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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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September 24, 2014
09:05 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:43 EDTCMCSAARRIS and Comcast trial ew RDK software in broadband modems
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05:57 EDTFOXAStarz hires investment bank to explore sale, WSJ reports
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05:51 EDTFOXAStarz met with 21st Century Fox about takeover, LA Times reports
Starz (STRZA) met with 21st Century Fox (FOXA) on Tuesday to discuss a potential takeover of the cable movie service, Los Angeles Times reports, citing three people familiar with the meeting. No deal may materialize and Fox took the meeting as a courtesy, the paper adds, citing a source. Reference Link
September 23, 2014
11:29 EDTFOXATribune Co. says talks with Fox on Seattle affiliation continue
Tribune Media (TRBAA) and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) have been conducting ongoing discussions regarding Tribune's Fox affiliation in Seattle, KCPQ, Tribune said. "Throughout the course of this dialogue, which is ongoing, a variety of alternatives have been discussed and there is no resolution at this time. Fox has sent to Tribune a notice of termination of the Seattle affiliation agreement effective January 17, 2015. Nonetheless, we are continuing to engage in discussions with Fox and moreover have prepared for all operational and economic possibilities for our Seattle Fox station. We are confident that our remaining thirteen Fox affiliates will remain unaffected based on regulatory and contractual constraints," Tribune reported. KCPQ contributed approximately $13M in EBITDA in FY13 for Tribune.
10:02 EDTVLO, HFCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:06 EDTCBSCBS near-term volatility will create opportunity, says Wells Fargo
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06:05 EDTHFCHollyFrontier initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
Target $53.
06:05 EDTVLOValero initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
Target $59.
September 22, 2014
10:31 EDTDISDisney's "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show, Deadline says
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09:10 EDTZUzulily Q3 revenues tracking above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research said zulily's Q3 revenue is tracking to $293M vs. consensus of $286.2M and guidance of $275M-$287.5M.
06:44 EDTFOXA, CMCSA'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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September 21, 2014
13:37 EDTDISDisney attempts to expand to Indian film market with Khoobsurat release, FT says
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September 18, 2014
12:44 EDTMONMonsanto optimistic about Intacta sales in Brazil
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12:33 EDTMONMonsanto reiterates target of doubling EPS between now and 2019
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10:00 EDTMONOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:02 EDTMONMonsanto upgraded at Stifel
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06:37 EDTCBSCBS head looks to reduce radio assets within 12 months, Reuters says
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06:10 EDTMONMonsanto upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
05:28 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble NOOK Press partners with The Bookseller
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