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June 25, 2014
12:33 EDTEPD, VLO, FOXA, ZU, NXST, PXD, MEG, CMCSA, MON, IACI, HFC, SBGI, DIS, BKS, CBSOn 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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March 23, 2015
07:16 EDTEPDHoward Weil to hold a conference
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06:42 EDTEPDEnterprise Products upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Enterprise Products to Buy with a $36 price target saying the 13.5% year-to-date decline in units presents an attractive entry point.
March 22, 2015
18:46 EDTDIS, FOXALionsgate's 'The Insurgent' takes top spot at box office with $54M
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16:22 EDTMONChina looks to develop seed program to fend off foreign competition, WSJ says
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14:27 EDTMONWHO says herbicide marketed by Monsanto likely carcinogenic, WSJ says
A World Health Organization agency said Friday that Glyphosate, a herbicide marketed by Monsanto under the Roundup brand and other companies, has the potential to cause cancer in humans, says the Wall Street Journal. Monsanto contested the findings saying that glyphosate is safe if used as recommended by its label and that decades of extensive study have proven its safety, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
12:32 EDTCMCSAMadison Square Garden names Sharon Otterman as Chief Marketing Officer
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09:59 EDTCMCSACharter 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.
08:13 EDTCBS, CMCSA, DISCanada 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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06:17 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.
March 19, 2015
07:23 EDTCBSEvercore ISI to hold a tour
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07:04 EDTCMCSA, FOXA, DISAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:25 EDTEPDEnterprise Products resumed with a Buy at Citigroup
Price target lowered to $37 from $45.
March 18, 2015
14:37 EDTMONMonsanto and midwest, southeast wheat farmers reach settlement agreement
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12:09 EDTCBS, FOXA, CMCSASony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:31 EDTPXDPioneer Natural downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One
Capital One downgraded Pioneer Natural to reflect lower oil, gas, and NGL price deck forecasts and said valuation is lofty. Price target is $163.
09:23 EDTCBS, CMCSA, DIS, FOXAVerizon 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.
07:54 EDTCMCSA, DISComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTCMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTCMCSA, DIS, FOXAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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