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News For CMCSA;CVC;DIS;TWC;VZ From The Last 14 Days
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February 9, 2016
06:35 EDTDISDisney's ESPN woes may overshadow 'Star Wars' success, WSJ says
Disney's success from the newest "Star Wars" film has been somewhat overshadowed by the increase in cord-cutting and its troubling impact on ESPN, Steven Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. When the media conglomerate reports Q1 results Tuesday, the stock's next move will probably be determined by what the company says about ESPN, the Journal says. ESPN accounts for 52% of Disney's operating income in FY15, even though its contribution has been declining for the past four years, the report says. Reference Link
06:23 EDTVZNFL seeks to up Verizon's $1B streaming agreement, NY Post reports
The NFL is shopping its Thursday Night Football streaming package rights in an effort to get Verizon to up its $1B existing mobile-phone rights deal, the New York Post reports. Verizon intends to renew its phone rights to NFL games on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday and acquire wider streaming rights beyond what it already has, the report says, citing sources. The NFL is trying to tie Thursday's streaming rights to an extension of Verizon's NFL sponsorship, the report says, citing a source close to the talks. Reference Link
February 8, 2016
17:00 EDTVZNFL shopping streaming rights for Thursday Night Football, Bloomberg says
The NFL is shopping the web streaming rights for Thursday Night Football and has held talks with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Yahoo (YHOO), Facebook (FB), Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), reports Bloomberg, citing sources. Though some of the companies rejected the high price asked by the league, Yahoo, Verizon, and AT&T are expected to bid, the sources told Bloomberg. The NFL is not pursuing a longterm relationship, and will instead use the next several years to explore various distribution models in preparation for selling a broader array of digital rights near 2021, the report said. Reference Link
14:18 EDTVZAOL's Armstrong asked to help explore possible Yahoo bid, Bloomberg reports
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13:45 EDTVZVerizon asks Armstrong to lead exploration of possible Yahoo bid, Bloomberg says
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13:04 EDTDISDisney volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Disney February weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, February is at 51, March is at 36; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 9.
06:49 EDTVZVerizon CEO says company interested in acquiring Yahoo, CNBC reports
Verizon (VZ) chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said that the company is mulling a bid to acquire yahoo (YHOO), CNBC reported Friday, citing McAdam's comments on Jim Cramer's "Mad Money." "We have to understand the trends," McAdam told Cramer when asked if Verizon had interest in adding Yahoo to its three-tier strategy. "But then at the right price, I think marrying up some of their assets with AOL and the leadership would be good." Reference Link
06:47 EDTCVCNYC increases negative rhetoric over possible Altice, Cablevision deal, WSJ says
New York City is increasing its negative commentary of Altice's (ATCEY) proposed acquisition of Cablevision (CVC), the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing a filing with the state's regulator the New York Public Service Commission. According to the filing, the city said it has "serious concern" over the $10B proposed transaction and that it raises "key public interest questions," the report says. The city won't make a formal decision on the proposed transaction until early spring, the report says. Reference Link
06:17 EDTDIS, CMCSACBS' Moonves eyeing bigger move to digital content, Reuters says
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February 7, 2016
17:27 EDTDIS, CMCSA'Kung Fu Panda' defends top spot as undead Jane Austen misses
"Kung Fu Panda 3" missed analyst forecasts for its second week at the box office but still staved off newcomers "Hail, Caesar!" and "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," with the latter coming in sharply below estimates. WEEKEND LEADER: "Kung Fu Panda 3," produced by DreamWorks (DWA) and distributed by Fox (FOX, FOXA), grossed $21M domestically for the weekend of February 7. The film dipped roughly 49% from its $41M debut, missing expectations for $23M-$24.7M. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Hail, Caesar!" debuted at $11.4M versus expectations for $10M-$11M. Directed by the Coen brothers, the comedy film features an ensemble cast of Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. Meanwhile, Fox's "The Revenant" took in another $7.1M for a U.S. total of $149.7M, while Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" added $6.9M to its domestic tally. Rounding out the top five was Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Choice" with $6.1M against a reported budget of $10M. "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," Sony's (SNE) undead take on the Jane Austen classic, shambled to just $5.2M despite predictions of a possible $10M-$11M open.
