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July 7, 2014
07:26 EDTT, TWX, DIS, CMCSA, LGF, DTV, TWC, AMCX, SNI, DISCAConsolidation in focus as media conference kicks off, WSJ says
As Allen & Co.'s annual media and technology conference in Sun Valley kicks off Tuesday against the backdrop of mega-deals like Comcast's (CMCSA) pending merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and AT&T's (T) proposed acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), attendees and industry watchers are wondering which content companies might be in play in the coming months, according to The Wall Street Journal. Analysts and bankers say Discovery Communications (DISCA) could be a target or a buyer in a consolidation wave, the report adds, noting the the company considered buying Scripps (SNI) last year and that analysts have pointed out the benefits of pairing Discovery with Disney (DIS). Other potential M&A targets discussed in the article include AMC Networks (AMCX), Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) and Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
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November 19, 2014
07:50 EDTTVerizon trends look strong, says Oppenheimer
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07:19 EDTTSpectrum auction positive for DISH, Globalstar, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes the AWS-3 spectrum auction continued on Tuesday with the aggregate value of licenses with bids at $16.4B, up from Monday's $8.9B and compared to the reserve price of $10.6B that the FCC set for the entire auction. The firm views the rise in prices as negative for telecom carriers that are spending more than expected, namely AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), and possibly T-Mobile (TMUS) and US Cellular. It views the prices as positive for independent spectrum owners like DISH (DISH) and Globalstar (GSAT), as well as tower companies American Tower (AMT), SBA Communications (SBAC) and Crown Castle (CCI).
06:42 EDTTAT&T says feds may need warrant for location data, WSJ says
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November 18, 2014
11:07 EDTTVOXX unit, AT&T sign international data agreement
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09:56 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTT, DTVAT&T, DirecTV deal receives approval in Mexico
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06:12 EDTDISCADiscovery upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
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06:08 EDTTIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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05:26 EDTDISDisney Movies Anywhere now available through Walmart VUDU service
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:39 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meetings to be held in Canada on November 18-19 hosted by Oppenheimer.
10:10 EDTDISDreamWorks sinks, Hasbro rebounds after takeover talks reportedly end
Shares of movie maker DreamWorks (DWA) are tumbling after multiple media outlets reported that talks about a takeover of the company by Hasbro (HAS) had ended. WHAT'S NEW: Talks about an acquisition of DreamWorks by Hasbro have ended, multiple news outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Deadline reported over the weekend. However, Deadline, citing unnamed sources, reported that there's "still a slight chance" that the talks will resume. Hasbro's CEO and board visited DreamWorks' campus recently and a potential name for the combined entity - DreamWorks-Hasbro - was discussed, Deadline stated. Hasbro halted the talks because it became concerned about the negative reaction of its stock to reports about the discussions, Deadline added. Barron's weighed in on the issue over the weekend, writing that the deal "doesn't make sense economically." Partnering with DreamWorks would be logical for Habro, but buying DreamWorks would not be a good move for the toy maker, Barron's stated. DreamWorks' recent inability to create big hits or generate free cash makes it a poor takeover target for Hasbro, Barron's indicated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on Thursday, Sterne Agee analyst Vasily Karasyov wrote that there is "no industrial logic" whatsoever to a combination of DreamWorks and Hasbro. Karasyov said there was no good reason for Hasbro to buy DreamWorks for $35 per share, the price that the movie maker was seeking, according to some reports. Karasyov predicted that the deal would not occur and kept a $17 price target and Underperform rating on the shares. Additionally, Piper Jaffray said the possible acquisition of DreamWorks Animation by Hasbro could have impacted the latter company's partnership with Disney (DIS). Piper thought buying a competing animation company could alter Disney's view of Hasbro as a partner. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, DreamWorks fell 15% to $22.08, while Hasbro gained 4.3% to $56.33.
06:35 EDTCMCSA, DIS'Dumb and Dumber To' takes first at the box office from 'Big Hero 6', WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA) company Universal Pictures' "Dumb and Dumber To" brings in $38.1M at the box office, taking first away from Disney's (DIS) "Big Hero 6," which brought in $36M this weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. "Big Hero 6" has a two week total of $111.7M in North America, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:33 EDTTWXWarner Bros. wins 'Hobbit' royalties fight against Weinsteins, WSJ reports
Time Warner's Warner Bros. has prevailed over the Weinstein brothers in a $75M-plus lawsuit over the royalties for the second and third "Hobbit" films, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTTWCPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:13 EDTDISAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:39 EDTDTVBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:46 EDTDISDisney movies service partnering with Wal-Mart's Vudu, Reuters reports
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12:49 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Jefferies
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06:37 EDTDISDreamWorks competes with key Hasbro partner Disney, NY Times says
After multiple news outlets reported that Hasbro (HAS) was in talks about buying DreamWorks (DWA), The New York Times says that the toy maker holds very lucrative contracts with Disney (DIS), which views DreamWorks as a key competitor. Hasbro gets up to 30% of its revenue from products linked to Disney, the newspaper quoted some analysts as saying. Reference Link
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