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January 27, 2014
06:24 EDTCMG, FOXA, DIS, CMCSAChipotle comedy series to air on Hulu, NY Times says
Chipotleb (CMG) next month will release an ad in the form of an original comedy series on Hulu, according to The New York Times. The casual dining company wants to use the series to promote concerns about sustainable agriculture and the humane treatment of animals used for meat, the newspaper stated. Hulu is owned by 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Comcast (CMCSA). Reference Link
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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTFOXA, DIS, CMCSACable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:04 EDTDIS, CMCSAComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
09:45 EDTCMGChipotle Q2 estimate lowered, 2014, 2015 estimates raised at Janney Capital
Janney Capital lowered its Q2 EPS estimate on Chipotle ahead of the company's report Monday, citing a prior G&A expense estimate that the firm now views as too low. However, Janney raised its 2014 and 2015 EPS estimates for Chipotle and increased its fair value estimate on the stock $700. The firm maintains its Buy rating on the shares.
08:21 EDTDIS, CMCSA, FOXATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:05 EDTFOXACBS CEO says will examine CNN if Time Warner puts up for sale, Reuters says
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06:53 EDTFOXABSkyB aims for European expansion with Fox German, Italian units, Reuters says
In an effort to try to expand in Europe, BSkyB has started discussions with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to purchase Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, according to Reuters, citing comments from one top-ten shareholder in BSkyB. The move would create a European powerhouse with 20M subscribers. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
14:52 EDTCMCSAYahoo Sports, NBC Sports announce expanded fantasy football coverage
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10:00 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:31 EDTDISNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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09:31 EDTDISMattel says 'Frozen' brand continuing to grow
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09:22 EDTFOXA, CMCSAComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
08:42 EDTFOXACBS, Yahoo among potential CNN buyers if Time Warner divests, WSJ says
If Time Warner (TWX) were to divest CNN, which has been raised as a possiblity given the interest in Time Warner expressed by Fox News owner 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the "long list of potential buyers" would include CBS (CBS), Yahoo (YHOO) and Bloomberg LP, said The Wall Street Journal, citing media analysts and executives. Reference Link
08:33 EDTFOXALong 21st Century Fox, short Time Warner good in short-term, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital recommends a short-term trade of being long 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and shorting Time Warner (TWX), as the firm doesn't expect the deal to be completed any time soon. The firm expects Time Warner's stock to drop on profit taking, though it doesn't expect the shares to return to their prior levels.
08:24 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group
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08:05 EDTFOXATime Warner price target raised to $100 from $77 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Time Warner (TWX) after 21st Century Fox (FOXA) made an $85 takeover bid for the company. The firm does not believe that Time Warner would consider an offer below $100. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:53 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox purchase of Time Warner logical at $100, says Wells Fargo
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07:32 EDTFOXATime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital upgraded Time Warner (TWX) to Buy and raised its fair value estimate on the stock to $100 following the takeover approach made by 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Janney estimates a merger would be neutral to Fox at $101 in an all-cash deal, but could be neutral to Fox at a price as high as $160 if it were an all-stock deal.
07:22 EDTFOXATime Warner price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
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07:20 EDTFOXAFox would need to boost offer to pique Time Warner interest, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTDIS, FOXAFox purchase of Time Warner would challenge ESPN, Reuters says
If 21st Century Fox (FOXA) buys Time Warner (TWX), Fox would mount a significant challenge to Disney's (DIS) ESPN, according to Reuters. An acquisition of Time Warner would add March Madness, prime-time NBA games, and more Major League Baseball games to Fox's already significant arsenal of popular sports events, the news service explained. Reference Link
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