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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTDTV, CMCSA, BXWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
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July 23, 2014
08:01 EDTBXBlackstone acquires majority stake in Service King Collision Repair Centers
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07:45 EDTBXSEC to approve money fund rules with exemptions for discount brokers, WSJ says
New money-market mutual fund rules that are expected to be approved at a Securities and Exchange Commission meeting on Wednesday will exempt discount brokers like Charles Schwab (SCHW) from some provisions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Under the SEC's planned rules, "prime" money funds that are held by corporations and institutional investors will have to abandon a fixed $1-a-share price and float in value like other mutual funds, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Analysts said Schwab and other large money-fund sponsors, Vanguard and Fidelity, would do well under the plan, according to the report. Blackstone (BX) also offers money-market mutual funds. Reference Link
July 22, 2014
15:49 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, WSJ says
Blackstone's (BX) purchase from Carlyle Group (CG) of the majority stake in the repair chain values the company at about $650M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a source. Reference Link
14:25 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, Dow says
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14:06 EDTCMCSAComcast poised for further gains, Barron's reports
Comcast should continue to post gains as it currently trades for just 16.7 times forward earnings while its earnings per share are forecast to grow 18.2% this year and 12% in 2015, Barron's reports. Reference Link
09:09 EDTCMCSAComcast says does not need to 'bulk up' in content
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09:01 EDTCMCSAComcast says FCC started 180 day review clock for merger as of July 10
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08:56 EDTCMCSAComcast results reinforce positive view, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the Q2 operating results from Comcast (CMCSA) reinforced their positive view of the shares. Brean also believe the acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will create far greater synergies than what has been discussed publicly and keeps a Buy rating with a $65 price target on Comcast.
08:26 EDTCMCSAComcast still sees FY14 Cable CapEx rising to about 14% of Cable revenue
Comcast continues to expect 2014 Cable capital expenditures to increase to about 14% of Cable revenue and for 2014 NBCUniversal capital expenditures to be relatively stable.
08:25 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 cable programming expense up 6.7%
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08:25 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 operating cash flow up 7% to $5.8B
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07:06 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 voice customer net adds 137K
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07:04 EDTCMCSAComcast Q2 high-speed internet customers increased 203K
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07:01 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q1 EPS 75c, consensus 72c
Reports Q2 revenue $16.84B, consensus $16.95B.
July 21, 2014
16:18 EDTCMCSANetflix says policy goal is for DOJ/FCC to block Comcast, TWC deal
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15:30 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTCMCSACable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:04 EDTCMCSAComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
08:21 EDTCMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:14 EDTBXBlackstone, KKR, TPG discussing deal collusion suit settlement, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are in discussions to settle a U.S. case accusing the firms of conspiring not to outbid one another and other buyout companies on takeovers of firms, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. If all three companies settled, the Carlyle Group (CG) would be the only private equity company still up against a trial among 11 firms originally accused of colluding in agreements before the financial crisis occurred. Reference Link
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