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May 9, 2012
16:59 EDTDIS, M, AVP, RBGPY, PCS, DF, CQB, MELI, DTEGYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were down for the day. Stock futures were lower in early trading leading to a sharply lower open for the broader market. The weakness was attributed to continuing concern over Europe's debt crisis and political events in Greece. The averages began the day down roughly 1% but began to reverse their course following a report that Europe’s bailout fund will pay the next installment of aid to Greece, which was later confirmed by the EFSF. The averages briefly turned mixed in the afternoon but were unable to make the trip all the way back into the green to break the market's losing streak… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.3% in March, versus the expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Spanish 10-year bond yields rose above 6% and more reports indicated that efforts to form a new government in Greece were expected to fail, putting the country's bailout deal in doubt and renewing concerns about Greece intentionally exiting or being forced off the euro. However, the EFSF stated that it would approve the latest bailout payment due to Greece in spite of the ongoing political dealings... COMPANY NEWS: Disney (DIS) shares gained nearly 2% after its earnings beat expectations, while Macy's (M) slid almost 4% in spite of earnings that also came in above consensus... Meanwhile, Avon Products' (AVP) shares were up 9.26% after JAB Holdings, which owns Coty, sold a substantial portion of its stake in Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPY) in order "to raise cash for other investment opportunities, including Avon… MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were MetroPCS (PCS), up $0.94, or 14.33%, to $7.50, after Bloomberg reported that Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) was in talks with the company on a potential T-Mobile deal, and Dean Foods (DF), up $1.43, or 11.24%, to $14.15, after reporting a rise in Q1 profits of nearly 50% and raising both the company’s Q2 and FY12 EPS view. Noteworthy losers included Chiquita Brands (CQB), down $2.32, or 28.93% to $5.70, after its earnings fell short of consensus and it warned that it sees 2012 continuing to be "a challenging year," and Mercado Libre (MELI), down $10.91, or 12.40%, to $77.08, after reporting disappointing Q1 revenues... INDICES: The Dow lost $97.03, or 0.75%, to $12,835.06; the Nasdaq fell $11.56, or 0.39%, to $2,934.71; and the S&P 500 dropped $9.14, or 0.67%, to $1,354.58.
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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTDISCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:04 EDTDISComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
09:18 EDTDTEGYSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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08:21 EDTDISTime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:08 EDTDTEGYSoftbank, T-Mobile final agreement could come after late August, Kyodo News says
According to Kyodo News, Softbank's (SFTBF) buyout talks with T-Mobile (TMUS) won't be settled until after late August. Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY) is "reluctant" to accept Softbank's business plan and is seeking a new plan, industry sources say. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
09:31 EDTDISNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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09:31 EDTDISMattel says 'Frozen' brand continuing to grow
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06:37 EDTDISFox purchase of Time Warner would challenge ESPN, Reuters says
If 21st Century Fox (FOXA) buys Time Warner (TWX), Fox would mount a significant challenge to Disney's (DIS) ESPN, according to Reuters. An acquisition of Time Warner would add March Madness, prime-time NBA games, and more Major League Baseball games to Fox's already significant arsenal of popular sports events, the news service explained. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTDISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:30 EDTDISTime Warner turned down $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, NYT says
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07:24 EDTDISSiemer & Associates to hold a summit
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05:58 EDTDISCBS CEO says 'willing to talk' to Aereo, VentureBeat reports
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July 15, 2014
06:43 EDTDISTime Warner looks for NBA programming deal renewal, Bloomberg says
Time Warner (TWC) and Disney's (DIS) ESPN are looking to renew the last big U.S. sports agreement with the National Basketball Association that’s up for grabs until 2021, according Reuters, citing people familiar with the talks. Time Warner and Disney, which divvy-up airing the games, pay the league an average total of $930M annually. Reference Link
06:36 EDTDISNBA seeks to double TV-rights fees from Disney, Time Warner, WSJ reports
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July 14, 2014
06:56 EDTDISDisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 13, 2014
11:23 EDTDISHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTDTEGYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
13:34 EDTDFDean Foods January calls active
Dean Foods Dean Foods January 20 and 21 calls are active on total call volume of 3,400 contracts (200 puts). July call option implied volatility is at 33, August is at 36, September, December and January is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
13:09 EDTDTEGYSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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July 10, 2014
07:14 EDTDISAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
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