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January 22, 2013
06:15 EDTNWSA, DWA, LGF, TWX, CBS, DIS, LAMR, VIABU.S. Media sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the U.S. Media sector based on increased demand for professional content, improving 2H 2013 ad growth, and above average capital returns. As part of the sector change the firm upgraded Viacom to Buy from Neutral.
News For VIAB;DIS;TWX;LAMR;CBS;LGF;DWA;NWSA From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
09:38 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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06:30 EDTNWSAYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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January 27, 2016
12:11 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and proceed to lose additional ground after the open. Despite another disappointing weekly Department of Energy inventory report, which pointed to larger than expected builds of both oil and gas stockpiles, the price of crude moved higher in later morning trading, taking equities up with it. Fed watchers have zero expectation that the central bank will announce an interest rate hike later today, but are hoping for a dovish policy statement to be issued in conjunction with the end of the latest FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. The FOMC rate decision is due out at 2 pm ET and 100% of 104 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were aligned in predicting no change to benchmark U.S. interest rates will be announced today. While their is no chance seen that the central bank will raise rates, the language in the statement will be closely examined for any clues on the Fed's thinking about when the next rate may be coming. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) declined about 5% after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates last night, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectation. The company was noted by several analysts as having a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China... Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow, however, as that distinction goes to Boeing (BA). Shares of the commercial airplane maker and defense contractor plummeted 7% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast. Conversely, United Technologies (UTX), which is also in the Dow and also involved in aerospace and defense, gained 2% after backing its adjusted earnings outlook for fiscal 2016. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunEdison (SUNE), which rallied 12% after the company and David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital agreed to new corporate governance initiatives, including appointing Claire Gogel to its board and amending its bylaws to provide that it will not make equity issuances for two years without supermajority vote of the board. Also higher were Commvault (CVLT), Hess (HES) and Biogen (BIIB), which gained 13%, 10% and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was DreamWorks Animations (DWA), which fell 4.5% after the stock was downgraded to Sell at Topeka. Also lower were U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW), and Textron (TXT), which were down 12%, 8.5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 37.60, or 0.23%, to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq was down 9.88, or 0.22%, to 4,557.79, and the S&P 500 was up 9.54, or 0.5%, to 1,913.17.
11:27 EDTDWAOptions with increasing call volume
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10:18 EDTDISMattel and Disney Consumer Products announce renewed agreement
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10:00 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:07 EDTCBSCBS signs long-term licesing agreement for Showtime programming in Australia
CBS and Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media, signed a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement that will bring all future Showtime series and programming to the Australian streaming service. CBS has signed similar exclusive deals for Showitme with Sky in Europe and Bell Media in Canada.
07:07 EDTDWADreamWorks downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka
Topeka analyst David Miller downgraded DreamWorks to Sell citing valuation and maintained his $19 price target on shares. The analyst believes shares already reflect Kung Fu Panda 3 expectations and recommends shareholders trim positions.
January 26, 2016
19:54 EDTDISIMAX announces Spider-Man to be released in IMAX 3D Theatres
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12:00 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington
Barrington analyst James Goss downgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Market Perform saying it will take time for the company to fix the measurement issues in its key, younger demographics. The analyst believes a cautious is warranted into Viacom's earnings release on February 9.
11:56 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington
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11:42 EDTVIABOptions with increasing call volume; TEX MTW MTG SEE KBH SNDK WDC VALE VIAB PII
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10:00 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
08:26 EDTDIS, TWXTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
06:54 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Hamilton Faber downgraded Disney to Neutral from Overweight and cut his price target to $104 from $148. Faber looked at how cord cutting will affect ESPN and is concerned about high levels of fixed costs in its sports rights while ESPN faces revenue headwinds. The analyst's 20 year ESPN model forecasts strong five year growth of +9% per year, but average growth over the following five years is -12% and negative thereafter. Faber reduced ESPN subscriber forecasts and no longer believes Disney's premium valuation is sustainable.
January 25, 2016
12:08 EDTDIS'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' crosses $200M mark at IMAX locations
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11:41 EDTNWSAStifel downgrades Twitter as firm can't see positive spin for executive exits
Twitter (TWTR) is falling after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. EXECUTIVE EXODUS: The four executives leaving the company are Twitter's head of product, Kevin Weil, head of media, Katie Stanton, head of engineering, Alex Roetter, and head of human resources, Brian "Skip" Schipper. CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departures in a tweet, saying, "Want to set the record straight now: Given the inaccurate press rumors today regarding their departures, I'm addressing this now: I'm sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company... COO Adam Bain will be taking on additional responsibilities, including responsibility for the revenue-related product teams, the media team and the HR team on an interim basis. CTO Adam Messinger will be taking over all of engineering and consumer product, design and research, user services and Fabric into one group." Note that due to Twitter's 140 character limit, Dorsey was forced to post his lengthy message in the form of an image of the text. OTHER EXECUTIVE NEWS: Twitter could name Leslie Berland, currently an executive VP at American Express (AXP), as its new Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to Dorsey, this week, according to Re/code's Kara Swisher. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal noted that Twitter intends, as part of its shake-up. to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week. At least one of the people is a high-ranking executive in the media industry, the Journal added. STIFEL DOWNGRADE: Twitter was downgraded to Hold from Buy by Stifel analyst Scott Devitt on Sunday. Devitt cited the executive departures, saying, "While we may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, we don't see how the departure of the heads of three major business divisions can be viewed as a positive in the middle of an attempted business turnaround." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Twitter shares were down almost 4% to $17.15. Note this decline follows a rise of more than 4% late last week on rumors that News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) and other companies were interested in acquiring Twitter. News Corp. later denied it was building a Twitter stake.
08:33 EDTDISDisney shares 'extremely attractive' at these levels, says JPMorgan
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January 24, 2016
18:28 EDTTWXAT&T potentially circling Time Warner, New York Post says
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17:55 EDTLGF, DIS'The Revenant' tops box office as 'Ride Along 2' sags
"The Revenant" clawed past "Ride Along 2" as this weekend's snow storm left several box office newcomers grasping for ticket sales. WEEKEND LEADER: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Revenant" grossed $16M domestically for the weekend of January 24. The Leonardo DiCaprio-led survival Western was expected to take $19M-$21.6M, though results may have been dampened by the East Coast winter storm. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earned $14.3M and now stands at $1.94B globally. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Ride Along 2" dipped to $13M against expectations for $18M-$18.7M, with critics and audiences generally lukewarm on the film despite its $34M open last weekend. Rounding out the weekend's top five were Lionsgate's (LGF) "Dirty Grandpa" and STX Entertainment's "The Boy," with the two newcomers debuting at a respective $11.5M and $11.3M.
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