [of the total documents that were reviewed.] As we stated when the investigation was closed, the Commission concluded that Google’s search practices were not, 'on balance, demonstrably anticompetitive.' Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel. Some of the FTC’s staff attorneys on the investigation raised concerns about several other Google practices. In response, the Commission obtained commitments from Google regarding certain of those practices. Over the last two years, Google has abided by those commitments... On the same day that it closed the search investigation, the Commission settled a complaint alleging that Google’s conduct with regard to certain standard essential patents constituted unfair methods of competition under the FTC Act. The Wall Street Journal article 'Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House' makes a number of misleading inferences and suggestions about the integrity of the FTC’s investigation. The article suggests that a series of disparate and unrelated meetings involving FTC officials and executive branch officials or Google representatives somehow affected the Commission’s decision to close the search investigation in early 2013. Not a single fact is offered to substantiate this misleading narrative. Finally, we regret the inadvertent disclosure of confidential documents and information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We are taking additional steps to ensure that such a disclosure does not occur in the future."
08:20 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Hold at Argus
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08:08 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable standalone value $172 per share, says Wunderlich
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07:25 EDTGOOGThe Economist to hold a forum
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07:24 EDTCBSWells Fargo to hold a forum
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06:59 EDTGOOGFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:41 EDTGOOGTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTNFLXRovi says confident in Netflix suit arguments, Bloomberg reports
Rovi (ROVI) told Bloomberg last night that it is aware of speculation regarding its patent infringement suit against Netflix (NFLX) and remains confident in its arguments while awaiting the judge's decision. Shares of Rovi dropped 12% in late trading yesterday and closed at $18.42.
06:05 EDTGOOGIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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06:03 EDTNFLXRovi traded lower on Netflix suit speculation, says Piper Jaffray
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March 25, 2015
17:58 EDTVIABKarisma, Viacom to develop Nickelodeon hotels
Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom (VIAB,VIA), are pleased to announce the signing of a landmark agreement to develop Nickelodeon Hotels. A Gourmet Inclusive collection of luxurious family-friendly properties, Nickelodeon Hotels will represent the first and only international hotels for Nickelodeon, one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia brands for kids. The milestone deal includes plans to debut Nickelodeon Hotels with the opening of Nickelodeon Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in late 2016. A second Nickelodeon Hotel will open in Mexico shortly thereafter. Karisma Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning luxury hotel collection, which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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15:33 EDTCMCSA, TWCCPUC vote on Comcast deal pushed out to May 7, LA Times reports
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14:45 EDTNFLXFacebook testing new video autoplay feature, Re/code says
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11:44 EDTCMCSAComcast says review of Time Warner Cable merger to conclude by midyear
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11:04 EDTNFLX'Top Gear' presenter may join Netflix, Telegraph reports
Jeremy Clarkson, who may be fired as a "Top Gear" presenter, may sign for Netflix, according to The Telegraph. It is unclear whether James May and Richard Hammond, Clarkson's co-presenters on the television show, would join Clarkson. Reference Link
10:29 EDTCMCSA, TWCDISH Chairman Ergen says Comcast, TWC merger should be blocked
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09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable disputes report of Dodgers channel writedown, LA Times says
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06:54 EDTGOOG, DIS, CMCSAPotential YouTube competitor launches, Variety says
Digital subscription video start-up Vessel, which is looking to compete with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, launched yesterday, according to Variety. Vessel was founded by Jason Kilar, the founding CEO of Hulu, the magazine stated. Disney (DIS), 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA) own stakes in Hulu. Reference Link
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle visited White House 230 times during Obama administration, WSJ
Google employees have visited the White House to meet with senior officials roughly 230 times -- averaging once per week -- since President Obama took office, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing visitor logs and emails. CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials and Chairman Eric Schmidt met with a senior presidential adviser during the 2012 Google antitrust investigation, which was closed soon after the meetings. The Journal notes that on November 6, 2012, Schmidt personally oversaw a voter-turnout platform for Obama -- by the end of the month, the FTC had closed their investigation into the company. Reference Link
06:36 EDTNFLXNielsen to measure Netflix & Amazon viewing by middle of 2015, Bloomberg reports
Nielsen (NLSN) CEO Mitch Barns said the company will begin offering data on viewing by Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) Prime subscribers starting mid-year, reports Bloomberg. Although Netflix and Amazon have been unwilling to share what their subscribers watch, Nielsen has been testing technology that measures audiences by listening to shows and sharing the results with select clients. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOGYouTube to relaunch livestreaming platform, Daily Dot says
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March 24, 2015
18:24 EDTNFLXNielsen says to unveil way to measure Netflix viewing by midyear, Bloomberg says
16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
15:33 EDTGOOGGoogle working on project to add bill pay function to Gmail, Re/code reports
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10:42 EDTNFLXNetflix trades near session highs, levels to watch
Shares were last at $43.7.46, off the session high at $439.40. The stock got a boost after Barclays raised its price target to $450 and Cantor took its target up to $500. At current price resistance is at the session high. Support is at $436.15.
