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August 6, 2014
12:12 EDTWPX, TAP, WAG, FOXA, NUS, ENPH, SFTBF, S, TWX, FUEL, GRPN, BAC, TMUSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory in what appeared to be a continuation of yesterday’s sell-off. However, by mid-morning the averages crossed into positive territory where they have remained into the lunch hour. Events from abroad continue to move U.S. markets, as European stock markets responded unfavorably to weaker than expected economic data in Italy and Germany, and investors keep an eye on the unfolding stand-offs in Russia and Israel. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit narrowed to $41.5B in June from a revised $44.7B in May. In Europe, Italian GDP unexpectedly contracted 0.2% in Q2, putting the country into a technical recession, while German manufacturing orders surprised with a 3.2% June drop. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Time Warner (TWX) declined nearly 12% despite the company reporting quarterly earnings that surpassed the consensus expectation, as its results were overshadowed by other news, namely 21st Century Fox (FOXA) withdrawing its offer to buy the company. Fox Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said Time Warner management and its board refused to engage and that the reaction in its own share price since its initial proposal was made "undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders." Meanwhile, class A shares of 21st Century Fox, which also authorized the repurchase of an additional $6B of its stock, rose 5%... Another deal being abandoned drove shares of another prominent company lower, as Sprint (S) dropped 18% after replacing CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure and reportedly gave up on its plans to try to combine with the fourth largest U.S. mobile carrier, T-Mobile (TMUS). Shares of T-Mobile also sunk nearly 7%, though The Wall Street Journal, citing a source, said that Iliad (ILIAF) will continue to pursue its bid for T-Mobile, though the French company sees no immediate need to boost its own offer after Sprint and parent Softbank (SFTBF) appear to have walked away... Bank of America (BAC) increased its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share, marking the bank’s first quarterly common stock dividend increase in seven years. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was brewer Molson Coors (TAP), which rose 6% after the company's second quarter profits topped expectations. Also higher following their earnings reports were Enphase Energy (ENPH), which gained 20%, and WPX Energy (WPX), which advanced 12%. Among the noteworthy losers was Walgreen (WAG), which dropped 12% after the company exercised its option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots that it does not already own but said its purchase of the rest of Boots will not be a "tax inversion" deal, as many had been expecting. Walgreen also authorized a $3B share repurchase program and raised its dividend by 7.1%, though the capital return plans did not appear to be enough to offset investor disappointment over the lack of an inversion pursuit. Also lower following their earnings reports were Groupon (GRPN), which fell 16%, Rocket Fuel (FUEL), which plunged 27%, and Nu Skin (NUS), which declined 24%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.37, or 0.32%, to 16,482.84, the Nasdaq was up 25.50, or 0.59%, to 4,378.34, and the S&P 500 was up 6.91, or 0.36%, to 1,927.12.
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July 27, 2015
10:16 EDTTWXDisney CEO: ESPN could eventually be sold directly to consumers, CNBC reports
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08:33 EDTBACBank of America increases environmental initiative from $50B to $125B
Bank of America said it has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50B to $125B in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world.
06:09 EDTTWX, FOXAFox Networks Group leads $300M funding round for DraftKings, WSJ reports
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTTWX, FOXAEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:01 EDTBACBank of America's Lynch to step down as general counsel, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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July 23, 2015
15:29 EDTTAPDiageo drops nearly 5% following WSJ report of excess inventory shipments
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10:00 EDTENPHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:30 EDTENPHEnphase Energy downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty
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07:22 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $3 from $4 at Jefferies
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07:15 EDTBACBank of America could underperform after executive changes, says Wells Fargo
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06:46 EDTTWXLeBron James forms production partnership with Warner Bros., WSJ says
NBA superstar LeBron James is forming a production partnership with Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment that spans movies, television, and digital content, the Wall Street Journal reports. Warner Bros. will have a partnership with SpringHill Entertainment, the production company founded by James and business partner Maverick Carter in 2013, the report says. Under the terms of the agreement, Warner Bros. and SpringHill will co-produce and co-own all projects they do together, the report says. Reference Link
05:59 EDTTWX, FOXAEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
18:59 EDTBACBank of America announces CFO Bruce Thompson to step down
Bank of America announced that CFO Bruce Thompson has decided to step down after more than five years as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Paul Donofrio, who has been with Bank of America since 1999 and has 25 years of global corporate and investment banking experience, will become CFO, effective August 1. Additionally, Global Human Resources executive Andrea Smith will assume a newly created position as Chief Administrative Officer. Replacing Smith as Global Human Resources executive is Sheri Bronstein.
18:37 EDTBACBank of America CFO Bruce Thompson to step down, WSJ reports
Bank of America CFO Bruce Thompson is leaving the bank, according to an internal memo, and will be replaced with Paul Donofrio, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
15:16 EDTTMUSFCC set to deny T-Mobile request for small carrier airwave help, Bloomberg says
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14:04 EDTTMUSFCC set to deny T-Mobile request for small carrier airwave help, Bloomberg says
12:27 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO lands sports commentator Bill Simmons
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12:21 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO announces multiyear deal with Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons left Disney's (DIS) ESPN earlier this year.
05:40 EDTTMUST-Mobile implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
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