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May 22, 2014
08:32 EDTT, CMCSA, DTVComcast a big winner in the AT&T and DirecTV deal, says UBS
UBS believes Comcast (CMCSA) is a big winner in AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV (DTV). The firm believes the deal will lower competitive intensity among U.S. payTV providers and that AT&T will pull back on Uverse to improve profitability and that DirecTV will be less effective over time given AT&T is less nimble. The analyst believes Comcast could enter the wireless market given AT&T's mobile video may be slow to develop and product bundling complements its near-national footprint.
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April 17, 2015
16:24 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The losses were broad based, with the S&P 500 losing 1% and the Dow and Nasdaq each sliding about 1.5%. There was little in the way of buying, as the number of declining stocks dwarfed the number of advancing stocks. Fears about Greece exiting the euro, steps taken by securities regulators in China and inflation data here at home were all pointed to as potential contributors to the down day in the market. The slide also coincided with the expiration of options, which can lead to volatility and heavy volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The "core" rate, excluding food and energy prices, rose 0.2%, as expected. The leading economic index rose 0.2% to 121.4 in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index jumped 2.9 points to 95.9 in the preliminary print for April, topping expectations for a 94.0 reading. In China, announcements by Chinese securities regulators, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, and related bodies raised fears of a selloff in China. The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed sanctions to try to control margin buying of stocks with borrowed money and the Securities Association of China said it will allow fund managers to lend stocks for short selling to increase the supply of shares. In Europe, strategists reportedly said a lack of progress in negotiations between Greece and its creditors had substantially increased the risk of Greece defaulting on its debt and even exiting the euro. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of both Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) dropped after Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that lawyers at the Justice Departmentís antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block the companies' proposed merger. Spokespeople for Comcast and TWC reportedly told Bloomberg they see "no basis" for a lawsuit to block the transaction. Comcast ended the day down $1.25, or 2.09%, to $58.42, while Time Warner Cable shares slid $8.59, or 5.43%, to $149.61... First the Wall Street Journal, then Bloomberg, reported that Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) is internally discussing a potential takeover bid for Mylan (MYL). Shares of both moved higher following the reports, which Mylan responded to by stating that it is fully committed to its stand-alone strategy, including its proposal to acquire Perrigo (PRGO). Mylan Chairman Robert Coury said that rumors of potential interest from Teva have been "circulating for some time," but that such a combination is "without sound industrial logic or cultural fit" and would be unlikely to receive antitrust regulatory clearances. Coury added that Mylan's board would "carefully consider" a bid if any party makes an "actual offer" to acquire the company. Shares of General Electric (GE) reported a loss of $1.35 per share due to large charges related to its planned exit from the majority of its GE Capital business. Adjusting for special items, GE's operating earnings per share of 31c topped the consensus forecast by 1c. Additionally, GE said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Celanese (CE), which rose $9.04, or 15.55%, to $67.18, and Mattel (MAT), which advanced $1.48, or 5.84%, to $26.75. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were SerivceNow (NOW), which fell $9.55, or 11.53%, to $73.29, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped 29c, or 10.28%, to $2.58. INDEXES: The Dow declined 279.47, or 1.54%, to 17,826.30, the Nasdaq fell 75.98, or 1.52%, to 4,931.81, and the S&P 500 dropped 23.81, or 1.13%, to 2,081.18.
15:28 EDTCMCSACable stocks should be bought on weakness, says FBN Securities
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14:46 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable says no indication from DOJ that lawyer leaning against deal
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14:37 EDTCMCSAComcast announces 2 Gigabit residential service In California
Comcast announced it will launch Extreme 250, a new 250 Mbps Internet speed tier for California customers. The company also will increase its Performance tier from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps and its Blast tier from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, both at no additional cost to customers. These changes will all go into effect starting in May and continue throughout the year. Gigabit Pro will be available to homes within close proximity of Comcast's fiber network and will require installation of professional-grade equipment. Comcast first announced Gigabit Pro in Atlanta earlier this month.
14:09 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable options active on report says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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14:06 EDTCMCSADOJ lawyers leaning toward suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
Lawyers at the Justice Departmentís antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block Comcastís (CMCSA) proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Staff attorneys could submit their review to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, as soon as next week, the report added. John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. Shares of Comcast are down 2.6% to $58.11 in afternoon trading after Bloomberg's report, while Time Warner Cable shares are down 5.6% to $149.30. Reference Link
14:00 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable drops 5.5% after Bloomberg says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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13:57 EDTCMCSADOJ close to recommending suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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08:41 EDTDTVOrbital ATK delivers DirecTV SKYM-1 satellite to launch site ahead of schedule
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06:17 EDTDTV, CMCSAVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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April 15, 2015
18:36 EDTCMCSANetflix CEO says company looking for FCC to block Comcast/Time Warner deal
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings reiterated that the FCC should block the Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. Comment provided during Q1 earnings interview.
10:19 EDTDTVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:47 EDTCMCSAComcast price target raised to $84 from $70 at BofA/Merrill
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06:46 EDTTAT&T files lawsuit to challenge net neutrality order, WSJ says
AT&T filed a lawsuit to overturn the FCC's net neutrality order to reclassify the internet as a telecommunications service, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move is surprising, as AT&T didn't join in prior suits, the Journal adds. Reference Link
April 14, 2015
12:40 EDTTPCTEL lowers FY15 revenue to $124M-$130M from $133M-$138M, two estimates $130M
Following its March 5 acquisition of Nexgen Wireless, PCTEL (PCTI) reported in a regulatory filing earlier that on April 7, Samsung Electronics America, a Samsung (SSNLF) subsidiary, provided Nexgen and PCTEL with a notice of Samsungís election to terminate, effective April 30, the contractor services agreement between Samsung and Nexgen. Nexgen furnishes services to Samsung under the CSA including Meridian software-based services and contract personnel. The termination applies to the CSA only and will have no effect on other agreements between Samsung and Nexgen or PCTEL. The company continues to forecast 15%-18% revenue growth over FY14 and views the Nexgen acquisition as accretive to earnings in FY15. The company has revised its overall revenue forecast for FY15 in light of reduced business with Samsung, the reduction in capital spending by AT&T (T), and a decline in new network infrastructure investment in the oil and gas market. The company has revised revenue guidance from $133M-$138M to $124M-$130M. Finally, the company and Nexgen have signed a term sheet calling for a material reduction of the total consideration paid or payable by PCTEL for the Nexgen assets, and a material reduction of the equity compensation for which John Thakkar, the founder and president of Nexgen, will be eligible. These reductions seek to align the asset acquisition costs with the revised revenue and EBITDA estimates.
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05:51 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal teams with Germany, France broadcasters to create shows, WSJ says
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April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTTUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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08:56 EDTCMCSACPUC Commissioner asking for Comcast deal to be rejected, CT Financial News says
California Public Utilities Commissioner Mike Florio filed an alternate proposed decision on the planned merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) that, in effect, asks the other four commissioners to reject a preliminary approval of the merger issued by a CPUC administrative law that included 25 conditions that Comcast must agree to in order to secure the pact, said CT Financial News. Reference Link
07:22 EDTCMCSAWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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