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January 27, 2014
14:21 EDTCMCSA, CMCSK, TWC, CHTREarnings Preview: Comcast, Charter deal in focus ahead of Q4 report
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, January 28, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 68c on revenue of $16.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 62c-79c on revenue of $16.32B-$16.84B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported Q3 EPS of 65c against estimates for 61c, on revenue of $16.2B against estimates for $16.25B. Comcast reported free cash flow rose 30% in Q3 to $1.97B. COMPANY NEWS: During the quarter, a number of reports linked Comcast to a possible bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC). The most recent report from Bloomberg suggested that Comcast and Charter Communications (CHTR) are near a bid for Time Warner Cable assets. A number of reports suggested Comcast and Charter could execute a joint bid for Time Warner Cable, with the possibility of Comcast launching a solo bid for Time Warner Cable largely dismissed. A report earlier today said that Comcast’s NBC is seen as a lead bidder for the NFL’s package of Thursday night games, which would add to the network’s Sunday night NFL broadcast, which has rated as the top program among 18-49 year olds for six consecutive fall TV seasons. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research on Comcast has been generally positive during the quarter. After Comcast’s Q3 report, analysts at Brean Capital said investors should sell Time Warner Cable and buy Comcast, which the firm maintains a Buy rating on. In early December, shares of Comcast were initiated with an Outperform rating and $61 price target at Northland Securities. Later in December, Buckingham initiated coverage of Comcast with a Buy rating and $60 target, and Jefferies assumed coverage of the stock with a Buy rating at $60 price target. Earlier this month, Morgan Stanley raised its rating on Comcast to Overweight from Equal Weight, putting a $63 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Comcast have gained 10% since its Q3 report, and for the 52-week period ending January 24, Comcast has gained 30%, outpacing the benchmark S&P 500’s 20% gain over the same period. In afternoon trade ahead of its Q4 report, Comcast is up 1.5%.
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September 11, 2014
13:06 EDTTWC, CMCSADeal probe expanded to AT&T, DirecTV agreement, Reuters says
The state attorneys general who are collaborating with the U.S. Justice Department to figure out if Comcast's (CMCSA) purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) is permissible have broadened their probe to also incorporate AT&T's (T) potential acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters, citing sources close to the merger investigation. Reference Link
10:02 EDTCMCSAcomcast and Liberty global announce agreement to connect WiFi networks
Comcast (CMCSA) and Liberty Global LBTYA) have announced an agreement to allow users to access each other’s Wi-Fi networks, creating an international Wi-Fi access agreement that will give many Xfinity Internet and Liberty Global internet customers access to millions of new Wi-Fi access points in various countries by 2015.
09:02 EDTCMCSK, CMCSACSG Systems selected by Comcast to power Xfinity On Campus
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September 10, 2014
11:50 EDTTWC, CMCSK, CMCSA, CHTRComcast sees Time Warner Cable deal closing in early 2015
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10:26 EDTCMCSA, CMCSK, TWCDiscovery CEO says likes doing deals with Netflix, Amazon
CEO David Zaslav says Comcast (CMCSA)/Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal "presents some serious issues," is talking to FCC about deal. Says will be opportunistic with international acquisitions, but "We don't feel like we need to acquire anything at this point." Says has more subscribers than ESPN with Europsport. Comments made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
10:00 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CHTROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:43 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
Target $62.
07:31 EDTCMCSAGoldman to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTCHTRCharter initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
Target $182.
06:04 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
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September 9, 2014
11:01 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast, Univision reach long-term agreement for distribution of UDN
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07:44 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast price target raised to $72 from $60 at UBS
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07:17 EDTTWCThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
17:31 EDTCHTRCharter issues statement regarding STAVRA proposal
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06:59 EDTTWC, CMCSATWC workers to split $416M if Comcast deal falls through, Reuters says
In order to keep employees from leaving while federal regulators mull the final agreement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) workers will split $416M if the company's merger deal with Comcast (CMCSA) does not transpire, according to Reuters, citing a proxy statement. Reference Link
06:20 EDTTWC, CMCSADiscovery: Comcast-TWC merger gives unfair advantage, NY Post reports
Discovery (DISCA) said Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) could give the combined company an unfair advantage over programmers, reports the New York Post. Discovery said the the company would have an advantage in carriage negotiations and in the advertising realms by refusing to share set-top-box data with programmers. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
06:41 EDTCMCSAFCC head says agency to promote high speed Internet choices, NY Times reports
Stating that fewer than 25% of American homes have access to more than one high speed Internet provider, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would look to promote additional choices in the sector, according to The New York Times. High speed Internet providers include Comcast (CMCSA), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
September 3, 2014
13:35 EDTCMCSAComcast and Nascar reach 10-year series entitlement agreement
NASCAR and Comcast announced an agreement that will make Comcast’s XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024. Beginning January 1, 2015, the property will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
11:18 EDTCMCSK, CMCSA, CHTR, TWCCharter, Comcast say SpinCo to be called GreatLand Connections
Charter Communications (CHTR) and Comcast Corporation (CMCSA, CMCSK) announced the name of the new cable company that will be spun off from Comcast upon completion of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the Comcast – Charter transactions. The company referred to as "SpinCo" or "Midwest Cable LLC" will be known as GreatLand Connections Inc.
10:47 EDTCMCSAOpco sees DISH trying to buy T-Mobile for $40/share
Oppenheimer earlier today said it sees DISH (DISH) trying to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) for $40 per share, and that there is a 20% chance a deal could be announced ahead of the September 10 FCC-mandated quiet period. Opco does not believe DISH can successfully partner with Sprint (S) or T-Moblile (TMUS), leaving buying T-Mobile or selling spectrum as its primary options. The firm expects additional wireless consolidation within the next year, and lists the most likely outcomes as a T-Mobile/DISH merger or T-Mobile/Comcast (CMCSA) merger.
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