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February 26, 2013
11:44 EDTCVC, VIA, VIABCablevision 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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10:01 EDTVIABOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
08:21 EDTVIABViacom oversold on affiliate fee and ad fears, says Goldman
Goldman lowered Viacom estimates on a lower ad outlook but believes shares are oversold on affiliate fee and advertising fears. The firm views valuation as compelling against all metrics and expects comps to moderate in Q4 and ratings declines to moderate with new original programing and the current TV season. Shares are Buy rated with a $82 price target. Note BofA/Merrill and Guggenheim downgraded Viacom this morning.
07:56 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Guggenheim
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07:17 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
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06:32 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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