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January 14, 2014
06:19 EDTFOXAFox won't participate in network TVís pilot season, Bloomberg reports
The Fox broadcast network is moving to year-round development of TV series, and will not participate in the traditional pilot season, reports Bloomberg. The move is similar to the cable TV process.Reference Link
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August 6, 2014
18:54 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:05 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were nearly unchanged following a session dominated by talk of big name deals that did not happen. The market moved lower in the early going but found a level in the second half hour of trading and began to drift off the bottom. The averages crossed into positive territory about an hour after the opening bell and then spent most of the afternoon drifting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit narrowed to $41.5B in June from a revised $44.7B in May. In Europe, Italian GDP unexpectedly contracted 0.2% in Q2, putting the country into a technical recession, while German manufacturing orders surprised with a 3.2% June drop. COMPANY NEWS: Time Warner (TWX) reported better than expected quarterly profits, but its stock fell $10.95, or 12.85%, to $74.24 after 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) last night announced that it had withdrawn its takeover bid for the parent of HBO, Warner Bros. and other entertainment properties. Class A shares of 21st Century Fox advanced $1.03, or 3.29%, to $32.33 in the wake of the news and the company's announcement of a $6B share repurchase program... Wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) both fell after multiple media outlets reported that the third largest mobile phone carrier in the U.S. has ended its pursuit of trying to combine with the fourth largest one. Sprint, which also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, declined $1.38, or 18.96%, to $5.90, while T-Mobile shares slid $2.85, or 8.4%, to $31.06. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was brewer Molson Coors (TAP), which rose $3.87, or 5.76%, to $71.08 after the company's second quarter profits topped expectations. Also higher following its earnings report was Enphase Energy (ENPH), which advanced $1.36, or 14.02%, to $11.06. Among the noteworthy losers was Walgreen (WAG), which dropped $9.91, or 14.34%, to $59.21 after the company exercised its option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots that it does not already own but said its purchase of the rest of the U.K.'s Boots will not be a "tax inversion" deal, as many had been expecting. Also lower were shares of Groupon (GRPN), which fell 90c, or 12.72%, to $6.17 after the company reported first quarter revenue that missed expectations and it lowered its fiscal 2014 adjusted EBITDA outlook. INDEXES: The Dow added 13.87, or 0.08%, to 16,443.34, the Nasdaq rose 2.22, or 0.05%, to 4,355.05, and the S&P 500 barely budged, gaining 0.03 to 1,920.24.
17:02 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox's Carey says 'we are done' as far as Time Warner pursuit
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16:58 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox says will not pursue any other content company
16:56 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox sees FY15 total segment EBITDA growth rate 'high single digits'
21st Century Fox sees 2015 total segment EBITDA growth rate "high single digits" from $6.29B base. 21st Century Fox EBITDA estimates exclude Sky properties.
16:39 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox's Murdoch says decision on Time Warner is 'resolute'
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16:14 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox reports Q4 filmed entertainment revenue $2.8B
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16:10 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox reports Q4 television advertising revenue down 11%
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16:08 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox reports Q4 cable network revenue $3.3B
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16:07 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox reports Q4 EPS 42c, consensus 38c
Reports Q4 revenue $8.42B, consensus $7.99B.
15:54 EDTFOXATime Warner volatility flat after 21st Century Fox withdraws bid
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15:30 EDTFOXANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Prudential (PRU), consensus $2.35; CenturyLink (CTL), consensus 64c; Symantec (SYMC), consensus 42c; Transocean (RIG), consensus $1.12; CF Industries (CF), consensus $6.71; QEP Resources (QEP), consensus 33c; Integrys Energy (TEG), consensus 45c; Dun & Bradstreet (DNB), consensus $1.35; Energy Transfer (ETE), consensus 33c; Plains All American (PAA), consensus 50c; Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 97c; Antero Resources (AR), consensus 37c; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), consensus 88c; Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), consensus 38c; American Water Works (AWK), consensus 64c; Alliant Energy (LNT), consensus 61c; Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), consensus 37c; Regency Energy (RGP), consensus 16c; Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 25c; AMERCO (UHAL), one estimate $6.36; zulily (ZU), consensus 4c; Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 57c.
