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October 6, 2015
05:51 EDTSTRZALionsgate, Starz merger would benefit both companies, says B. Riley
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October 5, 2015
19:04 EDTSNESony, Verizon cancel plans for Xperia Z4v smartphone in U.S., Verge says
Sony (SNE) and Verizon (VZ) have cancelled plans to launch the Xperia Z4v smartphone in the U.S., reports The Verge, citing spokesperson statements. "Sony is a strategic partner as we continue having ongoing discussions together as part of our future portfolio," remarked Verizon, while Sony itself stated that it "remains dedicated" to the U.S. market, the report adds. Reference Link
18:56 EDTSTRZAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Regulus Therapeutics (RGLS), up 8.7% after the company announced that it will present new preclinical data on RG-012 for kidney disease... Palatin Technologies (PTN), up 9.6% after director Robert deVeer Jr. buys 10,000 shares of common stock... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), up 4.7% after CEO Jack Lief announced his retirement and Harry Hixson was named interim CEO... DuPont (DD), up 5.9% after CEO and chair Ellen Kullman retires... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), up 4.9% after joining the S&P 600... Starz (STRZA), up 10.1% after the LA Times reports that Lionsgate (LGF) is in advanced talks to merge with Starz. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Container Store (TCS), down 10.4%. ALSO LOWER: Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), down 3.8% after filing to sell $125M of common stock... Haemonetics (HAE), down 12.2% after lowering its fiscal 2016 outlook... Energy XXI (EXXI), down 8.3% after filing a $500M mixed securities shelf... Mallinckrodt (MNK), down 1.6% after announcing that it will provide a business update and financial guidance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, on an investor call on October 6.
17:29 EDTSTRZALionsgate, Starz in advanced merger discussions, LA Times says
Mini-major studio Lionsgate (LGF) is in advanced talks to merge with movie channel Starz (STRZA), according to the Los Angeles Times, citing four people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 5, 2015
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09:44 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:39 EDTSNEeSports seen as next big growth opportunity in media
Competitive video game playing in organized leagues, or eSports, is on the verge of reaching mainstream adoption and moving from an engagement tool to a monetization opportunity for video game makers, according to Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who calls the trend the "biggest media and sports growth opportunity you've never heard of." NEXT BIG THING: eSports could have 200M active and engaged participants as early as next year and can grow from about $200M this year to $1B in revenues by 2018, Sebastian tells investors this morning in a research note. Game publishers such as Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) are "natural beneficiaries," according to Sebastian, who believes that eSports has the potential to drive earnings growth and multiple expansion for the sector. eSports is still mainly a tool to help engage and keep core gamers, but Sebastian expects this to change quickly as game makers focus on incremental revenue opportunities and increasing average revenue per user. The analyst also sees "significant opportunities" from eSports for online streaming platforms, like Amazon's (AMZN) Twitch and Google's (GOOG) newer platform, as well as for Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and PC and component makers. ANOTHER eSPORTS BULL: Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis previously told investors that he believes the surging popularity of competitive video gaming on a global basis will benefit game publishers as well as hardware companies like NVIDIA (NVDA). In a note to investors last month, the analyst said that Activision Blizzard had five of the top fifteen most popular games on Twitch in July, and contended that the company looks best positioned among game makers to benefit from the eSports opportunity. On the date of his eSports note, Lipacis upgraded NVIDIA to Buy from Hold, saying secular growth in gaming will trump PC weakness. The company's Gaming Graphics Processing Unit is "under the radar" and has grown 23% annually over the past three years, noted Lipacis, who raised his price target for shares to $30 from $23. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Activision Blizzard rose 1.4% to $31.90, Electronic Arts gained 1.04% to $67.18 and Take-Two Interactive advanced 0.85% to $29.64.
