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October 1, 2014
09:44 EDTNFLXReport: Netflix attracts over 100K French subscribers in 2 weeks, Variety says
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06:29 EDTDISAmazon, Disney appear to settle two-month dispute, WSJ reports
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September 30, 2014
18:38 EDTNFLXAMC joins IMAX theater boycott of Netflix original movie, Deadline reports
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 30, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 37c to 31.18. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN HTZ DOW C F NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
13:42 EDTNFLXRegal, Cinemark will not play Netflix original movie, Hollywood Reporter says
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11:54 EDTDISFCC eliminates sports blackout rules
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11:44 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:33 EDTNFLXNetflix announces first original movie to premiere on Netflix, IMAX theaters
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06:56 EDTNFLXGoogle, Netflix hindered from TV review by CRTC, Bloomberg says
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06:42 EDTNFLXMovie sequel to be released directly to Netflix, NY Times reports
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06:25 EDTDISFCC asks media companies for Comcast contract details, WSJ reports
The FCC is pushing for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast (CMCSA) ahead of the company's merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing a person familiar with the matter, the FCC believes the documents contain information that would be relevant in its review. Officials from media companies including CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA;VIAB) met with FCC staff earlier this month to voice concerns about releasing highly confidential materials. Reference Link
September 29, 2014
16:54 EDTNFLXNetflix in talks on feature film with Weinstein Co., Bloomberg says
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13:53 EDTSTRZAVivendi may look at deal for Lionsgate, Reuters says
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13:33 EDTDISSinclair 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."
11:40 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:39 EDTSNEGoPro climbs higher after revealing new HERO4 camera line-up
Shares of mountable and wearable camera developer GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after the company announced its new HERO4 camera line-up. WHAT'S NEW: GoPro announced the camera offerings in its Hero4 lineup, including the $499 GoPro HERO4 Black, which shoots 4K video at up to 30 frames per second, 1080p HD video at 120 frames per second and 12-megapixel photos, as well as the HERO4 Silver, which offers may of the same features as the Hero4Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120. The Hero4 Silver, which costs $399, includes GoPro's first built-in touch display. Finally, GoPro announced the HERO "entry-level" camera, which costs $129 and shoots 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second and 720p HD video at 60 frames per second. The company announced that the new HERO4 line will be available October 5 online and at select retailers worldwide. GoPro is also debuting new mounts and accessories on October 5, which include the Smart Remote, the Handler and the new BacPac Accessories, which correlate with the HERO4 line-up. ANALYST REACTION: Citigroup analyst Jeremy David said that while the company's rivals, such as Sony (SNE), are launching new products as well, GoPro isn't likely to be impacted much by competitive pressure. David foresees an upside risk to revenue and earnings per share in the third quarter. He believes that a broader array of price points for HERO devices might spark unit and/or ASP upside in Q4 and fiscal year 2015. David maintains a Neutral rating on GoPro with a $70 price target. PRICE ACTION: During mid-morning trading, GoPro rose $3.46 or 4.1%, to $85.47. Since it's IPO on June 26, GoPro's shares have increased 172.09%.
09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:25 EDTSNE'Equalizer' tops domestic box office with $35M debut, WSJ reports
"The Equalizer," distributed by Sony (SNE), topped the domestic box office with a $35M weekend opening, beating out last week's winner, 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) "The Maze Runner," reported the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:18 EDTSTRZAStarz may struggle to sell itself, WSJ reports
Starz (STRZA) may struggle to sell itself, according to the Wall Street Journal citing challenges facing standalone media companies. The publication says that the standalone networks -- Starz, AMC Networks (AMCX) and Scripps Networks (SNI) -- "lack the heft" of larger peers in negotiations regarding affiliate deals, and look "increasingly vulnerable" now that Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), DirecTV (DTV) and AT&T (T) are joining forces. Reference Link
September 26, 2014
16:55 EDTDISMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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September 25, 2014
18:16 EDTSNESony's new Walkmans point towards survival versus growth, Nikkei says
The introduction of Sony's new Walkman portable music players indicate that the company is focusing on survival, rather than seeking growth, for its troubled electronics business, Nikkei reports. Reference Link
17:50 EDTNFLXCompanies receive U.S. information requests on Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 25, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.09 to 30.38. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN BP PBR GILD DOW according to Track Data.