10:35 EDTNFLXNetflix seen by Cantor as 'clear winner' as TV unbundles
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09:38 EDTGOOG, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruth’s departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fed’s stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firm’s Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
08:19 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable expected to write down Dodgers deal by up to $1B, NY Post says
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is expected to write down the value of its LA Dodgers distribution rights by up to $1B, reports the New York Post, citing sources. The writedown may be a requirement before any deal with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) can be made, suggested one of the sources. Reference Link
07:52 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle to start showing TV ads to Google Fiber customers, NY Times says
Google said it would soon begin showing local, targeted TV ads to customers of its Google Fiber service in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, according to The New York Times, which cited a letter that Google sent to its customers in those cities. Reference Link
06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $500 from $450 at Cantor
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06:25 EDTNFLXNetflix says has launched in Australia
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06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $450 from $400 at Barclays
Barclays raised Equal Weight rated Netflix's price target to $450 to reflect a rollover to a valuation based on 2016. The firm continues to expect increased spending to depress margin and slowing U.S. subscribers to limit share upside.
05:58 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Taiwan banks to nurture marketing talent, DigiTimes reports
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05:54 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NFLX BBRY
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March 23, 2015
17:12 EDTCBSCBS extends employment agreement with president of CBS News David Rhodes
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12:04 EDTVIABAzul Hotels by Karisma introduces Nickelodeon Experience
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10:32 EDTGOOGApple positioned to reach $1 trillion market cap, Cantor says
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle's Eric Schmidt says Google Glass is long-term project, WSJ reports
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Google Glass is too important of a technology to scrap, reports the Wall Street Journal. Although Google stopped selling the first version of Glass, shut down its Explorer program, and made personnel changes, Schmidt said Google Glass remains a "big and very fundamental platform" for the company and will be a long-term project. Reference Link
08:13 EDTGOOGPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
06:47 EDTGOOGFTC staffers' position on Google may affect EU outlook, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle dives deeper into health data gathering, Financial Times reports
Google is diving deeper into the health sector, placing a series of bets that include Google Genomics and an investment in 23AndMe, reports the Financial Times. This comes after the company closed its Google Health division a few years ago and CEO Larry Page said regulations about the use of personal health data was holding back medical research. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
18:46 EDTDISLionsgate's 'The Insurgent' takes top spot at box office with $54M
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17:07 EDTGOOGFTC disclosures embolden potential EU Google probe, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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12:32 EDTCMCSAMadison Square Garden names Sharon Otterman as Chief Marketing Officer
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10:26 EDTCVCCablevision call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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10:07 EDTCVCHigh option volume stocks
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09:59 EDTTWC, CVC, CMCSACharter may have interest in Cablevision 'at some point,' says Detwiler
Detwiler Fenton believes there is truth to last week's reports of Charter (CHTR) being in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. In addition, the firm says its checks indicate Charter may have interest in buying Suddenlink Communications and Cablevision (CVC) "at some point" as a part of a lager acquisition strategy. Detwiler adds Charter's potential deal strategy assumes Comcast's (CMCSA) bid for Time Warner (TWC) wins regulatory approval. Should the deal not get approved, Detwiler believes Charter will turn its attention back to Time Warner.
