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March 21, 2014
07:16 EDTLGF, DIS"Divergent" could gross $55M or more in weekend debut, LA Times says
Lionsgate's (LGF) "Divergent" is expected to gross $55M or more in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada during its weekend debut, the LA Times says. Disney's (DIS) "Muppets Most Wanted" is expected to gross around $25M in its debut. Reference Link
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October 1, 2014
06:29 EDTDISAmazon, Disney appear to settle two-month dispute, WSJ reports
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05:16 EDTLGFLionsgate teams with Facebook, Women In Film, Stephenie Meyer on short films
Lionsgate (LGF) is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called "The Storytellers New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga," will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer's encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
September 30, 2014
11:54 EDTDISFCC eliminates sports blackout rules
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06:25 EDTDISFCC asks media companies for Comcast contract details, WSJ reports
The FCC is pushing for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast (CMCSA) ahead of the company's merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing a person familiar with the matter, the FCC believes the documents contain information that would be relevant in its review. Officials from media companies including CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA;VIAB) met with FCC staff earlier this month to voice concerns about releasing highly confidential materials. Reference Link
September 29, 2014
16:22 EDTLGFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened sharply lower, as the volatility which was seen last week carried over. It was the sixth session in a row, and the eighth in the last ten, in which the Dow experienced a triple digit move. The early weakness was attributed to unrest in Hong Kong as pro-Democratic protesters forced the closing of 17 banks and many small businesses. The market was able to shrug off the early weakness and pared its losses, with the Nasdaq eventually crossing into positive territory for a brief time. The averages all ended the day in the red, but were much improved from the lows they hit right after the opening bell. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer spending increased 0.5% last month, which was a bit better than expected. Personal incomes increased 0.3% in August, which matched the consensus forecast of economists. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index fell 1.0% to 104.7 in August, which was worse than the expected drop of 0.5%. In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped nearly 2% as riot police advanced on protesters in the deepest unrest since China took back control of the colony two decades ago. In Europe's bond market, Italian and Spanish yields rose as Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faced rumors that he could be pressured to quit and leaders in Spain's Catalonia region called for a referendum to be held on independence. COMPANY NEWS: DreamWorks Animation (DWA) rallied $5.82, or 26.03%, to $28.18 after The Hollywood Reporter said yesterday that the company is in talks to be acquired by Japanese telecom company Softbank (SFTBF), the parent of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint (S). Softbank is negotiating to buy DreamWorks for $32 per share, or $3.4B, the report said, citing an unnamed source, though CNBC's David Faber and entertainment industry publication Variety were cautious about whether a deal will be consummated. Lionsgate (LGF), another movie maker recently linked to Softbank by The New York Post and to Vivendi (VIVHY) by Reuters, also rose $1.79, or 5.74%, to $32.99. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were a number of companies that agreed to be acquired. Ambit Biosciences (AMBI) surged $7.14, or 87.07%, to $15.34 after Daiichi Sankyo agreed to acquire all of its outstanding shares for $15 per share in cash plus one Contingent Value Right based on commercialization related milestones. Einstein Noah (BAGL) advanced $6.76, or 50.49%, to $20.15 after the bagel shop owner agreed to be acquired by JAB Holding Company for $20.25 per share in cash. Athlon Energy (ATHL) rose $11.59, or 24.8%, to $58.32 after striking a deal to be bought by Canadian energy giant Encana (ECA), which also gained 46c, or 2.18%, to $21.59 following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Civeo Corporation (CVEO), which dropped $12.63, or 49.59% to $12.84 after the company decided against conversion to a real estate investment trust, or REIT, and said it will continue as C corporation and redomicile to Canada. Also lower were shares of Ford (F), which fell $1.22, or 7.47%, to $15.11 after the automaker said during its investor day presentation that it won't achieve its previously stated 2014 profit goal and now sees pre-tax profit of $6B for the fiscal year. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 41.93, or 0.25%, to 17,071.22, the Nasdaq fell 6.34, or 0.14%, to 4,505.85, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.05, or 0.25%, to 1,977.80.
