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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.
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July 27, 2015
07:50 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $284 from $235 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Valeant's price target to $284 and increased estimates based on strong organic growth prospects and additional M&A that can drive further upside. The firm rates shares an Overweight.
07:12 EDTVRXRedHill Biopharma provides update on RHB-106 program
RedHill Biopharma (RDHL) provided an update on its RHB-106 tasteless solid oral formulation bowel preparation development program under the worldwide exclusive license agreement with Salix Pharmaceuticals, recently acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX). Salix confirmed to RedHill that it continues the development of RHB-106. Salix further clarified to RedHill that the bowel purgative product referenced in Valeant's Q2 financial results presentation1 as a failed toxicology screen is not RedHill's RHB-106. On February 27, 2014, RedHill and Salix entered into an exclusive license agreement under which Salix acquired the worldwide exclusive rights to RedHill's RHB-106 encapsulated formulation for bowel preparation and rights to other purgative developments. Financial terms of the transaction included an upfront payment to RedHill of $7M, and an additional $5M in subsequent milestone payments to RedHill. Salix also agreed to pay RedHill tiered royalties on net sales, ranging from low single digits up to low double digits. RHB-106 is an encapsulated formulation intended for the preparation and cleansing of the gastrointestinal tract prior to the performance of abdominal procedures, including diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies, barium enemas or virtual colonoscopies, as well as surgical interventions, such as laparotomies. RHB-106 is a tasteless solid oral dosage potentially allowing an unobstructed procedure with reduced side effects and improved compliance. It is also intended to prevent patient exposure to the often unappealing taste of current products.
06:09 EDTTWXFox Networks Group leads $300M funding round for DraftKings, WSJ reports
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTTWXEarnings 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.
07:06 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $285 from $255 at UBS
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06:51 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $290 from $250 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott raised his price target for Valeant Pharmaceuticals to $290 citing the company's "very strong" Q2 results. Schott sees further upside to estimates and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
July 23, 2015
12:12 EDTVRXValeant beats RBC as biggest Canadian company by market value, Bloomberg says
Valeant (VRX) has surpassed Royal Bank of Canada (RY) as the largest Canadian company by market value on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bloomberg reports. Valeant surged 4.5% to a total market value of C$111.3B at 11:21 AM in Toronto, beating the Royal Bank's C$108.3B market value, the report says. Reference Link
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
06:29 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 cash EPS view to $11.5-$11.80 from $10.90-$11.20
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06:26 EDTVRXValeant sees Q4 cash EPS $3.98-$4.18, consensus $3.49
Sees Q4 revenue $3.2B-$3.4B, consensus $3.03B.
06:25 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, consensus $2.86
Sees Q3 revenue $2.6B-$2.8B, consensus $2.74B.
06:24 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 cash EPS $2.56, consensus $2.46
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06:06 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 cash EPS to $11.50-$11.80 from $10.90-$11.20
The increased EPS guidance reflects continued business outperformance and approval of IBS-D indication for Xifaxan. Raises FY15 total revenue to $10.7B-$10.4B from $10.4B-$10.6B. Sees FY15 Salix revenue $1.2B. Raises FY15 adjusted cash flow from operations to be greater than $3.2B from greater than $3.1B. Sees FY15 SSS organic growth of greater than 10% for 2H15.
06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q4 cash EPS $3.98-$4.18, revenue $3.2B-$3.4B
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06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, revenue $2.6B-$2.8B
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06:04 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 GAAP EPS (15c), Q2 cash EPS $2.56
Excluding negative impact of ForEx and Salix, cash EPS would have been $2.73. Reports Q2 total revenue $2.73B vs. $2.04B last year. Reports Q2 Product sales $2.70B vs. $1.99B last year. Reports Q2 SSS organic growth up 19%. Reports Q2 Salix revenue $313M.
05:59 EDTTWXEU 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
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.
July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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