16:38 EDTVZVerizon makes Go90 data free, responds to net neutrality criticism, Re/code says
Verizon has exempted its Go90 video platform from counting against data caps for Verizon subscribers, reports Re/code. In response to questions of whether the policy violates net neutrality principles, a company spokesperson told the publication, "Go90 has decided to take advantage of Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 service... an open, non-exclusive service available to other content providers on a non-discriminatory basis. Any interested content provider can use FreeBee Data 360 to expand their audiences." Reference Link
February 5, 2016
17:10 EDTTWC, DIS, CMCSAComcast appears undervalued, could rise 20%, Barron's reports
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16:37 EDTCMCSAStocks end week lower as tech melts down despite strong Alphabet report
Stocks ended the week lower, with the Nasdaq index the clear laggard, as a number of well-known tech stocks felt the brunt of the market pullback. The week was bookended by a strong report Monday night from Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), which still ended the week lower despite its better than expected earnings, and weak guidance Thursday evening from social media name LinkedIn (LNKD), which was severely punished by investors and analysts alike in the wake of its outlook. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. The Labor Department said that productivity fell at an annual rate of 3% in the fourth quarter, marking the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years and worse than the expected decline of 2%. Labor costs rose 4.5% in the fourth quarter, versus expectations for an increase of 4.3%... In Asia, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. The Chinese government's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. The Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month... In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. The European Commission lowered its 2016 economic growth forecast for the 19-nation single currency area to 1.7% from the 1.8% expansion the commission had forecast in November. The Bank of England also cut its economic growth forecasts, saying it now expects Britain's economy to grow 2.2% this year and 2.3% next year, which is down from the 2.5% growth for 2016 and 2.6% in 2017 that it previously predicted. Additionally, the BoE maintained its bank rate and held the size of its asset purchase program steady. COMPANY NEWS: After the closing bell Monday, Alphabet reported better than expected quarterly earnings and revenue, along with breaking the results of its core Google businesses out from its "Other Bets" for the first time. The report was followed by analysts around Wall Street hiking their price targets on the stock, with Deutsche Bank notably raising its target to $1,080 per share, but the company's Class A shares only gained a bit more than 1% on Tuesday and finished the week down by nearly 8%... Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined nearly 5% on Wednesday after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's chairman, said the board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders, but the assurance that the company will listen to offers from potential suitors did little to help its stock performance this week... GoPro (GPRO) shares sunk to all-time lows on Thursday after the action camera maker reported fourth quarter revenue that fell $60M short of expectations and guided first quarter revenue even further below analyst forecasts... LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged over 40% on Friday after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock. "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA) similarly issued full-year guidance significantly below expectations and also fell sharply, tumbling nearly 50%... In addition to tech companies, it was a big week for earnings reports from names in the oil space. Exxon Mobil (XOM) posted better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2% on Tuesday after the report. Fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged more than 8% the same day after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring. ConocoPhillips (COP) declined nearly 9% on Thursday after the oil and gas explorer reported a worse than expected quarterly loss and slashed its dividend to 25c from 74c per share. CEO Ryan Lance said the decision to reduce the dividend was a "difficult one," but the company believes it is prudent to plan for lower commodity prices for a longer period of time... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Dow Chemical (DOW), Comcast (CMCSA), Michael Kors (KORS), Mattel (MAT), Sysco (SYY), and Aetna (AET) gained immediately following their reports, while Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), General Motors (GM), Mondelez (MDLZ), Match Group (MTCH), Cardinal Health (CAH), ADT (ADT), Royal Caribbean (RCL), Ralph Lauren (RL) and Kohl's (KSS) all slid following their own... On the M&A front, Syngenta (SYT) agreed to a $43B-plus takeover offer from ChemChina. Alere (ALR) surged after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. Questar (STR) jumped on Monday as well after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B. Lowe's (LOW) fell 6% on Wednesday after agreeing to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B... Sumner Redstone stepped down as executive chairman of both CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB), being replaced by the CEOs of the companies in both cases. CBS shares were up fractionally Thursday after Leslie Moonves was named the next chair of its board, while Class A shares of Viacom gained 2% after Philippe Dauman was selected to succeed Redstone... Like Chipotle has been in the past months, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) shares were punished by food safety worries after one of its restaurants was named a suspected source of new norovirus-like cases in suburban Kansas City, though the company disputed a link between its location and the illnesses. Late in the week, the Department of Health of Johnson County, Kansas, confirmed one case of norovirus associated with an area Buffalo Wild Wings location, according to Bloomberg. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 1.6% to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq lost 5.4% to 4,363.14, and the S&P 500 declined 3.1% to 1,880.02.
13:46 EDTDIS, CMCSABox Office Battle: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' expected to remain on top
DreamWorks Animation's (DWA) "Kung Fu Panda 3," starring Jack Black, is expected to retain the top spot at the box office in its second weekend of release, with an estimated domestic gross of $23M-$24.7M. Second place is likely to be a toss-up between Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Hail, Caesar!," directed by the Coen brothers and starring George Clooney, and Lionsgate's (LGF) Jane Austen parody "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," which are both predicted to open in the $10M-$11M range. Expected to round out the top five are Fox's (FOX, FOXA) survival story and Oscar contender "The Revenant," which is expected to earn an additional $8M-$9M, and Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which is expected to gross another $7M in its eighth weekend at theaters -- pushing it past the $900M mark domestically and the $2B mark globally. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Sony (SNE), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
13:39 EDTDISDisney says new 'Star Wars' to reach $2B in global sales on Saturday
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12:10 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with JPMorgan
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10:02 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded on valuation at Argus... Allstate (ALL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... CACI (CACI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded following Q4 results at Argus... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Fluidigm (FLDM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy at UBS... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kona Grill (KONA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... LPL Financial (LPLA) upgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Resolute Forest (RFP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Sysco (SYY) upgraded at Argus... U.S. Concrete (USCR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Ubiquiti (UBNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Wi-LAN (WILN) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord.
09:19 EDTCMCSAComcast upgraded following Q4 results at Argus
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07:48 EDTCMCSAComcast reported strong Q4 results, says Oppenheimer
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07:20 EDTCMCSAComcast upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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