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June 16, 2014
06:28 EDTSNE, FOX, FOXA'22 Jump Street' and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' open strong, WSJ says
Sony's (SNE) "22 Jump Street" and 21st Century Fox's (FOX;FOXA) "How To Train Your Dragon 2" led the box office in their opening weekends, accumulating $60M and $50M, respectively, reports the Wall Street Journal. Both opening weekend numbers were higher than their predecessors. Reference Link
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October 29, 2014
13:50 EDTFOXAFCC chairman wants to give Internet video providers access to more content
FCC. Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday proposed allowing Internet video providers to show some content previously available only on cable and broadcast TV. Internet video providers could offer "many different kinds of multichannel video packages designed for different tastes and preferences." Wheeler added. Netflix (NFLX) provides Internet video content, while Comcast (CMCSA) and Cablevision (CVC) provide cable TV services. Broadcast TV providers include CBS (CBS), Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), and Disney (DIS). Reference Link
12:43 EDTSNEAlibaba, Sony discussing co-financing movie deals, Variety Reports
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12:21 EDTSNEElectronic Arts surges after 'beat and raise' quarterly report
Shares of video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) are surging after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue topped analysts' estimates. The company also raised its fiscal year 2015 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Electronic Arts' Q2 adjusted EPS was 73c, which beat analysts' consensus of 53c. The company's revenue for the quarter was $1.22B, which beat estimates of $1.16B. The video game maker anticipates third quarter EPS to be 90c, which is higher than analysts' 86c consensus. The company expects Q3 revenue of approximately $1.275B, which is slightly lower than analysts' expectations of $1.3B. Electronic Arts raised its FY15 EPS outlook to $2.05 from $1.85, which is higher than analysts' consensus of $1.92 prior to the new outlook. The company raised its FY15 revenue view to $4.175B from $4.1B, which was slightly ahead of the consensus estimate prior to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: EA stated that, in the calendar year to date, the company continues to be the number one publisher on Sony's (SNE) PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the Western World, led by FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, and FIFA 14. Electronic Arts noted that "Battlefield: Hardline" will debut on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 19, 2015 in Europe. On July 29, Electronic Arts announced in a post to its corporate blog that the company partnered with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver EA Access, a new monthly, or annual, membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One that starts at $4.99 a month. ANALYST REACTION: RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian feels that digital growth was a notable aspect of Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results. He said the quarter was driven by the combination of a rise in digital content sales and improved cost controls. Sebastian anticipates the video game maker will continue to improve its operating performance and benefit from solid growth in the future. Sebastian increased his price target on the stock to $45 from $43 and maintained an Outperform rating on the stock. Brean Capital analyst Todd Mitchell believes that Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results will probably be out-shone by the push-back of its Battlefield 5 game to 2017. Mitchell expects Electronic Arts to sell approximately 4M units of "Battlefield: Hardline" by the end of FY15. He kept a Buy rating on Electronic Arts and raised his price target on the stock to $43 from $40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Electronic Arts peer Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is scheduled to give its Q3 earnings report on November 4. Another competitor, Take-Two (TTWO), is set to release its Q2 earnings numbers later on this afternoon. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Electronic Arts climbed 3.6% to $38.83. Earlier in the session the stock hit a new 52-week high of $40.34.
October 28, 2014
13:27 EDTSNESony cuts FY smartphone forecast to 40M units, Nikkei reports
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October 27, 2014
06:59 EDTSNE'Ouija' makes $20M debut at weekend box office, WSJ says
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October 24, 2014
10:48 EDTSNESony Pictures likely to end distribution business in South Korea, Variety says
Sony Pictures is expected to close its theatrical distribution business in South Korea, reports Variety. According to sources in the Korean film industry, Sony Pictures Korea will cease operations at the end of this year. Universal Pictures International will then take over distribution duties. Reference Link
05:56 EDTSNESony to launch 12-inch tablet in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
Sony Mobile will launch a 12-inch tablet in 1Q15, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, several other vendors are also developing large-size vendors for launch in Q1 and Q2. The sources pointed out that Sony's 12-inch tablet will feature high-end specifications and come with a stylus. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
07:53 EDTSNEAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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06:58 EDTSNESony Mobile to amend strategy for releasing flagship models, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTSNEApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTFOX, FOXAEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
08:59 EDTSNESony may lower smartphone target for second time this year, Bloomberg says
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October 21, 2014
14:09 EDTSNEThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
October 20, 2014
07:49 EDTSNESony November volatility elevated into Q2 and investor meeting
Sony November weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, January is at 28, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on October 31 and a company sponsored investor meeting on November 24.
06:49 EDTFOXA, FOXTumblr, TV shows collaborate to broaden reach, NY Times says
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October 19, 2014
18:38 EDTSNE, FOXA, FOXSony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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17:39 EDTFOXA, FOXDish's AutoHop wins wins tentative ruling over Fox, Bloomberg says
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October 17, 2014
09:33 EDTFOXATribune, 21st Century Fox renew, extend Seattle affiliate agreement
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06:30 EDTSNENPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTSNESony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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