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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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April 12, 2015
15:58 EDTTWX, FOXA, FOXComcast's 'Furious 7' maintains lead at weekend box office with $60.6M
Rentrak announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 12, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Universal's (CMCSA) "Furious 7" topped the domestic weekend box office with $60M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" came in second place at the box office with $19M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Longest Ride" came in third place with with $13.5M; Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Get Hard" came in fourth place with with $8.6M and Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" came in fifth place with $7.2M.
14:34 EDTTWXSeason 5 ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes leaked ahead of premiere, Variety says
Nearly a full day before HBO’s (TWX) scheduled April 12 premiere of “Game of Thrones,” the first four episodes of HBO's popular fantasy series appeared up on piracy networks late Saturday, said Variety. “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’ originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them,” HBO said. “We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.” Reference Link
April 10, 2015
14:27 EDTFOXA, FOXNews Corp., 21st Century Fox mull move to WTC site, NY Times reports
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12:15 EDTTWXTime Warner volatility at low end of historic range
Time Warner April call option implied volatility is at 17, May weekly is at 21, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 29.
06:48 EDTTWXTime Warner, Legos to market figures that can be brought to life, NY Times says
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April 9, 2015
09:47 EDTTWXDISH's Sling TV adds HBO programming to lineup
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06:10 EDTCBSVeteran CBS reporter Schieffer to retire, WSJ reports
Bob Schieffer, a veteran CBS Washington reporter and host of the Sunday news magazine "Face the Nation," will retire this summer, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schieffer has been with the network for over 40 years. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
14:50 EDTTWXGoogle plans ad-free YouTube subscription service, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) is planning to launch a YouTube subscription service as early as this year, reports Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the matter and a YouTube letter sent to certain content creators on the site. The new paid version of the site will be free of ads and may include a type of offline access to YouTube. Bloomberg notes that the move will put the streaming site into closer competition with Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, and similar paid streaming services. Reference Link
10:41 EDTFOX, FOXAVivendi seeks 'transformational' deals, has 'no interest' in buying Sky, FT says
Vivendi (VIVHY) CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine says the company is currently considering "transformational transactions," The Financial Times reports. The executive says Vivendi "will not do deals just because we can do them," and will seek acquisition targets "with intrinsic value." The CEO also notes that Vivendi has "no interest" in buying Sky (SKYAY) and says that ITV is "too expensive." Reference Link
08:56 EDTVIAViacom multiple compression overdone, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Viacom is facing a number of headwinds, but the firm thinks that the stock's multiple compression is overdone given what it sees as the company's largely visible affiliate revenue outlook and cost savings from restructuring. The firm believes that Viacom "offers a compelling combination of growth and value." RBC cut its price target on the name to $80 from $88 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
April 7, 2015
18:26 EDTFOXAVivendi says not in talks to acquire Sky, Bloomberg reports
Vivendi (VIVHY) denied an earlier report by Reuters that it may look to acquire Sky (SKYAY), Bloomberg says. Reference Link
15:31 EDTFOXAVivendi considering potential acquisition of Sky, Reuters reports
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12:50 EDTTWXHBO NOW available to Apple and Optimum Online customers
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10:19 EDTCBSHigh option volume stocks
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08:15 EDTDISCADiscovery said to bid for stake in Korean cable TV operator, Bloomberg reports
Discovery Communications was among those submitting bids for a stake in South Korean cable TV operator C&M, reported Korea Economic Daily, according to Bloomberg.
05:10 EDTFOX, FOXADisney, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox announce Star Wars digital movie collection
As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney Studios (DIS), Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD globally beginning Friday, April 10.
April 6, 2015
16:12 EDTVIA, VIABViacom to temporarily pause share repurchases
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16:10 EDTVIA, VIABViacom sees $350M annual cost savings from strategic realignment
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16:08 EDTVIA, VIABViacom to recognize $785M pre-tax charge as part of strategic realignment
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April 5, 2015
18:34 EDTFOX, TWX, FOXAComcast's 'Furious 7' leads at weekend box office with $143.6M
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