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July 16, 2014
11:45 EDTCBS, AMCX, FOX, VIAB, DISCA, FOXA, VIA, SNI, 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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May 28, 2015
10:02 EDTFOXSandvine: Netflix accounts for 36.5% of peak Internet traffic, Variety reports
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09:20 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed debt offering
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07:23 EDTCBS, FOXA, FOXBig four networks aim to own more of their programs, WSJ reports
The percentage of shows that the big four television networks own or have a stake in has risen in recent years as owning shows has become a priority due to lucrative rerun and cross platform rights, said The Wall Street Journal. Walt Disney’s (DIS) ABC will own or have a stake in almost 70% of its coming schedule, compared with 48% in 2010, while Fox (FOXA), CBS (CBS) and Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBC will also own or have stakes in the majority of their lineups' shows, the report noted. Reference Link
May 27, 2015
13:22 EDTCBSCBS CEO says hasn't looked at bidding for soccer rights
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13:18 EDTCBSMoonves says 'nobody surprised' by Charter deal for Time Warner Cable
Moonves said he expects Charter's (CHTR) proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will face less regulatory challenge than the proposed Comcast (CMCSA) deal for TWC did. CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves is speaking on CNBC.
13:14 EDTCBSCBS CEO says 'not objecting' to Verizon 'skinny bundle' plans
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13:13 EDTCBSCBS CEO says in early talks with Apple on inclusion in Apple TV offering
CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves is speaking on CNBC.
13:12 EDTCBSCBS says network will 'probably' sign up for Apple TV service, TechCrunch says
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09:40 EDTTWXHBO may consider discounted prepaid plans, Cut Cable Today reports
Time Warner's HBO may consider discounted prepaid plans in the future, reports Cut Cable Today. Citing a HBO customer satisfaction survey, HBO asked, “If these offers were available to you for one-time only, how likely would you be to take advantage of each in the next three months?” Participants were then presented with four different potential discounts. Reference Link
07:34 EDTVIAMediacom Communications, Viacom renew carriage agreement
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May 25, 2015
12:50 EDTFOX, TWX, FOXADisney's 'Tomorrowland' leads U.S. weekend box office with $32.2M
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May 20, 2015
13:34 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom boosts quarterly dividend to 40c from 33c
Viacom announced that its board has approved a 21% increase in its quarterly dividend to 40c per share of Class A and B common stock from 33c per share. The increase will take effect beginning with Viacom’s next quarterly dividend, payable on July 1, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15. Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman said, “Viacom is deeply committed to returning capital directly to our shareholders while investing in high-quality programming, expanding in the U.S. and abroad, and developing new and innovative consumer and advertising initiatives. Our strong balance sheet and substantial cash flow have allowed us to increase our quarterly dividend each year since it was initiated in 2010. We also look forward to resuming our buyback program by October."
13:31 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom announces 21% increase in quarterly dividend
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May 19, 2015
06:29 EDTFOX21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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May 18, 2015
17:26 EDTFOXA, FOXValueAct reports 5.5% stake in 21st Century Fox Class B shares
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07:27 EDTFOXA, VIAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTTWXUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
May 15, 2015
16:32 EDTVIABBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
11:08 EDTFOXAOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).

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