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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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August 25, 2014
19:00 EDTCMCSADISH Network petitions FCC to deny Comcast, Time Warner merger
Citing irreparable harm to competition and consumers, DISH Network (DISH) petitioned the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to deny the merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). The petition to deny outlines, among other things, the critical role high-speed broadband plays in the video industry and the potential for the merger to significantly damage competitive development of over-the-top video and limit consumer access to online video programming.
14:51 EDTFOXAGray Television renews all Fox affiliation agreements
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10:44 EDTCBSGray Television renewal with CBS removes overhang, says Wells Fargo
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08:31 EDTCBSCBS, Gray Television sign affiliation deal
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06:20 EDTCMCSAFCC seeks more data from Comcast regarding TWC deal, Reuters says
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August 22, 2014
08:15 EDTMONMonsanto can execute another reinvention, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes Monsanto is reinventing itself like it did when Roundup went off patent in the late 1990's by using the cash flow from the seeds business to get into new growth areas. Citi thinks management can execute the transition but admits the stock may be range-bound over the near-term. The firm keeps a Buy rating on Monsanto with a $146 price target.
05:58 EDTCMCSAComcast launches streaming TV services for college campuses, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
09:04 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast announces launch of original programming division
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06:20 EDTCBS, MEGCBS seeking bigger share of pay-television revenue from affiliates, WSJ reports
CBS last week stripped an Indianapolis station of its affiliation due to a fee disagreement as it seeks a bigger share of pay-television revenue, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Indianapolis station's owner LIN Media (LIN) was set to be acquired by Media General (MEG) for $1.6B this year, but Media General cut its acquisition price Wednesday by 7%, or more than $100M, with the move from CBS cited as one of the reasons. According to Gabelli & Co., the lack of a CBS affiliation may cost the statio tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue to decline. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
12:07 EDTMONMonsanto expects to at least double year ongoing EPS by end of FY19
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12:03 EDTMONMonsanto says on track to deliver upper end of FY14 outlook
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11:22 EDTSBGI, MEGSinclair Broadcast agrees to swap TV stations with Media General
Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI ) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the broadcast assets of one television station in Providence, RI owned by Media General (MEG), two television stations in Green Bay, WI owned by LIN Media (LIN) and one television station in Savannah, GA owned by WTGS Television and operated by LIN through a shared services arrangement. The three markets represent 1.2% of U.S. television households. Simultaneously, Sinclair will sell Media General the broadcast assets of three stations in two markets upon the completion of the LIN/Media General merger. The company's previously announced sale of WHTM in Harrisburg is expected to close in September. The combination of all stations being sold to Media General represents 1.9% of U.S. television households.In addition and as part of the transactions, Sinclair will pay a net cash price of $31M for an additional $3.4M of cash flow being swapped. In addition, the company expects to generate an additional approximately $2M of synergies on the acquired stations.
11:17 EDTMEGMedia General, LIN Media announce agreements to divest TV stations in 5 markets
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11:16 EDTMEGMeredith buys broadcast assets of WALA-TV from Media General
Meredith Corporation (MDP) announced a definitive agreement to purchase the broadcast assets of WALA-TV, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, Pensacola from Media General (MEG) for approximately $86M, subjectto certain purchase price adjustments. The transaction will close when Media General's merger with LIN Media LLC and the sale of WALA to Meredith receive final regulatory approval. The acquisition of WALA is not expected to have a material effect on Meredith's 1H15 financial performance. Meredith continues to expect 1Q15 EPS to range from 60c-65c, compared to 53c in the prior-year period.
09:32 EDTBKSSamsung, Barnes & Noble announce new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
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09:19 EDTMEGMedia General and LIN Media to host joint conference call
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08:46 EDTMEGMedia General, LIN Media announce amendment to merger agreement
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August 19, 2014
15:48 EDTBKSCNET to hold a live blog
CNET holds a live blog of the unveiling of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet in New York on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
13:40 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to start selling new Samsung tablet tomorrow, Digital Reader says
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09:38 EDTVLOActive equity options trading on open
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