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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTPG, VIAB, DIS, GOOG, AMCX, DISCA, FOXA, GM, CMCSA, CBS, TWX, FBCable 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
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September 22, 2015
09:09 EDTGOOGFrontier says adds Nest cam, Nest Protect to product offerings
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07:46 EDTGMFormer GM exec: Apple will lose money in car business, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) could lose big money if it enters the electric car business, CNBC reports, citing comments from former General Motors (GM) vice chairman Bob Lutz. "There is absolutely no reason to assume that Apple is going to be financially successful in the electric car business," Lutz told CNBC. Reference Link
07:15 EDTGOOGCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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06:33 EDTFBFacebook user data rules have ripple effects, WSJ reports
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September 21, 2015
18:09 EDTDISESPN to lay off 200-300 employees in coming months, Big Lead says
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14:40 EDTFBiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 90c to 23.79
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13:31 EDTVIAB, TWXAfter Emmys, analyst sees 'growing threat' to established content creators
Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA) shares fell in midday trading following last night's Emmy Awards, while Amazon (AMZN) climbed. An analyst called the combined nominations for Netflix and Amazon a an indication that emerging over-the-top streaming services have become a "growing threat to the establishment." WHAT'S NEW: HBO, a Time Warner network, dominated the 67th Annual Emmy Awards, walking away with 43 awards overall, including 29 Creative Emmys, while Netflix won four awards, as did Viacom's Comedy Central. Amazon, meanwhile, achieved its first-ever Emmy wins with five total awards. Following HBO's performance at the annual awards show, Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings tweeted: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." Netflix was nominated for 34 awards, while Amazon was nominated for 12. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said that while Netflix's four Emmys this year was "somewhat disappointing" considering last year's seven, the service's performance at the awards show was "notable," particularly since the company has long been underestimated by bigger and more established content creators. Squali said that the combined 46 nominations for both Netflix and Amazon is a "clear indication" that emerging over-the-top streaming services have become a "growing threat to the establishment" and that it's "a matter of time" before such services begin to rival and possibly exceed their "linear cousins." The analyst sees Netflix gaining strong momentum heading into the second half of fiscal 2015 and 2016 and reiterated a Buy rating on the company's stock with a $125 price target. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares are down 1.95% to $100.62 in afternoon trading. Meanwhile, Time Warner is down 0.29% to $69.44, Viacom is down 2.42% to $45.58, and Amazon is up 0.94% to $545.32.
13:08 EDTGOOGFrance's CNIL rejects Google's informal 'right to delisting' appeal
French data protection agency Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes, or CNIL, rejected Google's appeal of a notice that would require it to apply user requests to remove websites from its search results across all of its domains. CNIL cited these reasons for the rejection: "Geographical extensions are only paths giving access to the processing operation. Once delisting is accepted by the search engine, it must be implemented on all extensions, in accordance with the judgment of the ECJ. If this right was limited to some extensions, it could be easily circumvented: in order to find the delisted result, it would be sufficient to search on another extension, namely to use another form of access to the processing. This would equate stripping away the efficiency of this right, and applying variable rights to individuals depending on the internet user who queries the search engine and not on the data subject. In any case, the right to delisting never leads to deletion of the information on the internet; it merely prevents some results to be displayed following a search made on the sole basis of a person's name. Thus, the information remains directly accessible on the source website or through a search using other terms. For instance, it is impossible to delist an event. In addition, this right is not absolute: it has to be reconciled with the public's right to information, in particular when the data subject is a public person, under the double supervision of the CNIL and of the court. Finally, contrary to what Google has stated, this decision does not show any willingness on the part of the CNIL to apply French law extraterritorially. It simply requests full observance of European legislation by non European players offering their services in Europe." Since the informal appeal has been rejected, the company must now comply with the formal notice. Otherwise, the President of the CNIL may designate a Rapporteur who may refer to the CNIL's sanctions committee with a view of obtaining a ruling on this matter. Reference Link
13:01 EDTVIABViacom to cut back on primetime commercials in October, Variety reports
