|February 12, 2013|
|13:15 EDT||CMCSA||Earnings Preview: Comcast sits just off all-time highs ahead of Q4 report|
Comcast (CMCSA) is set to report Q4 earnings before the market opens on Wednesday, February 13, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a provider of entertainment, information, and communications products that operates the NBC family of networks, Universal Pictures and provides cable, internet, and voice services... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 53c on revenue of $16B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 46c-57c on revenue of $15.64B-$16.88B... LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported Q3 EPS ex-items of 46c, against estimates for 46c, on revenue of $16.5B, against estimates for $16.08B. Last month, the company announced that NBC was the most viewed network in primetime among ABC (DIS), CBS (CBS), Fox (NWSA) and NBC for the 15-week period ended January 6, with an average 3.1 rating. Earlier today, Comcast and News Corp announced an agreement for a new distribution pact to bring Fox content to Comcast Xfinity TV customers across a variety of devices... STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on Comcast since its Q3 report. Maxim raised its price target on shares to $46 from $41 on the day after the company's Q3 report. In a note to investors this morning, Brean Capital said that Comcast remains the firm's favorite cable stock, with the firm maintaining a Buy rating and $45 price target on shares. Brean said Comcast is the only multiple system operator currently positioned to generate margin expansion and higher capital returns in 2013 than it did in 2012, adding that Comcast could sustain this outperformance beyond 2013 if their transition to a TV Everywhere model is managed correctly... PRICE ACTION: Shares of Comcast have gained more than $2.25, or 6.4%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report. Shares of Comcast are nearly unchanged at $38.72 in afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q4 report.
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|October 9, 2015|
|11:15 EDT||CMCSA||Fly Watch: 'The Martian' again expected to win weekend box office |
Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Martian," based on the best selling science fiction novel by Andy Weir and starring Matt Damon, is again expected to top the weekend box office with a gross of $30M-$34M in its second weekend at theaters. Sony's (SNE) animated sequel "'Hotel Transylvania 2," which has already grossed almost $94M domestically, is estimated to gross in the range of $21.6M-$23.2M in its third weekend in theaters. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Pan," based on classic J.M. Barrie character Peter Pan, is estimated to gross $18.45M-$20M in its opening weekend at over 3,500 theaters. This would be a disappointment for the film, which reportedly cost $150M to make. Warner Bros.' comedy "The Intern," starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, is estimated to bring in $7.5M-$7.6M in its third weekend in theaters. Lions Gate's (LGF) drug cartel drama "Sicario," which opened wide last weekend, is expected to take in $6.5M-$7.9M in about 2,620 theaters. Sony subsidiary TriStar's "The Walk," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is expanding beyond its IMAX (IMAX) release to over 2,500 theaters, and is expected to gross $4.7M-$6M. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Steve Jobs," directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen, is also set to open in limited release at four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
|08:20 EDT||CMCSA||Top quality video content to outperform, says Pacific Crest|
Pacific Crest predicts that companies with top quality video content will outperform, taking share from those with mid-range content. It identifies this trend as positive for Netflix, AMC Networks (AMCX), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). According to the firm, this trend is negative for Viacom (VIAB), Scripps Networks (SNI), Discovery (DISCA), and Comcast (CMCSA)
|08:14 EDT||CMCSA||Outlook for video distributors mixed, says Pacific Crest|
Pacific Crest believes that the shift to Internet video will accelerate, likely creating high profits for "the largest and most differentiated" TV distribution players. It identifies current trends as positive for Netflix (NFLX), Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Apple (AAPL). It predicts that Comcast (CMCSA), DISH (DISH), AT&T (T), Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Verizon (VZ) will be hurt by the current trends.
|October 7, 2015|
|15:14 EDT||CMCSA||Amazon considering possible online service for live TV, Bloomberg says|
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|15:00 EDT||CMCSA||Amazon exploring potential online TV service, Bloomberg says|
Amazon (AMZN) is said to have reached out to CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal about online TV, according to Bloomberg.
