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March 1, 2013
06:05 EDTDTV, DIS, CVC, CVS, GRPN, CMCSA, NWSA, RAD, GLNCY, VZ, TWX, WAGOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Drugstore chains (CVS, WAG, RAD) are branching out into health-care services, as a way to counter a slowdown in prescription drug sales and evolve beyond just dispensing pills. They see big opportunities as millions of uninsured Americans pick up health coverage next year. The upside is in making sure current patients stay on their medications or providing alternative venues for medical treatment, even if it is done virtually, the Wall Street Journal reports...What happens when the "bundle" begins to unravel? The question is taking on intense importance for the cable-TV business (CVC, TWX, NWSA, DIS, VZ, CMCSA, DTV). Attacks on the bundle approach have escalated. Now pay-TV executives, as well as its customers, are openly pondering a world where the bundle no longer reigns, even though such a scenario could be years away, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Glencore (GLNCY) supplied thousands of tons of alumina to the Iranian Aluminum Co. (Iralco) that has provided aluminum to Iran's nuclear program, intelligence and diplomatic sources say, Reuters reports...The $85B in across-the-board "sequestration" cuts designed to hit most U.S. government programs were set to begin today. What they were not likely to do, at least as far as financial markets were concerned, was cause enough damage to derail a U.S. economy that has been gaining momentum, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: The firing of Groupon (GRPN) CEO Andrew Mason puts pressure on Chairman Eric Lefkofsky to find a replacement who can create a money-making business after the daily-deal provider lost $723.8M in the past three years, Bloomberg reports...Two Chinese Manufacturing indexes revealed a slower-than-estimated pace of expansion, a signal that the nation’s economic recovery may be losing steam, Bloomberg reports.
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April 8, 2014
13:24 EDTCVSCVS confirms final SEC settlement, says will not be required to restate earnings
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13:08 EDTCVSCVS Caremark pays $20M to settle SEC accounting charges
The SEC announced that it charged CVS Caremark "with misleading investors about significant financial setbacks and using improper accounting that artificially boosted its financial performance." CVS has agreed to pay $20M to settle the charges, the agency said. Reference Link
12:55 EDTCMCSAComcast, TWC filing reference development of Apple TV box, 9to5Mac says
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12:01 EDTCMCSAComcast says consumers would benefit from acquisition, The Hill says
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09:04 EDTCMCSA, DIS, NWSAAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
08:57 EDTCMCSASmall rivals to testify in Comcast, Time Warner hearing, Bloomberg says
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08:51 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed $1.4B financing by Time Inc
Time Warner Inc. and Time Inc. announced that, in connection with Time Warner Inc.’s previously announced intention to separate Time Inc. from Time Warner Inc., Time Inc. plans to raise an aggregate $1.4B of debt through an offering of unsecured senior notes and by entering into a secured term loan facility. Time Warner Inc. will not be a guarantor or otherwise provide credit support for the notes or the term loan facility. Time Inc. intends to use the expected net proceeds from this financing to fund the acquisition of Time Inc.’s U.K. publishing business, which is currently owned by a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Time Inc. intends to use the remaining expected net proceeds from this financing to pay a special cash dividend to Time Warner Inc.
07:52 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner execs go before critic at hearing, Reuters says
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07:25 EDTDISBook by Pixar president explains growth crisis under Disney, Bloomberg says
"Creativity, Inc," a new book by Pixar's president Ed Catmull, describes three crises the company faced after it was acquired by Disney seven years ago, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Catmull in his book. Reference Link
07:14 EDTVZAT&T wants to force customers in Alabama town to switch to wireless, WSJ reports
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06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable Internet businesses to be examined, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTDIS, TWXMajor movie studios file lawsuit against Megaupload, Engadget reports
The MPAA announced that major movie studios have filed a civil lawsuit against filesharing site megaupload two years after federal investigators shut down the website and filed criminal charges against its founder, reports Engadget. The lawsiut targets the site's Uploader Rewards program with the claim that the business model was "designed to encourage theft." Reference Link
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09:34 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTDTVDirecTV, Hilton announce new in-room strategic supplier agreement
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08:19 EDTDIS'Captain America' sequel breaks records with $96.2M debut, LA Times says
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08:05 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO Go again suffers connection issues, Re/code says
Just a month after Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes promised his pay TV channel HBO Go would be improving its technology after the season finale of “True Detective” was plagued by outages, many users tuning in for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones” received error messages, Re/code reports. Reference Link
07:45 EDTDISNoble Financial Capital Markets to hold a forum
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07:24 EDTCVSCVS Caremark price target raised to $84-$89 from $75-$80 at Wells Fargo
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07:04 EDTVZCincinnati Bell to sell wireless spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless
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