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May 15, 2013
19:59 EDTNWSA, TWC, CMCSA, DISPay-TV operators eye Hulu, WSJ reports
At least two pay-TV operators, including Time Warner Cable (TWC), are looking at an investment in Hulu, jointly controlled by Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS), and News Corp. (NWSA), reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
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August 27, 2015
06:23 EDTDISWal-Mart extends holiday layaway program two weeks, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to boost its holiday layaway program by two weeks ahead of an expected year-end demand for Star Wars toys, a Disney (DIS) property, Reuters reports. The retailer will jumpstart the program on August 28, two weeks earlier than last year, the report says, citing comments from Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Wal-Mart. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
15:05 EDTDISNew 'Star Wars' film will monopolize IMAX for a month, Hollywood Reporter says
Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which will be released December 18, will have four weeks of IMAX (IMAX) large-format screens to itself, according to the Hollywood Reporter, after IMAX reserved all of its screens for the movie for a month, something the company hasn't done since a similar deal with The Hobbit movies four years ago. Reference Link
10:01 EDTCMCSAComcast Cable accepting proposals for two Hispanic-American owned networks
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09:02 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable Business named as national vendor by MiCTA
Time Warner Cable Business Class announced the company has been selected as an approved national vendor for MiCTA, an association representing non-profit groups, including schools, healthcare, government and other organizations. The approved vendor status allows MiCTA members to take advantage of fiber-delivered Ethernet services and Dedicated Internet Access offered by TWCBC, at a pre-negotiated rate. This also eliminates the need for members to conduct their own competitive bidding for services, which makes procurement streamlined, easier and more time-efficient.
August 25, 2015
19:16 EDTDIS, CMCSATV service Hulu to feature programmatic ads powered by Facebook, Oracle
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14:11 EDTDISAnalysts say Facebook looks solid amid virtual reality, social media trends
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13:59 EDTCMCSAHouzz acquires GardenWeb from NBCUniversal
Houzz, a start-up that operates a platform for home remodeling and design, announced on its corporate blog that it has completed the acquisition of the GardenWeb home and gardening community from Comcast's NBCUniversal. Reference Link
10:57 EDTDISHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:10 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
08:33 EDTCMCSAComcast expands advanced fiber network to Meyers Business Park
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07:07 EDTCMCSAComcast to increase speeds for Xfinity Twin Cities area customers
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August 23, 2015
16:22 EDTCMCSA'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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15:40 EDTNWSANews Corp. eyeing advertising technology start-up, Telegraph says
Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks has returned to News Corp. and is working on a deal to acquire a U.K.-based advertising technology start-up, reports the Telegraph, citing finance sources. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTDISOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:11 EDTCMCSAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' eyes second weekend at top spot
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09:34 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
08:54 EDTDISDisney price target lowered to $89 from $98 at Cowen
Cowen lowered its price target on Disney to $89 from $98 following Q3 results. The firm said the company's share price leaves little room for error and the lower growth rate in cable will likely put pressure on the Studio segment. Cowen maintained its Market Perform rating on Disney shares given its historical and projected growth rates have not been superior to peers.
08:53 EDTDISAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
07:34 EDTDISNFL return, Star Wars can help Disney shares recover, says FBR Capital
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05:44 EDTDISStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MRK
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