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June 16, 2014
11:33 EDTFOX, NFLX, SNE, FOXA, DWADreamWorks nosedives after 'Dragon 2' falls short of expectations
Shares of animated family-film producer DreamWorks Animation (DWA) are falling after its latest film, "How to Train Your Dragon 2," didn't do as well as analysts had expected in its box-office debut. WHAT'S NEW: DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which is distributed by 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), grossed $50M in its opening weekend, while Sony's (SNE) "22 Jump Street" topped the U.S. box-office with $60M in grosses, said The Wall Street Journal. Both sequel films earned higher debut weekend revenues than their predecessors. During its 2010 opening weekend, "How to Train Your Dragon" made roughly $44M domestically, the Journal noted. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said that while DreamWorks' latest film could still reach its $200M domestic box office target, the opening for "Dragon 2" came in below the consensus forecast by 30%-40%. Citing the film's opening results, as well as slate changes this year and next and slower than anticipated Netflix (NFLX) episode deliveries, Piper Jaffray lowered its FY15 EBITDA estimate for Dreamworks Animation to $106M from $130M, which it said is "well below" a consensus forecast of $182M. The firm maintains an Underweight rating on DreamWorks' shares. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of DreamWorks fell nearly 12.5% to $23.94.
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August 20, 2015
13:26 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:22 EDTNFLXNetflix selling accelerates on heavier volume
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11:16 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
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10:19 EDTNFLXNetflix may test uptrend support
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09:17 EDTFOXA, NFLXDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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06:36 EDTFOXABernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
August 19, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 19, 2015
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10:57 EDTNFLXT-Mobile promotion gives Netflix analyst greater confidence
UBS raised its price target on Netflix (NFLX) to $143 from $116, saying that its confidence in the company's outlook has improved following a promotion undertaken by T-Mobile (TMUS). WHAT'S NEW: T-Mobile recently began offering one free year of Netflix to consumers who switch to its wireless service, UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson wrote in a note to investors today. Mitchelson said that the promotion increases his confidence in the outlook for Netflix's U.S. business. Moreover, he believes that Netflix could "become a standard promotional tool" for wired and wireless broadband providers going forward. Although Netflix's stock "looks very expensive" in the near-term, the company's long-term opportunity is "extraordinary," given the potential size of the global streaming market, the analyst stated. Mitchelson's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. He raised his price target on the name to $143 from $116 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 10, research firm Stifel raised its price target on Netflix to $143 from $128, saying that the company's U.S. subscriber base can reach 80M by 2024, above the midpoint of its guidance. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Netflix fell 1% to $122.
09:33 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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06:01 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
August 18, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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11:14 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX VALE
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10:17 EDTFOXADisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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10:00 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform with a $31-$33 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded Disney (DIS) and CBS (CBS) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
07:13 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform with a $31-$33 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded Disney (DIS) and CBS (CBS) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
07:12 EDTFOXADisney downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Disney (DIS) to Market Perform with a $112-$119 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded CBS (CBS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
August 17, 2015
12:23 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; Netflix J.C. Penney
Netflix (NFLX) January 150 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 48, J.C. Penney (JCP) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 40 according to IVolatility.
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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