10:03 EDTNFLXNetflix, Rainbow Studios announce spin-off of Winx Club as original TV series
Netflix and Rainbow Studios announced an expansion to the Winx Club franchise with a spin-off series, Winx Club WOW: World of Winx, that will be exclusively available in all Netflix territories including France and Germany. The first of the two all-new seasons will be available by early 2016 with the second following in the autumn.
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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06:07 EDTSNEGlobal tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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September 24, 2014
16:22 EDTDISOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed that sales of new homes rose to their highest level in over six years in August. The volume and news flow were relatively light, which may be the case again tomorrow as many market participants celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales rose 18.0% in August to a 504K unit rate, which was much higher than the expected 4.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) advanced $4.64, or 7.4%, to $67.33 after the home goods retailer last night reported second quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. The better than expected report and rise in the stock comes a day after William Blair downgraded the stock yesterday morning... Citizen Financial (CFG), the U.S. retail bank unit of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), became the year's second largest IPO behind Alibaba (BABA) after 140M shares began trading on the NYSE this morning. The stock ended it first day up $1.58, or 7.35%, at $23.08, which was far cry from the advance seen by another of the day's new stock debuts. CyberArk (CYBR) priced 5.36M shares at $16.00, opened for trade at $25.00 and ended the day at $29.94, making for a rise of over 87% from its IPO pricing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which advanced $8.27, or 28.18%, to $37.62 after the company agreed to acquire Civitas Therapeutics for $525M in cash. Civitas, which was private, had been scheduled to come public via an IPO that was expected to happen later this week prior to the deal announcement. Also higher was Hasbro (HAS), which rose $2.01, or 3.8%, to $54.95 after striking a deal that gives the company global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney's (DIS) princess characters, as well as Frozen, beginning in 2016. Mattel (MAT), which currently holds those rights, slid 40c, or 1.25%, to $31.67 in the wake of the news. Also lower were shares of Skechers (SKX), which fell $5.69, or 9.8%, to $52.40 after research firm SportscanInfo reported that the footwear maker's sales had fallen 3% last week. However, Sterne Agee recommended buying the stock on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.19, or 0.9%, to 17,210.06, the Nasdaq gained 46.53, or 1.03%, to 4,555.22, and the S&P 500 added 15.53, or 0.78%, to 1,998.30.
12:29 EDTNFLX20th Century Fox signs TV deal with Canadian Shomi, The Hollywood Reporter says
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12:29 EDTDISHasbro Princess deal positive, says Wells Fargo
After Hasbro announced that beginning in 2016 it would have the global (ex Japan) Disney (DIS)Princess doll license, Wells Fargo thinks that Hasbro has added a premier, established global license that increases the visibility of its results and significantly strengthens its girls business. The firm thinks the deal will cause Hasbro's multiple to expand further, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
12:14 EDTNFLXNetflix responds to Comcast's extortion claims, Variety reports
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10:02 EDTDISHasbro announces strategic merchandising relationship with Disney
Hasbro (HAS) announced a new strategic merchandising relationship with Disney (DIS( Consumer Products for the globally popular Disney Princess and Frozen properties. The agreement gives Hasbro global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney Princess stories and characters including Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and The Little Mermaid as well as Frozen beginning in 2016.
