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January 28, 2014
08:44 EDTGE, CMCSAComcast CEO says Sochi ad sales set record for Winter Games
Roberts says coverage of Sochi Olympics will be most comprehensive the company has ever had. Roberts says ad sales for the games have set a record for a Winter Games. Roberts calls buying out GE (GE) stake in NBCUniversal the company's "best decision" of the year. Comcast (CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts speaking on company's Q4 earnings conference call.
News For CMCSA;GE From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
10:17 EDTCMCSADisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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09:32 EDTGEGE unveils $100M-plus washer investment in Louisville plant
GE announced an investment of $100M-plus in a new top load washer design and expanded manufacturing capability at its laundry plant in Louisville. This marks the largest laundry launch for GE in 20 years and is another example of the company's continued commitment to U.S. manufacturing.
08:04 EDTCMCSABuzzFeed says NBCUniversal to make $200M equity investment in company
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August 17, 2015
20:09 EDTCMCSACable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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19:54 EDTCMCSAComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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08:02 EDTGEGE Healthcare wins FDA approval for low dose CT lung cancer screening
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August 16, 2015
16:59 EDTCMCSA'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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August 14, 2015
16:13 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session with modest losses despite a calm overnight trading session for the Chinese yuan. The U.S. economic data that was released prior to the open were generally in-line with expectations leaving little for investors to key in on during the market hours. As a result, the averages drifted several times across the flat line until finally moving higher in the afternoon. Even the price of crude was fairly stale throughout the session, but it still closed toward its low of the day. The market received a slight boost toward the end of the session when headlines out of Europe said the area's finance ministers agreed to implement the Greek bailout with a couple of additional measures. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report was unchanged from last week at 884 rigs. COMPANY NEWS: Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management disclosed a new 7.08% stake in food distributor Sysco Corporation (SYY), and is engaged in discussions with the company including board representation for Trian. Sysco rose 7.4% to $41.38 after the disclosure of the Trian stake... General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Additionally, Reuters reported that General Electric was expected to win EU antitrust approval for its proposed EUR12.4B acquisition of Alstom's (ALSMY) power unit, according to two people familiar with the matter. GE rose 1.1% to $26.08 on the day. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 4.3% and 5.6%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 6.15%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 20.7% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 20.7% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." INDEXES: The Dow rose 69.15, or 0.4%, to 17,477.40, the Nasdaq gained 14.68, or 0.29%, to 5,048.23, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.15, or 0.39%, to 2,091.54.
12:50 EDTGEGE likely to gain EU approval for Alstom unit buy, Reuters reports
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12:37 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
12:33 EDTGEGeneral Electric likely to gain EU approval for Alstom unit buy, Reuters says
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12:29 EDTCMCSAComcast to launch online video platform called Watachable, Business Insider says
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11:24 EDTCMCSAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' expected to lead weekend box office
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August 13, 2015
17:12 EDTCMCSAApple delays live TV service until 2016 as licensing talks drag, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is now targeting a 2016 launch date for its live TV streaming service, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the plans. Licensing discussions with network owners such as CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) NBC are progressing slowly, said the sources, adding that Apple is also lacking in computer network capacity. The tech giant is pursuing a $40 per month price point for the internet TV package, a goal which is encountering pushback from TV programmers, according to the sources. Reference Link
16:24 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell online deposit platform to Goldman Sachs Bank USA
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16:23 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell online deposit platform to Goldman Sachs Bank USA
13:14 EDTCMCSANBC to keep Jimmy Fallon as 'Tonight Show' host through 2021, Variety reports
NBC has extended Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" contract through the fall of 2021, Variety reports, citing comments made at NBC's Television Critics Association press tour presentation. Reference Link
08:56 EDTGECapital One upgraded at Argus
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06:45 EDTCMCSAFCC proposes review of 'totality of circumstances test' for retransmission talks
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06:21 EDTCMCSAUniversal to pay for security at 'Straight Outta Compton' screenings, WSJ says
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