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February 14, 2014
17:03 EDTCMCSA, TWC, CHTR, CBS, CVS, OWW, CSCO, VFC, PEPMarkets log gains after Yellen affirms Fed strategy
Stocks ended the week higher after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reassured investors of the central bank's strategy, with the Dow and S&P 500 climbing back within 1% of their all-time highs. MACRO NEWS: In testimony before a Congressional panel, newly appointed Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expected "a great deal of continuity" in the central bank's policies as she begins her tenure. Yellen said she would likely support further tapering of the Fed's asset purchases, and backs its policy of keeping interest rates low "well past" the point when the unemployment rate drops below 6.5%... An index of retail sales in January showed that sales fell 0.4% during the month, which was below December's 0.2% gain and economists' expectations for flat sales... Earlier today, the EU reported that eurozone GDP grew 0.3% last quarter, surpassing consensus estimates for a 0.2% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Cable majors Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), agreed to merge in a $45.2 billion deal all-stock deal. The announcement followed a months-long pursuit of TWC by Charter Communications (CHTR), which earlier in the week had nominated a full slate of directors to TWC's board... Corporate earnings season is beginning to wind down, but a slew of companies were out this week with their quarterly reports. Among the companies that gained after reporting results were CBS (CBS), CVS Caremark (CVS), and online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW). Companies that fell following their quarter reports included tech giant Cisco (CSCO) and apparel company VFC Corp. (VFC). Soft drink maker Pepsi (PEP) also reported quarterly results and saw its shares slip after deciding against spinning-off its domestic beverage business. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 2.2% to 16,154.39; the S&P 500 gained 2.3% to 1,838.63; the Nasdaq gained 2.8% to 4,244.02.
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September 10, 2014
11:50 EDTCHTR, TWC, CMCSAComcast sees Time Warner Cable deal closing in early 2015
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10:26 EDTTWC, CMCSADiscovery 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 EDTCHTR, TWC, CMCSAOn 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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05:56 EDTCBSStocks with implied volatility movement; UNG CBS
Stocks with implied volatility movement; United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 31, CBS (CBS) 25 according to iVolatility.
September 9, 2014
16:20 EDTOWWLazard Asset Management reports 7.05% passive stake in Orbitz
11:01 EDTCMCSAComcast, Univision reach long-term agreement for distribution of UDN
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07:44 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast price target raised to $72 from $60 at UBS
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07:17 EDTCSCO, TWCThe 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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11:57 EDTCBSCBS confirms James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show"
The CBS Television Network announced that James Corden will be the new host of THE LATE LATE SHOW. Corden a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy will take the reins of the daily late night show in 2015. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television.
11:07 EDTCBSCBS picks James Corden for "Late Late Show," Variety reports
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08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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08:01 EDTCVSCVS Health completes purchase of Navarro Discount Pharmacy
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07:26 EDTCVSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:59 EDTCMCSA, TWCTWC 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 EDTCMCSA, TWCDiscovery: 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
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