13:41 EDTFOXAEarnings Preview: Fox withdraws Time Warner offer prior to Q4 earnings
21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, August 6, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. 21st Century Fox is a media company that operates the cable, broadcast, and film assets formerly bundled under the News Corp. (NWSA) umbrella. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 38c on revenue of $7.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-41c on revenue of $7.59B-$8.54B. LAST QUARTER: Fox reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 47c on revenue of $8.22B, which compared to estimates for earnings of 35c on revenue of $7.99B, respectively. Fox reported Q3 cable network revenue of $3.15B and filmed entertainment revenue of $2.28B. Fox reported that its Q3 television revenue was $1.59B. COMPANY NEWS: On June 10, Fox said in a filing that president and COO Chase Carey agreed to a two-year contract extension. On June 16, Both Time Warner (TWX) and Fox confirmed an earlier CNBC report that Time Warner rejected an $80B takeover offer from Fox. Time Warner said it turned down Fox's offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company for a combination of 1.531 of Fox Class A non-voting common shares and $32.42 in cash per share. Time Warner added that its board is confident that continuing to execute its strategic plan will "create significantly more value for the company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Fox is in a position to offer." 21st Century Fox also confirmed that it made a formal proposal to Time Warner, which was rejected, and added that the companies are not currently in any discussions. On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch commented: "We viewed a combination with Time Warner as a unique opportunity to bring together two great companies, each with celebrated content and brands. Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly. However, Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling. Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders. These factors, coupled with our commitment to be both disciplined in our approach to the combination and focused on delivering value for the Fox shareholders, has led us to withdraw our offer." On July 25, Fox announced that it transferred Sky Italia and its 57.4% interest in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB to create a pan-European digital television leader through the combination of these assets. In exchange for the transfer, Fox will receive approximately $9.3B in value from BSkyB comprised of approximately $8.6B in cash and BSkyBís 21% interest in National Geographic Channels International, raising Foxís ownership stake to 73%. In addition, Fox participated in BSkyBís announced equity offering by purchasing approximately $900M of additional shares in BSkyB to maintain the companyís 39.1% ownership interest. The net, after-tax cash proceeds to be received by Fox upon completion of all the elements of this transaction approximated $7.2B. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research had been quiet on Fox during the quarter. On July 1, Goldman Sachs downgraded Fox to Buy from Conviction Buy after cutting its rating on the U.S. Entertainment sector to Neutral from Attractive. Right after the company confirmed its Time Warner takeover offer, ISI Group downgraded Fox to Buy from Strong Buy and removed shares from the Top Picks list following news of its buyout bid for the firm. Cowen downgraded Fox to Market Perform from Outperform on July 23. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of Fox are roughly unchanged. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, Fox is up more than 4.6%.
12:12 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:42 EDTFOXATime Warner sinks after Fox withdraws takeover bid
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10:40 EDTFOXATime Warner sees continued attractive growth in the years to come
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09:13 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Fox class A shares (FOXA), up 5.9% after withdrawing proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX), announcing $6B share repurchase program, reporting quarterly results... MannKind (MNKD), up 1.6% after entering a supply agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)... Criteo (CRTO), up 11.5% after upgraded at Goldman following its better than expected Q2 earnings report. LOWER: Time Warner (TWX), down 13% after earnings, maintaining guidance, bid dropped by Fox... Sprint (S), down 16.5% after naming Marcelo Claure as president and CEO, reportedly dropping pursuit of T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile shares also down 8.5%... Groupon (GRPN), down 18%, downgraded at Wunderlich after the company reported lower than expected Q3 results... Walgreen (WAG), down 15.7% after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal... Shire (SHPG), down 6% after Walgreen announced it would stay located in Chicago and Bloomberg last night reported that the Treasury Department is exploring ways to bypass Congress in an attempt to curb corporate inversions... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), down 33% after announcing that it has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Enphase Energy (ENPH), up 20%... AOL (AOL), up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.5%... Rocket Fuel (FUEL), down 27%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 13%... First Solar (FSLR), down 2.5%... Globus Medical (GMED), down 17%.
07:14 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox volatility expected to move on withdrawal of proposal
21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) volatility is expected to move after announcing that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and its board authorized a $6B share repurchase of an additional $6B of Class A Common Stock is expected to be completed in the next 12 months. Overall option implied volatility of 29 is above its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
07:06 EDTFOXATime Warner volatility expected to move after 21st Century Fox withdrew its bid
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05:41 EDTFOXAFox unlikely to revisit Time Warner bid in near-term, says Jefferies
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