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May 29, 2014
12:02 EDTFOXA, TWX, CMCSACable news channels drew few viewers in May, Politico says
The ratings of the major cable news channels were weak in May,' according to Politico. Although 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) ratings were significantly above the competition, it had some of the weakest ratings in its history and its viewers are older on average than the competition, while Comcast's (CMCSA) MSNBC had its weakest performance in prime time since 2006, Politico reported. Meanwhile, Time Warner's (TWX) CNN attracted an average of under 100,000 viewers ages 25-54 per day, the website noted. Reference Link
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July 18, 2014
08:21 EDTTWX, FOXA, CMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:05 EDTFOXA, TWXCBS CEO says will examine CNN if Time Warner puts up for sale, Reuters says
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06:53 EDTFOXABSkyB 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
July 17, 2014
14:52 EDTCMCSAYahoo Sports, NBC Sports announce expanded fantasy football coverage
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11:23 EDTTWXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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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.
10:00 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:22 EDTFOXA, CMCSA, TWXComcast 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 EDTTWX, FOXACBS, 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 EDTFOXA, TWXLong 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 EDTFOXA, TWXTime 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 EDTTWX, FOXA21st Century Fox purchase of Time Warner logical at $100, says Wells Fargo
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07:32 EDTFOXA, TWXTime 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.
07:22 EDTFOXA, TWXTime Warner price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
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07:20 EDTTWX, FOXAFox would need to boost offer to pique Time Warner interest, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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06:40 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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
05:50 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility movement; TWX JOY
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Time Warner (TWX) 34, Joy Global (JOY) 30 according to iVolatility.
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