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August 5, 2014
15:15 EDTDTEGY, ILIAF, CHTR, TMUS, S, DISHIliad in talks with DISH, Charter on potential joint T-Mobile bid, Reuters says
Iliad (ILIAF) expects T-Mobile (TMUS) parent Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) to reject its $15B offer and is in talks to bring in more investors to help raise the cash portion of its bid, said Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. The report also noted that Iliad is in talks with Dish Networks (DISH), Charter Communications (CHTR) and Cox Communications about their potential interest in a joint-bid for T-Mobile. Shares of T-Mobile are up 1.8% in afternoon trading following the report, while shares of Sprint (S) are down 1.9%. Reference Link
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April 22, 2015
06:01 EDTTMUS, SGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2015
15:34 EDTDISHDish and The Weather Channel sign contract renewal
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07:37 EDTTMUST-Mobile June and April volatility at low end of historic range
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07:36 EDTTMUS, SU.S. mobile cariers could be pressured from new data plans, WSJ says
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April 20, 2015
17:04 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. Chinaís central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
12:31 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after Chinaís central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
12:08 EDTCHTRTiming of Rovi renewal with Charter a plus, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said the timing of the closing of Rovi's (ROVI) renewal of its IP and programming guide agreement with Charter (CHTR) is advantageous given Rovi's other impending renewals and should give some confidence that large service provider renewals don't hinge on the outcome of the company's court case with Netflix (NFLX). However, the firm added that it would not be surprised to see more volatility in Rovi shares if court rulings favor Netflix and it kept a Neutral rating on the stock.
09:52 EDTCHTRRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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08:01 EDTCHTRRovi, Charter sign multi-year license renewal
Rovi (ROVI) announced that the company has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). The license renewal extends Charterís IPG patent license. Under the terms of the agreement, Charter will also be able to license Roviís products and services, including Rovi Search, Recommendations and Conversation Services, Rovi Metadata and Rovi Analytics.
07:56 EDTCHTRCharter would pursue Time Warner if Comcast deal blocked, says UBS
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April 17, 2015
14:06 EDTCHTRDOJ 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
06:17 EDTDISHVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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April 15, 2015
08:35 EDTDISHRovi to power DISH's voice-based TV interface
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April 14, 2015
10:51 EDTTMUS, SGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
09:11 EDTDISHDISH says Netflix now availble to Joey clients
DISH (DISH) announced that it began making Netflix (NFLX) available on Hopperís accompanying Joey units for second, third and fourth-room viewing. With this update, DISH becomes the first major U.S. pay-TV provider to offer its customers a whole-home Netflix experience, the company said. The Joey launch follows the launch of the Netflix app on its second-generation Hopper DVR in December, DISH noted. DISH also said it became the first pay-TV provider to offer Vevo, which gives customers access to more than 140,000 music videos from their TV. The new Vevo app begins rolling out to DISHís second-generation Hopper today.
07:06 EDTCHTRARRIS and Charter establish JV, to acquire ActiveVideo for $135M
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April 13, 2015
07:22 EDTCHTRWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTDISHTime Warner tries to win over TV providers in cord-cutter pitch, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTSSprint introduces Sprint Direct 2 U service
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April 12, 2015
19:21 EDTSSprint introduces free international roaming
In a press release Friday, Sprint introduced "International Value Roaming," giving customers the ability to travel to areas in Latin America, Europe and Japan and roam with up to 2G speeds to read emails and surf the web at no additional charge. Additionally, they can send unlimited text messages for no extra charge, and they can call for 20c per minute. Eligible countries for International Value Roaming are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Customers looking for higher data speeds can choose from three "International Speed Data Roaming options" offering up to 3G network speeds for one-day, seven-day and 14-day passes, starting at $15.
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