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June 16, 2014
11:33 EDTDWA, SNE, FOX, FOXA, NFLXDreamWorks 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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July 18, 2014
07:22 EDTSNETotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
07:05 EDTFOXA, FOXCBS CEO says will examine CNN if Time Warner puts up for sale, Reuters says
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06:53 EDTFOX, FOXABSkyB aims for European expansion with Fox German, Italian units, Reuters says
In an effort to try to expand in Europe, BSkyB has started discussions with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to purchase Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, according to Reuters, citing comments from one top-ten shareholder in BSkyB. The move would create a European powerhouse with 20M subscribers. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSNEXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSNESony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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05:57 EDTNFLXLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:31 EDTNFLXNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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09:22 EDTFOXAComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
08:42 EDTFOXACBS, Yahoo among potential CNN buyers if Time Warner divests, WSJ says
If Time Warner (TWX) were to divest CNN, which has been raised as a possiblity given the interest in Time Warner expressed by Fox News owner 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the "long list of potential buyers" would include CBS (CBS), Yahoo (YHOO) and Bloomberg LP, said The Wall Street Journal, citing media analysts and executives. Reference Link
08:33 EDTFOXALong 21st Century Fox, short Time Warner good in short-term, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital recommends a short-term trade of being long 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and shorting Time Warner (TWX), as the firm doesn't expect the deal to be completed any time soon. The firm expects Time Warner's stock to drop on profit taking, though it doesn't expect the shares to return to their prior levels.
08:24 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group
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08:05 EDTFOXATime Warner price target raised to $100 from $77 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Time Warner (TWX) after 21st Century Fox (FOXA) made an $85 takeover bid for the company. The firm does not believe that Time Warner would consider an offer below $100. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:53 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox purchase of Time Warner logical at $100, says Wells Fargo
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07:32 EDTFOXATime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital upgraded Time Warner (TWX) to Buy and raised its fair value estimate on the stock to $100 following the takeover approach made by 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Janney estimates a merger would be neutral to Fox at $101 in an all-cash deal, but could be neutral to Fox at a price as high as $160 if it were an all-stock deal.
07:31 EDTNFLXNetflix Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says MKM Partners
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07:22 EDTFOXATime Warner price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
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07:20 EDTFOXA, FOXFox would need to boost offer to pique Time Warner interest, WSJ reports
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07:20 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Netflix July weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, August is at 49, September is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 21.
06:37 EDTFOXAFox purchase of Time Warner would challenge ESPN, Reuters says
If 21st Century Fox (FOXA) buys Time Warner (TWX), Fox would mount a significant challenge to Disney's (DIS) ESPN, according to Reuters. An acquisition of Time Warner would add March Madness, prime-time NBA games, and more Major League Baseball games to Fox's already significant arsenal of popular sports events, the news service explained. Reference Link
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