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April 9, 2012
06:57 EDTTWX, VIA.B, CBS, DIS, DISCA, NWSA, SNITime Warner, Viacom price targets raised at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Time Warner (TWX) to $45 from $40 and Viacom (VIA.B) to $62 from $61 while downgrading CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA), News Corp. (NWSA), Scripps Networks (SNI) to Neutral from Buy. The firm sees limited downside risk for Time Warner and Viacom shares and keeps Buy ratings on both names.
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October 30, 2014
08:34 EDTDISCADiscovery downgraded at Nomura
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08:26 EDTDISCADiscovery downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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08:23 EDTNWSAMurdoch sees HBO online service doing 'fine' to start, WSJ reports
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October 29, 2014
13:50 EDTCBS, DISFCC chairman wants to give Internet video providers access to more content
FCC. Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday proposed allowing Internet video providers to show some content previously available only on cable and broadcast TV. Internet video providers could offer "many different kinds of multichannel video packages designed for different tastes and preferences." Wheeler added. Netflix (NFLX) provides Internet video content, while Comcast (CMCSA) and Cablevision (CVC) provide cable TV services. Broadcast TV providers include CBS (CBS), Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), and Disney (DIS). Reference Link
07:53 EDTCBSCBS added to Franchise Pick List at Jefferies
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October 28, 2014
18:01 EDTDISDisney rises after Marvel unveils 'Phase 3' movie release slate
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10:30 EDTBBarnes Group management to meet with Oppenheimer
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October 24, 2014
06:47 EDTBBarnes Group reports Q3 Industrial sales up 24% to $207.2M
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06:36 EDTBBarnes Group sees FY14 adjusted EPS $2.30-$2.35, consensus $2.27
Sees FY14 revenue growth of 15%-16%, consensus $1.27B; Sees FY14 organic growth of 5%-6%; Sees FY14 adjusted operating margins of approximately 15.5%. Expects FY14 CapEx $60M and FY14 cash conversion to be approximately 100% of net income.
06:35 EDTBBarnes Group reports Q3 adjusted EPS 64c, consensus 58c
Reports Q3 revenue $317.66M, consensus $311.02M; Reports Q3 organic sales up 8%; Reports Q3 operating margin 16%; Reports Q3 adjusted operating margin of 16.5%.
October 23, 2014
11:49 EDTBBarnes Group management to meet with Drexel Hamilton
Meetings to be held in Philadelphia on October 29 and in Baltimore on October 30 hosted by Drexel Hamilton.
07:53 EDTDISAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTDISEarnings 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 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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06:46 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded at Macquarie
As previously reported, Macquarie upgraded News Corp to Neutral from Underperform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and expectations for operational trends to improve in 2015. Price target is $16.70.
06:40 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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
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
05:50 EDTBBarnes Group raises quarterly dividend by 9% to 12c per share
The board of Barnes Group increased the company’s quarterly cash dividend 9% to 12c per share of common stock. The dividend will be payable December 10, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 26. On an annualized basis, the increase raises the annual dividend from 44c per share to 48c per share.
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