09:17 EDTNFLXComcast accuses TWC deal opponents of extortion, Re/code reports
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09:05 EDTSTRZAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:40 EDTSTRZAStarz volatility expected to move, hires investment bank to explore sale report
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05:57 EDTSTRZAStarz hires investment bank to explore sale, WSJ reports
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05:51 EDTSTRZAStarz met with 21st Century Fox about takeover, LA Times reports
Starz (STRZA) met with 21st Century Fox (FOXA) on Tuesday to discuss a potential takeover of the cable movie service, Los Angeles Times reports, citing three people familiar with the meeting. No deal may materialize and Fox took the meeting as a courtesy, the paper adds, citing a source. Reference Link
September 23, 2014
13:55 EDTSNESamsung to stop selling laptops in Europe, PC Advisor says
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06:48 EDTNFLXNetflix declines providing CRTC subscriber information, Globe and Mail says
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06:08 EDTSNESony Mobile cuts smartphone business personnel by 15%, DigiTimes reports
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05:54 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility movement; NFLX AMZN
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September 22, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 22, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 91c to 28.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX C TWTR AMZN BP PBR CLF WLT according to Track Data.
13:49 EDTSNESony confirms October 14 launch for PlayStation TV in U.S.
Sony confirmed in a blog post that PlayStation TV will launch in the U.S. and Canada on October 14 and that "nearly 700 games" will be available at launch. PS TV will be priced starting at $99.99 for the standalone system, or $139.99 for a bundle that includes a Wireless Controller, 8GB memory card, and The LEGO Movie Videogame. Reference Link
10:31 EDTDISDisney's "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show, Deadline says
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06:44 EDTSNE'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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September 21, 2014
13:37 EDTDISDisney attempts to expand to Indian film market with Khoobsurat release, FT says
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September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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10:12 EDTSNESony expected to launch SmartEyeglass by end of March, The Verge reports
Sony (SNE) is expected to launch SmartEyeglass, a competitor to Google Glass (GOOG), by the end of March, according to The Verge. Reference Link
09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTSTRZAEstimates too low for Starz, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee believes that Starz's stock is well-positioned to outperform in the next several quarters, as concerns about the name dissipate and sentiment improves due to its The Outlander show. The firm thinks the recent focus on HBO should also benefit Starz, and it keeps a $36 price target and Buy rating on Starz.
05:18 EDTNFLXNetflix now available in France, Germany, four other European countries
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September 18, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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11:39 EDTSNESony's no-dividend policy could be sign of hope, not doom, Nikkei reports
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10:17 EDTSNESony Computer Entertainment division upbeat on 2014 profit, Reuters reports
The head of Sony's PlayStation division aims to raise its profit outlook for 2014 due to the strong sales of the latest PalyStation 4 and the rollout of games and content for its network services, reports Reuters. In an interview with Reuters, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said We raised our profit prediction and I hope that's a trend we can continue, even within this fiscal year." Sony has sold 10.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of Sept. 6. Reference Link
09:32 EDTNFLXNetflix domestic estimates raised at ITG Research
ITG raised Netflix's domestic estimates given an acceleration in August. The firm's data indicates a faster than expected improvement in ASP and improved churn trends. The analyst raised its Q3 domestic streaming revenue of $881.3M from $877.3M, above guidance of $877M and consensus of $876.3M.
07:27 EDTSNESony CEO says 'running out of options' for electronics unit, WSJ reports
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07:26 EDTSNEGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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06:45 EDTSNEMobile DRAM bit growth to reach 37.5% in 2H14, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:00 EDTNFLXNetflix implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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September 17, 2014
13:08 EDTDISDisney sees digital ownership up 37% year to date
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09:10 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:08 EDTSNESony volatility expected to move after raises its net loss forecast
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06:18 EDTSNEAU Optronics enters Sony SmartWatch 3's supply chain, DigiTimes reports
AU Optronics (AUO) has entered Sony Mobile's (SNE) supply chain for the SmartWatch 3, reports DigiTimes. AUO will supply 30% of the 1.6-inch panels for the new smartwatch. Reference Link
05:34 EDTSNESony lowers FY14 net loss estimate to 230B from 50B yen
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