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May 19, 2014
09:59 EDTHCLP, DIS, CMGE, YPF, SKX, LPX, GMO, FSIC, VIAB, SABR, LMAT, FPI, DECK, KANG, TWX, SBRA, AMBA, FOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Hold at Hudson Square... Ambarella (AMBA) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant... China Mobile Games (CMGE) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Disney (DIS) initiated with a Buy at Hudson Square... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Farmland Partners (FPI) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... General Moly (GMO) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... LeMaitre (LMAT) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) coverage resumed with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Sabra Health Care (SBRA) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sabre (SABR) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Skechers (SKX) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Time Warner (TWX) initiated with a Hold at Hudson Square... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Hudson Square... YPF SA (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... iKang Healthcare (KANG) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
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July 28, 2015
16:34 EDTLMATLeMaitre reports Q2 EPS 10c, consensus 7c
Reports Q2 revenue $19.9M, consensus $18.83M.
15:25 EDTTWXVerizon reaches deal with Time Warner to offer HBO NOW
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July 27, 2015
10:16 EDTDIS, TWXDisney CEO: ESPN could eventually be sold directly to consumers, CNBC reports
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09:36 EDTAMBAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX INTC MU VZ BIDU AMBA
06:43 EDTCMGEChina Mobile Games shareholders vote to approve going private transaction
China Mobile Games announced that, at an extraordinary general meeting held today, the company's shareholders voted in favor of, among others, the proposal to authorize and approve the previously announced agreement and plan of merger dated June 9, 2015 and among Pegasus Investment Holdings Limited, Pegasus Merger Sub Limited and the company, pursuant to which Merger Sub will be merged with and into the company with the company continuing as the surviving company as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent after the merger, and to authorize and approve any and all transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger. Immediately after the completion of the merger, Parent will be beneficially owned by the affiliates of Orient Hongtai Zhihe Investment Management, ChangJiang Growth Capital Investment and Beijing HT Capital Investment Management. Approximately 65% of the Company's total outstanding voting ordinary shares voted in person or by proxy at today's extraordinary general meeting. Of the voting power represented by these ordinary shares voted in person or by proxy at the extraordinary general meeting, approximately 99% were voted in favor of the proposal to authorize and approve the merger agreement and any and all transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the merger. A two-thirds majority of the voting power represented by the ordinary shares of the Company present and voting in person or by proxy at the extraordinary general meeting was required for approving the merger. The parties currently expect to complete the merger as soon as practicable, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the merger agreement. Upon completion of the merger, the Company will become a privately held company and its American depositary shares will no longer be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market.
06:09 EDTTWX, DIS, FOXAFox Networks Group leads $300M funding round for DraftKings, WSJ reports
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July 26, 2015
15:59 EDTDISDisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $24.8M
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTDIS, VIAB, FOXA, TWXEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
10:00 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:24 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:13 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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July 23, 2015
06:46 EDTTWXLeBron James forms production partnership with Warner Bros., WSJ says
NBA superstar LeBron James is forming a production partnership with Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment that spans movies, television, and digital content, the Wall Street Journal reports. Warner Bros. will have a partnership with SpringHill Entertainment, the production company founded by James and business partner Maverick Carter in 2013, the report says. Under the terms of the agreement, Warner Bros. and SpringHill will co-produce and co-own all projects they do together, the report says. Reference Link
05:59 EDTDIS, FOXA, TWXEU 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
23:09 EDTVIABFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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12:27 EDTTWX, DISTime Warner's HBO lands sports commentator Bill Simmons
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12:21 EDTDIS, TWXTime Warner's HBO announces multiyear deal with Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons left Disney's (DIS) ESPN earlier this year.
09:09 EDTHCLPHi-Crush Partners weakness could be excellent buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen noted Hi Crush Partners cut its Q2 cash distribution guidance, implying a $10 yield for the remainder of 2015. The firm feels any industry stabilization and recovery could make the stock's current valuation an excellent buying opportunity. Cowen maintained its Outperform rating and $36 price target on Hi-Crush shares.
09:09 EDTHCLPHi-Crush Partners sees capital expenditures of $10M-$15M in rest of 2015
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09:07 EDTHCLPHi-Crush Partners cuts distribution to 47.5c from 67.5c per unit
Hi-Crush Partners announced last night that the board of its general partner has declared a cash distribution of 47.5c per unit on all common and subordinated units. Hi-Crush paid distributions of $2.40 per unit on all common and subordinated units for 2014 and $0.675 per unit for the first quarter 2015. The distribution will be paid on August 14 to all common and subordinated unit holders of record on August 5. "Market conditions resulting from reduced industry sand demand and pricing worsened this quarter with further price reductions and even lower demand. Our management team, along with the Board of Directors, determined that a reduction to the quarterly cash distribution was prudent as we do not expect a rebound in sand demand or pricing until 2016. We are expecting the remainder of 2015 to be challenging with continued uncertainty in the level of well completion activity, which is a key driver of sand demand. We expect to maintain the distribution at this level for the remainder of 2015," said Laura Fulton, CFO.
07:12 EDTVIABIMAX to adapt Vienna State Opera for new Mission: Impossible film premiere
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