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August 5, 2014
13:19 EDTDIS, FOX, FOXA, TWXEarnings Preview: Disney shares up more than 6.5% over last three months
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, August 5 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. The Walt Disney Company is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.17 on revenue of $12.16B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.07-$1.27 on revenue of $11.73B-$12.6B. LAST QUARTER: Disney reported second quarter EPS of $1.11 excluding items against estimates for 96c, on revenue of $11.65B against estimates for $11.24B. The company's media networks revenue was $5.1B, up 4% from the prior quarter and its Q2 cable networks operating income was $2B, an increase of $250M from the prior quarter. NEWS: During the quarter, Disney closed the previously-announced deal to buy Maker Studios for up to $950M. Variety reported that Disney would lay off about 10% of Maker's 380 employees. The NBA looked to double the TV-rights fees it receives from ESPN's majority owner Disney, sources said, and Reuters said a Fox (FOXA) purchase of Time Warner (TWX) would pose a significant challenge to ESPN. The Hollywood Reporter said Disney is not planning to pursue a stake in Vice Media. Also during the quarter, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of television network owners and against Aereo, which sells a service that allows its subscribers to watch television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs are broadcast over the air. STREET RESEARCH: During the quarter, Barclays initiated Disney with an Overweight rating, as the firm believes new distribution platforms could lead to less leverage and market share loss for the industry. Disney shares were also initiated with a Buy rating and $100 target at Jefferies. PRICE ACTION: Year-to-date, Disney shares are up over 13%. Over the last three months, Disney shares are up over 6.5%. Shares are trading down over 0.5% to $86.75 ahead of tonight's earnings report.
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October 16, 2014
07:10 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:31 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
October 15, 2014
13:22 EDTTWXEarnings Preview: Netflix falls after HBO announced plans of streaming service
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 93c on revenue of $1.41B. The consensus range is 86c-$1.24 for EPS, and $1.39B-$1.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported second quarter EPS of $1.15 against estimates of $1.16, on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.33B. It reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M and Q2-end total streaming members of 50.05M. The company reports Q2 international streaming net additions of 1.12M and Q2-end members of 13.8M. Netflix gave Q3 EPS guidance of 89c and revenue guidance of $1.22B. It also expects to add 3.69M net additions, with international approaching contribution profitability. Netflix said it can achieve U.S.-like margins in its international business. During its Q2 earnings interview, Netflix said it sees a dip in free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as company expands original content. NEWS: Netflix launched in several countries in the past quarter, including France, Germany, Gelgium Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. It also signed a deal with Weinstein Co. to release a feature film sequel to "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that will be released to a number of IMAX (IMAX) theaters. Netflix signed Judd Apatow to a two-year commitment for an original comedy series, and Adam Sandler to star in four feature films. The company announced a peering deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) for faster streams and direct access. In a recent post on Facebook, CEO Reed Hastings said the company passed Time Warner's HBO in subscriber revenue. HBO, however, announced plans today to launch a standalone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription. STREET RESEARCH: MKM Partners said Netflix's international opportunity is larger than most realize and will eventually be able to provide a global product. The company's price target was raised at RBC Capital due to the opportunities in new European markets, along with favorable survey results in the U.S. and the U.K. Barclays and BTIG upgraded the company, saying international estimates are likely achievable no longer see the stock as underperforming its peers. BTIG expects Netflix's streaming service may reach 100M subscribers worldwide by 2017. Ahead of Q3 earnings, Canaccord said Netflix will likely report in-line results with continued strong subscriber additions and improved international performance. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have fell more than to 3.31% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday mid-day trading ahead of Q3 report, Netflix shares are trading down 2.67%.
12:36 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTTWXNetflix obtains streaming licensing rights to 'Friends'
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10:55 EDTTWXHBO to launch standalone online service in 2015
HBO's plans to launch a stand alone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription were announced at Time Warner's (TWX) analyst day meeting. HBO's upcoming service may be viewed as another competitor to Netflix (NFLX).
10:03 EDTTWXTime Warner's Turner unit sees low double-digit operating income CAGR 2013-18
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09:59 EDTFOX, TWX, FOXATime Warner CEO says has more than sufficient scale, sees doubling EPS
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09:52 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO sees investing more in content over time
Time Warner notes it invested $13.8B in content in 2013. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is speaking at the company's investor day meeting.
09:51 EDTTWXTime Warner sees adjusted EPS $6 by 2016, $8 by 2018
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07:58 EDTFOXARentrak deal with Fox affirms strategy, says Brean Capital
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October 14, 2014
07:23 EDTDISCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:10 EDTDISDisney's Maker Studios to create programming for parent company, Bloomberg says
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October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTFOXA, DISNielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
08:05 EDTFOX, FOXA21st Century Fox, Apollo Global agree to form content joint venture
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08:03 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox, Apollo Global form content joint venture
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07:04 EDTTWXAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:42 EDTTWX, FOXATime Warner CEO to be questioned on growth plans, NY Post reports
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05:18 EDTTWXTime Warner to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on October 15 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
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