09:45 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTCVCRumor: Cablevision strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:13 EDTDIS, CMCSA, CBSCanada to 'unbundle' cable TV offerings by December 2016
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06:36 EDTCBS, CMCSAWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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06:28 EDTNWSAReuters' news sites 'inaccessible' in China, Reuters reports
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06:17 EDTCBSCBS price target raised to $72 from $60 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for CBS to $72 and calls the company the stock to own in the space amid changing industry dynamics. Citi sees upside to consensus estimates for 2016 and beyond from CBS's All Access subscriber expansion and Showtime over-the-top offering. It maintains a Buy rating on the name.
06:16 EDTGOOG2012 antitrust report calls Google harmful to market, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTGOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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11:18 EDTGOOGeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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07:23 EDTCBSEvercore ISI to hold a tour
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07:04 EDTDIS, CMCSAAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:42 EDTGOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
05:24 EDTNWSANews Corp builds investment plan in APN News to 14.99% stake
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March 18, 2015
13:23 EDTNFLXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
12:09 EDTCMCSA, CBSSony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:23 EDTDIS, CMCSA, CBS, VIABVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
08:05 EDTNFLXNetflix weakness creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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08:04 EDTGOOGAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a discussion
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07:54 EDTCMCSA, DISComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTTWC, CMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTDIS, CMCSAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's initial drone design failed, company working on new drone, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOGApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:43 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces new app approval process
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March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTCBSTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves and Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes had discussions about combining their companies in meetings last year, Bloomberg reports, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
16:40 EDTCMCSACharter shareholders approve share issuance in transactions with Comcast
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
15:56 EDTCBSTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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14:13 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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13:06 EDTCMCSA, CBS, DIS, NFLXBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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12:46 EDTCMCSANBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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11:36 EDTCMCSA, DIS, CBSApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTNFLXApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:21 EDTCMCSAAtlanta Braves and Comcast announce technology and real estate partnership
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09:27 EDTGOOGApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:10 EDTDISDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
09:07 EDTGOOGDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTGOOGMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTGOOGBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTNFLXConcerns over Netflix competition overblown, says Stifel
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06:37 EDTGOOGAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTGOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:50 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility movement; DD NFLX
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05:46 EDTDISApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
16:28 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:24 EDTCVCCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
15:13 EDTNWSANews Corp. management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on March 20 hosted by Jefferies.
14:13 EDTGOOGApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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13:22 EDTTWCThe Children's Investment Fund reports 5.0% passive stake in Time Warner Cable
10:44 EDTNFLX, DIS, NWSA, CMCSANetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
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10:02 EDTDIS, NFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:52 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded at Evercore ISI
As previously reported, Evercore ISI downgraded Netflix to Sell from Hold. The firm downgraded shares and reduced its price target to $380 from $450 due to increasing competition among existing and emerging distributors combined with content providers who are becoming increasingly leveraged to new channels through OTT offerings of their own. Evercore ISI believes intensifying competition will necessitate increased investment with uncertain returns and lowered estimates.
07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:39 EDTCBSViacom shareholder meeting may question Viacom, CBS control, NY Post says
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06:16 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
March 15, 2015
19:12 EDTDISDisney's 'Cinderella' takes top spot at domestic weekend box office with $70.1M
Rentrak (RENT) announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 15, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" took the top spot at the domestic weekend box office with $70.1M: Warner Bros' (TWX) "Run All Night" took the second spot at the box office with $11M; 20th Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" took third with $6.2M; Warner Bros' "Focus" took the fourth spot at the box office with $5.8M and Sony's (SNE) "Chappie" took fifth place with $5.8M.
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