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January 28, 2014
07:04 EDTCMCSAComcast increases share repurchase authorization to $7.5B
Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $7.5B. Comcast plans to repurchase $3.0B during 2014, subject to market conditions.
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April 23, 2015
15:01 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable down 1% after Bloomberg says Comcast plans to drop deal
14:59 EDTCMCSAComcast said to plan to give up on Time Warner Cable deal, Bloomberg says
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13:01 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid another deluge of earnings reports. Stocks began the session in negative territory and have remained there through the morning before crossing into positive ground right near noon. The averages gapped up after making it back to the green, putting the Nasdaq back above the all-time closing record it achieved in 2000. A question for the afternoon will be whether the average can hold on to set a new all-time closing high fifteen years later. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims inched up 1K to 295K in the week ended April 18, versus the expected 287K first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell 1.5 points to 54.2 in April, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 55.7. New home sales dropped 11.4% to a 481K rate in March, versus expectations for a less severe 4.5% drop to a 515K rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) slid about 1% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's staff recommended a course of action that could derail the company's merger with Comcast (CMCSA). However, research firm Jefferies remained upbeat on Time Warner Cable shares, upgrading the stock this morning and saying that Charter (CHTR) would probably buy the company if the government nixes the Comcast deal... Among members of the Dow that issued earnings reports this morning, Caterpillar (CAT) slid fractionally while 3M (MMM) and Procter & Gamble (PG) each fell about 2%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ARRIS (ARRS), which jumped 21% after the company agreed to acquire its competitor Pace for aggregate stock and cash consideration of $2.1B. Also higher following their earnings reports were Skechers (SKX), which rose nearly 13%, and Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), which gained 8.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was MobileIron (MOBL), which plunged 22% after the company warned of a Q1 revenue miss and announced the resignation of its CFO. Also lower following their earnings reports were Texas Instruments (TXN), which fell 7%, and General Motors (GM), which declined nearly 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 81.31, or 0.45%, to 18,119.58, the Nasdaq was up 22.69, or 0.45%, to 5,057.86, and the S&P 500 was up 10.32, or 0.49%, to 2,118.28.
10:12 EDTCMCSACharter seen as white knight for Time Warner Cable if Comcast deal blocked
The shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) are declining after The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's staff recommended a course of action that could derail the company's merger with Comcast (CMCSA). However, research firm Jefferies remained upbeat on Time Warner Cable shares, saying that Charter (CHTR) would probably buy the company if the government nixes the Comcast deal. WHAT'S NEW: The FCC's staff yesterday recommended that the agency allow an administrative law judge to decide whether Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable should be allowed to proceed, according to The Wall Street Journal. Such a move by the FCC would be seen as a strong sign that the agency does not believe that the takeover is in the public interest, the newspaper stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack upgraded time Warner Cable to Buy from Hold. Assuming the Comcast deal is going to close, Time Warner Cable's stock is worth $193, McCormack wrote. But, even in the unlikely event that the deal is not approved, Charter Communications is likely to step in and buy Time Warner Cable at a similar valuation as that which Comcast agreed to, McCormack predicted. An acquisition by Charter would face less regulatory risk than the Comcast deal, he added. Moreover, if the Comcast deal,is vetoed, Time Warner Cable could return up to $7B of cash to shareholders before holding talks with Charter, wrote the analyst, who set a $193 price target on Time Warner Cable. WHAT'S NOTABLE: John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Time Warner Cable slipped fractionally to $149.30, Comcast rose 2% to $60 and Charter gained 0.4% to $185.70.
09:18 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility flat with uncertainty of completion of Time Warner Cable deal
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07:29 EDTCMCSAJefferies ups Time Warner Cable to Buy, sees Charter as potential bidder
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05:58 EDTCMCSAFCC staff recommends hearing on Comcast-TWC merger, WSJ reports
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April 22, 2015
06:39 EDTCMCSARegulators evaluating Comcast's track record, NY Times says
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06:25 EDTCMCSAFCC staff to meet with commissioners today on Comcast deal, Reuters reports
FCC staff is slated to brief the agency's commissioners later today on their review of Comcast's (CMCSA) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The staff is also slated to discuss its view of a $48B pending deal between AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV), the news agency quoted one of the sources as saying. Reference Link
06:23 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable volatility up on uncertainty of completion of Comcast deal
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April 21, 2015
18:53 EDTCMCSAFox, NBC say Verizon cable packages violate license terms, Washington Post says
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15:04 EDTCMCSAHesse as reviewer may be Comcast 'worst-case scenario,' CT Financial says
Cleveland State University Law professor Christopher Sagers said that in some ways having Renata Hesse oversee the DOJ's review of the proposed merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) could be a “worst-case scenario” for the companies, citing her experience and reputation. If Comcast is seen as merging to thwart Time Warner Cable from launching an over-the-top streaming service, then "that’s virtually a horizontal merger" which would be a "very serious theory of harm," according to the professor. Reference Link
13:36 EDTCMCSASenators urge rejection of potential Comcast, Time Warner merger, Reuters says
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April 20, 2015
09:52 EDTCMCSARovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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07:56 EDTCMCSACharter would pursue Time Warner if Comcast deal blocked, says UBS
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06:39 EDTCMCSADOJ lawyers leaning towards recommending block of Comcast deal, NY Times says
The Justice Department's staff lawyers are leaning towards recommending that Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) be blocked, according to The New York Times, which cited an unnamed source. Reference Link
05:55 EDTCMCSAStocks with implied volatility movement; RSX CMCSA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) 40, Comcast (CMCSA) 25 according to iVolatility.
April 19, 2015
15:24 EDTCMCSAComcast's 'Furious 7' leads U.S. weekend box office with $29.1M
For the weekend of April 19, Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Furious 7" topped domestic box office charts at $29.1M. Sony's (SNE) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" landed in second place with $24M for the weekend while Universal's "Unfriended" came in third with $16M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" and "The Longest Ride" took fourth and fifth place at $10.3M and $6.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
12:23 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable, Comcast set to meet with DoJ, WSJ says
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