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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 15, 2014
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 EDTDIS, CBSCBS 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 EDTFOX, CMCSA, FOXA21st 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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October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTDIS, FOXA, CBS, CMCSANielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
08:05 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox, Apollo Global agree to form content joint venture
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08:03 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox, Apollo Global form content joint venture
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07:04 EDTTWX, CMCSAAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:42 EDTFOXA, TWXTime Warner CEO to be questioned on growth plans, NY Post reports
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05:18 EDTTWXTime Warner to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on October 15 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
October 9, 2014
18:11 EDTDISDisney CEO Iger says Shanghai Park to avoid Paris' troubles, Bloomberg reports
Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company's theme park in Shanghai, which is slated to open in 2015, will not experience the same problems that its Paris facility did, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
11:00 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable stockholders approve Comcast merger deal
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10:59 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable stockholders approve Comcast merger deal
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09:26 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman
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08:18 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable to host special shareholder meeting
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