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June 25, 2014
12:33 EDTCBS, PXD, HFC, VLO, MEG, SBGI, FOXA, CMCSA, DIS, ZU, MON, BKS, NXST, IACI, EPDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the U.S. sharply lowering its view of how the economy performed in the first quarter of this year. The market opened lower following the disappointing GDP revision, as well as a lower than expected durable goods report, but the averages soon turned mixed and all moved into positive ground by about 11 am ET, where they have been drifting since. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its third and final estimate of real gross domestic product for the first quarter. The government now estimates that output in the U.S. declined at an annual rate of 2.9%, which was worse than the prior estimate of 1% contraction and significantly down from the fourth quarter of 2013, when real GDP grew 2.6%. The estimate of Q1 personal spending growth was knocked down to a 1.0% clip from the prior 3.1% pace. Durable goods orders dropped 1.0% in May, versus expectations for them to have been unchanged. Markit's services PMI surged to a record 61.2 for the flash June reading from May's 58.1 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of television network owners, most notably CBS (CBS), advanced after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a start-up service backed by the Barry Diller-controlled IAC (IACI) that streams tv shows over the Internet, had violated copyright laws. Following the high court ruling, which overturned a lower court judgment on the matter, CBS rose more than 4%, while Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the owner of Fox, and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, all advanced about 1%. Shares of tv station owners reacted even more favorably, with Nexstar (NXST) surging 15%, Sinclair (SBGI) rising 14% and Media General (MEG) gaining 10%... Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose 4% after the bookseller announced that its board authorized management to separate its Retail and Nook Media divisions and the company reported better than anticipated fourth quarter revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monsanto (MON), which advanced 5% after the company reported better than expected Q3 results, raised its full year EPS outlook to the upper end of its previous guidance range and announced a new $10B share repurchase authorization. Also higher was zulily (ZU), which rose over 10% after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy, citing the recent pullback in shares and expectations for higher than expected customer growth into 2015. Among the noteworthy losers was Valmont Industries (VMI), which fell 7% after the company lowered its fiscal 2014 earnings per share outlook. Also lower were a number of refiners, including Valero (VLO), which was down 10%, and HollyFrontier (HFC), which slid 8%, after the U.S. reportedly reclassified condensate as a processed product and gave Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) permission to export the type of oil to foreign buyers. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 23.20, or 0.14%, to 16,841.33, the Nasdaq was up 9.79, or 0.23%, to 4,360.15, and the S&P 500 was up 4.14, or 0.21%, to 1,954.12.
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July 16, 2014
09:01 EDTFOXATime Warner rejects unsolicited proposal from 21st Century Fox
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09:00 EDTFOXATime Warner rejects unsolicited proposal from 21st Century Fox
08:16 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox says not currently in discussions with Time Warner
08:15 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox says Time Warner board declined to pursue proposal
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08:14 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox confirms proposal to combine with Time Warner
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08:14 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox confirms proposal to combine with Time Warner
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08:07 EDTFOXAFox willing to pay over $85/share for Time Warner, Bloomberg reports
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is willing to pay more than $85 per share for Time Warner (TWX), Bloomberg reports, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Time Warner are trading up 20% in pre-open trading to $85.10 after Andrew Ross Sorkin reported that the company formally rejected an $80B, $85 per share takeover bid from Fox. Shares of Fox are trading up 56c to $35.75. Reference Link
07:43 EDTFOXADiscovery 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.
07:43 EDTCMCSASenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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07:40 EDTCMCSAComcast to see better than expected accretion from TWC deal, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Comcast (CMCSA) to $65 from $60 to reflect the potential for significant value creation and better than expected accretion from its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) including multi-billion opportunities leveraging both companies. The firm, which keeps Buy ratings on both stocks, also raised its price target on Time Warner Cable to $186 from $165.
07:30 EDTDIS, CBS, FOXATime Warner turned down $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, NYT says
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07:25 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox volatility expected to move on Time Warner rejecting $80B offer
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07:24 EDTDISSiemer & Associates to hold a summit
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07:23 EDTFOXATime Warner volatility expected to move,rejects $80B offer from 21st Century Fox
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07:12 EDTFOXATime Warner rejected $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, CNBC reports
Time Warner (TWX) has formally rejected an $80B takeover offer from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox (FOXA), CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports, citing sources. The deal valued Time Warner at $85 per share and included 60% non-voting stock and 40% cash, Sorkin added. Fox would raise $24B in financing for the deal, he noted. Fox also planned on spinning off its CNN unit in an attempt to appease regulators, the reporter said. Rupert Murdoch remains "determined" to buy Time Warner, Sorkin noted, believing a combination would generate at least $1B in synergies. Time Warner has hired Citigroup and others following receipt of 21st Century Fox's offer, Sorkin added. Shares of Time Warner rallied 13% to $79.97 in pre-open trading following Sorkin's report. The stock closed yesterday down 67c to $71.01.
07:06 EDTFOXATime Warner rejected $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, CNBC reports
07:04 EDTFOXARupert Murdoch 'determined' to own Time Warner, CNBC reports
07:04 EDTFOXATime Warner hired Citigroup, others after 21st Century Fox offer, CNBC says
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07:02 EDTFOXATime Warner rejected $85/share offer from 21st Century Fox, CNBC says
05:58 EDTCMCSA, CBS, DISCBS CEO says 'willing to talk' to Aereo, VentureBeat reports
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