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January 27, 2014
14:21 EDTTWC, CMCSK, CHTR, CMCSAEarnings 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%.
News For CMCSA;CMCSK;TWC;CHTR From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
15:32 EDTTWCSYNNEX signs distribution agreement with Time Warner Cable Business Class
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10:01 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bruker (BRKR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman...Linear Technology (LLTC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MLV & Co... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Oil States (OIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Volcano (VOLC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Intuit (INTU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Penn Virginia (PVA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Time Warner Cable (TWC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Royal Caribbean (RCL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at DNB Markets... Silicon Image (SIMG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland.
08:22 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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December 17, 2014
11:09 EDTCMCSAFormer Hulu CEO gears up to launch Vessel, Re/code reports
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is getting ready to launch a web video service called Vessel, which utilizes YouTube stars, Re/code reports. Reference Link
08:31 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable, Boingo Wireless launch Passpoint roaming access
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December 16, 2014
08:29 EDTCMCSAComcast to launch online live stream of NBC, WSJ reports
Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is launching a live stream of its broadcast network online today and plans for it to be available on mobile platforms early next year, but NBC does not plan to sell a separate online version without requiring a pay-TV subscription, unlike peers CBS (CBS) and Time Warner’s (TWX) HBO, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:46 EDTCMCSAComcast to allow Roku users to stream premium channels, Re/code says
Comcast reached a deal with set-top box company Roku that should allow its users to stream HBO and Showtime by authenticating subscriptions to their respective apps, reports Re/code.Reference Link
December 15, 2014
08:34 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKNexstar announces long-term affiliation agreement with NBC Television Network
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December 14, 2014
17:21 EDTCMCSKNasdaq announces annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100
The NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) announced the results of the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100 (NDX), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 22. The following three companies will be added to the Index: American Airlines Group (AAL), Electronic Arts (EA) and Lam Research (LRCX). As a result of the revision in the index methodology allowing multiple share classes of index participants to be included in the index, the following three securities will also be added to the index: Comcast Corporation Class A Special (CMCSK), Twenty-First Century Fox Class B (FOX) and Liberty Global plc Class C (LBTYK). As a result of the re-ranking, the following three companies will be removed from the Index: Expedia (EXPE), F5 Networks (FFIV) and Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM).
December 11, 2014
06:24 EDTCMCSADISH plans to leave broadcast channels out of basic online TV package, WSJ says
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December 9, 2014
15:03 EDTCMCSADiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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11:11 EDTCMCSK, CMCSADiscovery, Hulu announce new distribution agreement
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06:48 EDTCMCSAAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:25 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast, USA Network trialing 'Playing House' on-demand , WSJ reports
Comcast (CMCSA) is planning to make new episodes of the sitcom "Playing House" available first on its on-demand service and air them on the USA Network the following week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
December 8, 2014
14:36 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable CEO reports strong trends in October, November, says UBS
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07:23 EDTTWCUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link

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