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May 21, 2014
11:35 EDTHMSY, CAH, PHH, SNE, CBSHigh option volume stocks: CBS SNE HMSY PHH CAH
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August 30, 2015
17:13 EDTSNE'Compton' leads again as 'We Are Your Friends' stumbles at box office
Hip hop biopic "Straight Outta Compton" continued its domestic box office dominance while Christian drama "War Room" outpaced analyst estimates and electronic dance flick "We Are Your Friends" fizzled. U.S. WEEKEND LEADER: Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Straight Outta Compton" grossed $13.2M domestically for the weekend of August 30, securing the top box office spot for a third consecutive week. In a record-breaking performance for musical biopics, the gangster rap film has earned $134.1M in the U.S. since opening earlier this month. Though Warner Bros.' (TWX) "We Are Your Friends" was predicted to challenge "Compton" with sales ranging $8M-$10M, the Zac Efron-led electronic music film flopped at just $1.8M. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Produced with an estimated budget of $3M, Sony's (SNE) faith-based drama "War Room" debuted at $11M against expectations for $5M-$8.5M after leading in advance ticket sales. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) subsidiary Paramount's "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" relinquished its grip on second place with an $8.3M gross for the weekend, while Weinstein Company's action thriller "No Escape" opened in fourth place at $8.29M. "Sinister 2" from Comcast subsidiary Focus Features rounded out this weekend's Top 5 at $4.7M.
August 28, 2015
11:16 EDTSNEBattleground: Benchmark says sell GameStop, Piper says bears misguided
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10:43 EDTSNEFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' expected to lead box office for third week
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07:43 EDTSNEGameStop bear thesis not playing out, says Piper Jaffray
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August 27, 2015
10:01 EDTCBSCBS and TEGNA renew affiliation agreement
CBS (CBS) and TEGNA (TGNA) have announced a comprehensive deal that renews station affiliation agreements for 10 TEGNA Media markets nationwide. The markets renewed cover over nine percent of the U.S. and serve more than 10 million households. The new deal also includes TEGNA's participation in CBS All Access, the company's digital subscription, video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service. The addition of all TEGNA CBS-affiliated stations will expand the live linear feed coverage of CBS All Access to 85 percent of U.S. households by year-end. The agreement includes renewals for TEGNA-owned CBS affiliates: WUSA in Washington, D.C.; WTSP in Tampa, FL.; WFMY in Greensboro, NC; KTHV in Little Rock, AR; WLTX in Columbia, SC; WMAZ in Macon, GA; KREM in Spokane, WA; KHOU in Houston, TX; KENS in San Antonio, TX; and WWL in New Orleans, LA.
August 25, 2015
10:57 EDTCBSHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:21 EDTCAHCardinal Health to acquire majority stake in naviHealth
Cardinal Health announced that it is acquiring a majority stake in naviHealth and expects the transaction to close later this week. Privately-held naviHealth partners with health plans, health systems and providers to manage the post-acute segment of the care continuum. naviHealth's principal investor, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, along with management, will continue to have an ownership interest in the business. Cardinal Health said it is acquiring 71% of naviHealth for approximately $290M, with a goal of acquiring the entire business within four years, in accordance with a series of call/put rights during that period of time. Cardinal expects this acquisition to be neutral to its FY16 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations as it is a partial period, and slightly accretive to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations beginning in FY17, the first full year post close. "From a GAAP perspective, it is too early in the process to provide any specific guidance on the amortization of intangible assets. Once the fair value estimates are complete, we will provide additional details. Recall that our FY16 assumptions provided on our earnings call on July 30, 2015 only included those acquisitions that had been completed through June 30," the company stated in an FAQ document related to the deal.
10:01 EDTCBSCablevision, CBS reach new comprehensive content carriage agreement
Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) and CBS Corporation (CBS) announced a broad-based multi-year content carriage agreement. The new deal covers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, and the continued carriage of SHOWTIME(R), CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the new agreement, Cablevision is the first cable or satellite provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and SHOWTIME Internet services to its Optimum Online customers. Pricing plans, timing and other particulars will be provided at a later time.
09:26 EDTCAHRBC Capital to hold a bus tour
Healthcare Bus Tour travels throughout Nashville, TN to visit with various healthcare companies on August 25-26.
08:33 EDTHMSYHMS Holdings TPL win with New York a big positive, says William Blair
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07:34 EDTHMSYHMS awarded Medicaid TPL cost containment contract by OHCA
HMS announced that it has been awarded a competitively bid contract by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, or OHCA, to provide cost containment services for the SoonerCare program. Under provisions of the contract, HMS is scheduled to provide coordination of benefits to maximize cost savings from third party collections for the State's 825,000 SoonerCare members. The contract, including the base year and renewal options, extends through June 30, 2021.
August 24, 2015
16:23 EDTHMSYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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11:26 EDTHMSYHMS Holdings awarded NY Medicaid Third Party Liability Match and Recovery pact
In a regulatory filing, HMS Holdings disclosed that it received a notice from the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, or OMIG, that it has selected the company's wholly owned subsidiary Health Management Systems for award of the Medicaid Third Party Liability Match and Recovery Services contract. "OMIG advised HMS that it had determined that HMS is the provider of the best value solution for solicitation number OMIG 15-01," the company stated. The award is contingent upon the successful execution of a contract. Based on the solicitation, the proposed contract is expected to be for a term of five years, commencing January 7, 2016 through January 6, 2021, with an option to extend the term for two additional one-year periods.
11:25 EDTHMSYHMS Holdings jumps 15%, halted for circuit breaker after NY contract award
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11:24 EDTHMSYHMS Holdings awarded Medicaid contract from New York OMIG
August 23, 2015
13:48 EDTHMSYReservations loom for HMS Holdings, Barron's says
As reported in an August 10 filing, HMS Holdings could see "material negative impact" if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wins its request for $28.6M from the company, though HMS "could pay less or more," Barron's contends in a 'Trader Extra' column. The publication also argues that price competition from competitors such as Public Consulting Group is "troubling," adding that the stock could drop -- or rise -- depending on the renewal of New York's Medicaid contract, which is currently held by HMS. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
08:53 EDTCBSAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
06:01 EDTSNEABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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August 20, 2015
09:17 EDTCBSDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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06:36 EDTCBSBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
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