October 4, 2015
18:42 EDTDISDisney considering demand-based pricing for theme parks, WSJ says
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17:39 EDTSNE'The Martian' soars in box office debut
Science fiction film "The Martian" rocketed to the top of the box office amid widespread critical acclaim. WEEKEND LEADER: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Martian" grossed $55M in its domestic open for the weekend of October 4, beating expectations for $40M-$50M and nearly setting a record for October debuts. Director Ridley Scott's return to science fiction after 1979's "Alien" and the more recent "Prometheus" was applauded by critics and audiences alike, with "Martian" garnering a 94% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Sony's (SNE) "Hotel Transylvania 2" stepped down to second place with $33M after last weekend's strong open, while Lionsgate's (LGF) drug cartel thriller "Sicario" earned $12.1M after expanding nationwide, outpacing expectations for $8M-$10M. Rounding out this weekend's Top 5, Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "The Intern" and Fox's "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" took in a respective $11.6M and $7.7M.
October 2, 2015
16:03 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 2, 2015
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12:43 EDTSNEFly Watch: 'The Martian' expected to win weekend box office
Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Martian," based on the best selling science fiction novel by Andy Weir and starring Matt Damon, is expected to win this weekend's box office with an opening of between $40M-$50M. Sony's (SNE) animated sequel "'Hotel Transylvania 2," which set a record last weekend for a September opening with a $48.5M debut, is estimated to gross in the range of $29M-$31.5M in its second week. Lions Gate's (LGF) drug cartel drama "Sicario," which opened two weeks ago in six theaters and expanded to 59 theaters last week, is expected to take in $8M-$10M in its first weekend expanding nationwide, now playing in about 2,500 theaters. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' comedy "The Intern," starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, is estimated to bring in $8.5M-$8.9M in its second weekend. Fox's "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" is expected to earn an estimated $7.8M in its third weekend of release. Also new in theaters is Sony subsidiary TriStar's "The Walk," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which opened Wednesday exclusively on 448 IMAX (IMAX) and large-format screens, and is expected to earn $3M through the weekend.
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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October 1, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; October 1, 2015
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10:37 EDTDISBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q4 2015
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September 30, 2015
16:43 EDTSNEInterDigital expands Convida Wireless research scope with Sony
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 30, 2015
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09:59 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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September 29, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 29, 2015
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15:19 EDTNFLX, DISDiscovery drops as investor day fails to dispell cord-cutting fears
Shares of Discovery Communications (DISCA) have dropped today as the company held its first-ever investor day amid ongoing concerns about the potential decline of pay TV. NEW GUIDANCE: Discovery Chief Financial Officer Andrew Warren updated the company's full year 2015 outlook, saying he expects constant currency adjusted earnings per share to grow in the low double digits. The company expects revenue for the year to grow 9%-10%, with free cash flow up in low single digits. Meanwhile, year over year currency headwinds were seen deducting $460M from revenue and 24c-29c from adjusted EPS. Discovery also established long-term guidance, saying it sees its adjusted EPS compound annual growth rate up in low double digits from 2015 to 2018, on a constant currency basis. "Third quarter results are on track, highlighted by strong U.S. advertising growth," Warren added. THREE BILLION SUBSCRIBERS: CEO David Zaslav commented during the investor day that the company is "confident in the long-term outlook for our business," adding that Discovery expects to reach 3B cumulative worldwide subscribers by year's end. The Chief Executive highlighted what he called five differentiators for Discovery's growth potential, including its ownership of a growing and diverse portfolio of content and IP "that uniquely positions Discovery for the changing media landscape." CORD CUTTING: Multiple Discovery executives showcased the company's European products, including Eurosport and the Eurosport Player OTT service, as well as the company's apparent first-mover advantage in Latin America. The seemingly increased attention on foreign initiatives comes as U.S. cord-cutting trends continue generating headlines, with Citi analyst Jason Bazinet arguing as recently as September 18 that Disney (DIS) would be the only cable network to make more money in a bundle-free world. According to media reports of today's Discovery event, Chief Executive Zaslav said "it's not rational" that media companies are selling so much of their content to streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) that threaten the appeal of cable bundles. The CEO added that Discovery has assumed a 1%-2% decline in pay TV over "the next couple of years," though he reassured investor day attendees that the company's adjusted operating income should be roughly flat even in a worst-case scenario. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Discovery crashed as much as 7% in early morning trading before seeing hesitant moves higher. The stock is down just under 4% to roughly $26.70 heading towards session close.
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