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January 15, 2014
06:33 EDTCMCSK, TWC, CMCSA, BX, DTVWeather Channel: DirecTV may never carry its programming, Business Insider says
David Kenny, the CEO of Weather Channel, says the channel's programming may never return to DirecTV, Business Insider reports. He says "DirecTV has dropped the Weather Channel. We certainly believe it could be permanent. We have a plan to continue to gain audience in the rest of the TV world. We have a strong TV business without them." DirecTV blacked out Weather Channel due to a contract dispute. Reference Link
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February 1, 2016
13:54 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKNFL says CBS to retain Thursday night rights, NBC added as partner
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13:33 EDTCMCSK, CMCSACBS, NBC to split rights to Thursday Night Football, WSJ reports
The National Football League has agreed to a rights deal with CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC under which each will broadcast five Thursday night games that also will be simulcast on the NFL Network, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Each network will pay about $225M for the rights under the new deal, or $450M in total, which is an increase $300M CBS paid to the NFL this season, the report noted. Reference Link
13:20 EDTCMCSK, CMCSANFL reaches deal with CBS, NBC for Thursday night football, Dow Jones says
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13:18 EDTCMCSK, CMCSANFL near deal with CBS, NBC to split up Thursday games, Bloomberg says
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08:54 EDTCMCSAComcast shares should be owned into Q4 results, says Pacific Crest
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08:34 EDTBXBlackstone outlook positive, says JMP Securities
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06:49 EDTBXBlackstone reduces stake in ChemChina unit to less than 10%, Reuters says
Blackstone has cut down its stake in a unit of ChemChina by more than half to below 10%, Reuters reports, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. The company spent roughly $600M to purchase a 20% interest in China National Bluestar in 2008, the report says. Reference Link
06:46 EDTBXBlackstone shops IT outsourcing firm in China, WSJ reports
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January 31, 2016
20:11 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKTime Warner, Hulu talks heat up over issue of current seasons, WSJ says
Time Warner's (TWX) negotiations to potentially buy into Hulu, a joint venture of Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Disney (DIS), have been heating up lately over the issue of Hulu subscribers being able to view current-season TV shows, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Though the feature is a differentiator for Hulu when compared to Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), Time Warner believes the presence of full, current seasons contributes to cord cutting, the report says. Reference Link
18:07 EDTCMCSK, CMCSA'Kung Fu Panda 3' swings to first, 'Finest Hours' lands in choppy waters
"Kung Fu Panda 3" topped the box office in its U.S. debut while nautical disaster drama "The Finest Hours" floundered. WEEKEND LEADER: "Kung Fu Panda 3," produced by DreamWorks (DWA) and distributed by Fox (FOX, FOXA), grossed $41M against expectations for $35M-$50M in its domestic debut during the weekend of January 31. The computer-animated action comedy, featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie, set a new box office record for January animated film openings but fell somewhat short of the $60.2M and $47.7M debuts seen by previous films in the franchise. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: "The Revenant," also from Fox, grossed $12.4M. Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took in an additional $10.8M and stands at $1.98B globally, while the company's "The Finest Hours" earned $10.3M in its domestic start despite an estimated $70M-$80M budget. Rounding out the top five was Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Ride Along 2" with $8.3M.
January 29, 2016
12:53 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKBox Office Battle: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' expected to kick 'Revenant' from top spot
DreamWorks Animation's (DWA) "Kung Fu Panda 3" featuring Jack Black is expected to break the record for the largest January opening for an animated feature, topping the opening of "The Nut Job" in 2014. The first two films in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise took in $60.2M and $47.6M, respectively, in their opening weekends and grossed a total of nearly $1.3B worldwide. With a strong base of Po the Panda fans and the popularity of a recent TV show, conservative early estimates say "Panda 3" is expected to bring in $35M-$50M. Also opening this weekend are Disney's (DIS) "The Finest Hours," starring Chris Pine, and Open Road Films' "Fifty Shades of Black," starring Marlon Wayans. "The Finest Hours" may disappoint, with expectations topping out at $10M in its opening weekend. "Fifty Shades of Black," meanwhile, is the latest spoof movie from the team of Wayans and Michael Tiddes from "Haunted House" fame. The last film from Wayans had an opening weekend of $8.8M, and this one is currently expected to take in a similar amount. Both films will battle with Fox's (FOX, FOXA) survival story and Oscar contender "The Revenant," starring Leonardo Dicaprio, and Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for spots in the top five. "The Revenant" and "Star Wars" should each take in $9M-$12M even as they continue to lose theaters this coming weekend. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Lionsgate (LGF), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Sony (SNE).
January 28, 2016
12:30 EDTBXBlackstone says enters 2016 with 'great confidence' in the business
Says does not see recession in U.S. in 2016. Says capital inflows to funds "remain healthy." Says seeing strong demand for credit products. Says the company is in "terrific shape" in all areas. Says remains "highly profitable with strong growth prospects." Says expects price of oil to be significantly higher over next several years. Says prefers cash to massive stock buybacks as it provides more investment opportunities. Says will continue to pursue "smart acquisitions." Says does not expect China to experience a "hard landing." Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
09:38 EDTTWCActive equity options trading on open
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08:57 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable working with FCC, DoJ to get Charter deal approved
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07:05 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q4 fee-earning AUM $246.15B, up 14% y/y
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07:03 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q4 ENI 37c, consensus 46c
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06:12 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reports Q4 Residential Services revenue $4.81B
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06:10 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reports customer relationship net additions of 200K for Q4
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06:02 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reports Q4 adjusted OIBDA $2.13B
06:02 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reports Q4 EPS $1.80, consensus $1.78
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