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December 31, 2012
10:04 EDTDIS, CHTRCharter Communication, Disney announce new distribution agreement
Charter Communications (CHTR) and The Walt Disney Company (DIS) announced a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement to deliver Disneyís lineup of sports, news and entertainment content to Charter TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and internet-enabled televisions. Launch of content across the new distribution platforms is planned to begin in the first half of 2013. As part of the new multi-year deal, The Longhorn Network will launch in Texas, Louisiana and Virginia systems by football season next year. Charter and The Walt Disney Company will also introduce several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as the upcoming ABC News/Univision Joint Venture, a 24/7 news, information and lifestyle multi-platform network for English-dominant and bilingual Hispanics. In total, approximately 70 services are covered by the broad scope of this agreement including: ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN3, The Longhorn Network, and retransmission consent for WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WLS-TV, KGO-TV, KTRK-TV, WTVD-TV and KFSN-TV, as well as more than 10 high-definition networks. Charter customers will receive broad access to existing authenticated products like WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior, the to-be-launched WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family services and WatchESPN.
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November 12, 2014
10:43 EDTDISBernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
07:51 EDTDISDisney trades at a premium despite low forward growth, says Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Disney shares to $83 from $75, but reiterated its Market Perform rating on Disney shares, citing the stock's premium trading valuation despite the lowest forward earnings growth of its peer group. The firm also cited higher sports programming costs, as well as difficulty envisioning outperformance to current estimates.
November 11, 2014
18:19 EDTDISCBS, Disney look to block FCC Comcast merger disclosures, Bloomberg says
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November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTDISWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
13:52 EDTCHTRCharter issues statement regarding White House Title II announcement
Charter Communications released the following statement in response to the White House Title II Announcement: "Charter Communications unambiguously supports an open Internet, which is vital for consumers and central to our continued success. The extraordinary growth of broadband service in the United States, which now reaches more than 70 million households, has largely been the result of the current regulatory environment. For these reasons, we strongly oppose the reclassification of broadband as a Title II service under the Telecommunications Act. Efforts to reclassify broadband ignore the fact that the current rules have encouraged billions of dollars of investment in our broadband infrastructure and Americans' access to open, fast, and reliable service has never been greater. Applying 1930's-era, rotary telephone legislation to a 21st century computer technology comes with significant risks to consumers. It is a solution in search of a problem and threatens to undermine continued investment to improve and expand our nation's broadband infrastructure."
12:24 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the marketís drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internetís success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributorís third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analystsí consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:06 EDTCHTRVerizon says utility Internet regulation would 'threaten great harm'
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10:01 EDTCHTRTWC, Charter, Comcast drop after Obama calls for Internet regulation
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09:45 EDTCHTRObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTCHTRObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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November 9, 2014
16:36 EDTDISDisney's 'Big Hero 6' comes out on top at box office, Bloomberg says
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November 7, 2014
18:00 EDTDISDisney still remains a Buy, Barron's reports
Despite falling modestly after posting slightly better than expected fourth quarter results, Disney remains a buy, Barron's reports. The company's long term growth prospects are excellent, underpinned by robust Park attendance trends, a strong movie lineup, and technology leadership, Barron's added. Reference Link
16:24 EDTDISOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:20 EDTDISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion and trading has remained that way throughout the morning. The highly anticipated nonfarm payrolls report showed fewer than expected jobs were added last month, but the figures from the prior two months were also upwardly revised. The market has moved in a narrow range and for the most part has remained near the flat line, with the S&P and Dow little changed and the Nasdaq lagging near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 214K in October, which was below the consensus estimate for 235K jobs to have been added. However, back revisions boosted September's job gain to 256K from the 248K previously reported, while August's prior 180K reading was pushed up to 203K. The unemployment rate slid to 5.8% from 5.9%, its lowest level since July 2008. Later this afternoon, the Federal Reserve Boardís report on consumer credit growth in September is expected, with total credit projected to grow $16B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Disney (DIS) led all decliners on the Dow, as the stock fell 2.5% after the company reported earnings and revenue for its fourth quarter that were nearly in-line with consensus estimates. Along with its report, the company confirmed 2015's Star Wars movie will be entitled "The Force Awakens" and announced plans for another sequel in the "Toy Story" franchise. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which rose 46% after delivering generally in-line Q3 results, giving better than expected fiscal year revenue guidance and announcing the acquisition of U.K. based E-Tale Holdings. Also higher were shares of Sears Holdings (SHLD), which jumped 26% after the company disclosed it is actively exploring a REIT transaction involving 200-300 owned properties through a rights offering to shareholders. Among the noteworthy losers was Salix (SLXP), which plunged 36% and was downgraded by at least four firms after the company reported worse than expected Q3 results, gave lower than expected guidance and announced its CFO had resigned amid the company revising its view of the current inventory levels for its drugs. Also lower were shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which fell 33% after results from the FLINT trial evaluating obeticholic acid, or OCA, for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, were published in The Lancet. Oppenheimer said it believes that data disclosed last night was in-line with previous data from Intercept, but that a Bloomberg story "cherry picked" negative aspects of the data, contributing to the share decline. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was virtually unchanged at 17,555.12, the Nasdaq was down 13.72, or 0.3%, to 4,624.75, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 2,031.63.
10:00 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded at Evercore ISI... CGG SA (CGG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Cavium (CAVM) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Charter (CHTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Johnson Rice... Container Store (TCS) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Delhaize (DEG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded at Raymond James... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Hospira (HSP) upgraded at Raymond James... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kosmos (KOS) upgraded at RBC Capital... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) upgraded at Raymond James... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... PetSmart (PETM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Cleveland Research... Walker & Dunlop (WD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... XO Group (XOXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
09:54 EDTCHTRFollow-up: Charter upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James
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08:46 EDTCHTRCord cutting accelerates as pay-TV loses 179K customers in Q3, WSJ reports
The pay-TV industry lost about 179K customers in Q3, which is steeper than the decline of 83K in the same quarter of last year, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing company reports and estimates from research firm MoffettNathanson. Companies that provide television service include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), DISH (DISH), Charter (CHTR), DirecTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) provide television and movie streaming services that compete with broadcast and cable television network offerings. Reference Link
08:11 EDTDISOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active @ CBOE: DIS FSLR RIG RMTI SLXP ZNGA PBR SHLD CP CSX NSC NVDA FSLR
08:01 EDTDISMylan signs alliance agreement with Disney Parks to enhance EpiPen access
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06:49 EDTCHTRCharter upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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