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12:55 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with a triple digit gain for the Dow and remained in a fairly narrow range for most of the morning. However, once the European markets closed, the U.S. averages weakened and are now struggling to remain in positive ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales fell 4.8% to a 5.31M rate in August, versus expectations for them to be down 1.6% to a rate of 5.5M. Over the weekend, three Federal Reserve officials, namely an Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. In Europe, Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party gained 35.5% of the vote in the Greek election. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in Germany plunged and the ADRs trading in New York dropped more than 17.5% after the EPA and California Air Resources Board detected manipulations that violate American environmental standards while testing Volkswagen diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters... Time Warner's (TWX) HBO dominated the Emmy awards ceremony with 43 awards, including the 29 Creative Emmys it won last week. Meanwhile, Amazon (AMZN) earned its first-ever Emmy wins and Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings, whose company won four awards, tweeted out: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which jumped 12% after agreeing to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at approximately $4.6B, or the equivalent of $10.42 per Atmel share. Among the noteworthy losers was Mallinckrodt (MNK), which dropped 9% following the announcement that ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) plans to acquire two new drug applications from Merck (MRK) that could compete with Acthar, Mallinckrodt's largest product. Also lower was uniQure (QURE), which fell 15% after announcing topline results of one-year follow-up data from a Phase I/II clinical trial in four Sanfilippo B syndrome patients. Both stocks were among the many big pharma and biotech decliners after Hillary Clinton, on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report detailing Turing Pharmaceuticals' price hike to $750 from $13.50 per pill of a drug that treats a life-threatening parasitic infection, vowed to lay out a plan tomorrow to take on what she calls "price gouging" of specialty drugs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.57, or 0.24%, to 16,423.15, the Nasdaq was down 21.13, or 0.44%, to 4,806.10, and the S&P 500 was up 1.85, or 0.09%, to 1,959.88.
12:00 EDTGOOGGoogle, Shopify expand presence in BlackBerry's hometown, Reuters says
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10:55 EDTFBBelgian watchdog: Court shouldn't be be intimidated by Facebook, Bloomberg says
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09:14 EDTVIAB, TWXNetflix CEO congratulates HBO on Emmy dominance
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings tweeted out: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." Time Warner's (TWX) HBO dominated the Emmy awards ceremony with 43 awards over all, including 29 Creative Emmys last week. Viacom's (VIA) Comedy Central, with four wins, was the network with the second-highest number of awards last night. Meanwhile, Hastings' won Netflix won four awards and Amazon (AMZN) earned its first-ever Emmy wins with two awards for its series "Transparent." Reference Link
07:19 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $847 from $720 at JMP Securities
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06:24 EDTGOOG, FBEU's web rules won't discriminate against U.S. tech companies, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle holding event on September 29, The Verge reports
Google will hold its fall event on Tuesday, September 29, The Verge reports. According to the publication, Google is likely to introduce new Nexus smartphones -- one from LG and one from Huawei -- as well as an updated Chromecast. Reference Link
September 20, 2015
19:48 EDTFOXA, TWX, CMCSA'Maze Runner' sequel outpaces 'Black Mass'
Young-adult science fiction film "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" raced ahead of Johnny Depp-led crime biopic "Black Mass" in their respective weekend debuts. WEEKEND LEADER: Falling somewhat short of estimated sales in the range of $34M-$36M, Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" grossed $30.3M domestically for the weekend of September 20. The sci-fi action thriller's $61M budget nearly doubles that of the first "Maze Runner" film, building on a trend of dystopic young-adult films popularized by Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: "Black Mass" from Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros. took in $23.4M for its domestic open. The Boston-based crime film garnered acclaim from critics and audiences alike, with particular praise given to Johnny Depp in the role of mobster Whitey Bulger. Meanwhile, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's horror thriller "The Visit" earned $11.4M in its second week in theaters, while Sony (SNE) thriller "The Perfect Guy" fell to fourth place with $9.7M. Rounding out this weekend's Top 5, Universal's disaster film "Everest" grossed $7.6M despite opening in just 545 theaters ahead of its wider release.
16:37 EDTTWXWarner Bros., China Media Capital form joint venture to develop Chinese films
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14:15 EDTPGProcter & Gamble shares beginning to look cheap, Barron's says
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