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July 16, 2014
04:55 EDTUL, UL, NLSN, NLSN, DIS, DIS, TRBAA, TRBAA, INTU, INTU, CTXS, CTXS, Z, Z, WPPGY, WPPGYSiemer & Associates to hold a summit
Siemer Summit to be held in Santa Monica, California on July 16-17.
News For TRBAA;INTU;CTXS;Z;WPPGY;UL;NLSN;DIS From The Last 14 Days
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September 29, 2014
13:33 EDTDISSinclair Broadcast enters into long-term affiliation agreements with ABC
Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) announced that it has entered into long-term agreements with Disney's (DIS) American Broadcasting Company for the renewal of the ABC affiliations in 13 Sinclair markets that come up for renewal during 2014 and 2015. Three of the new agreements will expire on August 31, 2019 and the other 11 will expire on August 31, 2020. The markets being renewed are listed below and include six of Sinclair's ten biggest ABC markets, including five of the top six ABC markets. The company's remaining ABC affiliation agreements do not expire for several years. The company said, "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with ABC to renew these affiliation agreements for 5-year terms including a number of agreements that were not set to expire until 2015."
September 26, 2014
18:09 EDTINTUIntuit insiders sell $11M of stock as shares near all-time high, Barron's says
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16:55 EDTDISMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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September 24, 2014
16:22 EDTDISOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed that sales of new homes rose to their highest level in over six years in August. The volume and news flow were relatively light, which may be the case again tomorrow as many market participants celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales rose 18.0% in August to a 504K unit rate, which was much higher than the expected 4.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) advanced $4.64, or 7.4%, to $67.33 after the home goods retailer last night reported second quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. The better than expected report and rise in the stock comes a day after William Blair downgraded the stock yesterday morning... Citizen Financial (CFG), the U.S. retail bank unit of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), became the year's second largest IPO behind Alibaba (BABA) after 140M shares began trading on the NYSE this morning. The stock ended it first day up $1.58, or 7.35%, at $23.08, which was far cry from the advance seen by another of the day's new stock debuts. CyberArk (CYBR) priced 5.36M shares at $16.00, opened for trade at $25.00 and ended the day at $29.94, making for a rise of over 87% from its IPO pricing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which advanced $8.27, or 28.18%, to $37.62 after the company agreed to acquire Civitas Therapeutics for $525M in cash. Civitas, which was private, had been scheduled to come public via an IPO that was expected to happen later this week prior to the deal announcement. Also higher was Hasbro (HAS), which rose $2.01, or 3.8%, to $54.95 after striking a deal that gives the company global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney's (DIS) princess characters, as well as Frozen, beginning in 2016. Mattel (MAT), which currently holds those rights, slid 40c, or 1.25%, to $31.67 in the wake of the news. Also lower were shares of Skechers (SKX), which fell $5.69, or 9.8%, to $52.40 after research firm SportscanInfo reported that the footwear maker's sales had fallen 3% last week. However, Sterne Agee recommended buying the stock on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.19, or 0.9%, to 17,210.06, the Nasdaq gained 46.53, or 1.03%, to 4,555.22, and the S&P 500 added 15.53, or 0.78%, to 1,998.30.
12:29 EDTDISHasbro Princess deal positive, says Wells Fargo
After Hasbro announced that beginning in 2016 it would have the global (ex Japan) Disney (DIS)Princess doll license, Wells Fargo thinks that Hasbro has added a premier, established global license that increases the visibility of its results and significantly strengthens its girls business. The firm thinks the deal will cause Hasbro's multiple to expand further, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:02 EDTDISHasbro announces strategic merchandising relationship with Disney
Hasbro (HAS) announced a new strategic merchandising relationship with Disney (DIS( Consumer Products for the globally popular Disney Princess and Frozen properties. The agreement gives Hasbro global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney Princess stories and characters including Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and The Little Mermaid as well as Frozen beginning in 2016.
08:07 EDTINTUIntuit volatility increases into investor day
Intuit October call option implied volatility is at 28, November is at 26, January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into a company hosted investor day on September 30.
05:26 EDTULUnilever downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Unilever to Underperform citing valuation, a likely CEO succession over the next few years and weak second half of 2014 growth prospects.
September 23, 2014
11:29 EDTTRBAATribune Co. says talks with Fox on Seattle affiliation continue
Tribune Media (TRBAA) and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) have been conducting ongoing discussions regarding Tribune's Fox affiliation in Seattle, KCPQ, Tribune said. "Throughout the course of this dialogue, which is ongoing, a variety of alternatives have been discussed and there is no resolution at this time. Fox has sent to Tribune a notice of termination of the Seattle affiliation agreement effective January 17, 2015. Nonetheless, we are continuing to engage in discussions with Fox and moreover have prepared for all operational and economic possibilities for our Seattle Fox station. We are confident that our remaining thirteen Fox affiliates will remain unaffected based on regulatory and contractual constraints," Tribune reported. KCPQ contributed approximately $13M in EBITDA in FY13 for Tribune.
09:31 EDTNLSNSimulmedia and Nielsen announce development agreement
Simulmedia and Nielsen announced they have signed a development agreement to research "long tail" TV network measurement. This joint research will seek to capture the sizable audience activity that goes unmeasured today on niche cable networks. The agreement is the culmination of more than a year of joint research involving the Nielsen People Meter panel and Simulmedia's set-top box viewing data representing 50M viewers.
09:22 EDTINTUIntuit to host investor day
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08:16 EDTULBloomberg Government to hold a briefing
Briefing provides an update on the United Nationís Millennium Development Goals within their corporate strategies. Participants include Vice President Glazer of Hewlett-Packard and Vice President Veiga-Pestana of Unilever in the briefing being held in New York on September 23 at 5 pm.
September 22, 2014
13:01 EDTZZillow volatility flat as shares pullback into planned acquisition of Trulia
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10:31 EDTDISDisney's "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show, Deadline says
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07:04 EDTWPPGYWPP invests technology plus $25M for stake in AppNexus
WPP announces that it has agreed to inject its publisher ad server platform, formerly part of Xaxis, and invest $25M in AppNexus.
September 21, 2014
13:37 EDTDISDisney attempts to expand to Indian film market with Khoobsurat release, FT says
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September 20, 2014
22:05 EDTULClorox turned down offer to sell or merge with rival, NY Post says
In the last three to six months consumer packaged-goods company Clorox (CLX) turned down an offer from a rival interested in a sale or merger, says the NY Post, citing sources. The NY Post added that logical suitors for Clorox include Church & Dwight (CHD), Procter & Gamble (PG), Jarden (JAH) and Unilever (UN,UL). Reference Link
September 19, 2014
18:09 EDTWPPGYWPP division Y&R acquires majority stake in MCS Holding
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September 17, 2014
13:08 EDTDISDisney sees digital ownership up 37% year to date
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07:26 EDTZAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a conference
3rd International Conference on Housing Risk to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 17-18.
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