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July 15, 2014
06:30 EDTP, SNE, VIVHYDOJ 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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February 10, 2016
10:01 EDTPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... BBA Aviation (BBAVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CM Finance (CMFN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CTI BioPharma (CTIC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at WallachBeth... Calix (CALX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Fortis (FRTSF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Lake Shore Gold (LSG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Medley Capital (MCC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Pandora (P) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Parkway Properties (PKY) downgraded on real estate headwinds, valuation at Stifel... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... USANA (USNA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
08:47 EDTPPandora price target lowered to $16 from $24 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on Pandora citing competitive concerns from Spotify as well as expectations for lower EBITDA due to higher publishing royalties and the impact of recent acquisitions. Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Pandora shares as the firm expect the company's headwinds to moderate.
06:19 EDTPPandora downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge downgraded Pandora to Market Perform to reflect lower ad loads. The analyst said recent acquisition of Ticketfly and Rdio in Q4 indicate Pandora is diversifying its revenue stream and suggests challenges in the core business. Blackledge materially lowered 2017-2021 estimates mainly due to lower ad load forecasts given rising competition and cut his price target on Pandora shares to $9 from $21.
05:01 EDTPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; P DB
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February 9, 2016
14:44 EDTVIVHYVivendi upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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February 8, 2016
12:05 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and proceeded to move lower throughout the session, amid a renewed selloff in oil prices and fears that bankruptcies related to the prolonged slump will begin to pick up pace. The move lower is not restricted to the energy sector and has been broad-based, as each of the major equity indexes was lower by about 2% or more. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the labor market conditions index came in at 0.4 for January, below expectations for a reading of 2.0. In Asia, markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea were all closed for the New Year holiday. Data was still released in China that showed the country's foreign currency reserves fell to their lowest level since May 2012, dropping about $99B in January, though that was better than analysts forecast and ahead of some recent whispers. COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) tumbled over 50%, dropping as low as $1.50 per share, after media reports indicated that the natural gas producer has hired restructuring lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. Subsequently, the stock was halted pending news and the company confirmed that Kirkland & Ellis continues to advise the company as it seeks to further strengthen its balance sheet. However, Chesapeake noted that it currently has "no plans to pursue bankruptcy," and its shares recovered some of their earlier losses upon being reopened for trading. The stock was down a bit over 25% near noon... Meanwhile, another player in the oil space with ties to Chesapeake, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), declined 30% after the company disclosed, via a regulatory filing after Friday's close, that it was making a change to the Chief Financial Officer of its general partner. According to the company, the departure of CFO Jamie Welch from the post was not caused by any disagreements between him and the MLP over accounting issues or financial matters. Williams Company (WMB), with has agreed to merge with Energy Transfer, also slid 25%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apollo Education (APOL), which rallied 25% after it agreed to be acquired by a group led by private equity company Apollo Global (APO) for $9.50 per share. Also higher was GoPro (GPRO), which gained 9% after Microsoft (MSFT) announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with the beaten down action camera maker. Among the noteworthy losers was Sarepta (SRPT), which fell 12% after the FDA delayed a decision on the company's Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment eteplirsen. Also lower was BioCryst (BCRX), which plunged 67% after a clinical trial of its hereditary angioedema drug failed to meet its primary endpoint. In addition, DexCom (DXCM) was 17% lower after it was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 317.14, or 1.96%, to 15,887.83, the Nasdaq was down 101.02, or 2.32%, to 4,262.12, and the S&P 500 was down 36.43, or 1.94%, to 1,843.62.
February 7, 2016
20:36 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Ford (F) plans to build a new assembly plant in Mexico and expand its existing factory near Mexico City, sharply increasing production capacity in the country as it looks to focus its U.S. efforts on trucks and SUVs, the Wall Street Journal reported. 2. GoPro (GPRO) and Microsoft (MSFT) signed a patent licensing agreement late Friday, lifting shares of the action camera maker in after-hours trading. 3. Media reports indicate Twitter (TWTR) could be rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. 4. Apollo Education (APOL) received a second investigative subpoena from California's attorney general related to the marketing, recruiting, accreditation, and other aspects of its for-profit schools. 5. Celgene (CELG), Gilead (GILD), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Vantiv (VNTV) were mentioned positively by Barron's this weekend, while Church & Dwight (CHD) was called overvalued and GoPro was identified as a possible takeover target by Under Armour (UA) or Sony (SNE).
