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February 26, 2013
11:44 EDTVIAB, VIA, CVCCablevision files antitrust suit against Viacom over bundled programming
Cablevision Systems (CVC) announced it filed an antitrust lawsuit against Viacom (VIA, VIAB) in federal court in Manhattan. Cablevision alleges Viacom illegally forced it to carry and pay for 14 lesser-watched ancillary networks its customers do not want, such as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, in order to carry must-have networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. Cablevision's complaint asserts that Viacom engaged in a "per se" illegal tying arrangement in violation of the federal antitrust laws. Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit also asserts that Viacom has engaged in unlawful "block booking," which is a form of tying that conditions the sale of a package of rights on the purchaser's taking of other rights. Cablevision said Viacom's conduct also violates the Donnelly Act in New York State Law, which parallels federal anti-trust laws. The complaint was filed under seal and a public version is not yet available. Cablevision said it is seeking a number of remedies including: Declaratory relief voiding the December 2012 carriage agreement; a permanent injunction barring Viacom from conditioning carriage of any or all of its core networks on Cablevision's licensing any or all of Viacom's ancillary networks; to effectuate the permanent relief, a requirement that Viacom permit Cablevision to carry the core networks and ancillary products on terms pending negotiation of a new, lawful agreement; treble damages and legal fees. Cablevision indicated that there would be no immediate disruption in programming offerings pending the resolution of this matter.
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November 27, 2015
13:22 EDTVIAB, VIAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following the short Black Friday session. In addition to periodic checks on traffic at malls and big box retailers, the day's media coverage was dominated by discussion of Disney's disclosure that subscribers for ESPN have dropped about 3% from last year's levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released, as several reports that usually come out on Thursdays or Fridays were accelerated into Wednesday due to the holiday. In China, shares of brokerages sold off sharply, with Citic Securities, Founder Securities and China Merchants all falling about 10% on news that the China Securities Regulatory Commission had launched investigations into the firms in an effort to limit short selling and speculation. Amid the rout in the brokerages, the Shanghai Composite index tumbled 5.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Disney (DIS) fell $3.56, or 3.0%, to $115.11 after the media giant disclosed in a regulatory filing late Wednesday that domestic subscribers for ESPN were estimated to have declined by 3M. As of October 3, ESPN had 92M subscribers in the U.S., as estimated by Nielsen Media Research. In the company's 10-K filing last year, Disney stated that Nielsen estimated that ESPN had 95M subscribers as of September 27, 2014. Disney's weakness weighed on its big media peers as well, with Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) falling 1.2%, Time Warner (TWX) dropping 0.74% and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) sliding 1.8%... Amazon (AMZN) shares were flattish, falling 0.3% despite Adobe Systems estimating that online shoppers in the U.S. would spend $1.7B in online shopping by the end of the day on Thanksgiving, a 22% jump from last year. Additionally, ChannelAdvisor estimated that Amazon had a "strong showing" on Thanksgiving day, calculating that its same-store sales grew 28.9% compared to last year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rose 3.8% to $9.23 after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, posted the 2016 Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Fee Schedule. Exact Sciences announced this morning that it has requested that CMS clarify the 2016 reimbursement rate for the company's Cologuard test. Also higher were shares of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals (KBIO), which jumped 30.8% to $34.83 after its new CEO, Martin Shkreli, announced last night via his Twitter account that after speaking with his counsel and advisers that he has decided to stop lending his KaloBios shares out until he "better [understands] the advantages of doing so." Among the noteworthy losers were a number of oil and gas explorers, as Pioneer Energy Services (PES), Stone Energy (SGY) and Southwestern Energy (SWN) fell 8%, 10.2% and 7.2%, respectively, during another down day for oil prices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 14.90, or 0.08%, to 17,798.49, the Nasdaq gained 11.38, or 0.2%, to 5,127.52, and the S&P 500 added 1.24, or 0.06%, to 2,090.11.
November 24, 2015
07:07 EDTVIA, VIABJefferies calls Viacom an attractive value play in media
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November 23, 2015
10:00 EDTVIA, VIABOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aixtron (AIXG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cavium (CAVM) downgraded on checks at JMP Securities... Chico's (CHS) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Chipotle (CMG) downgraded on new E coli infections at Sterne Agee CRT... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Fairchild (FCS) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Haemonetics (HAE) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Jumei (JMEI) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Phillips 66 (PSX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Tata Motors (TTM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Textura (TXTR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... TriVascular (TRIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
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.
06:28 EDTVIA, VIABViacom downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTVIA, VIABBox 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 16, 2015
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).
06:16 EDTCVCAltice targeting NYC internet expansion for Cablevision, NY Post reports
Altice (ATCEY), which sees its takeover of Cablevision (CVC) closing next year, is in discussions over expanding the cable company's fiber optic network to tis 3.1M customers in the New York City area, the New York Post reports. Altice has held talks with the New York City Department of Information Technology and the Public Service Commission, noting the company's progress in developing high-speed service in France and Portugal, the report says. Reference Link

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