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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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August 25, 2014
19:00 EDTTWC, CMCSADISH Network petitions FCC to deny Comcast, Time Warner merger
Citing irreparable harm to competition and consumers, DISH Network (DISH) petitioned the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to deny the merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). The petition to deny outlines, among other things, the critical role high-speed broadband plays in the video industry and the potential for the merger to significantly damage competitive development of over-the-top video and limit consumer access to online video programming.
10:44 EDTCBSGray Television renewal with CBS removes overhang, says Wells Fargo
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08:31 EDTCBSCBS, Gray Television sign affiliation deal
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06:20 EDTTWC, CMCSAFCC seeks more data from Comcast regarding TWC deal, Reuters says
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August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTCVSNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
18:19 EDTPEPPepsiCo holders would benefit more from split up, Barron's says
PepsiCo shareholders would benefit more if Pepsi and Frito-Lay were split, Barron's contends in its cover article. Cost cutting at both companies would offset synergies, the paper adds. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
08:38 EDTOWWTripAdvisor cut metasearch inventory in half, says FBR Capital
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05:58 EDTCMCSAComcast launches streaming TV services for college campuses, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
06:20 EDTCBSCBS seeking bigger share of pay-television revenue from affiliates, WSJ reports
CBS last week stripped an Indianapolis station of its affiliation due to a fee disagreement as it seeks a bigger share of pay-television revenue, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Indianapolis station's owner LIN Media (LIN) was set to be acquired by Media General (MEG) for $1.6B this year, but Media General cut its acquisition price Wednesday by 7%, or more than $100M, with the move from CBS cited as one of the reasons. According to Gabelli & Co., the lack of a CBS affiliation may cost the statio tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue to decline. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
06:26 EDTCSCOCisco COO says annual layoffs 'wrong way to do it,' Business Insider reports
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06:13 EDTTWCNetflix signs paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, Gigaom reports
Netflix (NFLX) has signed a direct interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) that would provide Netflix with direct access and faster streams, reports Gigaom. Time Warner Cable confirmed that the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
11:05 EDTCSCOImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTCSCOImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
August 18, 2014
08:31 EDTCVSCVS Caremark's Accordant Health receives NCQA accreditation
CVS Caremark announced that its Accordant Health Services division has received full NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management accreditation for programs to support: Epilepsy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Parkinson's Disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Myasthenia Gravis, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia, Scleroderma, Polymyositis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dermatomyositis, and Gaucher Disease.
08:05 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable price target raised to $173 from $148 at UBS
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August 17, 2014
20:16 EDTCMCSA, TWCFCC must decide on TWC arrangement as it reviews Comcast deal, WSJ says
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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTCSCOStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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12:16 EDTPEPMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
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07:38 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast met with FCC this week to argue for deal, NY Post says
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06:03 EDTCBSCBS, Cumulus, MDC oversold after Q2 results, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says ad-related stocks CBS (CBS), Cumulus Media (CMLS) and MDC Partners (MDCA) are oversold following the Q2 reporting season. Piper expects the ad market to turn around in Q3 and accelerate in Q4.
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