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December 12, 2012
08:31 EDTMGM, VIA, LGF, VZ, VIAB, CSTRRedbox Instant by Verizon releases details of disc and digital movie service
Redbox Instant by Verizon, a joint venture between two market leaders, Redbox, a subsidiary of Coinstar (CSTR), and Verizon Communications (VZ), unveiled further details of its soon-to-launch service and announced agreements with Hollywood studios and device manufacturers that will bring thousands of popular movies to consumers at home and on the go. Later this month, the Redbox Instant by Verizon beta product will launch to consumers. Priced at $8.00 per month, Redbox Instant by Verizon offers a subscription package that combines unlimited streaming of thousands of popular movies, including titles from premium network EPIX, with four one-night credits per month for the latest movie releases on DVD at Redbox kiosks. For $1.00 more, or $9.00 per month, customers can opt to redeem their four credits for rentals on Blu-ray Disc at the kiosk. Through the agreement with EPIX, Redbox Instant by Verizon's subscription customers will be able to instantly stream new releases such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Hunger Games from EPIX's studio partners, Viacom's Paramount Pictures (VIA, VIA.B), Lionsgate (LGF), and MGM (MGM) 90 days after they premiere in the traditional premium window.
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November 23, 2015
09:18 EDTLGFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tyson Foods (TSN), up 2.4%... Mallinckrodt (MNK), up 7.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Novocure (NVCR), up 16.8% after announcing new Phase 3 data from Optune study... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 12.7% after the initiation of its rolling new drug application to the FDA for pacritinib... Peabody Energy (BTU), up 14.8% after announcing an asset sale... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 5.2% following a positive mention in Barron's. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Trina Solar (TSL), down 5.6%. ALSO LOWER: Par Pacific (PARR), down 13.2% after pricing its 3.4M registered direct offering at $22.00... Lions Gate (LGF), down 2.9% after the "Hunger Games" finale opens below the series average.
08:35 EDTLGFLionsgate shares likely to recover after box office miss, says Piper Jaffray
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07:31 EDTVIABViacom weakness overdone, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Viacom's multiple compression is overdone, given what it sees as the company's visibility in affiliate fee revenues, cost savings from restructurings, and improving ad revenue outlook. RBC keeps a $60 price target and Outperform rating.
07:09 EDTLGFLionsgate estimates lowered below guidance at Stifel
Stifel lowered its estimates for Lionsgate below guidance following a weaker than expected opening last weekend for the company's "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" film. However, the firm thinks that M&A expectations will somewhat offset the pressure on the stock that will be caused by the film;s weak showing. Stifel keeps a $42 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:28 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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November 22, 2015
19:54 EDTLGFAs 'Hunger Games' end, Lionsgate places bets on TV, other media, WSJ says
In the wake of the final installment in its "Hunger Games" film property, Lionsgate is making an "array" of bets across its movie and TV businesses as well as new areas like videogames and live events, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. "The Hunger Games," a dystopic science fiction series starring Jennifer Lawrence, has been a "significant factor" in the rise of Lionsgate shares over the past several years, said the publication, and B. Riley analyst Eric Wold told the Journal that "people have been concerned about this 'Hunger Games' cliff for a long time." Lionsgate hopes its combined initiatives will fill the void represented by the conclusion of the series as well as make up for recent flops like "The Last Witch Hunter," the publication explains. Reference Link
16:22 EDTLGF'Hunger Games' finale opens below series average
Though showing clear dominance in the box office rankings, the final film in the "Hunger Games" saga missed analyst estimates in its domestic open. WEEKEND LEADER: Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" debuted at $101M domestically for the weekend of November 22, missing expectations for $120M-$127M and coming in markedly below the series' $144M first-weekend average. The final entry in the dystopic science fiction tetralogy also saw a weaker open than last year's $121M launch for "Mockingjay - Part 1," though reviews have been slightly stronger. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Sony's (SNE) latest James Bond outing "Spectre" slipped to second place at the U.S. box office with $14.6M, while Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" took in $12.8M. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Sony's "The Night Before" and STX's "The Secret In Their Eyes," with the two newcomers earning a respective $10.1M and $6.6M.
November 20, 2015
16:28 EDTLGFJohn Malone reports 3.3% stake in Lionsgate
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16:23 EDTLGFLiberty Global reports 3.4% stake in Lionsgate
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16:12 EDTLGFLionsgate files to sell 1.52M common shares for holders
11:45 EDTVIA, VIAB, LGFBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
November 19, 2015
16:05 EDTLGFLionsgate extends contracts of co-COO and Chief Strategic Officer
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November 18, 2015
13:05 EDTMGMLas Vegas Sands, MGM slip after Wynn reports opening delay for Macau casino
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11:33 EDTVZSprint announces launch of LTE Plus network
In celebration of the launch of its new LTE Plus network, Sprint (S) is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history - 50% off the price of most Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (TMUS) rate plans, the company says. New customers can sign up for this offer nationwide Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016. LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of Sprint's rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world's most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of iPhone Forever, where they are eligible to upgrade every time a new iPhone launches. Customers must port one line, and can add up to 9 additional lines on the account. Customers must choose from the 50 percent off rate plans available from their current carrier. Cricket and MetroPCS customers also can switch and save 50 percent off their parent company's postpaid rates. 50 percent off pricing remains valid until Jan. 8, 2018, for activations between Nov. 20, 2015, and Jan. 7, 2016.
November 17, 2015
10:41 EDTMGMMacau sees gaming revenue slump continuing, Bloomberg says
Macau's chief executive Fernando Chui is targeting casino revenue of $25B in 2016 about half of what it took in last year, says Bloomberg. Macau's gaming revenue fell for 17th straight month in October as China's economy slows and efforts to curb corruption continue, Bloomberg added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
November 16, 2015
17:10 EDTLGFSoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).
15:53 EDTLGFJANA Partners reduces stakes in Rackspace, Qualcomm
JANA Partners gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Mattel (MAT), Zoetis (ZTS), and Aramark (ARMK). INCREASED STAKES: ConAgra Foods (CAG). DECREASED STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Qualcomm (QCOM), Time Warner (TWX), Starz (STRZA), and Lions Gate (LGF). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Johnson Controls (JCI), Precision Castparts (PCP), AerCap Holdings (AER), United Rentals (URI), and HD Supply Holdings (HDS).
07:36 EDTVIABBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
07:18 EDTMGMDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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November 15, 2015
17:09 EDTLGF'Spectre' stays uncatchable while Christmas-themed 'Coopers' outperforms
"Spectre" and "The Peanuts" remained in first and second place, respectively, at the domestic box office while Christmas comedy "Love The Coopers" topped expectations heading into the holiday period. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" grossed $35.4M in the U.S. for the weekend of November 15, falling roughly 50% from its $73M domestic open. Globally speaking, the latest James Bond film has pulled in $543.8M in just its second week at the box office. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" earned $24.2M, as Charlie Brown and friends fell somewhat short of analyst expectations for $28.7M. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's (LGF) Christmas-themed comedy "Love The Coopers" debuted at $8.4M, beating estimates of $5.2M-$8M despite harsh reviews. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Fox's "The Martian" with $6.7M and newcomer "The 33" at $5.8M. Analyst expectations ranged $5.5M-$10M for the disaster survival drama from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros.
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