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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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January 30, 2015
08:43 EDTMATMattel says not providing guidance for 2015
08:42 EDTMATMattel says POS exiting 2014 'not where we need it to be'
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08:41 EDTMATMattel interim CEO says board to evaluate internal, external candidates for CEO
Interim CEO Chris Sinclair says will work with board to evaluate internal, external candidates for permanent CEO. Says no timeline on search for permanent CEO. Says making "good progress" in terms of new innovations, developments, partnerships. Says every aspect of business will be reviewed, says doesn't see a fundamental shift in strategy. Says Q4, FY results "unacceptable." Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
08:23 EDTMATMattel says long-term gross margin target of 50% is 'reasonable'
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06:03 EDTMATMattel reports Q4 Girls & Boys Brands down 9% to $1.23B
Reports Q4 Fisher-Price Brands down 11% to $578.9M; Reports Q4 American Girl Brands down 4% to $318.3M; Reports Q4 Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands $130M.
06:02 EDTMATMattel reports Q4 EPS 44c, consensus $1.07 a year ago
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January 29, 2015
15:37 EDTMATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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January 27, 2015
07:29 EDTMATMattel may look outside company, industry for new CEO, WSJ says
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January 26, 2015
11:15 EDTMATMattel cash should be sufficient to cover dividend, says Wells Fargo
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09:47 EDTMATMattel falls, levels to watch
Shares are trading lower by over 5% at time of writing, last at $26.56. That price is off the earlier low of the session at $24.88 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.04, the prior session closing price.
09:23 EDTMATMattel drops after CEO resigns, Q4 results miss expectations
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09:07 EDTMATMattel sees FY14 EPS with items $1.45, consensus $1.92
For FY14, the company reported preliminary EPS $1.45, which includes a negative impact of 16c per share from MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs and a tax benefit of 13c per share. Reports preliminary FY14 worldwide net sales $6.02B, down 7%, including an unfavorable impact from changes in currency exchange rates of 2 percentage points.
09:05 EDTMATMattel reports preliminary Q4 EPS with items 44c, consensus 92c
Q4 preliminary results includes a negative impact of 5c per share from MEGA Brands integration costs and a negative tax impact of 3c per share. Reports preliminary Q4 worldwide net sales $1.99B, down 6%, including an unfavorable impact from changes in currency exchange rates of 3 percentage points. Consensus $2.12B. Q4 gross margin decreased by 410 basis points of net sales to 50.4%, which was partially due to the acquisition of MEGA Brands.
09:03 EDTMATMattel announces resignation of chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton
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09:02 EDTMATMattel names Christopher Sinclair as chairman, interim CEO
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January 21, 2015
08:39 EDTDISDisney reports five employees affected by California measles outbreak, AP says
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06:17 EDTDISOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTDISNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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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.
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