|08:02 EDT||CMCSA||Citi, NBC's TODAY announce multi-year sponsorship|
Citi (C) and NBC's (CMCSA) TODAY announced the Citi Concert Series on TODAY, to provide year-round opportunities for millions of Citi customers, TODAY viewers and fans to enjoy live performances by their favorite artists. This new multi-year sponsorship brings together Citi's and TODAY's decades of experience in live entertainment working with thousands of chart-topping artists.
|05:58 EDT||CMCSA||Hulu renews, expands programming deal with Viacom, Deadline Hollywood says|
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|September 30, 2015|
|17:53 EDT||CMCSA||NBCUniversal reaches advertising deal with YouTube, WSJ says|
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|13:33 EDT||CMCSA||FCC review of Charter-TWC deal likely to extend into 1Q16, CTFN says|
The FCC's review of Charter Communications' (CHTR) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks will likely extend into the first quarter of 2016 and could take even longer, CTFN reports, citing an attorney who often deals with telecom issues before the FCC. "...It is virtually impossible for the FCC to complete its review and adopt an order approving the license transfer before 1Q16 and, in my opinion, even getting it done before April 1 is a stretch," Barbara Esbin, a partner at law firm Cinnamon Mueller, told CTFN in an email. Esbin also said that the merger "appears to have drawn none of the heavy flack that felled Comcast (CMCSA)-TWC," a proposal that was nixed by the FCC and DOJ earlier this year, the report says. California utility regulators are also preparing for their own review of the deal since it will particularly effect the southern half of the state, the report says. Reference Link
|September 29, 2015|
|11:09 EDT||CMCSA||GoPro announces launch of channel on Comcast Watchable|
GoPro (GPRO) announced it's bringing the GoPro Channel to Watchable, Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) new, cross-platform video service. GoPro's first Multichannel Video Programming Distributor agreement will deliver GoPro content to users on iOS, Watchable.com, and X1. Launching in beta, all Watchable content is free, the company stated.
|11:05 EDT||CMCSA||Comcast launches video platform Watchable, Business Insider reports|
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|September 28, 2015|
|06:08 EDT||CMCSA||Comcast NBCUniversal to acquire 51% stake in Universal Studios Japan|
Comcast NBCUniversal (CMCSA) announced that it has agreed to purchase 51% ownership of Universal Studios Japan in a recapitalization transaction, partnering with the current owners including Goldman Sachs (GS), USJ's CEO Glenn Gumpel, Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners, and U.S. hedge fund Owl Creek Asset Management. Comcast NBCUniversal's purchase price for the majority ownership of the theme park destination is Y183B, or $1.5B. "We are excited to expand our global footprint with this wonderful theme park in Osaka and are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead in Japan and all of Asia," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast. "This investment represents a huge opportunity and commitment to creating value for our shareholders and continuing to grow internationally." Acquiring majority ownership of Universal Studios Japan continues Comcast NBCUniversal's ongoing investment strategy for it's U.S. parks in Orlando and Hollywood.
|September 27, 2015|
|19:39 EDT||CMCSA||'Hotel Transylvania 2' bites down in record-setting debut|
Animated children's film "Hotel Transylvania 2" set a domestic record for September while "Maze Runner" and "Black Mass" dropped in their second weekends at the box office. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) computer animated comedy "Hotel Transylvania 2" grossed $47.5M during its domestic open for the weekend of September 27, beating expectations for $35M-$40M and setting a new record for September box office debuts. Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and others returned to provide voice acting for the monster-themed movie, which saw the biggest open yet for Sony Pictures Animation. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: With Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway in leading roles, Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "The Intern" opened at $18.2M against estimates sales of $15M-$20M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" came in third with $14M after grossing $30.3M domestically during last weekend's debut. Meanwhile, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Everest" jumped to $13.1M after significantly expanding its screen count, while Warner Bros.' "Black Mass" rounded out this weekend's Top 5 at $11.5M.