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April 9, 2014
10:14 EDTNXST, GTN, SBGILocal TV station owners climb following Wells Fargo upgrades
Share of several companies that own local TV stations are climbing after Wells Fargo upgraded a number of names in the sector in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with FCC representatives, Wells Fargo, which had previously been concerned that the agency could torpedo sharing deals, now does not expect the agency to veto sharing deals among TV station owners. Sharing deals refer to the sharing of facilities, employees, ad sales, and programming costs by multiple stations. The FCC's Media Bureau had expressed concern that such deals could prevent station owners from having sufficient incentive to operate stations effectively, trade publication Multichannel News reported last month. Wells had also been concerned that the FCC would look to cancel deals involving the buying and selling of TV stations. However, the firm is no longer worried about this issue following its FCC meetings. Additionally, Wells believes that the shares of TV broadcasters it covers are undervalued. The firm upgraded Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI), Gray Television (GTN), and Nexstar (NXST) to Outperform from Market Perform. Wells increased its price target ranges on Sinclair to $32-$34 from $25-$27, on Gray Television to $13-$15 from $10-$12, and on Nexstar to $50-$52 from $36-$40. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Nexstar surged 7.8% to $40.24, Gray Television jumped 14% to $11.30, and Sinclair rose 5.4% to $28.85.
News For NXST;GTN;SBGI From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2014
07:43 EDTSBGI, NXST, GTNFCC outlines estimated compesation for broadcasters in incentive auction
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September 30, 2014
14:11 EDTGTNGray Television core business has improved in Q3, says Wells Fargo
After viewing a presentation by Gray Television's CFO, Wells Fargo says that the company's core business rebounded in Q3 as local remained steady and national improved versus the first half of the year. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
September 29, 2014
13:33 EDTSBGISinclair 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."
11:48 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast syndication agreements a positive, says Wells Fargo
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10:35 EDTNXSTFollow-up: Nexstar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial
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10:01 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast unit enters syndication agreements for ASN initiative
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10:00 EDTNXSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Akorn (AKRX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy at UBS... Banner Corp. (BANR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Boston Properties (BXP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Brocade (BRCD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Summit Research... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Equity One (EQY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... FedEx (FDX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Himax (HIMX) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Janus Capital (JNS) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... LRR Energy (LRE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pearson (PSO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Macquarie... Philips (PHG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ING Group... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded at KeyBanc... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tanger Factory (SKT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded at BMO Capital... Voya Financial (VOYA) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Waste Management (WM) upgraded at Wedbush... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
08:27 EDTNXSTNexstar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial
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