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March 2, 2014
17:21 EDTCMCSAComcast acquiring video ad company FreeWheel, TechCrunch says
FreeWheel, an ad-serving platform used by TV networks and video distributors, is about to be acquired by Comcast says TechCrunch. The deal is said to be priced at around $320M, added TechCrunch. Reference Link
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February 3, 2016
16:40 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in positive territory but were unable to hold their early gains. Following larger than expected builds in energy inventories, oil moved lower, taking equities with it. By the noon hour oil prices recovered and moved higher once again, helping to lift equities. While oil prices continued their advance and moved up more than 7%, stocks lagged, especially the Nasdaq, which was down as much as 1.5% this afternoon. That changed in the last hours of trading, which saw the Dow spurt higher and the Nasdaq recover most of its losses heading into another heavy dose of corporate earnings reports after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP estimated that private payrolls grew by 205,000 jobs in January, topping the consensus forecast for 190,000 job additions. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. In Asia, the Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month. Additionally, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. In Europe, Markit's composite purchasing managers index for January declined to 53.6 from 54.3 in December. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined 4.75% to $27.68 after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's chairman, said the board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) fell 2.89% to $461.92 after reporting lower than expected revenue and a 14% plunge in same-store sales for the quarter. Adding to the negative headlines, the restaurant operator also disclosed a subpoena broadening the scope of a criminal investigation that was previously limited to a single Chipotle location in California. Also punished by food safety worries were shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), which slid 4.24% to $143.64 after one of its restaurants was named a suspected source of new norovirus-like cases in suburban Kansas City, though the company disputed a link between its location and the illnesses. The stock continued to move lower in after-hours trading following the company's earnings report and lower than expected guidance... Merck (MRK) was one of the worst performers on the Dow, dipping to as low as $48.58 before ending the day down 0.7% at $50.04 after its earnings narrowly topped estimates but guidance for the new year fell short of expectations. Among other large cap names reporting earnings this morning, Comcast (CMCSA) rose 5.95% following its report, while General Motors (GM) slid 2.43%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Autodesk (ADSK), which rallied 8% to $49.56 after announcing a restructuring plan that will see its workforce cut by roughly 10%. Also higher was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 13.53% to $9.48 after the New York Post reported that InterActiveCorp (IAC) is preparing a "big run" to acquire the company. In addition, Syngenta (SYT) rose 2% to $80.21 after receiving a $43B-plus takeover offer from ChemChina. Among the noteworthy losers was Lowe's (LOW), which fell 6.2% to $67.42 after agreeing to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B. Also lower was Barnes & Noble (BKS), which declined 9.6% to $7.32 after mall operator General Growth (GGP) said during a conference call that Amazon (AMZN) plans to open 300-400 physical bookstores. After the closing bell, General Growth CEO Sandeep Mathrani indicated that his previous statement "was not intended to represent Amazon's plans." Meanwhile, Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Mondelez (MDLZ) and Match Group (MTCH) lost 7.6%, 6.5% and 12.6%, respectively, following their quarterly reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 183.12, or 1.13%, to 16,336.66, the Nasdaq fell 12.71, or 0.28%, to 4,504.24, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.50, or 0.5%, to 1,912.53.
13:37 EDTCMCSAComcast to be possible bidder for wireless airwaves, Bloomberg says
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07:09 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 NBCUniversal revenue up 13%
Revenue for NBCUniversal increased 13% to $7.5B in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $6.6B in the fourth quarter of 2014. Operating Cash Flow increased 8.7% to $1.6B compared to $1.4B in the fourth quarter of 2014. Revenue for NBCUniversal excluding Universal Studios Japan increased 10.5%. Operating Cash flow excluding Universal Studios Japan and $22M of costs associated with a change in the presentation of amounts payable for a contractual obligation in the fourth quarter of 2015, increased 4.7%, driven by strong results at Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks
07:07 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 Cable Communications revenue up 5.9%
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07:06 EDTCMCSAComcast board increases stock repurchase program authorization to $10B
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07:06 EDTCMCSAComcast increasing dividend 10% to $1.10 per share on annualized basis
Comcast increased its dividend by 10.0% to $1.10 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.275 a share on the company's common stock, payable on April 27, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 6, 2016.
07:06 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 customer relationships increased by 281,000 to 27.7M
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07:05 EDTCMCSAComcast increasing dividend 10%, to buyback $5B shares this year
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07:03 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 adjusted EPS 81c, consensus 82c
Reports Q4 revenue $19.2B, consensus $18.76B.
