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July 16, 2014
11:45 EDTFOXA, FOX, SNI, DISCA, AMCX, VIA, VIAB, CBS, TWXMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
Media stocks are rallying after Time Warner (TWX) confirmed that it rejected an offer made by 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) to combine the media giants. WHAT'S NEW: Both Time Warner and 21st Century Fox confirmed an earlier CNBC report that Time Warner rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox. Time Warner said it turned down Fox's offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company for a combination of 1.531 of Twenty-First Century Fox Class A non-voting common shares and $32.42 in cash per share. Time Warner added that its board is confident that continuing to execute its strategic plan will "create significantly more value for the company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Twenty-First Century Fox is in a position to offer." 21st Century Fox also confirmed that it made a formal proposal to Time Warner, which was rejected, and added that the companies are not currently in any discussions. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Time Warner advanced 16.5% to $82.70, while Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares are down 5% to $33.45. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other media stocks were trading higher after the news. Discovery Communications (DISCA) rose 6%, Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) gained 3%, AMC Networks (AMCX) added 3.2%, Viacom class B shares (VIAB) increased 4% and CBS (CBS) advanced 1.5%.
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October 29, 2014
10:00 EDTAMCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ahold (AHONY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alere (ALR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Ambev (ABEV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bayer (BAYRY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... HCC Insurance (HCC) upgraded at Raymond James... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Jamba (JMBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Midway Gold (MDW) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Total System (TSS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:53 EDTAMCXAMC Networks upgraded at ISI Group
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09:09 EDTAMCXAMC Networks upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group
09:04 EDTVIABViacom negative sentiment has created buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee says that Viacom's multiple has reached all-time lows, due to negative sentiment based on ratings declines. The firm thinks the multiple is unlikely to decline further, and it says the stock outperformed significantly following similar situations in 2009 and 2012. The firm keeps an $80 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:53 EDTCBSCBS added to Franchise Pick List at Jefferies
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October 28, 2014
09:44 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO to announce layoffs this week, Variety reports
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October 23, 2014
17:39 EDTAMCXAMC Networks, BBC Worldwide enter long-term partnership
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07:53 EDTVIAB, VIA, TWXAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTFOX, FOXAEarnings 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.
October 21, 2014
09:55 EDTTWXBlackout not 'game changer' for Time Warner, DISH, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes the removal of several of Time Warner's (TWX) Turner channels from DISH's (DISH) line-up will not be a "game changer" for either company. Wells notes the majority of Time Warner's affiliate growth comes from TNT and TBS networks, and it does not expect the channel loss to impact DISH's subscriber trends. The firm expects the networks to come back to DISH "eventually."
October 20, 2014
15:40 EDTCBSAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
09:31 EDTDISCARobinhood.org to hold conference
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06:49 EDTFOX, FOXATumblr, TV shows collaborate to broaden reach, NY Times says
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06:34 EDTDISCAHasbro reports pre-tax charge due to restructuring of Hub Network
On September 25, Hasbro (HAS) and Discovery (DISCA) announced Hub Network would become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime. As a result of restructuring the Company’s investment in the Hub Network joint venture, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $11.6M, or 6c per diluted share, in the third quarter 2014. This net charge is primarily related to the costs associated with recording the fair value of a put/call option exercisable at the end of 2021 that the Company and Discovery entered into related to this transaction.
October 19, 2014
18:38 EDTFOXA, FOXSony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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17:39 EDTFOX, FOXADish's AutoHop wins wins tentative ruling over Fox, Bloomberg says
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11:58 EDTCBSCBS could see 25% gain, Barron's says
CBS shares could be worth around $66.00 at a peer-like-multiple, a gain of 25%, driven by fees from affiliates and Showtime, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
10:58 EDTTWXHBO streaming service may cost around $15 a month, The Information reports
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09:33 EDTFOXATribune, 21st Century Fox renew, extend Seattle affiliate agreement
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08:00 EDTTWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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