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January 30, 2014
06:26 EDTTWC, UBS, CHTRUBS hired by Bright House as adviser, WSJ reports
Bright House Networks has hired UBS (UBS) as an adviser amid deal speculation around Time Warner Cable (TWC), with which the cable operator has close ties, the Wall Street Journal reports. UBS will advise on programming issues and debt as well as the implications of a change in control of Time Warner Cable, sources say. Reference Link
News For TWC;UBS;CHTR From The Last 14 Days
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October 28, 2014
05:31 EDTUBSUBS says no agreemment reached with DOJ over foreign exchange
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05:27 EDTUBSUBS says underlying challenges remain in Q4
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05:26 EDTUBSUBS reports Q3 net profit CHF 762M vs. CHF 577M last year
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October 27, 2014
06:30 EDTTWCCritics say Comcast acquisition could be blocked, Re/code reports
Critics of Comcast's (CMCSA) proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) "sound cautiously optimistic" that Comcast will have to comply with strict conditions following the deal, or the transaction will be blocked completely, according to Re/code. Among the reasons for this belief are the large number of complaints made by consumers about the deal, and evidence that the FCC is worried about the lack of competition in the national residential broadband market, the website stated. Reference Link
October 26, 2014
17:32 EDTUBSEuropean banks may gain after ECB stress tests, Bloomberg says
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13:27 EDTUBSECB releases results of bank stress test
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October 24, 2014
08:44 EDTUBSECB draft shows 25 EU banks set to fail stress test, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites a draft ECB document the news service has viewed. Publicly traded EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).
October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTTWCEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
11:12 EDTTWCFCC stops 'informal clock' for review of AT&T, Comcast proposed deals
Federal Communications Commission disclosed in a notice on its website that a number of commenters filed a motion for an extension of time to file replies in Docket 14-57, which is the review of the application of Comcast (CMCSA) for approval of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). Among other points, the commenters argue that certain third-party programmers “do not want any of the interested parties’ outside counsel or experts to view [their programming contracts],” the FCC noted. "We agree with these commenters that their current inability to review Highly Confidential Information that has been submitted in these dockets significantly hampers their ability to meaningfully comment and participate in these proceedings, in both Docket 14-57 and Docket 14-90. Accordingly, we are suspending the pleading cycles and stopping our 180-day informal time clock in both dockets," the FCC stated. Docket 14-90 refers to AT&T's (T) proposed purchase of DIRECTV (DTV). Reference Link
October 21, 2014
11:57 EDTCHTRCharter recommended as long idea by Chopra, Bloomberg reports
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11:15 EDTTWCHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable rolls out Enhanced DVR set-top box
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10:00 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTUBSEU fines JPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse for cartel on derivatives
The European Commission has found that four international banks, RBS (RBS), UBS (UBS), JP Morgan (JPM) and Credit Suisse (CS), operated a cartel on bid-ask spreads of Swiss franc interest rate derivatives in the European Economic Area. The Commission imposed fines worth a total of EUR 32.36M. RBS received immunity from fines for revealing the existence of the cartel to the Commission. UBS and JPMorgan received reductions of their respective fines for cooperating with the investigation under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice. UBS was fined EUR 12.65M, JP Morgan fined EUR 10.53M and Credit Suisse was fined EUR 9.17M.
08:18 EDTUBSBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
08:12 EDTUBSJPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse to be fined by EU over Libor rigging, Reuters says
JPMorgan (JPM), UBS (UBS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will be fined $115M collectively for their roles in rigging Swiss franc Libor rates, with JPMorgan's fine of $89M making up the lion's share of the penalty, said Reuters, citing a person familiar, who added that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) would not be penalized for its own role since it alerted the European Commission to the issue. Reference Link
07:00 EDTCHTRCharter upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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October 20, 2014
07:21 EDTUBSFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 19, 2014
14:03 EDTUBSUBS stays with risky Puerto Rico bond fund recommendations, Reuters says
Despite numerous arbitration claims by investors who cite Puerto Rico closed-end bond funds for losses, UBS has told brokers that they may continue to recommend the funds, says Reuters. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
08:00 EDTTWC, CHTRHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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