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July 15, 2014
06:30 EDTP, VIVHY, SNEDOJ investigating music publishing, possible price coordination, WSJ reports
The DOJ has requested documents from Sony's (SNE) Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Vivendi's Universal Music Publishing, along with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Broadcast Music, and is seeking documents related to a wide range of licensing issues, the Wall Street Journal reports. Under investigation is possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies. Reference Link
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November 18, 2014
06:30 EDTSNESony upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Sony to Buy after the company gave Pictures and Music sales targets for FY17 saying it had undervalued management's strategic initiatives.
06:28 EDTSNESony targets FY17 Pictures sales $10B-$11B, Music sales $4.8B-$5.2B
Sony announced its financial targets for the Pictures and Music segments for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For Pictures, Sony targets FY17 sales of $10B-$11B and operating income margin of 7%-8%. For Music, Sony targets FY14 sales of $4.8B-$5.2B and operating margin income 10.5%-11.5%. Sony also announced that it has increased its $250M in targeted overhead and procurement savings in its Pictures segment that it announced in November 2013, by $50 for a total of $300M. Sony expects the annualized savings to be fully implemented by the end of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For FY15, Sony targets Pictures sales of $8.1B and Music sales of $4.8B.
November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:42 EDTPPandora management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 19 hosted by JPMorgan.
November 16, 2014
19:58 EDTSNEJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
18:57 EDTPSirius loses request to dismiss Turtles' lawsuit on pre-1972 songs, NYT says
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November 14, 2014
16:21 EDTPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:58 EDTPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:58 EDTVIVHYVivendi reports Q3 EBITA EUR 310M vs. EUR 295M last year
Reports Q3 revenue EUR 2.41B vs. EUR 2.43B last year. Vivendi (VIVHY) said, having received the authorization granted by the French Competition Authority on October 27, the completion of the merger between SFR and Altice/Numericable Group should take place on November 27. In addition, following the agreement signed on September 18, the completion of the acquisition of GVT by Telefonica (TEF) is expected during the second quarter of 2015.
11:22 EDTPPandora rallies after CEO share purchase
The stock is being pushed higher by word that the CEO of the company made a purchase of 25,000 shares following the recent lows at $17.55. At the current price of $20.97 resistance is at the bottom of the bearish gap down in price from October 24th at $21.17. A move higher puts the shares back into the gap for a bullish gap fill. Resistance would be at $22.48 thereafter. Support is at $20.31. Approximately 10% of the float is short which is likely contributing to a squeeze higher.
11:05 EDTPPandora jumps following CEO share purchase
Shares of Pandora (P) are rallying after the company's CEO disclosed that he had bought 25,000 shares of the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: In a regulatory filing last night, Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews disclosed that he had bought 25,000 of the company's shares on Wenesday at a price of $18.58 per share. McAndrews now owns over 475,000 shares of the stock, according to the filing. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote that McAndrews purchased the stock using his own personal funds. According to the analyst, it is quite rare for CEOs to take such an action. McAndrews' purchase of the stock was "a strong vote of confidence" in the company, Devitt contended. He kept a $29 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pandora announced that it would hold a conference call next Tuesday to discuss proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board. The board will determine the company's new royalty structure by December 2015, Devitt wrote. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Pandora climbed $2.30, or 12.5%, to $20.75.
09:38 EDTPActive equity options trading
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09:05 EDTSNENPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
08:18 EDTPPandora CEO share purchases a significant vote of confidence, says Stifel
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November 13, 2014
18:47 EDTPPandora to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the current Web IV proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board will be held on November 18 at 5 pm.Webcast Link
18:40 EDTPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: TubeMogul (TUBE), up 12.4%... Weibo (WB), up 3.2%... Nordstrom (JWN), up 3.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Geron (GERN), up 30.7% after announcing a global strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech... Baker Hughes (BHI), up 16.2% following reports that the company is in talks to be acquired by Halliburton (HAL)... Halliburton is up 1.4%... Pandora (P), up 4% after announcing a conference call to discuss Web IV proceeding... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), up 1.1% after being awarded a $4.06B government contract. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Retrophin (RTRX), down 6.6%... Phoenix New Media (FENG), down 8.4%... Voxeljet AG (VJET), down 8.6%... Intrexon (XON), down 1.1%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 5.7%... Applied Materials (AMAT), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), down 6.9% following PB272 Phase II Trial results... EnLink Midstream (ENLK), down 4.8% after filing to sell 10.5M common units representing limited partners.
18:26 EDTPPandora announces conference call to discuss Web IV proceeding
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06:45 EDTSNEMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:17 EDTSNESony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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November 12, 2014
07:48 EDTPWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
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