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June 24, 2014
13:17 EDTCMCSA, DTV, TWX, TAT&T CEO says DirecTV deal is unlike other mergers, Reuters says
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said its proposed merger with DirecTV (DTV) does not compare with other mergers like Comcast (CMCSA) with Time Warner (TWX) because it offers largely different services, reports Reuters. At a hearing on the proposal before a House Judiciary Committee, he said, "We're putting the DirecTV's satellite TV product with our broadband wireless product... There is not a content player per se in this transaction." Reference Link
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August 20, 2015
08:02 EDTTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
06:36 EDTTWXBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
06:24 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Time Warner (TWX) to Market Perform saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. He cut his price target for Time Warner to $90 from $101 and calls the downgrade a " very close call" with his new price target representing 15% upside from current levels. The analyst also downgraded shares of Disney (DIS) to Market Perform.
06:22 EDTTWXDisney downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS) to Market Perform saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. He cut his price target for Disney shares to $114 from $125. The analyst also downgraded shares of Time Warner (TWX) to Market Perform. Shares of Disney closed yesterday down 45c to $106.49. Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded the stock to Market Perform.
06:10 EDTCMCSAWeather Channel said to hire banks to explore sale, Bloomberg reports
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August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTT, CMCSABig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTCMCSAComcast upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson
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08:22 EDTTSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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06:14 EDTTWXIntel to launch contest show on Turner Broadcasting, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is making a foray into reality television by developing a contest show with Mark Burnett and Time Warner's (TWX) Turner Broadcasting unit, the Wall Street Journal reports. The program will be called "America's Greatest Makers" and will engage "do-it-yourselfers" who turn microchips and other components into devices and gadgets, competing for a $1M prize, the report says. The show is scheduled to appear on TV and other media channels in 2016, the report adds. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
16:49 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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11:34 EDTTSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTCMCSADisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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08:04 EDTCMCSABuzzFeed says NBCUniversal to make $200M equity investment in company
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07:12 EDTTWXDisney downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Disney (DIS) to Market Perform with a $112-$119 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded CBS (CBS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
August 17, 2015
20:09 EDTCMCSACable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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19:54 EDTCMCSAComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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11:49 EDTTWXTime Warner price target lowered to $92 from $103 at Barrington
Barrington analyst James Goss lowered his price target for Time Warner to $92 to reflect more conservative multiple assumptions but keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
06:26 EDTTAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTAT&T aided NSA in web surveillance, NYT reports
The National Security Agency's, or NSA, ability to spy on great amounts of internet traffic has relied on a decades-long partnership with AT&T, the New York Times reports, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The company's cooperation with the NSA has involved a broad range of activities from 2003-2013, including giving the NSA access to billions of emails and providing technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all web communications at the UN headquarters, the report says. AT&T installed surveillance equipment in "at least" 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, the report says. Reference Link
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