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May 9, 2012
16:59 EDTDTEGY, DF, AVP, MELI, PCS, M, CQB, RBGPY, DISOn 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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10:16 EDTDISDisney CEO: ESPN could eventually be sold directly to consumers, CNBC reports
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06:09 EDTDISFox Networks Group leads $300M funding round for DraftKings, WSJ reports
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July 26, 2015
15:59 EDTDISDisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $24.8M
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTDISEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abaxis (ABAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... CF Industries (CF) downgraded on nitrogen outlook at RBC Capital... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cepheid (CPHD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... IAMGOLD (IAG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... MSA Safety (MSA) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... MTU Aero (MTUAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Sunesis (SNSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Superior Drilling (SDPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
10:00 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:24 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:48 EDTDFDean Foods resumed with a Neutral at JPMorgan
Target $18.
06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
06:13 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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July 23, 2015
05:59 EDTDISEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
12:27 EDTDISTime Warner's HBO lands sports commentator Bill Simmons
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12:21 EDTDISTime Warner's HBO announces multiyear deal with Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons left Disney's (DIS) ESPN earlier this year.
08:38 EDTMNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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July 21, 2015
20:08 EDTDTEGYSky criticizes 'highly damaging' proposal to merge BT Group, EE
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12:43 EDTDISEarnings Watch: Analysts expect GoPro to beat expectations in Q2
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10:01 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 20, 2015
16:36 EDTAVPAvon Products initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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