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July 17, 2014
09:31 EDTMAT, DISMattel says 'Frozen' brand continuing to grow
Mattel (MAT) says difficult to say if Disney's (DIS) Frozen brand is having an effect on Barbie and Monster High brands. Expects in the back half of the year, the company will see the global benefit of the "Frozen" brand. Says feels "very good" about Barbie momentum. Says American Girl "Girl of the Year" brand continues to do well. Says has "more innovation" to come in terms of its baby portfolio. Says tablet business does not impact Fisher Price.
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July 17, 2014
09:31 EDTDISNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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09:31 EDTMAT, DISMattel says 'Frozen' brand continuing to grow
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09:15 EDTMATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
09:08 EDTMATMattel to increase advertising spending in 2H14
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08:17 EDTMATMattel aims to maintain gross margins in low to mid-50% range in near term
Says its 2014 SG&A goal, excluding MEGA Brands, remains to achieve modest increase in Mattel SG&A, including severance and ongoing growth investments. Says inventory fair value adjustment, required by purchase accounting for opening balance sheet, related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3. Says amortization expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. Comments taken from slides of the company's Q2 earnings conference call presentation.
06:37 EDTDISFox 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
06:18 EDTMATMattel reports Q2 Girls and Boys Brands sales down 13% to $389M
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06:18 EDTMATMattel reports Q2 EPS 8c, not comparable to consensus 18c
Q2 EPS of 8c includes tax benefit of 11c per share and negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Reports Q2 revenue $1.06B, consensus $1.19B
July 16, 2014
14:55 EDTMATMattel July 39 straddle priced for 5.1% move into Q2
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12:26 EDTDISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:50 EDTMATMattel technical comments before earnings
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07:30 EDTDISTime Warner turned down $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, NYT says
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07:24 EDTDISSiemer & Associates to hold a summit
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05:58 EDTDISCBS CEO says 'willing to talk' to Aereo, VentureBeat reports
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July 15, 2014
06:43 EDTDISTime Warner looks for NBA programming deal renewal, Bloomberg says
Time Warner (TWC) and Disney's (DIS) ESPN are looking to renew the last big U.S. sports agreement with the National Basketball Association thatís up for grabs until 2021, according Reuters, citing people familiar with the talks. Time Warner and Disney, which divvy-up airing the games, pay the league an average total of $930M annually. Reference Link
06:36 EDTDISNBA seeks to double TV-rights fees from Disney, Time Warner, WSJ reports
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July 14, 2014
06:56 EDTDISDisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 13, 2014
11:23 EDTDISHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 11, 2014
07:25 EDTMATMattel July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Mattel July call option implied volatility is at 40, August is at 23, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 17.
July 10, 2014
07:14 EDTDISAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
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