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February 6, 2013
12:55 EDTNWSAEarnings Preview: News Corp. trades higher ahead of publishing spin-off
News Corp. (NWSA) is scheduled to report Q2 earnings after the market closes on Wednesday, February 6, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. News Corp. is a global media company that operates the Fox News and Fox Sports channels, Fox Filmed Entertainment which includes Twentieth Century Fox, and publishes the Wall Street Journal, among other media, entertainment, and publishing interests... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 42c on revenues of $9.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-45c on revenue of $9.15B-$9.5B... LAST QUARTER: News Corp. reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 43c against estimates for 38c on revenue of $8.14B against estimates for $8.26B. On its Q1 conference call, News Corp. said results continue to be driven by its cable channels business. The company also said it is targeting $3B-$4B per year in stock repurchases. In December, News Corp. announced its intention to split into two publicly traded companies, with Robert Thomson to be named CEO of News Corporation, which will include the company's publishing interests, while Rupert Murdoch will serve as CEO of Fox Group, which will include the company's media and entertainment interests... STREET RESEARCH: Analyst commentary since News Corp.'s Q1 earnings has been positive, with shares most recently upgraded on January 28 to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with a $32 price target. Morgan Stanley also added News Corp. to its Best Ideas list, citing opportunities for growth following the publishing spin-off, which is expected by the middle of this year. Earlier in January, Bernstein upgraded shares to Market Perform from Outperform. The day after its Q1 report, CLSA upgraded shares to Buy from Outperform... PRICE ACTION: Shares of News Corp. are up over 16%, since the first day of trading following its Q1 report, but are down 0.4% in midday trading ahead of this afternoon's Q2 report.
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November 20, 2014
10:10 EDTNWSASoutheastern selling down stake in News Corp., Australian says
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November 18, 2014
09:10 EDTNWSASoutheastern leads challenge to News Corp. voting structure, FT says
Southeastern Asset Management, which now controls 12.7% of News Corpís voting stock, is at odds with Rupert Murdochís family over the company's dual-class share structure that gives Murdoch an outsized amount of the voting power, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
15:43 EDTNWSAGabelli liquidates stake in Move, Inc.
Gabelli's most recent stake, as reported on November 3, was 8.84%. As a result of the completion of the acquisition of the company by News Corp. (NWSA), Gabelli no longer has beneficial ownership of any of its shares.
November 14, 2014
08:29 EDTNWSANews Corp completes acquisition of Move, Inc
News Corp announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Move, Inc. Move is a provider of online real estate services and operates a network of sites, including realtor.com, the official website for the National Association of Realtors. The previously announced tender offer by a subsidiary of News Corp for all of the outstanding shares of Move common stock at a price of $21.00 per share expired as scheduled at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on November 13, 2014. Excluding shares tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery, a total of approximately 34,299,586 shares were validly tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer, representing, together with the shares owned by News Corp and its subsidiaries, approximately 83.1% of Moveís outstanding shares. As a result, News Corp, through its subsidiary, has accepted for payment and will promptly pay for all such validly tendered shares pursuant to the terms of the tender offer. Following its acceptance of the tendered shares, News Corp completed the acquisition by causing the merger of its subsidiary with and into Move without a vote of Moveís stockholders, pursuant to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law. Upon completion of the merger, Move became an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of News Corp. As a result of the merger and in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement, all eligible Move shares not tendered into the tender offer were cancelled and converted into the right to receive $21.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price per share offered in the tender offer. As a result of the acquisition, Move shares ceased to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market. REA Group Limited, in which News Corp owns a 61.6% interest, has entered into a definitive agreement with News Corp to acquire a 20% stake in Move. The transaction is expected to be completed on November 17.
November 13, 2014
06:27 EDTNWSADow Jones to end German, Turkish services, Sunday inserts, WSJ reports
Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp, will eliminate certain local-language news products in Germany and Turkey, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network and The Sunday Journal, leading to the reduction of 50-60 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. In a staff memo, Dow Jones CEO William Lewis explained that "It will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals." Reference Link

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