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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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April 22, 2015
16:27 EDTTWXMattel, Warner Bros. & DC Entertainment announce partnership
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April 21, 2015
18:53 EDTDIS, FOX, FOXAFox, NBC say Verizon cable packages violate license terms, Washington Post says
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13:34 EDTDISEarnings Watch: Yahoo shares dropped more than 6.5% since last earnings report
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06:47 EDTFOXATalal a big backer of Fox's James Murdoch, Reuters says
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns a 6.6% stake in Twenty-First Century Fox, says he "really loves" James Murdoch, the son of the company's octogenarian CEO, Rupert Murdoch. James understands the digital world and is ready to take on a much bigger role at the company, the news service quoted the prince as saying. The prince's support may be setting the stage for James Murdoch to take day-to-day control of the company "sooner rather than later," Reuters stated. Reference Link
April 20, 2015
17:04 EDTDISOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. China’s central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
08:15 EDTTWXIMAX and Warner Bros. announce multi-picture agreement
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06:03 EDTDISESPN raises objections to Verizon FiOS TV packages, WSJ reports
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April 19, 2015
15:24 EDTFOXA, FOXComcast's 'Furious 7' leads U.S. weekend box office with $29.1M
For the weekend of April 19, Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Furious 7" topped domestic box office charts at $29.1M. Sony's (SNE) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" landed in second place with $24M for the weekend while Universal's "Unfriended" came in third with $16M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" and "The Longest Ride" took fourth and fifth place at $10.3M and $6.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
April 17, 2015
16:11 EDTDISOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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07:00 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $120 from $105 at Jefferies
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April 16, 2015
08:01 EDTDISJPMorgan positive on Disney into Q2 earnings report
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07:13 EDTDISDisney and Corus Entertainment sign licensing agreement in Canada
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April 15, 2015
09:02 EDTDISDolby Vision to launch with Disney's Tomorrowland, Disney Pixar's Inside Out
Dolby Laboratories (DLB) and The Walt Disney Studios (DIS) announced that Disney’s Tomorrowland, in theatres May 22, 2015, and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, in theatres June 19, 2015, will be the first Dolby Vision titles to be shown at Dolby Cinema™ locations around the globe. In addition, Disney’s The Jungle Book, due out April 15, 2016, will also be presented in Dolby Vision, with more titles to be announced.
April 14, 2015
06:30 EDTTWXTwitter threatens Periscope users who illegally streamed 'GoT,' Mashable says
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April 13, 2015
11:56 EDTTWXMedia companies look to back away from Nielsen guarantees for ads, Variety says
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07:22 EDTFOXA, DISWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTTWXTime Warner tries to win over TV providers in cord-cutter pitch, WSJ says
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April 12, 2015
18:52 EDTDISDisney/ABC Television Group digital chief Albert Cheng leaving, Deadline says
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15:58 EDTFOXA, TWX, FOX, DISComcast's 'Furious 7' maintains lead at weekend box office with $60.6M
Rentrak announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 12, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Universal's (CMCSA) "Furious 7" topped the domestic weekend box office with $60M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" came in second place at the box office with $19M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Longest Ride" came in third place with with $13.5M; Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Get Hard" came in fourth place with with $8.6M and Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" came in fifth place with $7.2M.
14:34 EDTTWXSeason 5 ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes leaked ahead of premiere, Variety says
Nearly a full day before HBO’s (TWX) scheduled April 12 premiere of “Game of Thrones,” the first four episodes of HBO's popular fantasy series appeared up on piracy networks late Saturday, said Variety. “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’ originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them,” HBO said. “We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.” Reference Link
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