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December 19, 2014
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 19, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 29.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX according to Track Data.
14:05 EDTSNEPresident Obama says Sony made 'mistake' in pulling movie
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14:02 EDTSNEPresident Obama says Sony decision to pull movie a 'mistake'
12:00 EDTSNEFBI says North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack
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10:58 EDTSNEU.S. places blame on N. Korea for Sony hack, Reuters reports
According to an unnamed U.S. official, North Korea was primarily responsible for the Sony hack, with a possible Chinese link, Reuters reports. The link may be either through collaboration with Chinese actors, or using China based servers to hide digital footprints, the report said. Reference Link
09:01 EDTSTRZAStarz poised to outperform in next several quarters, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee believes that Starz can beat consensus estimates, and offers valuation protection. The firm think that factors weighing on the stock recently appear to be dissipating, and it keeps a $36 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:41 EDTSNESony unable to find outlet for film as relationships damaged, NY Times reports
Sony has been unable to find any outlet interested in disseminating its film, "The Interview," as any company that shows the film could be exposed to hacking, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the leaking of the e-mails of Sony's executives, and the cancellation of the movie's release, is damaging the company's relationship with movie stars, journalists, and other film companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:40 EDTSNESony loss on 'Interview' may not be covered by insurance, NY Post says
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December 18, 2014
18:00 EDTSNESony shares could climb 50%, Barron's says
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16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 18, 2014
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10:19 EDTSNESony hack fallout highlights value of IT security spending, analyst says
The hacking of Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit shows that spending more on IT security is worthwhile for companies, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Sony has decided not release the film "The Interview" as planned on December 25, due several theater chains' plans to not show the movie amid threats, CNBC reported. The New York Times said American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony's experience shows that being hacked is much more costly than spending on IT security, Powell stated. After being hacked, Sony has had to cancel the release of its film "The Interview," which it spent $ 42M to make, and it will have to spend more money on fixing the security breach and defending itself against lawsuits triggered by the incident, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's brand has been damaged, Powell believes. By contrast, Sony spends just $20M per year on IT security, the analyst roughly estimated. Incidents like the hacking of Sony will cause companies to spend a higher percentage of their budgets on IT security next year, according to Powell. He kept Outperform ratings on IT security companies Check Point (CHKP), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto (PANW), and Proofpoint (PFPT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at B. Riley said IMAX (IMAX) and RealD (RLD) could benefit from Sony's cancellation of "The Interview" due to the demand shift towards their respective film slates. The analyst believes both IMAX and RealD could generate an incremental 1c in EPS during the period. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye jumped 5% to $30, Palo Alto advanced 3.2% to $123.87, Proofpoint gained 2% to $47.87 and Check Point climbed 1.4% to $78.16.
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07:23 EDTSNEIMAX and RealD could benefit from The Interview cancellation, says B. Riley
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December 17, 2014
18:26 EDTSNEU.S. connects North Korea to Sony cyber attack, NY Times says
American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, NY Times reports. Reference Link
18:08 EDTSNEInvestigators confirm North Korea behind Sony cyber attack, CNN reports
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17:37 EDTSNECarmike Cinemas delays exhibition of "The Interview" due to Sony cyber-attack
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17:19 EDTSNESony cancels release of 'The Interview' CNBC reports
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17:00 EDTSNESony cancels release of 'The Interview' CNBC reports
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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11:14 EDTNFLXNetflix rises after MKM downplays production risks, DISH deal announced
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are climbing after research firm MKM Partners recommended that investors buy shares of the online streaming service heading into the New Year. The shares could triple or quadruple over the next four to five years, the firm predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Some believe that Netflix's stepped up content production increases its risk, MKM analyst Rob Sanderson reported. However, Netflix's movie content purchase deals carry similar risk and the company's massive content portfolio insulates it from risk, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Sanderson disagrees with initial reviews of Netflix's "Marco Polo" series. The series is no "Games of Thrones," but the season of "Marco Polo" as a whole is better than the first few episodes, Sanderson believes. Netflix should benefit more than expected from the advent of 4K resolution and the company should announce partnerships with cable companies at a faster rate next year, the analyst indicated. He continues to identify the stock as his favorite large-cap name and estimates that it could triple or quadruple over the next four or five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Satellite broadcaster DISH (DISH) earlier today announced that it had become the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix app into its set-top box. The app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, DISH added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Netflix gained 3.4% to $327.21.
11:09 EDTDISFormer Hulu CEO gears up to launch Vessel, Re/code reports
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is getting ready to launch a web video service called Vessel, which utilizes YouTube stars, Re/code reports. Reference Link
09:53 EDTNFLXDISH integrates Netflix into set-top box
DISH (DISH) today became the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix (NFLX) app into its set-top box. Available on DISH’s second-generation Hopper, the app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, including “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” from the same platform used to access their linear television channels. The Netflix app will rollout to DISH customers throughout the day. The Netflix app is currently available on all broadband-connected second-generation Hopper set-top boxes. In the coming months, DISH expects the app to rollout to Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey clients. Additionally, in the future, titles available on Netflix could be integrated into the search functionality across live, recorded and Video On Demand programs for both the Hopper as well as DISH’s forthcoming OTT service.
