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August 21, 2014
06:20 EDTCBS, MEG, LINCBS 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
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October 9, 2015
08:20 EDTCBSTop quality video content to outperform, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest predicts that companies with top quality video content will outperform, taking share from those with mid-range content. It identifies this trend as positive for Netflix, AMC Networks (AMCX), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). According to the firm, this trend is negative for Viacom (VIAB), Scripps Networks (SNI), Discovery (DISCA), and Comcast (CMCSA)
October 7, 2015
17:38 EDTMEGMedia General says retained new advisors, continues to recommend Meredith deal
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16:54 EDTMEGMedia General puts Meredith deal on hold after Nexstar bid, Bloomberg says
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15:28 EDTMEGMeredith disputes reports 'misstating the status' of merger agreement
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15:14 EDTCBSAmazon considering possible online service for live TV, Bloomberg says
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15:00 EDTCBSAmazon exploring potential online TV service, Bloomberg says
Amazon (AMZN) is said to have reached out to CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal about online TV, according to Bloomberg.
11:00 EDTMEGMedia General agreement to buy Meredith 'is dead,' NY Post reports
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09:46 EDTCBSConflict grows at Viacom board around chairman's health, WSJ says
Drama in the boardroom at Viacom (VIA) is brewing amid questions about the health of executive chairman Sumner Redstone, the Wall Street Journal says. Redstone has roughly an 80% voting stake in the company, the report says. Redstone's daughter, Shari Redstone, and Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman both have claims to a major position in Viacom following the death of Sumner, the report says. Redstone said in an emailed statement Tuesday that he established a trust decades ago to ensure that his controlling stake in Viacom and CBS (CBS) would be "professionally managed for the benefit of all shareholders" after he is gone, the report says. Reference Link
October 6, 2015
09:56 EDTMEGOppenheimer not supporting Media General, Meredith deal, NY Post reports
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October 5, 2015
18:04 EDTMEGNexstar says large Media General shareholders supportive of potential merger
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October 2, 2015
16:46 EDTMEGStocks end week higher after Friday reversal following disappointing jobs data
U.S. markets fell sharply following a weaker than expected nonfarm payrolls report on Friday morning, but rallied back to finish the day, and the week, slightly higher. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., 142,000 nonfarm jobs were added last month, missing expectations for 201,000 job additions. Average hourly earnings were flat month-over-month, compared to expectations for them to rise 0.2% in September. The unemployment rate held at 5.1%, as expected. Factory orders fell 1.7% in August, versus expectations for them to drop 1.2%. Personal income grew 0.3% in August, versus expectations for it to rise 0.4%. Personal spending rose 0.4% last month, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in September, as a confidence reading strengthened to 103.0. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index inched up to 53.1 in the final September reading, compared to the preliminary September figure of 53.0. ISM's manufacturing index fell to 50.2 in September, versus expectations for a reading of 50.6... Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7, but monthly manufacturing data was still released. The government's official manufacturing PMI ticked up to 49.8, beating expectations for a 49.6 reading, while the final Caixin/Markit PMI fell to 47.2 in September, though that was slightly improved from an earlier flash estimate of 47. In Japan, the central bank's quarterly tankan survey of large manufacturers for the September quarter came in at positive 12, compared with expectations for a positive 13 reading. Elsewhere in Asia, the Reserve Bank of India made a larger than expected cut to its interest rates, lowering its benchmark policy rate to 6.75% from 7.25%... In Europe, Markit's final Eurozone manufacturing PMI for September came in at 52.0, down from August's final 52.3 reading but still in expansion territory. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) reported that it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. However, shares of the tech giant slid following the announcement... Biotech stocks continued recent declines, with Valeant (VRX) dropping after a group of Democratic congressmen urged additional scrutiny of the company's "price hike" business model... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey was set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday, but no announcement had been made by the company by the end of the week. Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell after Stefan Larsson stepped down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, while the latter company's shares were upgraded and traded higher in the wake of the executive shake-up... On the M&A front, Reynolds American (RAI) announced that the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks will be sold to the Japan Tobacco Group in an all-cash transaction with a value of about $5B. Nexstar (NXST) proposed to acquire Media General (MEG) for a combination of cash and shares that was valued at $14.50 per Media General share before the proposal was made public on September 28. Media General, which previously announced an agreement to buy Meredith Corporation (MDP), said it would "carefully review and consider the proposal" with the help of its advisors. Shares of Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR) both advanced after the companies announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement... General Motors (GM) reported its U.S. sales grew 12% in September compared to the same month of last year. Additionally, the auto giant hosted a global business update event, where it announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects and confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. Meanwhile, Ford (F) said its U.S. sales rose 23% in September and Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) U.S. sales increased 14% last month... FXCM (FXCM) disclosed that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack involving "a small number of unauthorized wire transfers from customer accounts" and Experian (EXPGY) announced that one of its units experienced an attack by hackers that exposed data from its client T-Mobile (TMUS)... Wynn Resorts (WYNN), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM) and Melco Crown (MPEL) all advanced at the end of the week following reports that the Chinese government may provide economic support to the gaming center Macau, where the companies operate casinos. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 0.96% to close at 16,472.37, the S&P 500 rose about 1.02% to close at 1,951.36, and the Nasdaq advanced about 0.43% to close at 4,707.77.
