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November 9, 2012
12:26 EDTLGF, KYAK, DIS, STRA, ZIP, GRPN, SCLN, PCLN, JCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as positive economic data in the U.S. and China temporarily distracted investors from worrying over political deadlock getting in the way of progress. The averages opened lower but two economic reports issued near 10 am ET provided a catalyst for a bounce. The averages moved into positive territory ahead of House Speaker John Boehner’s speech on tackling the fiscal cliff crisis and the averages stood near session highs around noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices rose 0.5% in October from the prior month, versus expectations for them to be flat. Export prices in October were unchanged. The preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for November came in at 84.9, versus the expected 82.9. Wholesale inventories were reported to have increased 1.1% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Also, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that going over the fiscal cliff would cut U.S. economic output by about 3%, driving the nation back into recession next year. In Europe, French industrial production fell 2.7% in September from August and the Bank of France warned its economy, Europe’s second-largest, may be poised to tip into recession. In China, factory output rose 9.6% in October from a year earlier, beating expectations, and inflation unexpectedly cooled to the slowest pace in 33 months... COMPANY NEWS: Three well known brand names were down after their companies' quarterly reports: Disney (DIS), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Groupon (GRPN). Disney was the Dow Industrial average's worst performer, falling nearly 6%, after its earnings were in-line with consensus but revenues were lighter and Janney Capital downgraded the stock to a Neutral rating. J.C. Penney shares slid about 6% as well after it reported a worse than expected loss and said same store sales dropped 26.1%, making for its third straight quarter of losses and double digit sales declines. Groupon's stock was hardest hit, plunging 27% in midday trading, after it was downgraded by at least four firms and price targets were lowered at several others following the company's disappointing Q3 results and Q4 guidance... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kayak Software (KYAK), which jumped 27% after agreeing to be acquired by Priceline.com (PCLN) in a stock and cash transaction equivalent to $40 per share of Kayak stock. Shares of Priceline advanced fractionally after the deal announcement. Advancers after their earnings reports included Zipcar (ZIP), which jumped over 21%, and Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), which rose almost 13%. Among the noteworthy losers were SciClone (SCLN), down 24% after cutting its 2012 adjusted earnings view, and Strayer Education (STRA), down 16% after its full-year earnings outlook was well below consensus estimates and the company suspended its dividend... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 65.43, or 0.51%, to 12,876.75; the Nasdaq was up 30.87, or 1.07%, to 2,926.45; and the S&P 500 was up 12.46, or 0.90%, to 1,389.97.
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March 20, 2015
16:05 EDTLGFLionsgate files to sell 361,229 shares of common stock for holders
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09:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says general counsel Janet Dhillon to leave company
J.C. Penney said in a filing that effective March 20, Janet Dhillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, is leaving J. C. Penney Company.
08:13 EDTDISCanada to 'unbundle' cable TV offerings by December 2016
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07:00 EDTPCLNPriceline bookings tracking towards upper end of guidance, says Cantor
After conducting checks on global search traffic to Booking.com and other Priceline brands through mid- March, Cantor thinks the checks suggest that the company's bookings are tracking towards the upper end of management's guidance this quarter. The firm keeps a $1,360 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
March 19, 2015
07:04 EDTDISAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
13:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney trades lower after news of executive departures
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09:23 EDTDISVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:54 EDTDISComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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06:53 EDTLGFLionsgate closing $375M financing agreement with Chinese broadcaster, WSJ says
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a Wall Street Journal interview that the company is closing a $375M financing agreement with Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary that may boost its ability to screen films in China. Hunan will fund 25% of Lionsgate production costs over a three year period which the Journal notes could total $1.5B, though popular franchises "Hunger Games," "Divergent," and "Twilight" are not covered. Hunan's subsidiary will acquire rights to distribute up to four Lionsgate films in China, and the two companies will also produce films and television shows for both U.S. and Chinese markets, with a "Candy Crush Saga" TV show being a likely first candidate, according to Feltheimer. Reference Link
06:16 EDTDISAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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06:02 EDTPCLNPriceline shares inexpensive 'by many measures,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its conclusion from several valuation analyses is that shares of Priceline are inexpensive "by many measures." When compared to a comp group of hotel companies, the stock trades at a "material discount," Piper states. It believes shares are worth in excess of its $1,375 price target. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
March 17, 2015
15:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney General Counsel Janet Dhillon leaving, Bloomberg says
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13:06 EDTDISBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:36 EDTDISApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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09:10 EDTDISDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
06:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CMO leaves company, effective immediately, AdAge reports
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05:46 EDTDISApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
10:44 EDTDISNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:02 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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