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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTCMCSA, DTV, 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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December 16, 2014
06:46 EDTCMCSAComcast to allow Roku users to stream premium channels, Re/code says
Comcast reached a deal with set-top box company Roku that should allow its users to stream HBO and Showtime by authenticating subscriptions to their respective apps, reports Re/code.Reference Link
December 15, 2014
18:35 EDTBXCDL partners with Blackstone to create S$1.5B investment platform
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08:34 EDTCMCSANexstar announces long-term affiliation agreement with NBC Television Network
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08:22 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
09:02 EDTBXKimco Realty to buy Blackstone 66.7% share stake in portfolio for $925M
Kimco Realty (KIM) announced that its subsidiary has executed a contract to acquire the remaining 66.667% interest in the 39-property Kimstone portfolio from its joint venture partner, a subsidiary of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII (BX) for a price of $925M, which includes the assumption of approximately $426.7M in mortgage debt. The company will pay approximately $512.3M to acquire BREP’s interest. Kimco will use a combination of proceeds from recently completed and pending property sales in the U.S. and Latin America as well as availability under its existing $1.75B revolving credit facility to fund this transaction which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Upon closing, Kimco will own 100% of the portfolio. The portfolio consists of 39 properties totaling 5.6M square feet and is approximately 97% occupied. The properties in the portfolio are concentrated in the core markets of New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, California, and Maryland. The portfolio has a three-mile average household income level of $92,000 and an average base rent per square foot of $15.83, both of which exceed Kimco’s current portfolio averages.
08:09 EDTBXBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
07:49 EDTBXThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTBXShell starts sale process for Tongyi JV stake, WSJ reports
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has started the sale process for 75% its stake in a Chinese oil lubricants business in a deal that could fetch up to $500M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Blackstone (BX) is in a "strong" position in first round bids for the Tongyi oil lubricants joint venture, the sources say. Reference Link
06:24 EDTCMCSADISH plans to leave broadcast channels out of basic online TV package, WSJ says
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05:54 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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December 9, 2014
15:03 EDTCMCSADiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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11:11 EDTCMCSADiscovery, Hulu announce new distribution agreement
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07:45 EDTBXGoldman to hold a conference
U.S. Financial Services Conference is being held in New York on December 9-10.
06:48 EDTCMCSAAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:25 EDTCMCSAComcast, USA Network trialing 'Playing House' on-demand , WSJ reports
Comcast (CMCSA) is planning to make new episodes of the sitcom "Playing House" available first on its on-demand service and air them on the USA Network the following week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
December 8, 2014
14:36 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable CEO reports strong trends in October, November, says UBS
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10:42 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:05 EDTBXHudson Pacific to acquire EOP portfolio from Blackstone for $3.5B
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07:24 EDTBXBlackstone to sell $3.5B of California properties to Hudson Pacific, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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