October 1, 2015
16:05 EDTCBSRentrak says all CBS TV owned & operated stations are Rentrak subscribers
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12:54 EDTCBSOptions with increasing call volume
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09:29 EDTCBSAmazon, CBS announce multi-year, multi-series content licensing agreement
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07:38 EDTMEGAcquisition of Meredith unlikely to close 'in current form,' says Wells Fargo
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07:29 EDTMEGNexstar bid more accretive than Meredith deal, says Wells Fargo
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September 29, 2015
16:24 EDTMEGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street hovered near the flat line throughout today's session before finishing mixed, with the Dow and S&P rising and the Nasdaq falling. A measure of U.S. home prices rose by about 5% in July compared to the prior year, as expected, while a measure of consumer confidence was stronger than expected. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in September. Analysts expected the consumer confidence reading to pull back to 96.8 from the prior 101.5 figure, but it actually strengthened to 103.0. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metro areas in July gained 5% year over year, which was just below the projected a 5.1% gain. Stocks sold off in much of Asia last night, with China's Shanghai composite index sliding 2% while Japan's Nikkei dropped 4%, erasing year-to-date gains in the process. India was the one country in the region to buck the trend of stock market declines, after the Reserve Bank of India made a larger than expected cut to its interest rates, lowering its benchmark policy rate to 6.75% from 7.25%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) advanced about 2.4% to $28.26 after its board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Reynolds American announced that the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the U.S., will be sold to the Japan Tobacco Group in an all-cash transaction with a value of about $5B. The purchase does not include the rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks in the U.S. market or U.S. territories, which will be retained by a wholly owned subsidiary of RAI. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was IHS (IHS), which advanced $5.22, or 4.96%, to $110.56 after the company reported earnings and commented on its associated conference call that it was not pursuing an acquisition of Solera (SLH), whose shares lost 2.3% after the news. Also higher was Nexstar (NXST), which rose 8% to $46.99 after an upgrade to Buy at Jefferies, with the research firm saying it assumes the company's offer for Media General (MEG) will ultimately find shareholder support. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), which lost $16.76, or 47.76%, to $18.33 after warning that the FDA could mandate additional studies before approving the company's ETC-1002 treatment. Also lower was Team (TISI), which dropped $7.93, or 19.34%, to $33.08 after pre-announcing Q1 earnings, with figures coming in significantly below expectations on what the company called softness in demand. INDEXES: The Dow rose 47.24, or 0.3%, to 16,049.13, the Nasdaq lost 26.65, or 0.59%, to 4,517.32, and the S&P 500 advanced 2.32, or 0.12%, to 1,884.09.
13:09 EDTCBSGoogle to bring Showtime, NBA content to Chromecast
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10:45 EDTMEGStarboard Value sends letter to Media General regarding Nexstar proposal
Starboard Value, one of the shareholders of Media General, with beneficial ownership of approximately 4.5% of the outstanding shares of the Company, announced that it has delivered a letter to Stewart Bryan III, Chairman of Media General's board, and Vincent L. Sadusky, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, with a copy to the Board. In the letter, Starboard Value said, "We believe a combination of Nexstar and Media General is highly strategic. Nexstar management has a proven track record of execution and has created substantial value for its shareholders over the past five years. In addition, we believe Nexstar's estimated synergies of $75 million appear conservative with significant upside making any stock component of a transaction particularly attractive. Clearly, Nexstar is serious about pursuing a transaction with Media General, and it is incumbent upon the Board to make every effort to negotiate the best deal possible with Nexstar within the parameters of the current Meredith merger agreement... It is clear to us, and should be clear to the Board, that the Nexstar proposal is reasonably expected to lead to a superior proposal, as required under the Meredith merger agreement in order for Media General to enter into a confidentiality agreement and negotiate a transaction with a third party bidder. The Board should waste no time in making this determination so that discussions and due diligence with Nexstar can begin expeditiously. In light of the events leading up to the situation Media General currently faces, the Board must be reminded of its fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of its shareholders. The trading activity in Media General following the announced transaction with Meredith and then the trading activity following the public disclosure of the proposal from Nexstar, should provide sufficient insight to the Board regarding the views of its shareholders. Additionally, on yesterday's Nexstar conference call regarding its proposal, two of Media General's largest shareholders voluntarily voiced their support of a combination between Media General and Nexstar."
06:09 EDTMEGNexstar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst John Janedis upgraded Nexstar (NXST) to Buy saying the recent pullback in shares provides a good entry point. Janedis assumes Nexstar's offer will ultimately be supported by Media General's (MEG) shareholders but says the company's M&A strategy is not dependent on the merger. He keeps a $57 price target for Nexstar shares.
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