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February 14, 2013
13:01 EDTCBSEarnings Preview: REIT spin-off plans put CBS near all-time high into Q4 report
CBS (CBS) is set to report Q4 earnings after the market closes on Thursday, February 14, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. CBS is a media company that operates entertainment, cable networks, publishing, local broadcasting, and outdoor segments... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 69c on revenue of $3.79B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-75c, on revenue of $3.7B-$3.96B... LAST QUARTER: CBS reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 65c against estimates for 61c, on revenue of $3.42B against estimates for $3.49B. On January 16, CBS announced that it will seek to convert its Outdoor Americas advertising unit into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Following the news, shares of CBS surged over 7% to all-time highs. Earlier this week, CBS announced a content licensing agreement with Amazon (AMZN) that expanded the amount of CBS content that would be available for streaming via Amazon's Prime Instant Video Service... STREET RESEARCH: Street Research has been generally positive on CBS, with the company's plan to spin-off its Outdoor Americas unit into a REIT getting a broad and positive reception on the Street. Following the January announcement for its REIT spin-off plans, at least three firms raised their price target on CBS. Wedbush also upgraded the stock to Outperform from Neutral, following the REIT spin-off plans, raising its price target on shares to $50 from $36. On January 23, Wells Fargo reduced its Q4 EPS estimate for CBS, citing lower on demand and political revenue, though the firm maintained its Outperform rating on the stock... PRICE ACTION: Shares of CBS have gained more than 24% since the company's Q3 report. Shares of CBS are trading down about 0.5% in early afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report.
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September 3, 2015
20:01 EDTCBSHigher e-book prices leading to slow sales, WSJ says
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September 1, 2015
18:35 EDTCBSAll streamed NFL games on CBS to be available for free, CNBC says
In a tweet, CNBC said, "All streamed NFL games on CBS, including Super Bowl 50, will be available for free and will not require authentication."
August 31, 2015
16:08 EDTCBSBarrington to hold a conference
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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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10:01 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.
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%.

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