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July 22, 2014
06:20 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom's music group and Spotify form music streaming partnership, WSJ reports
MTV, VHI and other cable channels owned by Viacom is forming a marketing partnership with Spotify to allow users to listen free to music by featured artists, reports the Wall Street Journal. At least 150 Spotify playlists will be accessible through the network and Spotify will promote the playlists to its 40M users worldwide. Reference Link
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January 29, 2015
11:20 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom kids network Nickelodeon to launch subscription service
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) stated earlier during its earnings conference call that in March its Nickelodeon group will launch a new direct-to-consumer subscription service. "We believe this innovative service, which will have a distinct brand and will target the fast-growing mobile market, will be very attractive for parents and children," the company stated. Nickelodeon will provide more details and announce the brand name at its upfront presentation next month, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman noted.
06:53 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom reports Q1 Media Networks revenue up 4% to $2.65B
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06:52 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.29, one estimate $1.27
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January 28, 2015
15:38 EDTVIABNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
07:23 EDTVIAViacom volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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January 22, 2015
13:59 EDTVIABViacom initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale
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January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTVIA, VIABGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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January 20, 2015
14:00 EDTVIAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
07:37 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:25 EDTVIAViacom buys 50% stake in five Indian TV channels, WSJ says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is completing a deal with India's Reliance Industries giving it 50% ownership of five Indian TV channels for an undisclosed sum, reports the Wall Street Journal. Competitors including Discovery Communications (DISCA), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and AMC Networks (AMCX) are similarly looking towards foreign investment as U.S. consumers move away from traditional cable packages. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts 16% annual growth in Indian TV revenue over the next five years. Reference Link
07:20 EDTVIAViacom weakness overdone, says RBC Capital
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06:30 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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January 16, 2015
11:16 EDTVIAB, VIACBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTVIABOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
09:57 EDTVIABFollow-up: Viacom coverage transferred to a Buy at Stifel
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