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July 16, 2014
07:30 EDTCBS, FOXA, DIS, TWXTime Warner turned down $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, NYT says
Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) formally offered to acquire Time Warner (TWX) for $80B, or $85 in stock and cash, though the takeover offer was turned down, according to The New York Times DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin, citing people briefed on the matter. Sorkin also broke the news concurrently live earlier this morning on CNBC. The report notes that Fox indicated that it would sell CNN as part of the proposal, adding that CBS (CBS) and Disney's (DIS) ABC have long been seen as interested suitors for the news channel. Reference Link
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November 30, 2015
06:24 EDTTWX, DIS, CBSNetworks aiming to protect TV rights amid streaming battle, WSJ says
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05:31 EDTDISStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS VALE
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November 29, 2015
17:53 EDTFOXA, TWX, DIS'Hunger Games' stays ahead of competition as Pixar sees slight miss
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" held on to its box office lead despite competition from Pixar's latest animated film and a strong performance from Rocky Balboa's latest outing, "Creed." WEEKEND LEADER: Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" took in $51.6M domestically for the weekend of November 29 while battling several new releases over the Thanksgiving holiday. The film's roughly 49% slip from its box office open last weekend was not as severe as that seen by previous entries in the series, whose dystopic science-fiction saga has now wound to a close for Lionsgate. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Disney (DIS) Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" opened at $39.2M in the U.S. against expectations for $54M, a rare miss for the studio. In an interview with Bloomberg following the release of this weekend's numbers, Walt Disney Studios' executive Dave Hollis commented, "With every release it is a little bit less about how we start and really more about how we finish. [The film's open has] set us up in a great way." Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Creed" debuted at $30.1M versus estimates for $26M. "Creed," which marks the seventh Rocky Balboa boxing film, stars Sylvester Stallone as mentor and trainer to the son of Apollo Creed, a previous antagonist in the series. Rounding out the weekend's top five were Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie," which earned a respective $12.8M and $9.7M. Fox's "Victor Frankenstein" failed to place in the top 10, grossing $2.4M against an approximate budget of $40M.
November 27, 2015
14:09 EDTDISOptions Update; November 27, 2015
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13:22 EDTFOXA, TWX, DISOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following the short Black Friday session. In addition to periodic checks on traffic at malls and big box retailers, the day's media coverage was dominated by discussion of Disney's disclosure that subscribers for ESPN have dropped about 3% from last year's levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released, as several reports that usually come out on Thursdays or Fridays were accelerated into Wednesday due to the holiday. In China, shares of brokerages sold off sharply, with Citic Securities, Founder Securities and China Merchants all falling about 10% on news that the China Securities Regulatory Commission had launched investigations into the firms in an effort to limit short selling and speculation. Amid the rout in the brokerages, the Shanghai Composite index tumbled 5.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Disney (DIS) fell $3.56, or 3.0%, to $115.11 after the media giant disclosed in a regulatory filing late Wednesday that domestic subscribers for ESPN were estimated to have declined by 3M. As of October 3, ESPN had 92M subscribers in the U.S., as estimated by Nielsen Media Research. In the company's 10-K filing last year, Disney stated that Nielsen estimated that ESPN had 95M subscribers as of September 27, 2014. Disney's weakness weighed on its big media peers as well, with Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) falling 1.2%, Time Warner (TWX) dropping 0.74% and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) sliding 1.8%... Amazon (AMZN) shares were flattish, falling 0.3% despite Adobe Systems estimating that online shoppers in the U.S. would spend $1.7B in online shopping by the end of the day on Thanksgiving, a 22% jump from last year. Additionally, ChannelAdvisor estimated that Amazon had a "strong showing" on Thanksgiving day, calculating that its same-store sales grew 28.9% compared to last year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rose 3.8% to $9.23 after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, posted the 2016 Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Fee Schedule. Exact Sciences announced this morning that it has requested that CMS clarify the 2016 reimbursement rate for the company's Cologuard test. Also higher were shares of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals (KBIO), which jumped 30.8% to $34.83 after its new CEO, Martin Shkreli, announced last night via his Twitter account that after speaking with his counsel and advisers that he has decided to stop lending his KaloBios shares out until he "better [understands] the advantages of doing so." Among the noteworthy losers were a number of oil and gas explorers, as Pioneer Energy Services (PES), Stone Energy (SGY) and Southwestern Energy (SWN) fell 8%, 10.2% and 7.2%, respectively, during another down day for oil prices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 14.90, or 0.08%, to 17,798.49, the Nasdaq gained 11.38, or 0.2%, to 5,127.52, and the S&P 500 added 1.24, or 0.06%, to 2,090.11.
