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August 10, 2014
17:04 EDTVIA, VIAB, DISParamount's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' tops weekend box office, WSJ says
Paramount Pictures' (VIA,VIAB) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" edged out Disney's (DIS) "Guardians of the Galaxy," opening to an estimated $65M in the U.S. and Canada, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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October 16, 2014
09:39 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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08:21 EDTVIABViacom oversold on affiliate fee and ad fears, says Goldman
Goldman lowered Viacom estimates on a lower ad outlook but believes shares are oversold on affiliate fee and advertising fears. The firm views valuation as compelling against all metrics and expects comps to moderate in Q4 and ratings declines to moderate with new original programing and the current TV season. Shares are Buy rated with a $82 price target. Note BofA/Merrill and Guggenheim downgraded Viacom this morning.
07:56 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded at Guggenheim
As previously reported, Guggenheim downgraded Disney to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on relative valuation, risk to domestic pay-TV subscriber growth, challenging FY15 film comparisons, and potential for sports-network tiering. Price target lowered to $87 from $96.
07:45 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Guggenheim
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07:17 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
07:17 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
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06:32 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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October 14, 2014
07:23 EDTDISCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
October 12, 2014
15:10 EDTDISDisney's Maker Studios to create programming for parent company, Bloomberg says
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October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTDISNielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
October 9, 2014
18:11 EDTDISDisney CEO Iger says Shanghai Park to avoid Paris' troubles, Bloomberg reports
Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company's theme park in Shanghai, which is slated to open in 2015, will not experience the same problems that its Paris facility did, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
09:20 EDTDISJ.C. Penney says will expand Disney stops in stores to 680 from 500
09:20 EDTDISJ.C. Penney CEOsays will open more Sephora shops in store
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07:25 EDTVIA, VIABViacom threatens to remove channels in Canada over unbundling, Globe & Mail says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is threatening to remove its stations off Canadian cable systems and onto an online streaming service if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission forces carriers to offer channels on a “pick-and-pay,” or unbundled, basis, reported The Globe and Mail. Reference Link
07:13 EDTDISHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
October 7, 2014
08:31 EDTVIAAOL names Dermot McCormack as president of AOL Video and AOL Studios
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October 6, 2014
10:16 EDTDISNBA confirms new nine-year deal with Turner Broadcasting, Disney
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06:35 EDTDISSecond largest Euro Disney stakeholder to choose on rights issue, Reuters says
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05:17 EDTDISDisney provides statement on recapitalization plan for Euro Disney
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