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May 19, 2014
09:59 EDTVIAB, SABR, LMAT, FPI, DECK, KANG, TWX, SBRA, HCLP, DIS, CMGE, YPF, SKX, LPX, GMO, FSIC, FOXA, AMBAOn 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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January 20, 2015
14:00 EDTDISFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
13:24 EDTTWXGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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11:59 EDTCMGEChina Mobile Games management to meet with Roth Capital
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11:23 EDTDECKFollow-up: Deckers Outdoor downgraded at Buckingham
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11:16 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
10:47 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor down 5.3% to $81.88
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07:37 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:35 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Time Warner to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm downgraded shares based on balanced risk/reward, and downside risk from affiliate fee growth and TV advertising. Price target lowered to $85 from $90.
07:25 EDTFOXAViacom buys 50% stake in five Indian TV channels, WSJ says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is completing a deal with India's Reliance Industries giving it 50% ownership of five Indian TV channels for an undisclosed sum, reports the Wall Street Journal. Competitors including Discovery Communications (DISCA), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and AMC Networks (AMCX) are similarly looking towards foreign investment as U.S. consumers move away from traditional cable packages. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts 16% annual growth in Indian TV revenue over the next five years. Reference Link
06:30 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:29 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
06:06 EDTFOXADreamWorks planning to lay off 'substantial' number of staff, LA Times reports
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January 18, 2015
16:46 EDTFOXA, TWXWarner Bros.' 'American Sniper' takes top spot with $90.2M at box office
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January 16, 2015
11:16 EDTVIAB, FOXACBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTVIAB, FOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:57 EDTVIABFollow-up: Viacom coverage transferred to a Buy at Stifel
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08:57 EDTCMGEChina Mobile Games responds to allegations made by short seller
China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group issued the following statement in response to allegations made by a short seller on January 15: The company believes that the allegations made contain numerous errors, unsupported speculation and incorrect interpretations of facts and circumstances. Neither the company nor, to the best of the company's knowledge, any member of its management controls Shenzhen Zhongzheng Ruanyin Science & Technology, a mobile game advertising agent in China, and the company at the center of the short seller's allegations. The company's transactions with Zhongzheng have been conducted and will continue to be conducted in the ordinary course of business and on an arm's length basis. Moreover, the company's revenue derived from business with Zhongzheng for the first three quarters of 2014 accounted for less than 1.0% of the company's total revenue for the period, and payments made to Zhongzheng for the first three quarters of 2014 accounted for approximately 3.0% of the company's operating expenses for the same period. The company intends to take all appropriate legal actions to defend itself against these malicious allegations and to protect the interest of its shareholders.
08:44 EDTSABRExpedia may have to pay $180M for Travelocity, says FBR Capital
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07:21 EDTSABRSabre sale of Travelocity to Expedia would be win for both, says Oppenheimer
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