09:36 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTDISDisney falls in the pre-market
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08:48 EDTDISDisney falls after ESPN seen losing 3M subscribers since last year
In a regulatory filing late Wednesday, Disney disclosed that domestic subscribers for ESPN as of October 3, 2015 were 92M, as estimated by Nielsen Media Research. In the company's 10-K filing last year, Disney stated that Nielsen estimated that ESPN had 95M subscribers as of September 27, 2014. In pre-market trading, Disney shares slid 2.3% to $116.
07:45 EDTTWX, FOXA, DIS, CBSAmazon plans to let Prime users add other online networks, Bloomberg reports
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November 25, 2015
18:50 EDTFOXA, DISAmazon to add other networks, channels to Prime Video, Bloomberg says
Amazon (AMZN) will soon partner with "major, well-known" movie and TV channels for its Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service, allowing customers to add other online subscriptions to their accounts, reports Bloomberg, citing sources. Prime Instant Video will also feature videos and branding from the new partners, most of which expect some form of revenue sharing with Amazon, and the company is working to allow users to directly log in to other streaming services using their Amazon credentials. The company will also sell prepackaged bundles, said the sources, adding that the features could launch as early as next month. The publication notes that the move may help Amazon better compete with Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Fox (FOX, FOXA). Reference Link
November 24, 2015
09:37 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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November 23, 2015
13:34 EDTDISAT&T, A+E Networks reach multi-year distribution agreement
AT&T (T) said in a statement: "AT&T and A+E Networks have signed a long-term, multi-platform distribution agreement, continuing their long-standing relationship. The new agreement delivers to AT&T terms that reflect its new scale and status as the largest pay TV provider in the world." The renewal includes a comprehensive deal that includes linear, TVE, VOD and mobility for the suite of A+E Networks' channels, among the top brands in the media landscape, including: A&E, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, FYI and HISTORY en Espanol. In addition, AT&T will launch VICELAND, replacing H2, as part of the A+E Networks' portfolio. A+E Networks said in a statement: "We have worked together with AT&T for many years and we are delighted that this renewal will allow us to do so well into the future. We are thrilled that AT&T's valued customers will be able to enjoy A+E Networks' award-winning portfolio of brands- including A&E, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, FYI and HISTORY en Espanol - across their multiple platforms, and that VICELAND's new 24-hour channel will be part of that offering." A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group (DIS) and Hearst Corporation.
09:39 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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November 22, 2015
16:22 EDTFOXA'Hunger Games' finale opens below series average
Though showing clear dominance in the box office rankings, the final film in the "Hunger Games" saga missed analyst estimates in its domestic open. WEEKEND LEADER: Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" debuted at $101M domestically for the weekend of November 22, missing expectations for $120M-$127M and coming in markedly below the series' $144M first-weekend average. The final entry in the dystopic science fiction tetralogy also saw a weaker open than last year's $121M launch for "Mockingjay - Part 1," though reviews have been slightly stronger. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Sony's (SNE) latest James Bond outing "Spectre" slipped to second place at the U.S. box office with $14.6M, while Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" took in $12.8M. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Sony's "The Night Before" and STX's "The Secret In Their Eyes," with the two newcomers earning a respective $10.1M and $6.6M.
November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTDIS, TWX, FOXABox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
08:43 EDTDIS'Star Wars' already over $50M in ticket pre-sales, Variety reports
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November 19, 2015
10:02 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox establishes partnership with Tony Sella
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November 18, 2015
17:44 EDTTWXTCS Capital reports 10.9% stake in Central European Media, urges sale of company
In a regulatory filing reporting its position in the company, TCS Capital stated it delivered a letter on November 18 to Central European Media's (CETV) chairman and board of directors urging the hiring of a financial adviser to explore a sale of the company. In the letter, TCS expressed concern about the "poor performance" of the company's stock price, which it believes is "directly tied to Time Warner's (TWX) dominant position as both the largest debt and equity holder" of Central European.
06:16 EDTFOXAComcast dumps YES Network, WSJ reports
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