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March 2, 2015
12:40 EDTCMCSATime Warner's 'Focus' takes top box office spot with $19.1M, CBS News says
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12:00 EDTCMCSA, DISFCC probing Comcast, Time Warner Cable, The Verge says
The FCC is investigating whether Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner Cable (TWC) limited or restricted companies' ability to access streaming video services, according to The Verge, which cited an FCC document. Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and Viacom (VIA) were among the companies approached by the FCC about the matter, The Verge stated. Reference Link
February 27, 2015
16:58 EDTCMCSAComcast in discussions to buy Visible World, WSJ reports
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09:43 EDTCMCSACongressional Internet Caucus to hold a discussion
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09:33 EDTCMCSATechFreedom and Int'l Center for Law & Economics holds a discussion
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06:07 EDTCMCSA, DISTiVo, RPX buy Aereo assets, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
16:52 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street moved in a narrow range for most of the session while remaining near record levels. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the indices, as it continues its march towards 5,000. Crude oil prices fell by over 5% during the regular trading session, but recovered a bit in after-hours trading. The market is on pace to complete its fourth consecutive week of gains and close out the month of February with gains after suffering losses in January. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index fell 0.7% in January, with the core rate rising 0.2%, versus expectations for the headline CPI to be down 0.6% and the core rate to rise 0.1%. Initial jobless claims rose 31K to 313K in the week ended February 21, versus expectations for 290K first-time claims. Durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, versus expectations for a 1.6% increase. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% to 218.6 in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Comcast (CMCSA), have opposed the rules, while Netflix (NFLX) has been a strong and vocal supporter of open Internet provisions... Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) slipped $1.94, or 1.19%, to $160.87 after Big Blue held its investor day meeting in NYC. At the meeting, IBM backed its fiscal year profit view but also said that the company now expects currency to impact revenue growth by over 6 points for the full year, which is greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. IBM also said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security... Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose $1.67, or 6.89%, to $25.92 after announcing plans to split its Education business from its Retail and NOOK Digital businesses. The separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is anticipated to be completed by the end of August and is intended to be a tax-free distribution to shareholders, B&N noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which jumped $1.57, or 24.69%, to $7.93 after the company agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO) for $606M, or $8 per share in cash. Avago also rose $16.57, or 14.71%, to $129.25 after announcing the deal and reporting "beat and raise" quarterly results. Also higher was UIL Holdings (UIL), which gained $9.74, or 23.01%, to $52.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by Iberdrola USA to create a newly listed U.S. publicly-traded company. The proposed transaction implies total value per share to UIL shareholders of $52.75, including $10.50 per share paid in the form of cash, the companies said. Among the noteworthy losers was Clayton Williams (CWEI), which fell $11.41, or 17.77%, to $52.79 after the company suspended drilling operations in both of its core resource plays, citing low oil prices, and its shares were downgraded at Wunderlich. Also lower following their earnings reports were network solutions provider Inteliquent (IQNT), which dropped $3.05, or 17.33%, to $14.55, and electric weapons maker TASER (TASR), which slid $4.36, or 16.14%, to $22.68. INDEXES: The Dow fell 10.15, or -0.06%, to 18,214.42, the Nasdaq gained 20.75, or 0.42%, to 4,987.89, and the S&P 500 declined 3.12, or 0.15%, to 2,110.74.
13:00 EDTCMCSAFCC votes in favor of adopting net neutrality proposals
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections, with "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), have opposed FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposals to treat Internet service similar to a utility. Other companies that provide Internet services include Time Warner Cable (TWC), CenturyLink (CTL), DIRECTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC) and Lumos Networks (LMOS). Netflix (NFLX) has strongly supported open Internet provisions. Cogent Communications (CCOI) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are facilities-based providers of Internet access and Internet Protocol communications services that are likely to be impacted by FCC rules on net neutrality.
12:55 EDTCMCSAFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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12:48 EDTDISEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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10:40 EDTDISHDish could consider partnering with Google in wireless, The Information says
According to The Information, Dish Network (DISH) is likely to play a large role in the telecommunications industry in the coming years, and could look to form a partnership with Google (GOOG), something the companies have previously discussed. Though Google did not bid in the most recent auction of wireless spectrum, sources say Google executive Milo Medin, considered a bid. Reference Link
05:43 EDTCMCSACablevision downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital
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February 25, 2015
12:48 EDTCMCSAAnalysts upbeat on Comcast despite mixed results
After Comcast (CMCSA) yesterday reported lower than expected fourth quarter profits and higher than expected revenue, analysts remained upbeat on cable giant’s outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Weak revenue from NBC Universal, along with lower than expected TV and Internet subscriber totals, weighed on Comcast's results in Q4, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, Comcast’s profits were hurt by $99M of expenses during the quarter related to its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), the analyst reported. However, the investments that Comcast is making in its broadband and video platform should make its offerings superior to its competitors in all parts of the country, causing its broadband subscriber base to continue to grow, the analyst stated. In a favorable scenario, Comcast's video subscriber totals could rise in 2016, added Hargreaves. Additionally, Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will be approved, enabling it to benefit from synergies, predicted Hargreaves, who kept a $65 price target and Outperform rating on Comcast. Gregory Miller, an analyst at Canaccord, raised his price target on the shares to $70 from $62. The company's results indicate that its underlying operations are solid, Miller wrote. Moreover, Comcast's comments suggest that the growth of the company's cable business could accelerate this year, while NBC's broadcast and theme park businesses could stay strong, according to Miller. The analyst believes that the Time Warner Cable deal will probably be approved. He reiterated a Buy rating on Comcast. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Comcast rose 1% to $60.
