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August 5, 2014
13:19 EDTFOXA, FOX, TWX, DISEarnings 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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December 16, 2014
08:29 EDTTWXComcast to launch online live stream of NBC, WSJ reports
Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is launching a live stream of its broadcast network online today and plans for it to be available on mobile platforms early next year, but NBC does not plan to sell a separate online version without requiring a pay-TV subscription, unlike peers CBS (CBS) and Time Warner’s (TWX) HBO, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:36 EDTTWXAmazon says HBO GO now available on Fire TV
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December 14, 2014
17:21 EDTFOXNasdaq announces annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100
The NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) announced the results of the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100 (NDX), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 22. The following three companies will be added to the Index: American Airlines Group (AAL), Electronic Arts (EA) and Lam Research (LRCX). As a result of the revision in the index methodology allowing multiple share classes of index participants to be included in the index, the following three securities will also be added to the index: Comcast Corporation Class A Special (CMCSK), Twenty-First Century Fox Class B (FOX) and Liberty Global plc Class C (LBTYK). As a result of the re-ranking, the following three companies will be removed from the Index: Expedia (EXPE), F5 Networks (FFIV) and Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM).
December 12, 2014
06:17 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO talks potential mergers in media space, NY Post reports
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes discussed the potential of a merger with CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA) at yesterday's DealBook conference, New York Post reports. Bewkes said, "They may want to be a merger partner for somebody or maybe even for themselves."Reference Link
December 11, 2014
07:49 EDTTWXThe New York Times to hold a conference
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06:41 EDTDISDisney, others avoided U.S. taxes with Luxembourg deals, ICIJ says
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06:24 EDTFOX, FOXA, DISDISH plans to leave broadcast channels out of basic online TV package, WSJ says
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December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTDISOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:25 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka
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06:03 EDTTWXHBO plans to launch web-only service in April, Fortune reports
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05:59 EDTTWXHBO CTO Berkes to exit cable network, Variety reports
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December 9, 2014
15:03 EDTFOXA, DIS, TWXDiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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13:53 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO: Bundle will continue to be dominant
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11:11 EDTFOXA, FOX, DISDiscovery, Hulu announce new distribution agreement
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08:55 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox co-COO says company has 'clear' succession plan
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08:54 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox co-COO says on track for FY15, FY16 guidance
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07:32 EDTTWX, FOXUBS to hold a conference
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06:48 EDTTWX, FOXA, DISAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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December 8, 2014
10:00 EDTTWX, FOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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