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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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March 19, 2015
07:04 EDTDISAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
09:23 EDTDISVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:54 EDTDISComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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06:16 EDTDISAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTCTXSVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTCTXSVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
13:06 EDTDISBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:38 EDTWPPGYWPP CEO confirms interest in Tesco Dunnhumby unit, City A.M. says
WPP (WPPGY) CEO Martin Sorrell confirmed the company is interested in acquiring Tesco's (TSCDY) Dunnhumby data unit, estimated to be worth as much as $2B, reports City A.M., citing statements given at the Media & Telecoms conference in London. Sorrell noted he was specifically interested in the company's Clubcard loyalty program. Tesco is likely to pursue a majority stake selloff rather than full divestiture, notes the article. Reference Link
11:36 EDTDISApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTNLSNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:43 EDTINTUIntuit management to meet with Wedbush
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09:10 EDTDISDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
05:46 EDTDISApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
10:44 EDTDISNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:02 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:40 EDTZZillow Group impact minimal from ListHub, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes Zillow will see little disruption from ListHub not sending its listings after the company won its legal battle against Trulia. News Corp. (NWSA) owned ListHub will stop sending the listings in April, but Canaccord believes the combined Zillow/Trulia guidance may hold some positive surprises and expects 2016 to be a breakout year for the company. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Zillow shares.
07:16 EDTWPPGYConsumer Analyst Group of Europe to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTWPPGYWPP in race to buy majority stake in Dunnhumby, Telegraph reports
According to sources, WPP PLC (WPPGY) has entered the race to buy a majority stake in Tesco (TSCDY)-owned consumer behavior tracker Dunnhumby, The Telegraph reports. Dunnhumby could be valued at up to GBP2B, the publication says. Reference Link
March 15, 2015
19:12 EDTDISDisney's 'Cinderella' takes top spot at domestic weekend box office with $70.1M
Rentrak (RENT) announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 15, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" took the top spot at the domestic weekend box office with $70.1M: Warner Bros' (TWX) "Run All Night" took the second spot at the box office with $11M; 20th Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" took third with $6.2M; Warner Bros' "Focus" took the fourth spot at the box office with $5.8M and Sony's (SNE) "Chappie" took fifth place with $5.8M.
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