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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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July 18, 2014
11:04 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
08:21 EDTCMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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July 17, 2014
14:52 EDTCMCSAYahoo Sports, NBC Sports announce expanded fantasy football coverage
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10:00 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:22 EDTCMCSA, TWC, CHTRComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
05:30 EDTCHTRCharter downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 16, 2014
14:03 EDTCMCSA, TWCNetflix submits FCC comments on proposed Net Neutrality rules
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13:05 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAVerizon, Comcast, AT&T viwed as 'logical' Time Warner bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:42 EDTCMCSATime Warner said to see Verizon,Comcast, AT&T as logical bidders, Bloomberg says
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07:43 EDTCMCSASenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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07:40 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast to see better than expected accretion from TWC deal, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Comcast (CMCSA) to $65 from $60 to reflect the potential for significant value creation and better than expected accretion from its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) including multi-billion opportunities leveraging both companies. The firm, which keeps Buy ratings on both stocks, also raised its price target on Time Warner Cable to $186 from $165.
05:58 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKCBS CEO says 'willing to talk' to Aereo, VentureBeat reports
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July 15, 2014
08:03 EDTCMCSA, TWCPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
12:18 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast acquired PowerCloud Systems for under $50M, TechCrunch reports
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07:42 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKComcast reportedly acquires PowerCloud Systems, TechCrunch reports
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06:56 EDTTWC, CMCSADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 13, 2014
11:23 EDTCMCSAHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 10, 2014
07:14 EDTCHTR, CMCSA, TWCAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
July 9, 2014
15:54 EDTTWC, CMCSADISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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11:02 EDTCMCSAComcast Business announces agreement with Choice Hotels
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