06:16 EDTCMCSAHulu eyes Sundance film acquisitions, Bloomberg reports
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February 2, 2016
15:46 EDTCMCSAEarnings Watch: Media networks report amid shifts in streaming, TV landscape
Comcast (CMCSA), CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA), and 21st Century Fox (FOX) are among media companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks. EXPECTATIONS: Comcast is expected to report EPS of 82c on revenue of $18.77B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 93c, Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $7.53B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.18 on revenue of $3.26B, and Fox is expected to report EPS of 44c on revenue of $7.54B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast, Fox, and viacom reported mixed results for the previous quarter, while CBS and Time Warner beat on both top and bottom lines. NEWS: On November 10, Comcast announced it expanded its advanced fiber network to Modesto, California as part of the company's ongoing response to Google (GOOG) Fiber. On November 12, the Wall Street Journal broke news that Hulu, a video streaming joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast and Fox, is in talks to sell a stake to Time Warner, though the Journal said on January 31 that the company has expressed dissatisfaction with Hulu's inclusion of current-season TV episodes, which it believes contributes to cord-cutting. On December 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube was holding talks with Hollywood studios and production companies to seek content licenses amid intensified competition with Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu. On December 9, Re/code reported that Apple (AAPL), rumored to be working on a subscription TV service, walked away from its negotiations with the major networks after being pressed to include "filler" channels in its hypothetical service. Speaking at a January 7 media conference, Time Warner CFO Howard Averill said the company was negotiating to make full seasons of TV shows available to pay-TV customers on demand, mirroring the "binge watching" offered by Netflix. On January 8, the New York Post reported that Corvex Management was considering an activist position in Time Warner. That same day, Benzinga reported that Twenty-First Century Fox remained interested in the company and had made a $105 per share acquisition offer, though Fox later denied the report. On January 14, the New York Post reported that Comcast has begun "ripping up" agreements with cable networks, moving them from basic cable onto digital tiers in response to consumer demand for smaller bundles. On January 27, Reuters reported that SpringOwl Asset Management is urging Viacom to seek outside investment from strategic partners. On January 30, the New York Post reported that Nelson Peltz is considering an activist position in Time Warner. On February 1, the National Football League announced a broadcasting agreement with CBS and Comcast's NBC which will see the two companies paying roughly $225M each for rights to the next two seasons of Thursday Night Football. Also on February 1, it was reported that Fox offered certain employees voluntary buyouts as part of a $250M cost cutting target. STREET RESEARCH: On November 5, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded Time Warner to Market Perform after its "huge" guidance cut last quarter, with the shares also seeing downgrades at CLSA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. On December 22, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne called Comcast one of his top large cap picks for 2016, saying the company can use skinny bundles to take market share and potentially add net video customers for the first time since 2006. On January 8, research firm Stifel cut its price target on CBS to $54 from $66, citing a belief that industry syndication and SVOD revenues will significantly decelerate going forward, with CBS having more exposure to those areas than its peers. Meanwhile, JPMorgan added the company to its U.S. focus list on January 11, citing its heavily discounted stock and potentially strong EPS growth in 2016. On February 1, Pacific Crest argued that Comcast shares should be owned going into fourth quarter results, contending that the company's video and broadband investments will likely translate to increased market share and strong cash flows this year. PRICE ACTION: Comcast and Fox, the first of the media giants to report quarterly earnings, are down 2% and 3.6%, respectively, amid the broader market selloff.
14:37 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Comcast February weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, February is at 32, March is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 3.
14:32 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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February 1, 2016
13:54 EDTCMCSANFL says CBS to retain Thursday night rights, NBC added as partner
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13:33 EDTCMCSACBS, NBC to split rights to Thursday Night Football, WSJ reports
The National Football League has agreed to a rights deal with CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC under which each will broadcast five Thursday night games that also will be simulcast on the NFL Network, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Each network will pay about $225M for the rights under the new deal, or $450M in total, which is an increase $300M CBS paid to the NFL this season, the report noted. Reference Link
13:20 EDTCMCSANFL reaches deal with CBS, NBC for Thursday night football, Dow Jones says
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13:18 EDTCMCSANFL near deal with CBS, NBC to split up Thursday games, Bloomberg says
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08:54 EDTCMCSAComcast shares should be owned into Q4 results, says Pacific Crest
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January 31, 2016
20:11 EDTCMCSATime Warner, Hulu talks heat up over issue of current seasons, WSJ says
Time Warner's (TWX) negotiations to potentially buy into Hulu, a joint venture of Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Disney (DIS), have been heating up lately over the issue of Hulu subscribers being able to view current-season TV shows, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Though the feature is a differentiator for Hulu when compared to Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), Time Warner believes the presence of full, current seasons contributes to cord cutting, the report says. Reference Link
18:07 EDTCMCSA'Kung Fu Panda 3' swings to first, 'Finest Hours' lands in choppy waters
"Kung Fu Panda 3" topped the box office in its U.S. debut while nautical disaster drama "The Finest Hours" floundered. WEEKEND LEADER: "Kung Fu Panda 3," produced by DreamWorks (DWA) and distributed by Fox (FOX, FOXA), grossed $41M against expectations for $35M-$50M in its domestic debut during the weekend of January 31. The computer-animated action comedy, featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie, set a new box office record for January animated film openings but fell somewhat short of the $60.2M and $47.7M debuts seen by previous films in the franchise. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: "The Revenant," also from Fox, grossed $12.4M. Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took in an additional $10.8M and stands at $1.98B globally, while the company's "The Finest Hours" earned $10.3M in its domestic start despite an estimated $70M-$80M budget. Rounding out the top five was Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Ride Along 2" with $8.3M.
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