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January 14, 2014
08:47 EDTDTV, NDAQ, MHFI, MCK, CAKFY, FOXA, SHLD, TGT, VTR, MYL, ACT, BF.A, BF.B, BEAM, LMCA, CHTR, TWC, PFE, VRX, HCNOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: DirecTV (DTV) wants Weather Channel fee reduction as apps take hold...Brown-Forman (BF.A, BF.B) may benefit from Beam (BEAM) deal...REUTERS: Malone (LMCA, CHTR) seeks consolidation in Time Warner Cable (TWC) bid...Pfizer's (PFE) generics unit attracts several suitors (VRX, ACT, MYL)...Nasdaq (NDAQ), S&P (MHFI) interested in acquisitions to grow index businesses...BLOOMBERG: McKesson (MCK) considers JV following failure of Celesio (CAKFY) bid...Fox (FOXA) won't participate in network TVís pilot season...Sears (SHLD) may be cut by S&P...OTHER NEWS: Target's (TGT) problems may benefit security firms, NY Times reports...Ventas (VTR) and Health Care REIT (HCN) held talks, dealReporter reports.
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14:52 EDTACTActavis weakness on tax related concerns overdone, says Sterne Agee
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13:41 EDTFOXAEarnings Preview: Fox withdraws Time Warner offer prior to Q4 earnings
21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, August 6, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. 21st Century Fox is a media company that operates the cable, broadcast, and film assets formerly bundled under the News Corp. (NWSA) umbrella. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 38c on revenue of $7.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-41c on revenue of $7.59B-$8.54B. LAST QUARTER: Fox reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 47c on revenue of $8.22B, which compared to estimates for earnings of 35c on revenue of $7.99B, respectively. Fox reported Q3 cable network revenue of $3.15B and filmed entertainment revenue of $2.28B. Fox reported that its Q3 television revenue was $1.59B. COMPANY NEWS: On June 10, Fox said in a filing that president and COO Chase Carey agreed to a two-year contract extension. On June 16, Both Time Warner (TWX) and Fox confirmed an earlier CNBC report that Time Warner rejected an $80B takeover offer from Fox. Time Warner said it turned down Fox's offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company for a combination of 1.531 of Fox Class A non-voting common shares and $32.42 in cash per share. Time Warner added that its board is confident that continuing to execute its strategic plan will "create significantly more value for the company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Fox is in a position to offer." 21st Century Fox also confirmed that it made a formal proposal to Time Warner, which was rejected, and added that the companies are not currently in any discussions. On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch commented: "We viewed a combination with Time Warner as a unique opportunity to bring together two great companies, each with celebrated content and brands. Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly. However, Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling. Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders. These factors, coupled with our commitment to be both disciplined in our approach to the combination and focused on delivering value for the Fox shareholders, has led us to withdraw our offer." On July 25, Fox announced that it transferred Sky Italia and its 57.4% interest in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB to create a pan-European digital television leader through the combination of these assets. In exchange for the transfer, Fox will receive approximately $9.3B in value from BSkyB comprised of approximately $8.6B in cash and BSkyBís 21% interest in National Geographic Channels International, raising Foxís ownership stake to 73%. In addition, Fox participated in BSkyBís announced equity offering by purchasing approximately $900M of additional shares in BSkyB to maintain the companyís 39.1% ownership interest. The net, after-tax cash proceeds to be received by Fox upon completion of all the elements of this transaction approximated $7.2B. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research had been quiet on Fox during the quarter. On July 1, Goldman Sachs downgraded Fox to Buy from Conviction Buy after cutting its rating on the U.S. Entertainment sector to Neutral from Attractive. Right after the company confirmed its Time Warner takeover offer, ISI Group downgraded Fox to Buy from Strong Buy and removed shares from the Top Picks list following news of its buyout bid for the firm. Cowen downgraded Fox to Market Perform from Outperform on July 23. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of Fox are roughly unchanged. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, Fox is up more than 4.6%.
13:01 EDTCHTRCharter, ESPN sign distribution agreement for SEC Network
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12:57 EDTVRXAllergan says proxy recommendations don't change inadequacy of Valeant offer
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12:12 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:10 EDTPFEPfizer settles multi-state complaint on improper promotion of Rapamune
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that he, along with 40 other state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia, reached a $35M settlement with Pfizer arising from alleged improper marketing and promotion of the immunosuppressive drug Rapamune. New Yorkís share of the settlement is over $1.7M. Pfizer, as parent of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, agrees to be bound by the judgment and to resolve allegations that Wyeth unlawfully promoted Rapamune. Attorney General Schneidermanís office served on the Executive Committee of this multi-state investigation. Reference Link
11:42 EDTFOXATime Warner sinks after Fox withdraws takeover bid
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10:40 EDTFOXATime Warner sees continued attractive growth in the years to come
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10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Fox class A shares (FOXA), up 5.9% after withdrawing proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX), announcing $6B share repurchase program, reporting quarterly results... MannKind (MNKD), up 1.6% after entering a supply agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)... Criteo (CRTO), up 11.5% after upgraded at Goldman following its better than expected Q2 earnings report. LOWER: Time Warner (TWX), down 13% after earnings, maintaining guidance, bid dropped by Fox... Sprint (S), down 16.5% after naming Marcelo Claure as president and CEO, reportedly dropping pursuit of T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile shares also down 8.5%... Groupon (GRPN), down 18%, downgraded at Wunderlich after the company reported lower than expected Q3 results... Walgreen (WAG), down 15.7% after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal... Shire (SHPG), down 6% after Walgreen announced it would stay located in Chicago and Bloomberg last night reported that the Treasury Department is exploring ways to bypass Congress in an attempt to curb corporate inversions... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), down 33% after announcing that it has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Enphase Energy (ENPH), up 20%... AOL (AOL), up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.5%... Rocket Fuel (FUEL), down 27%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 13%... First Solar (FSLR), down 2.5%... Globus Medical (GMED), down 17%.
07:47 EDTTGTRetailers pare store openings as shopper visits slide, WSJ says
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07:45 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral and cut the price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcment, lack of catalysts, and ecommerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers.
07:31 EDTACTActavis price target raised to $254 from $237 at UBS
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07:21 EDTVRXValeant recent weakness a buying opportunity, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan recommends using the recent pullback in shares of Valeant (VRX) as a buying opportunity. After meeting with management, the firm has increased confidence in the company's ability to show accelerating top-line growth in the second half of 2014. It sees "compelling value" in Valeant shares regardless of the Allergan (AGN) outcome and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $180 price target.
07:14 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox volatility expected to move on withdrawal of proposal
21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) volatility is expected to move after announcing that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and its board authorized a $6B share repurchase of an additional $6B of Class A Common Stock is expected to be completed in the next 12 months. Overall option implied volatility of 29 is above its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
07:06 EDTFOXATime Warner volatility expected to move after 21st Century Fox withdrew its bid
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06:41 EDTMYL, VRXObama administration may restrict inversion tax benefits, NY Times says
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06:23 EDTPFEMitsubishi UFJ to hold a conference
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06:21 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
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05:41 EDTFOXAFox unlikely to revisit Time Warner bid in near-term, says Jefferies
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