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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTBX, CMCSA, DTVWeather 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, 2015
19:39 EDTDTVAT&T expecting DirecTV deal approval 'at any time'
On its Q2 earnings conference call, AT&T (T) said it expects "final approval at any time" for the DirecTV (DTV) transaction. The company said it was "very confident" it can make an adequate return on any investment it makes as part of the deal, and that it still fully expects to achieve $2.5B worth of cost synergies from the deal. AT&T said, "We are more confident than ever about the opportunity this transaction brings. We are building a unique communications and entertainment company that we believe will not only transform us but transform our industry as well."
18:59 EDTCMCSAComcast pursuing deals with multiple 'new media' companies, WSJ says
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18:21 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by dayís end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
12:39 EDTDTVEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive on AT&T ahead of Q2 results
AT&T (T) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 63c on revenue of $33.04B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-67c on revenue of $32.51B-$33.84B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 63c against estimates for 62c, on revenue of $32.58B against estimates for $32.84B. In Q1, the company reported the following: Wireless service revenues were down 3.7% to $14.81B; Phone-only postpaid ARPU decreased 9.6% versus the year-earlier quarter; Phone-only postpaid ARPU with AT&T Next monthly billings decreased 1.9% year over year, but increased 0.4% sequentially; Postpaid churn of 1.02%; 6.2M postpaid smartphone gross adds and upgrades in the quarter; 1.2M total wireless net adds, including 441,000 postpaid and 684,000 connected cars; 1.2M branded smartphones added to base, including 700,000 prepaid. AT&T noted its FY15 standalone guidance remained 'on track,' and said it expected the DirecTV (DTV) deal to close in Q2. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q2 earnings report with several firms issuing upgrades on the stock. On July 1, Oppenheimer raised their price target on AT&T to $40 from $36. Following AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, Oppenheimer expects AT&T to benefit from cross-selling, new services, and higher wireless prices. The firm expects the company's free cash flow to be boosted by its winding down of Project VIP. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Also on July 1, Buckingham initiated AT&T with a Buy rating and $41 price target. On July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of AT&T with a Buy and $41.50 price target. PRICE ACTION: AT&Tís shares are up approximately 4% since the company's Q1 report. However, over the past 12 months, they are down about 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonightís Q2 report, AT&Tís shares are down 0.7%.
12:32 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:58 EDTCMCSAComcast slips after earnings, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTBXActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTBXUtility One Source announces partnership with TNT Equipment
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07:20 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 NBCUniversal revenue of $7.2B
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07:11 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Cable customer relationships increased by 31,000
Revenue for Cable Communications increased 6.3% to $11.7B in Q2 compared to $11.0B in the second quarter of 2014, driven by increases of 10.0% in high-speed Internet, 20.4% in business services and 3.7% in video. Customer Relationships increased by 31,000 to 27.3M in Q2, a 56,000 improvement compared to the second quarter of 2014 and driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. At the end of Q2, double and triple product customers increased to 69% of total customer relationships compared to 68% in the second quarter of 2014. Video net losses improved 52% year-over-year to 69,000 and were the best result for a second quarter in nine years, while High-Speed Internet customers grew by 180,000 and Voice net additions were 49,000.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 EPS 84c, consensus 84c
Reports Q2 revenue $18.7B, consensus $18.14B. Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 8.0% to $6.3B. Excluding $79M of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR) transaction-related costs in the second quarter of 2015 and $44M in the second quarter of 2014, consolidated operating cash flow increased 8.5%
05:59 EDTCMCSAEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:14 EDTBXBlackstone venture agrees to buy 25 NYC apartment buildings, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTCMCSAComcast July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 21, 2015
19:34 EDTDTVAT&T pleased with FCC order, sees closing DirecTV deal 'shortly' after approval
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18:54 EDTDTVAT&T announces Department of Justice completed review of acquisition of DirecTV
AT&T (T) released the following statement "We are pleased the Department of Justice has completed its review of our acquisition of DIRECTV (DTV). We look forward to gaining the approval of the Federal Communications Commission so we can quickly begin providing consumers with the benefits of this combination."
18:33 EDTDTVFCC chairman proposes to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions
In light of news reports concerning the proposed AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV) transaction, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler issued the following statement: "An order recommending that the AT&T-DirecTV transaction be approved with conditions has circulated to the commissioners... If the conditions are approved by my colleagues, 12.5M customer locations will have access to a competitive high-speed fiber connection. This additional build-out is about 10 times the size of AT&Tís current fiber-to-the-premise deployment... and more than triples the number of metropolitan areas AT&T has announced plans to serve. In addition, the conditions will build on the 'Open Internet Order' already in effect... First, in order to prevent discrimination against online video competition, AT&T will not be permitted to exclude affiliated video services and content from data caps on its fixed broadband connections. Second, in order to bring greater transparency to interconnection practices, the company will be required to submit all completed interconnection agreements to the Commission, along with regular reports on network performance... We will require an independent officer to help ensure compliance with these and other proposed conditions." Reference Link
18:24 EDTDTVFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, WSJ reports
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16:57 EDTDTVFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, DJ says
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