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October 9, 2015
08:20 EDTDISCATop quality video content to outperform, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest predicts that companies with top quality video content will outperform, taking share from those with mid-range content. It identifies this trend as positive for Netflix, AMC Networks (AMCX), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). According to the firm, this trend is negative for Viacom (VIAB), Scripps Networks (SNI), Discovery (DISCA), and Comcast (CMCSA)
06:15 EDTTITelecom Italia hires Deutsche Bank to accelerate Inwit stake sale, Bloomberg say
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05:52 EDTTITelecom Italia board to discuss possible Metroweb deal, Reuters reports
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October 6, 2015
10:00 EDTTIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Cloud Peak (CLD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Concho Resources (CXO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Exact Sciences (EXAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark... Heartland Payment (HPY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... KT Corporation (KT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded on elevated leverage, distribution cut worries at Stifel... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Radware (RDWR) downgraded on preannouncement, execution challenges at Oppenheimer... Southern Copper (SCCO) downgraded to Underperform on relative valuation at BofA/Merrill... Telecom Italia (TI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.
05:36 EDTTITelecom Italia downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Mathieu Robilliard downgraded Telecom Italia to Underweight citing the company's "high" leverage and "full" valuation.
October 5, 2015
14:30 EDTTIVivendi reports 19.88% stake in Telecom Italia
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September 30, 2015
12:03 EDTDISCADiscovery management to meet with Jefferies
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07:30 EDTDISCADiscovery long-term guidance missed Street expectations, says UBS
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September 29, 2015
15:19 EDTDISCADiscovery drops as investor day fails to dispell cord-cutting fears
Shares of Discovery Communications (DISCA) have dropped today as the company held its first-ever investor day amid ongoing concerns about the potential decline of pay TV. NEW GUIDANCE: Discovery Chief Financial Officer Andrew Warren updated the company's full year 2015 outlook, saying he expects constant currency adjusted earnings per share to grow in the low double digits. The company expects revenue for the year to grow 9%-10%, with free cash flow up in low single digits. Meanwhile, year over year currency headwinds were seen deducting $460M from revenue and 24c-29c from adjusted EPS. Discovery also established long-term guidance, saying it sees its adjusted EPS compound annual growth rate up in low double digits from 2015 to 2018, on a constant currency basis. "Third quarter results are on track, highlighted by strong U.S. advertising growth," Warren added. THREE BILLION SUBSCRIBERS: CEO David Zaslav commented during the investor day that the company is "confident in the long-term outlook for our business," adding that Discovery expects to reach 3B cumulative worldwide subscribers by year's end. The Chief Executive highlighted what he called five differentiators for Discovery's growth potential, including its ownership of a growing and diverse portfolio of content and IP "that uniquely positions Discovery for the changing media landscape." CORD CUTTING: Multiple Discovery executives showcased the company's European products, including Eurosport and the Eurosport Player OTT service, as well as the company's apparent first-mover advantage in Latin America. The seemingly increased attention on foreign initiatives comes as U.S. cord-cutting trends continue generating headlines, with Citi analyst Jason Bazinet arguing as recently as September 18 that Disney (DIS) would be the only cable network to make more money in a bundle-free world. According to media reports of today's Discovery event, Chief Executive Zaslav said "it's not rational" that media companies are selling so much of their content to streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) that threaten the appeal of cable bundles. The CEO added that Discovery has assumed a 1%-2% decline in pay TV over "the next couple of years," though he reassured investor day attendees that the company's adjusted operating income should be roughly flat even in a worst-case scenario. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Discovery crashed as much as 7% in early morning trading before seeing hesitant moves higher. The stock is down just under 4% to roughly $26.70 heading towards session close.
09:19 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO: Low double-digit revenue growth in next 3 years, Variety says
Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav pledged that the company will deliver low double-digit revenue and earnings growth over the next three years, Variety reports. Zaslav gave the forecast at the company's inaugural investor day presentation in Manhattan, the report says. Reference Link
06:47 EDTDISCADiscovery to host Inaugural Investor Day
Inaugural Investor Day to be held in New York on September 29 at 8:15 am Webcast Link

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