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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTCBS, TWX, FOX, FOXA, DIS, CMCSA, CBSOEarnings Preview: CBS shares little changed since Q1 report
CBS (CBS) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 7, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. CBS is a diversified media company that operates entertainment, cable networks, publishing, local broadcasting, and outdoor segments. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for adjusted earnings per share of 72c on revenue of $3.23B, according to Bloomberg. The consensus range for EPS is 68c-76c, on revenue of $3.15B-$3.31B. LAST QUARTER: CBS reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 78c against estimates for 75c on revenue of $3.86B against estimates for $3.92B. CBS also reported a repurchase of $2B or 31.4M shares in Q1. As of March 31, the company had $3.43B of authorization remaining on its share repurchase program. COMPANY NEWS: On June 25, the Supreme court ruled 6-3 in favor of television network owners and against Aereo, which sells a service that allows its subscribers to watch television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs are broadcast over the air. A district court previously denied an injunction against Aereo that was sought by television networks and the Second Circuit affirmed, but the Supreme Court ruled that "Because Aereo’s activities are substantially similar to those of the CATV companies that Congress amended the Act to reach, Aereo is not simply an equipment provider." Shares of TV network broadcasters such as Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, 21st Century Fox, the owner of Fox, and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, rose following the news. Reuters reported on July 18 that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said the firm would examine Time Warner's (TWX) CNN if it goes up for sale as part of a merger with Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA). CBS OUTDOOR SPIN-OFF: On July 16, CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO) announced its full separation from CBS through the completion of an exchange offer by CBS Corporation of its 81% ownership of the company’s common stock, and following an initial public offering of 19% of the company’s common stock on March 28. As a result, the company is no longer a subsidiary of CBS Corporation. On July 17, the company began operating as a real estate investment trust and intended to elect and qualify to be taxed as a REIT for the remainder of the fiscal year ending December 31, and for subsequent tax years. The Internal Revenue Service issued a private letter ruling on April 16 with respect to certain issues relevant to the company’s qualification to be taxed as a REIT. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on CBS during the quarter. Wells Fargo said on June 11 that CBS's split off of CBS Outdoor was 'positive' for both companies and believed the CBS Outdoor REIT conversion process would occur "much earlier" while CBS could announce a 2.75-3.0 times target leverage ratio earlier than anticipated. The firm had Outperform ratings on both stocks. In regards to the Aereo ruling, On June 25, Wells Fargo said the Supreme Court ruling against Aereo is "clearly a positive" for broadcasters. The firm continued to like stocks in the space, particularly CBS due to near-term catalysts and an attractive valuation. Barclays initiated the U.S. media sector with a Neutral rating on July 8 and said that the new distribution platforms could lead to less leverage and market share loss for the industry overall. CBS was given an Equal Weight rating. PRICE ACTION: CBS shares are up 1.89% since the first day of trade following its Q1 report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, CBS is down 0.4% to $57.41.
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October 16, 2014
07:10 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:31 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:03 EDTCBSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AFSI CBS
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October 15, 2014
16:00 EDTCMCSAOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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13:22 EDTTWXEarnings Preview: Netflix falls after HBO announced plans of streaming service
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 93c on revenue of $1.41B. The consensus range is 86c-$1.24 for EPS, and $1.39B-$1.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported second quarter EPS of $1.15 against estimates of $1.16, on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.33B. It reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M and Q2-end total streaming members of 50.05M. The company reports Q2 international streaming net additions of 1.12M and Q2-end members of 13.8M. Netflix gave Q3 EPS guidance of 89c and revenue guidance of $1.22B. It also expects to add 3.69M net additions, with international approaching contribution profitability. Netflix said it can achieve U.S.-like margins in its international business. During its Q2 earnings interview, Netflix said it sees a dip in free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as company expands original content. NEWS: Netflix launched in several countries in the past quarter, including France, Germany, Gelgium Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. It also signed a deal with Weinstein Co. to release a feature film sequel to "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that will be released to a number of IMAX (IMAX) theaters. Netflix signed Judd Apatow to a two-year commitment for an original comedy series, and Adam Sandler to star in four feature films. The company announced a peering deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) for faster streams and direct access. In a recent post on Facebook, CEO Reed Hastings said the company passed Time Warner's HBO in subscriber revenue. HBO, however, announced plans today to launch a standalone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription. STREET RESEARCH: MKM Partners said Netflix's international opportunity is larger than most realize and will eventually be able to provide a global product. The company's price target was raised at RBC Capital due to the opportunities in new European markets, along with favorable survey results in the U.S. and the U.K. Barclays and BTIG upgraded the company, saying international estimates are likely achievable no longer see the stock as underperforming its peers. BTIG expects Netflix's streaming service may reach 100M subscribers worldwide by 2017. Ahead of Q3 earnings, Canaccord said Netflix will likely report in-line results with continued strong subscriber additions and improved international performance. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have fell more than to 3.31% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday mid-day trading ahead of Q3 report, Netflix shares are trading down 2.67%.
12:36 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTTWXNetflix obtains streaming licensing rights to 'Friends'
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10:55 EDTTWXHBO to launch standalone online service in 2015
HBO's plans to launch a stand alone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription were announced at Time Warner's (TWX) analyst day meeting. HBO's upcoming service may be viewed as another competitor to Netflix (NFLX).
10:03 EDTTWXTime Warner's Turner unit sees low double-digit operating income CAGR 2013-18
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09:59 EDTFOX, TWX, FOXATime Warner CEO says has more than sufficient scale, sees doubling EPS
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09:52 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO sees investing more in content over time
Time Warner notes it invested $13.8B in content in 2013. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is speaking at the company's investor day meeting.
09:51 EDTTWXTime Warner sees adjusted EPS $6 by 2016, $8 by 2018
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07:58 EDTFOXARentrak deal with Fox affirms strategy, says Brean Capital
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06:15 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded its rating on CBS (CBS) to Buy citing a compelling risk/reward profile following the recent pullback in shares. Citi believes investor concerns over a softer advertising market and potential renegotiations of retransmission fees are warranted. The firm, however, sees upside from current share levels. It lowered its price target for CBS to $60 from $64. The stock closed yesterday up $1.02 to $49.93.
October 14, 2014
07:23 EDTCBS, DISCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
October 13, 2014
09:06 EDTCBSNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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07:07 EDTCBSCBS sell-off brings 'interesting' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says the recent pullback in shares of CBS provides an "interesting" entry point with the new broadcast season showing promise. Piper sees upside to 2015 consensus estimates and keeps an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
06:32 EDTCMCSAUniversal receives approval to open $3.27B theme park in Beijing, WSJ reports
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTCMCSA, FOXA, FOX21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:10 EDTDISDisney's Maker Studios to create programming for parent company, Bloomberg says
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