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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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November 25, 2014
19:00 EDTCBSCBS says short term extension for DISH negotiations granted, Bloomberg reports
The extension has been granted into next week, Bloomberg added.
November 24, 2014
07:07 EDTCBSStarz seeking about $5B to sell itself, NY Post reports
Talks to buy Starz (STRZA) are "heating up," according to The New York Post. The company is said to be seeking about $5B, and the company has drawn interest from CBS (CBS) and Lionsgate (LGF), sources are saying. Reference Link
November 21, 2014
07:01 EDTCBSNexstar to acquire Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV for $145M
Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NXST) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the equity interests and assets of KLAS-TV, the CBS (CBS) affiliate serving the Las Vegas, Nevada market for $145M plus working capital from Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC. The proposed acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to Nexstarís operating results immediately upon closing and inclusive of all other previously announced transactions, will expand the Companyís portfolio to 110 television stations serving 58 markets in 23 states, reaching approximately 20.3 million television households or 18% of U.S. television households. Nexstar intends to finance the station acquisition with cash generated from operations and borrowings under its senior credit facilities and/or additional capital markets activities. The transaction is subject to FCC approval and other customary approvals, and is expected to close in the first half of 2015. the acquisition, on a pro-forma basis, is expected to add an average of approximately 40c per share of free cash flow per year to Nexstarís operating results over the 2015/2016 period.
05:44 EDTCBSCBS has upper-hand in dispute with DISH, says Piper Jaffray
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November 20, 2014
18:21 EDTCBSCBS consents to short term extension on DISH negotiations, Bloomberg says
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07:42 EDTCBSStudios looking abroad for opportunity in TV licensing, WSJ reports
For U.S. television studios, such as Time Warnerís (TWX) Warner Bros., licensing shows abroad, which was once a small side business, has become a much-needed source of growth and is increasingly needed to make shows profitable, reported The Wall Street Journal. In addition to Time Warner, CBS Corp. (CBS), Sony (SNE) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) also see huge promise from international TV distribution, the report noted. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCBSCBS, DISH share downside limited with blackout, says Citigroup
Citigroup sees limited share downside for both CBS (CBS) and DISH (DISH) should a blackout result in the companies not renewing their carriage agreement, which expires today. Citi notes shares of CBS are down 3% since the press started reporting about the tenuous negotiations. It estimates CBS' equity value could fall 2% with a blackout, thus it believes the impact is already priced in. Further, Citi sees a minimal impact to DISH from a potential CBS blackout. The firm keeps Buy ratings on both stocks.
November 18, 2014
09:56 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... CBS (CBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Key Energy (KEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Statoil (STO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:46 EDTCBSCBS downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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06:04 EDTCBSCBS downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTCBSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:13 EDTCBSAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
09:38 EDTCBSJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
November 13, 2014
13:12 EDTCBSGruss Capital reports 5.02% passive stake in CBS
10:47 EDTCBSLionsgate and CBS Films announce multi-year film distribution partnership
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06:17 EDTCBSSony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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