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August 5, 2014
15:47 EDTWBMD, TRMB, GRPN, FTR, OKE, DIS, JAZZ, FANG, Z, ATVI, CNP, EOG, TTWO, KAR, FEYE, FSLR, XEC, CLRNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Disney (DIS), consensus $1.17; Continental Resources (CLR), consensus $1.70; EOG Resources (EOG), consensus $1.37; ONEOK (OKE), consensus 36c; Cimarex Energy (XEC), consensus $1.71; CenterPoint Energy (CNP), consensus 23c; Frontier Communications (FTR), consensus 5c; First Solar (FSLR), consensus 37c; Activision Blizzard (ATVI), consensus 2c; Groupon (GRPN), consensus 1c; FireEye (FEYE), consensus (60c); Zillow (Z), consensus (4c); Trimble Navigation (TRMB), consensus 40c; KAR Auction Services (KAR), consensus 38c; Diamondback Energy (FANG), consensus 69c; WebMD (WBMD), consensus 19c; Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), consensus (26c); Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), consensus $1.92.
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July 23, 2015
11:32 EDTFEYEIT security stocks climb after Fortinet, F5 beat expectations
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05:59 EDTDISEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:12 EDTZZillow Group to acquire DotLoop
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12:27 EDTDISTime Warner's HBO lands sports commentator Bill Simmons
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12:21 EDTDISTime Warner's HBO announces multiyear deal with Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons left Disney's (DIS) ESPN earlier this year.
06:27 EDTEOGEOG Resources coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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July 21, 2015
16:13 EDTZZillow Group board approves creation of Class C shares
Zillow Group announced its board has unanimously approved a stock dividend of non-voting Class C capital stock. On August 14, all shareholders of record of Zillow Group's Class A and Class B common stock as of July 31, the record date of the dividend, will receive a dividend of two shares of Class C capital stock for each share of Class A and Class B common stock held by them as of the record date. The issuance of Class C capital stock is an extension of Zillow Group's dual-class structure, whereby Zillow Group's co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink hold Class B shares. "The Class C dividend enables the company to continue its focus on long-term growth and innovation, while maintaining the flexibility to issue additional stock for strategic business decisions and to retain and attract the best employees," it stated. Application to the Nasdaq has been made to list the Class C capital stock. Following the issuance date of the dividend, Zillow Group expects the Class C capital stock will trade under the ticker symbol "Z" and the Class A common stock will trade under the ticker symbol "ZG."
12:43 EDTDISEarnings Watch: Analysts expect GoPro to beat expectations in Q2
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July 20, 2015
10:43 EDTATVI, ZZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
10:26 EDTJAZZLeerink's specialty pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals / Generics Analyst Gerberry, along with MEDACorp Specialists Michael Belliveau, PhD and Shashank Upadhye, JD, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of TEVA's preliminary responses to the IPR challenge on Copaxone 40mg, the likely outcomes for the Copaxone 40mg patent challenge and perspectives on recent updates in the JAZZ Xyrem patent case on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 22 at 2 pm.
10:00 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:44 EDTATVI, ZZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
July 19, 2015
15:43 EDTDISDisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $58M
For the weekend of July 19, Disney's (DIS) "Ant-Man" topped domestic box office charts at $58M. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Minions" landed in second place with $50.2M, while Universal's "Trainwreck" came in third with $30.2M. Disney's "Inside Out" and Universal's "Jurassic World" took fourth and fifth place at $11.7M and $11.4M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
July 17, 2015
14:37 EDTFEYEUCLA Health says 4.5M individuals' data possibly exposed in cyber attack
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10:56 EDTFEYECVS investigates credit card breach at online photo unit, KrebsOnSecurity says
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08:38 EDTJAZZLeerink puts 25% odds on Teva, Mylan deal within 12 months
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07:11 EDTFEYEGigamon checks show continued momentum, says William Blair
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06:13 EDTDISHulu considering ad-free option, WSJ reports
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05:51 EDTTTWO, ATVIJune NPD video game software sales rose 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes June NPD video game software sales were up 21% year-over-year, driven by Batman: Arkham Knight from Warner Bros. Piper remains positive on the group and keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
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