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August 8, 2014
05:50 EDTVRX, TWXStocks with implied volatility movement; TWX VRX
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Valeant (VRX) 49 according to iVolatility.
News For TWX;VRX From The Last 14 Days
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September 3, 2015
07:14 EDTVRXSynergetics downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
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September 2, 2015
16:51 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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08:03 EDTVRXSynergetics to be acquired by Valeant for $6.50 per share in cash
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08:00 EDTVRXSynergetics to be acquired by Valeant for $6.50 per share in cash
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September 1, 2015
13:06 EDTTWXNetflix dives as Apple reportedly explores original programming
Shares of streaming video giant Netflix (NFLX) are underperforming a down market today after a Variety report that said Apple (AAPL) is exploring an entry into the original programming business. Amazon (AMZN) also said it expanded Prime Video downloads to the iOS and Android platforms. WHAT'S NEW: According to the Variety report, Apple recently held preliminary discussions with Hollywood executives to measure their interest in "spearheading" a move into entertainment content. Exclusive content has been an integral part of Netflix's success with programming such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Amazon and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, which recently launched a streaming-only version of its service, are also counting on exclusive content. According to Variety, the extent of Apple's ambitions vary, according to sources, with some saying the plan is to create long-form content and compete directly with Netflix while other sources say that Apple's efforts are more of a "flirtation." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Netflix announced this week that it will not renew its agreement with Epix, which allowed Netflix to stream movies released on the cable movie channel. Netflix noted that the Epix movies are widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix. The streaming video giant said in a blog post that it knows some subscribers will be disappointed by the end of Epix movies but added that its goal "is to provide great movies and TV series for all tastes, that are only available on Netflix." Also noteworthy was the announcement by Amazon today that it will now allow Prime members to download movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. The company noted that Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don't have an internet connection. ANALYST TAKE: In a note to investors this morning, BofA/Merrill analyst Nat Schindler raised his price target on Netflix shares to $133 from $121 following reports the company will officially launch in Japan on September 2 and recently raised prices in Europe. The analyst, which maintains his Buy rating on shares, also pointed out that Netflix is in an agreement with Softbank (SFTBF), a leader in Japan's telecom and internet space. The Softbank partnership will bolster subscriber growth through pre-installed Netflix apps on Softbank phones, automatic subscription payments through Softbank's payment system, and in-store signups and marketing. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Netflix are underperforming a weak market and are down 8.15% to $105.65, while Apple and Amazon are both down over 2%.
05:33 EDTVRXValeant, AstraZeneca to partner on brodalumab
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) announced that its affiliate has entered into a collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) under which Valeant was granted an exclusive license to develop and commercialize brodalumab. Brodalumab is an IL-17 receptor monoclonal antibody in development for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Under the agreement, Valeant will hold the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize brodalumab globally, except in Japan and certain other Asian countries where rights are held by Kyowa Hakko Kirin under a prior arrangement with Amgen Inc., the originator of brodalumab. Valeant will assume all development costs associated with the regulatory approval for brodalumab. Regulatory submission in U.S. and EU for brodalumab in moderate-to-severe psoriasis is planned for Q4. Under the terms of the agreement, Valeant will make an up-front payment to AstraZeneca of $100M, as well as additional pre-launch milestones of up to $170M and further sales-related milestone payments of up to $175M following launch. After approval, AstraZeneca and Valeant will share profits.
August 30, 2015
17:13 EDTTWX'Compton' leads again as 'We Are Your Friends' stumbles at box office
Hip hop biopic "Straight Outta Compton" continued its domestic box office dominance while Christian drama "War Room" outpaced analyst estimates and electronic dance flick "We Are Your Friends" fizzled. U.S. WEEKEND LEADER: Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Straight Outta Compton" grossed $13.2M domestically for the weekend of August 30, securing the top box office spot for a third consecutive week. In a record-breaking performance for musical biopics, the gangster rap film has earned $134.1M in the U.S. since opening earlier this month. Though Warner Bros.' (TWX) "We Are Your Friends" was predicted to challenge "Compton" with sales ranging $8M-$10M, the Zac Efron-led electronic music film flopped at just $1.8M. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Produced with an estimated budget of $3M, Sony's (SNE) faith-based drama "War Room" debuted at $11M against expectations for $5M-$8.5M after leading in advance ticket sales. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) subsidiary Paramount's "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" relinquished its grip on second place with an $8.3M gross for the weekend, while Weinstein Company's action thriller "No Escape" opened in fourth place at $8.29M. "Sinister 2" from Comcast subsidiary Focus Features rounded out this weekend's Top 5 at $4.7M.
August 28, 2015
10:43 EDTTWXFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' expected to lead box office for third week
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August 25, 2015
10:57 EDTTWXHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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08:05 EDTVRXValeant names D. Robert Hale to board of directors
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International announced the addition of D. Robert Hale, Partner of ValueAct Capital, to its board of directors and the resignation of Jeffrey W. Ubben, CEO and CIO of ValueAct Capital, effective as of August 19, 2015. ValueAct Capital, an investment firm based in San Francisco with over $20B under management, owns approximately 4% of the outstanding stock of Valeant, and has been a shareholder in Valeant since 2006. As a Partner and member of the investment team of ValueAct Capital, Hale has worked closely with the board and management team of Valeant since January 2011. Hale will be the fourth Partner of ValueAct Capital to serve on the Valeant Board, following Mason Morfit, Brandon Boze, and Jeff Ubben.
06:07 EDTTWXWarner Bros. in talks with China Media Capital to form film JV, WSJ reports
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August 23, 2015
16:22 EDTTWX'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTVRXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
08:53 EDTTWXAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.

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