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January 15, 2014
06:33 EDTTWC, DTV, CMCSA, CMCSK, BXWeather 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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July 22, 2014
09:01 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast says FCC started 180 day review clock for merger as of July 10
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08:56 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast results reinforce positive view, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the Q2 operating results from Comcast (CMCSA) reinforced their positive view of the shares. Brean also believe the acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will create far greater synergies than what has been discussed publicly and keeps a Buy rating with a $65 price target on Comcast.
08:26 EDTCMCSAComcast still sees FY14 Cable CapEx rising to about 14% of Cable revenue
Comcast continues to expect 2014 Cable capital expenditures to increase to about 14% of Cable revenue and for 2014 NBCUniversal capital expenditures to be relatively stable.
08:25 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 cable programming expense up 6.7%
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08:25 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast reports Q2 operating cash flow up 7% to $5.8B
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07:06 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 voice customer net adds 137K
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07:04 EDTCMCSAComcast Q2 high-speed internet customers increased 203K
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07:01 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q1 EPS 75c, consensus 72c
Reports Q2 revenue $16.84B, consensus $16.95B.
July 21, 2014
16:18 EDTCMCSA, TWCNetflix says policy goal is for DOJ/FCC to block Comcast, TWC deal
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15:30 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTCMCSACable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:04 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
08:21 EDTCMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:14 EDTBXBlackstone, KKR, TPG discussing deal collusion suit settlement, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are in discussions to settle a U.S. case accusing the firms of conspiring not to outbid one another and other buyout companies on takeovers of firms, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. If all three companies settled, the Carlyle Group (CG) would be the only private equity company still up against a trial among 11 firms originally accused of colluding in agreements before the financial crisis occurred. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
14:52 EDTCMCSAYahoo Sports, NBC Sports announce expanded fantasy football coverage
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09:22 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
07:27 EDTBXBlackstone buys CatalunyaCaixa loan portfolio
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone reports total assets under management of $279B
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus 71c
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone buys Catalunya Banc mortgage portfolio for $5B, Reuters says
Blackstone has purchased a large mortgage portfolio from Spain's Catalunya Banc for $5B in an agreement backed by fresh state funds as the government aims to sell the firm, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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