13:53 EDTLGFVivendi may look at deal for Lionsgate, Reuters says
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13:33 EDTDISSinclair Broadcast enters into long-term affiliation agreements with ABC
Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) announced that it has entered into long-term agreements with Disney's (DIS) American Broadcasting Company for the renewal of the ABC affiliations in 13 Sinclair markets that come up for renewal during 2014 and 2015. Three of the new agreements will expire on August 31, 2019 and the other 11 will expire on August 31, 2020. The markets being renewed are listed below and include six of Sinclair's ten biggest ABC markets, including five of the top six ABC markets. The company's remaining ABC affiliation agreements do not expire for several years. The company said, "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with ABC to renew these affiliation agreements for 5-year terms including a number of agreements that were not set to expire until 2015."
12:18 EDTLGFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:32 EDTLGFDreamWorks jumps after report of Softbank takeover talks
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09:36 EDTLGFDreamWorks potential takeout positive for content space, says Stifel
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September 26, 2014
16:55 EDTDISMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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September 24, 2014
16:22 EDTDISOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed that sales of new homes rose to their highest level in over six years in August. The volume and news flow were relatively light, which may be the case again tomorrow as many market participants celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales rose 18.0% in August to a 504K unit rate, which was much higher than the expected 4.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) advanced $4.64, or 7.4%, to $67.33 after the home goods retailer last night reported second quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. The better than expected report and rise in the stock comes a day after William Blair downgraded the stock yesterday morning... Citizen Financial (CFG), the U.S. retail bank unit of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), became the year's second largest IPO behind Alibaba (BABA) after 140M shares began trading on the NYSE this morning. The stock ended it first day up $1.58, or 7.35%, at $23.08, which was far cry from the advance seen by another of the day's new stock debuts. CyberArk (CYBR) priced 5.36M shares at $16.00, opened for trade at $25.00 and ended the day at $29.94, making for a rise of over 87% from its IPO pricing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which advanced $8.27, or 28.18%, to $37.62 after the company agreed to acquire Civitas Therapeutics for $525M in cash. Civitas, which was private, had been scheduled to come public via an IPO that was expected to happen later this week prior to the deal announcement. Also higher was Hasbro (HAS), which rose $2.01, or 3.8%, to $54.95 after striking a deal that gives the company global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney's (DIS) princess characters, as well as Frozen, beginning in 2016. Mattel (MAT), which currently holds those rights, slid 40c, or 1.25%, to $31.67 in the wake of the news. Also lower were shares of Skechers (SKX), which fell $5.69, or 9.8%, to $52.40 after research firm SportscanInfo reported that the footwear maker's sales had fallen 3% last week. However, Sterne Agee recommended buying the stock on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.19, or 0.9%, to 17,210.06, the Nasdaq gained 46.53, or 1.03%, to 4,555.22, and the S&P 500 added 15.53, or 0.78%, to 1,998.30.
12:29 EDTDISHasbro Princess deal positive, says Wells Fargo
After Hasbro announced that beginning in 2016 it would have the global (ex Japan) Disney (DIS)Princess doll license, Wells Fargo thinks that Hasbro has added a premier, established global license that increases the visibility of its results and significantly strengthens its girls business. The firm thinks the deal will cause Hasbro's multiple to expand further, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:02 EDTDISHasbro announces strategic merchandising relationship with Disney
Hasbro (HAS) announced a new strategic merchandising relationship with Disney (DIS( Consumer Products for the globally popular Disney Princess and Frozen properties. The agreement gives Hasbro global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney Princess stories and characters including Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and The Little Mermaid as well as Frozen beginning in 2016.
September 22, 2014
10:31 EDTDISDisney's "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show, Deadline says
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September 21, 2014
13:37 EDTDISDisney attempts to expand to Indian film market with Khoobsurat release, FT says
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September 19, 2014
07:25 EDTLGFSoftbank to spend some of Alibaba windfall in Hollywood, NY Post says
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September 18, 2014
12:42 EDTLGFLionsgate acquires worldwide distribution rights for 'The Smosh Movie'
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September 17, 2014
13:32 EDTLGFCodeblack Films enters multi-picture first look agreement with Datari Turner
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13:08 EDTDISDisney sees digital ownership up 37% year to date
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