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November 7, 2012
06:46 EDTVIVHY, BHP, DTV, APO, PSO, MHPOn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: McGraw-Hill (MHP) is said to be in exclusive talks with Apollo Global (APO) over the sale of its education unit, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing people familiar with matter...BHP Billiton (BHP) is planning for a successor to CEO Marius Kloppers, reports the Wall Street Journal...INDEPENDENT: Pearson (PSO) has denied a Bloomberg report that said the company is exploring a sale of the Financial Times, the Independent reports...NY POST: Hurricane Sandy took off nearly 20% of total retail sales in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, reports the New York Post...REUTERS: DirecTV (DTV) says it's in the early stages of examining a possible purchase of GVT, Vivendi's (VIVHY) Brazilian telecom unit, Reuters reports.
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March 30, 2015
06:28 EDTVIVHYVivendi, activist investor battling over payout call, Reuters says
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTVIVHYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:14 EDTDTVAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
05:42 EDTVIVHYVivendi downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
March 24, 2015
14:34 EDTAPOGreat Wolf Resorts to be acquired by affiliate of Centerbridge Partners
Great Wolf Resorts announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with an affiliate of Centerbridge Partners, whereby Centerbridge will acquire Great Wolf. Great Wolf is currently controlled by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management (APO).
08:35 EDTAPOSpecial examiner may force bankruptcy for Caesars Growth Partners, NY Post says
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March 23, 2015
15:31 EDTVIVHYPSAM calls for EUR9B distribution to Vivendi shareholders
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08:13 EDTDTVPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
07:56 EDTVIVHYVivendi rejects calls from hedge fund to sell Universal Music Group, FT reports
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March 20, 2015
06:47 EDTAPOCreditors dispute 'inside deals' surrounding Caesars loyalty program, WSJ says
Caesars Entertainment's (CZR) customer loyalty program has been valued at $1B by creditors, who alleged in lawsuits surrounding its January bankruptcy that the Caesars parent company and majority stake holder Apollo (APO) made several improper deals designed to keep the loyalty unit inaccessible to creditors, reports the Wall Street Journal. Fitch Ratings analyst Alex Bumazhny now calls a swift bankruptcy process "increasingly unlikely," while the presiding judge gave additional scope last week to investigate the disputed deals. Reference Link
March 19, 2015
07:55 EDTAPOMolycorp bondholders led by Apollo close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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06:55 EDTPSOCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
March 18, 2015
15:22 EDTAPOMolycorp creditors close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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07:30 EDTDTVAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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07:27 EDTAPOFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:18 EDTAPOWells Fargo to hold a forum
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March 17, 2015
13:14 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
05:51 EDTBHPBHP Billiton's South32 demerger to cost $738M
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March 16, 2015
10:02 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC
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