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January 30, 2014
06:26 EDTTWC, CHTR, UBSUBS 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
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February 26, 2015
14:01 EDTUBSBarclays to double provision for forex rigging fines, Sky News says
Barclays (BCS), which previously excluded itself from a broader settlement between several banking peers and regulators over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates as it worked to secure a binding agreement with all relevant authorities, will more than double its existing provision for forex fines next week, which may indicate that a settlement deal could be announced soon, said Sky News. Barclay took a GBP500M charge during the course of last year in advance of expected forex issue costs, the report noted. Other banks that previously agreed to a settlement included Bank of America (BAC), Citibank (C), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). The report indicates that U.S. regulators have stepped up talks with banks including Barclays and the others involved. Reference Link
13:19 EDTCHTRCharter issues statement regarding FCC's adoption of open internet rules
Charter Communications released the following statement regarding the FCC's adoption of open Internet rules. "Charter supports net neutrality because our subscribers expect nothing less than a free and open Internet. This means that Charter does not block, slow down or prioritize Internet traffic. However, the rules adopted today will add fees to customer bills, create regulatory uncertainty and lead to years of litigation that, together, will slow the progress and development of faster broadband for our subscribers. Rather than operate within this outdated and overly broad regulatory regime, Charter looks forward to working with Congress to pass a new open Internet law that protects consumers, provides certainty for investors and freedom for innovators."
13:00 EDTTWCFCC votes in favor of adopting net neutrality proposals
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections, with "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), have opposed FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposals to treat Internet service similar to a utility. Other companies that provide Internet services include Time Warner Cable (TWC), CenturyLink (CTL), DIRECTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC) and Lumos Networks (LMOS). Netflix (NFLX) has strongly supported open Internet provisions. Cogent Communications (CCOI) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are facilities-based providers of Internet access and Internet Protocol communications services that are likely to be impacted by FCC rules on net neutrality.
12:55 EDTTWCFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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10:00 EDTUBSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:13 EDTUBSUBS to hold investor trip
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05:43 EDTCHTR, TWCCablevision downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital
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05:32 EDTUBSUBS initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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February 25, 2015
12:48 EDTTWCAnalysts upbeat on Comcast despite mixed results
After Comcast (CMCSA) yesterday reported lower than expected fourth quarter profits and higher than expected revenue, analysts remained upbeat on cable giantís outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Weak revenue from NBC Universal, along with lower than expected TV and Internet subscriber totals, weighed on Comcast's results in Q4, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, Comcastís profits were hurt by $99M of expenses during the quarter related to its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), the analyst reported. However, the investments that Comcast is making in its broadband and video platform should make its offerings superior to its competitors in all parts of the country, causing its broadband subscriber base to continue to grow, the analyst stated. In a favorable scenario, Comcast's video subscriber totals could rise in 2016, added Hargreaves. Additionally, Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will be approved, enabling it to benefit from synergies, predicted Hargreaves, who kept a $65 price target and Outperform rating on Comcast. Gregory Miller, an analyst at Canaccord, raised his price target on the shares to $70 from $62. The company's results indicate that its underlying operations are solid, Miller wrote. Moreover, Comcast's comments suggest that the growth of the company's cable business could accelerate this year, while NBC's broadcast and theme park businesses could stay strong, according to Miller. The analyst believes that the Time Warner Cable deal will probably be approved. He reiterated a Buy rating on Comcast. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Comcast rose 1% to $60.
08:28 EDTTWCComcast shares still attractive, says Pacific Crest
After Comcast (CMCSA) reported lower than expected Q4 EPS, Pacific Crest continues to expect the company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) to close, and continues to believe that Comcast's stock can rise, driven by synergies, broadband demand, and higher than expected 2016 video subscriptions. Pacific Crest keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:25 EDTTWCComcast price target raised to $70 from $62 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Comcast (CMCSA) to $70 from $62 despite weaker than expected Q4 results. The firm cited expectations for continued momentum with Cable Communications, Broadcast, and Theme Parks as well as its merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Comcast shares.
February 24, 2015
13:07 EDTUBSEU official: Euro banks shouldn't also go through Fed's stress test, WSJ says
Jonathan Hill, the European Unionís new financial markets chief, told The Wall Street Journal that he does not see a need for the U.S. to give stress tests to European banks that have already received health checks in Europe. Hill says banks across Europe are "properly and sensibly capitalized." The WSJ reported last week that the U.S. units of two European banks, Deutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander (SAN), are set to fail the Federal Reserve's stress tests, though they passed ECB stress tests last year. Reference Link
09:09 EDTTWCComcast confident Time Warner Cable transaction to close in early 2015
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07:30 EDTCHTRJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:21 EDTUBSSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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07:02 EDTTWCComcast increases dividend, share repurchases
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) announced that it increased its dividend by 11.1% to $1.00 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25c a share on the companyís common stock, payable on April 22 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 1.In addition, Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $10B. At this time, Comcast plans to repurchase $4.25B during 2015, subject to market conditions. Additional stock repurchases will be determined after the closing of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the subsequent divestiture transactions.
06:15 EDTUBSBanks probed for possible rigging of precious metals markets, WSJ reports
Officials in the U.S. are investigating at least 10 major banks for potential rigging of precious-metals markets, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The DOJ's antitrust unit are investigating the price-setting process for gold, silver, palladium and platinum in London, while the CFTC has begun a civil investigation, with both agencies making requests for information, including a subpoena to HSBC (HSBC) from the CFTC. According to a source, Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), UBS (UBS), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Barclays (BCS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are also under investigation. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
18:20 EDTTWCComcast, Time Warner Cable face $20B racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports
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February 19, 2015
14:21 EDTUBSS&P reportedly says Greece contagion not a major risk, Reuters reports
The risk of contagion spreading from Greece to other European countries is not that large, a German newspaper quoted S&P's chief sovereign ratings officer as saying, according to Reuters. The euro zone would be able to handle an exit of the bloc by Greece, the ratings officer was quoted as saying, Reuters reported. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:04 EDTUBSFCA to investigate investment and corporate banking
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