09:41 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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08:40 EDTNFLXNetflix shares should be bought into New Year, says MKM Partners
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06:52 EDTSNELions Gate wanted to talk to Sony about M&A, Reuters says
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06:47 EDTSNETheater cancels Sony movie debut after threat, NY Times says
A New York movie theater canceled the New York premier of Sony's film, "The Interview," after a terrorist threat was made against theaters that show the film, according to The New York Times. North Korea has harshly criticized the movie. Reference Link
06:44 EDTSNEGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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06:40 EDTSNEAU Optronics should see increased orders for Ultra HD TV panels, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux should see increased orders for Ultra HD LCD TV panels as a result of active promotions for the TVs by Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PCRFY), industry sources tell DigiTimes. Reference Link
06:07 EDTSNECarmike Cinemas pulls screenings of Sony's "The Interview," AP reports
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December 16, 2014
17:53 EDTSNESony hackers threaten 'The Interview' attendees, WSJ says
People claiming to be the Sony hackers said that there would be attacks like those of Sept. 11, 2001 at theaters showing the studio’s movie “The Interview,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
13:17 EDTSNETencent, Sony make music rights deal, Re/code says
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12:51 EDTSNESony sued by former employees over data protection, Reuters says
Two former Sony employees are suing the company for failing to adequately protect their data, according to Reuters. Sony's Sony Pictures unit suffered a massive hacking attack last month. Reference Link
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTNFLXInternet sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Americas Internet sector to Attractive to Neutral based on more reasonable valuations, reduced expectations, and strong sector growth. As part of the sector change, the firm upgraded GrubHub (GRUB) to Buy from Neutral, downgraded Shutterfly (SFLY) to Neutral from Buy, and lowered Priceline (PCLN) to Buy from Conviction Buy.
06:14 EDTSNESony says film studio's business remains strong, WSJ reports
Sony Pictures executives apologized in a staff meeting Monday for leaked emails and sensitive documents, The Wall Street Journal reports. Despite damage from the November hacking attack, executives said the film studio’s business remains strong. Reference Link
05:44 EDTSNESony Pictures confirms extent of cyber attack
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December 15, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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06:45 EDTSNESony tells media outlets to stop reporting leaked information, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTSNEAlleged Sony hackers offer to selectively withhold stolen data, Re/code reports
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06:00 EDTSNESony Pictures not shutting down film production because of hack, Deadline says
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December 12, 2014
12:22 EDTNFLXNetflix introduces Atlas telemetry platform
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06:33 EDTNFLXNetflix responds to FCC Commissioner's fast lanes allegations, TechCrunch says
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06:16 EDTSNEGlobal demand for e-paper on the decline, DigiTimes reports
Global demand for e-paper from e-book vendors is decreasing due to competition from tablets, reports DigiTimes, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain. Due to the decline, Toshiba (TOSBF), Sony (SNE), and Panasonic (PCRFY) have withdrawn from the e-book reader market. According to the sources, Amazon is still look at growth in the China market, but the e-book reader market is not showing any signs of a rebound. Reference Link
06:12 EDTSNESony considered selling stake in Crackle, Bloomberg reports
Sony Pictures Television had weighed the sale of a majority stake in Crackle, reports Bloomberg. Citing e-mails made public by hackers, executives at Sony discussed a deal with Evolution Media Capital. An outside investment in Crackle would free up cash the website could spend on original series and marketing, Berger wrote in an e-mail to Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
19:34 EDTSNEMicrosoft Xbox One outsells Sony PS4, Engadget reports
Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One was the best selling console for November, beating Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4, according to Microsoft, citing data from NPD Group. Prior to November, the PlayStation 4 had been the best selling console for almost a year. According to the NPD data, console sales are up in general, with hardware unit-sales increasing by 3% over last November. Reference Link
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 11, 2014
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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06:41 EDTDISDisney, others avoided U.S. taxes with Luxembourg deals, ICIJ says
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06:24 EDTDISDISH plans to leave broadcast channels out of basic online TV package, WSJ says
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December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTDISOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:25 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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15:03 EDTDISDiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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11:48 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX TSLA
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11:29 EDTNFLXDiscovery CEO says international market 'steady, good' for company
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11:11 EDTDISDiscovery, Hulu announce new distribution agreement
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10:32 EDTNFLXNetflix hits a fresh 6-month low, levels to watch
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07:32 EDTSTRZAUBS to hold a conference
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06:48 EDTNFLXNetflix wants to be 'completely global' within five years, GigaOM reports
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told investors at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that the company wants to be "completely global" and available everywhere in the world before 2020, GigaOM reports. CEO Reed Hastings has previously said that the company could eventually generate up to 80% of its revenue outside the U.S. Reference Link
06:48 EDTDISAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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December 8, 2014
18:19 EDTSNESony hacker releases additional private data, issues threat, Re/code says
Guardians of Peace, the hacker group claiming responsibility for the attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, released an additional trove of private data and issued threats against the studio, according to Re/code. Reference Link
11:29 EDTNFLXNetflix falls to session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2% to $342.44. At that price next support is at $340.05. Resistance is at $345.45.
10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:21 EDTSNESony Pictures called the cyberattack 'unprecedented in nature', Re/code reports
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06:24 EDTSNENorth Korea denies role in recent Sony hacking, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTSNESony PlayStation store may have suffered possible cyberattack, AP reports
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