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March 24, 2014
05:52 EDTLGF, SYMCStocks with implied volatility movement; SYMC LGF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Symantec (SYMC) 30, Lionsgate (LGF) 50 according to iVolatility.
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February 4, 2016
16:08 EDTLGFLionsgate down 5.7% after reporting Q3 results
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16:08 EDTSYMCSymantec reports Q3 adjusted EPS 26c, consensus 24c
Reports Q3 revenue $909M, consensus $905.81M.
16:08 EDTSYMCSymantec targets cost savings of about $400M by end of FY18
16:07 EDTSYMCSymantec announces $500M strategic investment by Silver Lake
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16:06 EDTLGFLionsgate CEO sees strong, sustainable financial trajectory in FY17
"While the performance of our theatrical film slate resulted in softer than anticipated results, our other businesses performed strongly in the quarter," said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. "With our television business continuing its robust topline and margin growth, a deeper and more diversified film slate with lower costs and contributions anticipated from recently launched businesses, we have a clear path to resume our strong and sustainable financial trajectory in FY17."
16:05 EDTSYMCSymantec announces $500M strategic investment by Silver Lake
16:02 EDTLGFLionsgate: Q3 revenue, EPS declined due to performance of theatrical film slate
Revenue, adjusted EBITDA and EPS in Q3 declined from the prior year quarter due to the performance of the theatrical film slate. Although The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 grossed over $650M at the global box office, ranking it among the highest-grossing films of the year, its box office performance declined from Mockingjay 1 with higher Mockingjay 2 production costs also impacting its profitability.
16:01 EDTLGFLionsgate reports Q3 adjusted EPS 45c, consensus 49c
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14:35 EDTLGF, SYMCNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:01 EDTLGFLionsgate acquires rights to Magic Tree House book series
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February 3, 2016
18:53 EDTLGFLionsgate restarts talks to acquire Starz, Bloomberg says
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15:50 EDTLGFLionsgate restarts talks with Starz on possible acquisition, Bloomberg reports
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February 2, 2016
08:06 EDTLGFLionsgate risk/reward attractive, says Bernstein
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February 1, 2016
12:27 EDTSYMCOptions with increasing put volume
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10:08 EDTSYMCHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: NOK HLT NCLH DF GALE VMW DPS SYY SYMC PGR
January 29, 2016
16:11 EDTSYMCSymantec on track to return over $4B to shareholders by March 2017
Symantec is on track to return more than $4B in capital to its shareholders by the end of March 2017. This capital return includes a $500M accelerated share repurchase completed in January 2016; $1.8B remaining at the end of Q3 from its previously announced share repurchase program; and the additional $2B of capital return that the board announced.
16:09 EDTSYMCSymantec receives $5.3B in connection with completion of Veritas sale
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12:53 EDTLGFBox 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).
10:56 EDTSYMCIT security stocks rise after Fortinet meets expectations
The shares of a number of IT security companies are rising after one of the companies in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), reported in-line fourth quarter results last night. JPMorgan and RBC Capital were upbeat on the company's outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Fortinet reported Q4 EPS of 18c, in line with analysts' consensus outlook. The company's revenue was also in-line with the consensus outlook, while its billings jumped 35% versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, Fortinet's fiscal 2016 guidance also came in near consensus estimates. ANALYST REACTION: Fortinet's results show that it is gaining market share, especially overseas and among U.S. small and medium businesses, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty stated. Additionally, the company's margins look set to reach about 15% in fiscal 2016, up from 13% the previous year, and its free cash flow should jump 33% in fiscal 2016, the analyst predicted. He kept a $54 price target and Overweight rating on the shares, saying the quarter should bring a "welcomed lift" following the recent selloff in shares. Fortinet's guidance suggests that it will have more leverage than expected in fiscal 2016, but its outlook is also "somewhat conservative," RBC Capital analyst Dan Bergstrom wrote. Fortinet's stock is relatively cheap versus its peers and its historical norms, the analyst believes. However, he kept a $32 price target and Sector Perform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday morning IT security company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected Q4 results and provided in-line fiscal 2016 EPS guidance, excluding certain items. Last night IT security company Proofpoint (PFPT) reported in-line Q4 results but provided lower than expected fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Fortinet climbed 6% to $28. Other IT security companies also advanced, with Palo Alto (PANW) surging 7.5%, Barracuda (CUDA) gaining 2.5% to $10.60, FireEye (FEYE) rising 1.5% to $14, Check Point adding 1% to $77.70 and Symantec (SYMC) rising 1.2% to $129.75.
January 24, 2016
17:55 EDTLGF'The Revenant' tops box office as 'Ride Along 2' sags
"The Revenant" clawed past "Ride Along 2" as this weekend's snow storm left several box office newcomers grasping for ticket sales. WEEKEND LEADER: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Revenant" grossed $16M domestically for the weekend of January 24. The Leonardo DiCaprio-led survival Western was expected to take $19M-$21.6M, though results may have been dampened by the East Coast winter storm. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earned $14.3M and now stands at $1.94B globally. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Ride Along 2" dipped to $13M against expectations for $18M-$18.7M, with critics and audiences generally lukewarm on the film despite its $34M open last weekend. Rounding out the weekend's top five were Lionsgate's (LGF) "Dirty Grandpa" and STX Entertainment's "The Boy," with the two newcomers debuting at a respective $11.5M and $11.3M.
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