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May 27, 2014
12:31 EDTDISESPN could sell online soccer package, Reuters reports
Disney's ESPN may enable consumers without pay TV subscriptions to to watch Major League Soccer games online for a fee next year, according to Reuters. ESPN is committed to its current business model of obtaining revenue from pay TV services, but is thinking about other business models as well, the news service quoted ESPN President John Skipper as saying. Reference Link
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September 1, 2015
06:24 EDTDISAlibaba invests in China's response to Pixar, WSJ reports
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05:00 EDTDISStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; DIS FCX
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August 31, 2015
08:44 EDTDISNetflix confirms that it will not renew agreement with Epix
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05:37 EDTDISHulu, Epix announce extensive multi-year agreement
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August 30, 2015
18:51 EDTDISNetflix to lose access to certain high profile movies, Re/code says
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August 28, 2015
09:33 EDTDIS Active equity options trading on open
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August 27, 2015
17:36 EDTDISGameStop to open first dedicated U.S. collectibles store in 2H
GameStop (GME) says plans to open first U.S. ThinkGeek collectibles store in 2H. Says already seeing supply chain and purchasing synergies related to acquisition of Geeknet, "some of which" will positively impact GameStop in current fiscal year. Sees Geeknet becoming profitable in back half of current year. Highlights portfolio of new collectibles in support of Disney's (DIS) new "Star Wars" movie. Regarding plan to shift floor space away from video games to collectibles in GameStop stores, says not a sudden decision, says based on "couple years" of research. Emphasizes that collectibles, or "loot," are "going to be a bigger part of our business."
06:40 EDTDISNielsen to start tracking for online streaming shows, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTDISWal-Mart extends holiday layaway program two weeks, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to boost its holiday layaway program by two weeks ahead of an expected year-end demand for Star Wars toys, a Disney (DIS) property, Reuters reports. The retailer will jumpstart the program on August 28, two weeks earlier than last year, the report says, citing comments from Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Wal-Mart. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
15:05 EDTDISNew 'Star Wars' film will monopolize IMAX for a month, Hollywood Reporter says
Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which will be released December 18, will have four weeks of IMAX (IMAX) large-format screens to itself, according to the Hollywood Reporter, after IMAX reserved all of its screens for the movie for a month, something the company hasn't done since a similar deal with The Hobbit movies four years ago. Reference Link
August 25, 2015
19:16 EDTDISTV service Hulu to feature programmatic ads powered by Facebook, Oracle
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14:11 EDTDISAnalysts say Facebook looks solid amid virtual reality, social media trends
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10:57 EDTDISHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:10 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTDISOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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09:34 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTDISDisney price target lowered to $89 from $98 at Cowen
Cowen lowered its price target on Disney to $89 from $98 following Q3 results. The firm said the company's share price leaves little room for error and the lower growth rate in cable will likely put pressure on the Studio segment. Cowen maintained its Market Perform rating on Disney shares given its historical and projected growth rates have not been superior to peers.
08:53 EDTDISAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
07:34 EDTDISNFL return, Star Wars can help Disney shares recover, says FBR Capital
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