17:27 EDTSNE'Kung Fu Panda' defends top spot as undead Jane Austen misses
"Kung Fu Panda 3" missed analyst forecasts for its second week at the box office but still staved off newcomers "Hail, Caesar!" and "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," with the latter coming in sharply below estimates. WEEKEND LEADER: "Kung Fu Panda 3," produced by DreamWorks (DWA) and distributed by Fox (FOX, FOXA), grossed $21M domestically for the weekend of February 7. The film dipped roughly 49% from its $41M debut, missing expectations for $23M-$24.7M. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Hail, Caesar!" debuted at $11.4M versus expectations for $10M-$11M. Directed by the Coen brothers, the comedy film features an ensemble cast of Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. Meanwhile, Fox's "The Revenant" took in another $7.1M for a U.S. total of $149.7M, while Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" added $6.9M to its domestic tally. Rounding out the top five was Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Choice" with $6.1M against a reported budget of $10M. "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," Sony's (SNE) undead take on the Jane Austen classic, shambled to just $5.2M despite predictions of a possible $10M-$11M open.
13:21 EDTSNEUnder Armour, Sony could be interested in GoPro, Barron's says
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February 5, 2016
13:46 EDTSNEBox Office Battle: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' expected to remain on top
DreamWorks Animation's (DWA) "Kung Fu Panda 3," starring Jack Black, is expected to retain the top spot at the box office in its second weekend of release, with an estimated domestic gross of $23M-$24.7M. Second place is likely to be a toss-up between Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Hail, Caesar!," directed by the Coen brothers and starring George Clooney, and Lionsgate's (LGF) Jane Austen parody "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," which are both predicted to open in the $10M-$11M range. Expected to round out the top five are Fox's (FOX, FOXA) survival story and Oscar contender "The Revenant," which is expected to earn an additional $8M-$9M, and Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which is expected to gross another $7M in its eighth weekend at theaters -- pushing it past the $900M mark domestically and the $2B mark globally. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Sony (SNE), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
January 29, 2016
12:53 EDTSNEBox Office Battle: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' expected to kick 'Revenant' from top spot
DreamWorks Animation's (DWA) "Kung Fu Panda 3" featuring Jack Black is expected to break the record for the largest January opening for an animated feature, topping the opening of "The Nut Job" in 2014. The first two films in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise took in $60.2M and $47.6M, respectively, in their opening weekends and grossed a total of nearly $1.3B worldwide. With a strong base of Po the Panda fans and the popularity of a recent TV show, conservative early estimates say "Panda 3" is expected to bring in $35M-$50M. Also opening this weekend are Disney's (DIS) "The Finest Hours," starring Chris Pine, and Open Road Films' "Fifty Shades of Black," starring Marlon Wayans. "The Finest Hours" may disappoint, with expectations topping out at $10M in its opening weekend. "Fifty Shades of Black," meanwhile, is the latest spoof movie from the team of Wayans and Michael Tiddes from "Haunted House" fame. The last film from Wayans had an opening weekend of $8.8M, and this one is currently expected to take in a similar amount. Both films will battle with Fox's (FOX, FOXA) survival story and Oscar contender "The Revenant," starring Leonardo Dicaprio, and Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for spots in the top five. "The Revenant" and "Star Wars" should each take in $9M-$12M even as they continue to lose theaters this coming weekend. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Lionsgate (LGF), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Sony (SNE).
05:56 EDTSNESony backs FY16 revenue Y7.9T, operating income Y320B
Backs FY16 CapEx Y475B, R&D expenses Y470B. Mobile Communications Sales are expected to be lower than the October forecast primarily due to an expected decrease in smartphone unit sales. The forecast for operating loss remains unchanged from the October forecast due to the above-mentioned decrease in sales being offset mainly by higher than originally anticipated selling prices of smartphones and additional cost reductions. In Game & Network Services, the forecast for sales remains unchanged from the October forecast. Operating income is expected to be above the October forecast primarily due to an increase in network sales, partially offset by the impact of a change in the launch date of a first-party title. In Imaging Products & Solutions, sales are expected to be lower than the October forecast primarily due to lower than expected sales of broadcastand professional-use products. Operating income is expected to be higher than the October forecast primarily due to an improvement in the product mix of digital cameras reflecting a shift to high value-added models, partially offset by the above-mentioned decrease in sales.
05:41 EDTSNESony reports Q3 Mobile Communications sales Y384.5B
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05:39 EDTSNESony reports Q3 EPS Y93.33 vs. Y76.96 last year
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January 28, 2016
11:18 EDTSNEOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: DRII SNE LH CAVM KSS UCO ILMN JBLU AVT SWK JNPR RRC CL HES
09:02 EDTPPandora launches Browse
Pandora launched Browse, a new way to help users discover even more music. "Finding new music should be a simple and enjoyable experience," said Chris Phillips, chief product officer of Pandora. "Our musicologists have scored millions of songs to find the perfect music just for you. The new Browse feature makes it easy to find the music you love whether you know what you want, or need a little help discovering music you didn't know existed." The service includes fresh station recommendations, music metrics, and the ability see what's spinning on a station before adding it to station list.
08:28 EDTSNESony volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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January 27, 2016
14:44 EDTSNEEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after breakup decision, China licensing deals
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