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July 29, 2013
19:56 EDTTWC, CBSCBS, Time Warner Cable extend negotiating deadline to 9 pm ET, Bloomberg says
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTCBSEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
July 23, 2015
17:07 EDTTWCSoroban Capital Partners reports 5% passive stake in Time Warner Cable
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July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:04 EDTCBSCBS downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research downgraded CBS to Hold based on higher costs of capital and valuation and lowered its price target to $58 from $70 on shares.
July 17, 2015
07:41 EDTTWCRovi ruling in Netflix suit may 'embolden' pay TV providers, says Stephens
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July 16, 2015
10:45 EDTTWCNetflix price targets soar as Bernstein stays bearish
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05:56 EDTTWCNetflix ruling irrelevant to Rovi contract renewals, says B. Riley
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05:52 EDTTWCRuling in Netflix case a negative for Rovi, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says court filings released after yesterday's market close indicate Netflix (NFLX) was granted a motion of summary invalidating all five of the remaining Rovi (ROVI) patents that were being contested. Auty expects Rovi to sell off on the news as investors consider what the ruling may do to the company's upcoming contract renewals with Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), DirecTV (DTV) and DISH (DISH). The "big 4" choosing to litigate against Rovi is "certainly a possibility," but the companies have bigger patent infringement exposures than an over-the-top vendor like Netflix, Auty writes in a research note. He keeps a Neutral rating on Rovi.
July 15, 2015
16:59 EDTTWCNetflix submits letter to FCC in support of Charter-Time Warner Cable deal
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11:35 EDTTWCNetflix to support Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg says
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July 14, 2015
11:16 EDTTWCAnalyst says sell Orbitz as risks to Expedia deal mount
The shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are falling after UBS downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral, citing increased risk that regulators will block the company's proposed takeover by Expedia (EXPE). WHAT'S NEW: Based on recent press reports and his own conversations with players in the online travel sector, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan believes that antitrust concerns surrounding the proposed takeover of Orbitz are mounting. Specifically, travel suppliers are voicing more concern about the deal to regulators, Sheridan stated. Additionally, regulators have vetoed a number of proposed takeovers recently, including Time Warner Cable's (TWC) proposed acquisition by Comcast (CMCSA) and Electroloux's (ELUXY) proposed acquisition of GE's (GE) home appliances unit, Sheridan noted. As a result of these developments, the risk/reward ratio of Orbitz's stock is now "skewed negative," according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the stock to $10 from $12. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Orbitz fell 2.4% to $11.12. On February 12, Expedia announced it had agreed to acquire Orbitz for $12 per share in cash.
10:01 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
8point3 Energy (CAFD) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Amarantus Bioscience (AMBS) initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Ashford (AINC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Benchmark Electronics (BHE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Boeing (BA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Bombardier (BDRBF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fogo De Chao (FOGO) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... General Dynamics (GD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Hanover Insurance (THG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Harris (HRS) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Hospitality Properties (HPT) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... King Digital (KING) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... L-3 Communications (LLL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... La-Z-Boy (LZB) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... MINDBODY (MB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Northrop Grumman (NOC) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plexus (PLXS) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Raytheon (RTN) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... RetailMeNot (SALE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rockwell Collins (COL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Textron (TXT) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TransDigm (TDG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... XL Group (XL) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Zillow Group (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Zynga (ZNGA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:35 EDTCBSE.W. Scripps and CBS renew affiliation agreement for WTVF, Nashville
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06:38 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:37 EDTCBSApple progresses in TV app talks with networks, NY Post reports
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