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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTDIS, TWX, CBSO, FOXA, CBS, CMCSA, FOXEarnings 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.
News For CBS;TWX;FOX;FOXA;DIS;CMCSA;CBSO From The Last 14 Days
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May 18, 2015
17:26 EDTFOXA, FOXValueAct reports 5.5% stake in 21st Century Fox Class B shares
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10:24 EDTCMCSAComcast EVP and GM, Video Services Strauss says in 'golden age' of TV
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08:06 EDTCMCSAComcast shares attractive at current levels, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTFOXA, CMCSAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTTWX, DIS, CMCSAUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
May 15, 2015
11:08 EDTFOXAOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
06:49 EDTCMCSAComcast giving NBCUniversal access to viewer data, NY Post says
Comcast is going to share viewer data collected by set-top boxes to NBCUniversal, which will be added to NBCUniversal's Audience Targeting Platform, reports the NY Post, citing NBCUniversal's head of advertising sales and client partnerships, Linda Yaccarino. Reference Link
May 14, 2015
14:46 EDTDISDisney CEO Robert Iger reports sale of ~291K shares of stock
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10:47 EDTTWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says has seen ratings erosion at TNT, TBS
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10:43 EDTTWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says 'bullish' time for Turner
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09:09 EDTFOXSTAR India says media sector in India poised for accelerated growth
As India is also on track to beat China to become the fastest growth economy in FY15, the company expects media sector poised for accelerated growth in the next 5 years in India. Cites a narrowing trade deficit and inflation at a 5-year low. TV growth is also expected to outpace industry in the next six years. In distribution, Star India 80M households is expected to be added in the next two years. Says India's ad market has head room for high growth. STAR India is owned by 21st Century Fox. Comments made by STAR India CEO Uday Shankar at the MoffettNhathanson Media & Communications Summit.
May 13, 2015
12:01 EDTCMCSA, FOX, FOXAAT&T to offer Hulu subscription streaming service to customers
AT&T (T) and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA) have signed a deal that will bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers through AT&T's websites and mobile applications. AT&T customers will be able to browse Hulu programs and select the shows they want to watch through an AT&T app for mobile device viewing or an AT&T website for Internet viewing. Combined with a leading TV Everywhere catalog, AT&T customers subscribing to Hulu will have one of the best selections available of current and past season full episodes. AT&T and Hulu also are exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TV. This offering will become available to AT&T customers later this year. The expanded relationship with Hulu complements AT&T's other over-the-top initiatives, including Otter Media.
11:41 EDTDISDisney CFO says gas prices have 'zero bearing' on park attendance
Disney CFO Jay Rasulo is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
11:18 EDTCMCSAComcast sees giving away 6M voice remotes, Hollywood Reporter says
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09:33 EDTCMCSAComcast CEO says 'probably did more licensing than anybody' since buying NBC
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09:24 EDTCMCSAComcast CEO says does not 'feel need to rush' to pursue other merger deals
Comcast (CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Research conference regarding the company's scrapped deal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC).
07:16 EDTCMCSA, TWX, FOXMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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06:55 EDTTWX, CMCSAInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:22 EDTCMCSAFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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05:38 EDTDISAlibaba announces partnership with Disney
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