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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 15, 2014
07:01 EDTVLOValero Energy volatility expected to move on Q2 guidance
Valero Energy volatility is expected to move after lowering Q2 earnings guidance. Overall option implied volatility of 31 is at its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:47 EDTIACIIAC acquires dating site HowAboutWe, NY Times reports
IAC/InterActiveCorp's Match Group has acquired HowAboutWe, a Brooklyn-based dating start-up, reports the New York Times. Representatives for both Match Group and HowAboutWe confirmed the deal but did not disclose the price. Reference Link
06:43 EDTDISTime Warner looks for NBA programming deal renewal, Bloomberg says
Time Warner (TWC) and Disney's (DIS) ESPN are looking to renew the last big U.S. sports agreement with the National Basketball Association thatís up for grabs until 2021, according Reuters, citing people familiar with the talks. Time Warner and Disney, which divvy-up airing the games, pay the league an average total of $930M annually. Reference Link
06:36 EDTDISNBA seeks to double TV-rights fees from Disney, Time Warner, WSJ reports
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July 14, 2014
18:15 EDTHFC, VLOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTHFC, VLORefiners weak after Valero Q2 guidance misses consensus estimates
Shares of select companies in the oil refinery space are weaker in after-hours trading after Valero, an independent petroleum refining and marketing company, gave second quarter guidance that was lower than consensus estimates. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Valero said it expects Q2 EPS of $1.10-$1.25 versus a consensus estimate of $1.39. PRICE ACTION: Valero shares are lower by $1.70, or 3.4%, to $48.22. OTHERS TO WATCH: Tesoro Corporation (TSO) is down by almost 1%, HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) is down 0.6%, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is lower by 0.36%.
17:02 EDTVLOValero sees Q2 EPS $1.10-$1.25, consensus $1.39
Valero's refining segment operating income is expected to be higher in the second quarter of 2014 versus the second quarter of 2013 primarily due to higher throughput volumes, as well as wider discounts on sour crude oil and certain types of North American light crude oil, which offset weaker year-over-year gasoline and distillate margins in most regions. In addition, Valero's ethanol segment operating income is expected to be higher in the second quarter of 2014 versus the second quarter of 2013 mainly due to higher gross margins. Valero also expects to report a loss from discontinued operations of $63M, or 12c per share, related primarily to a noncash charge associated with recognizing an asset retirement obligation for the Aruba refinery.
16:57 EDTFOXACourt of Appeals reaffirms rejection of Fox's claims against DISH's Hopper
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16:44 EDTFOXAFox Broadcasting loses bid to halt 'Dish Anywhere,' Hollywood Reporter says
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12:18 EDTCMCSAComcast acquired PowerCloud Systems for under $50M, TechCrunch reports
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11:14 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox unites FBC, and Fox Television in new unit
21st Century Fox announced that Dana Walden and Gary Newman will oversee a new business unit within Fox Networks Group, Fox Television Group, which will combine Fox Broadcasting Company, FBC, and 20th Century Fox Television, TCFTV. The announcement was made by Peter Rice, Chairman of Fox Networks Group, to whom both Mr. Newman and Ms. Walden will now report. Their respective appointments are effective later this month. In their new roles as Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, Mr. Newman and Ms. Walden will be responsible for all facets of the FOX broadcast network, including programming, digital, marketing and other functions. The new roles also call for the duo to continue oversight of 20th Century Fox Television, which they have led for the past 15 years. 20th Century Fox Television is comprised of the parent studio, cable production arms Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios, the licensing division Fox Consumer Products and the syndication division Twentieth Television. While both companies will be housed within Fox Television Group, FBC and TCFTV will continue to operate as independent entities, but will share financial and creative goals, and be led jointly by Ms. Walden and Mr. Newman.
08:05 EDTFOXABona Film chairman to acquire 21st Century Fox stake in Bona Film for $71.4M
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07:42 EDTCMCSAComcast reportedly acquires PowerCloud Systems, TechCrunch reports
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06:56 EDTDIS, CBS, CMCSADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:42 EDTFOXA'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' leads box office with $73M opening, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTMONMonsanto implied volatility of 17 at lower end of index mean range
July 13, 2014
15:41 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox's 'Apes' sequel leads box office with $73M, WSJ says
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11:23 EDTCMCSA, DIS, FOXAHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 11, 2014
10:00 EDTHFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:54 EDTHFCHollyFrontier upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
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