11:47 EDTDISAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
08:28 EDTCMCSAComcast shares still attractive, says Pacific Crest
After Comcast (CMCSA) reported lower than expected Q4 EPS, Pacific Crest continues to expect the company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) to close, and continues to believe that Comcast's stock can rise, driven by synergies, broadband demand, and higher than expected 2016 video subscriptions. Pacific Crest keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:25 EDTCMCSAComcast price target raised to $70 from $62 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Comcast (CMCSA) to $70 from $62 despite weaker than expected Q4 results. The firm cited expectations for continued momentum with Cable Communications, Broadcast, and Theme Parks as well as its merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Comcast shares.
February 24, 2015
10:08 EDTDISHOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:09 EDTCMCSAComcast confident Time Warner Cable transaction to close in early 2015
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09:09 EDTDISHArtemis plans to lease wireless spectrum from Dish in San Francisco, NYT says
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08:58 EDTCMCSAComcast sees 2015 program expenses similar to levels of 2014
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08:41 EDTCMCSAComcast confirms support for free and open Internet
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08:12 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 Cable Communications revenue $10.66B
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08:08 EDTDISHDISH spectrum strategy positive, says Wells Fargo
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07:17 EDTDISHDISH price target raised to $95 from $78 at Brean Capital
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07:05 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 customer relationships increased 178,000
Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 4.1% to $5.9B. Excluding $99M of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR) transaction-related costs in Q4, consolidated operating cash flow increased 5.9%. Consolidated Operating Income increased 3.8% to $3.8B. Free Cash Flow increased 18.0% to $1.7B in Q4 compared to $1.4B in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting improvements in working capital and growth in consolidated operating cash flow, partially offset by increased capital expenditures and cash taxes on operating items. Customer relationships increased by 178,000 to 27.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, a 47% improvement compared to an increase of 121,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013. At the end of the fourth quarter, our triple product customers increased to 37% of total customer relationships compared to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition, video, high-speed Internet and voice customers increased in the fourth quarter of 2014.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast increases dividend, share repurchases
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) announced that it increased its dividend by 11.1% to $1.00 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25c a share on the company’s common stock, payable on April 22 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 1.In addition, Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $10B. At this time, Comcast plans to repurchase $4.25B during 2015, subject to market conditions. Additional stock repurchases will be determined after the closing of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the subsequent divestiture transactions.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 adjusted EPS 77c, consensus 78c
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February 23, 2015
18:20 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable face $20B racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports
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18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
15:23 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
15:10 EDTCMCSAComcast $CMCSA Feb weekly 58 straddle priced for 2.7% movement into Q4
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13:10 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says not interested in owning TV content
Says re-assumed CEO role because other duties were taken care of.
12:38 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says prefers not to use equity to raise cash
Says Sling would not make it after potential Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger as the combined company would have a giant advantage in online TV. Says plans to continue as CEO unless, "I find someone better." Says short term battles over programming costs eventually pay off. Says Q1 adversely impacted by Fox, Turner blackouts. Says Sling TV results "encouraging after two weeks." Says Sony's OTT will include a full package of programs, and the company has less to lose by having no pay-TV service. Says more TV programmers worried about not being on Sling.
12:18 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says will consider talks over spectrum
Says DISH Pay-TV is mature, Sling TV has upside potential. Says company has used most of cash on latest airwave aution. Says "comfortable" with current liquidity, it's not an issue. Says 600MHZ aution is key to leveling the playing field.
12:10 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says auction gave company valuable downlink airwaves
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11:35 EDTDISAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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08:33 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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07:38 EDTCMCSAComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTDISHDISH reports 2.6M activations of gorss new PAy-TV subscribers
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06:07 EDTDISHDISH reports FY14 EPS $2.04, consensus $1.59
Reports FY14 revenue $14.6B, consensus $14.66B
06:06 EDTDISHDISH announces President and CEO Joseph Clayton to retire March 31, 2015
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February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTDISHAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks – not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
12:02 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Jefferies
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07:18 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:49 EDTCMCSAMSNBC cancels two talk shows, Politico says
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February 19, 2015
07:30 EDTCMCSANBC 'Nightly News' sees drop in ratings post-Brian Williams, WSJ says
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February 18, 2015
07:13 EDTCMCSANational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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06:33 EDTCMCSAJAKKS Pacific signs licensing agreement for Universal Pictures franchise
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February 17, 2015
12:56 EDTDIS, CMCSADecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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07:15 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' opens to $94.4M, WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned roughly $94.4M in its opening weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. The film earned an additional $172M overseas. Fox' (FOX, FOX.A) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" debuted in second place with $42M, and Viacom (VIA, VIA.B) subsidiary Paramount's "SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water" took $40M in its second week. Reference Link
06:15 EDTDISHCiti sees three options for DISH, including sale to Verizon
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