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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.
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October 28, 2014
17:08 EDTLGFRedbox and Lionsgate sign agreement
Redbox and Lionsgate (LGF) signed a new multi-year agreement to bring premier Blu-ray Disc and DVD titles to Redbox kiosks the day of their retail home entertainment release. Redbox is an Outerwall (OUTR) brand.
13:33 EDTDWA, LGFAlibaba CEO looking to make content deals with studios, LA Times says
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09:44 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO to announce layoffs this week, Variety reports
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October 27, 2014
06:59 EDTLGF'Ouija' makes $20M debut at weekend box office, WSJ says
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October 24, 2014
10:15 EDTLGFHigh option volume stocks
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09:28 EDTLGFLionsgate stake sought by Alibaba, NY Post reports
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October 23, 2014
07:53 EDTDIS, LGF, VIAB, TWXAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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07:34 EDTDWADreamWorks November volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
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October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
October 21, 2014
12:02 EDTLGFLionsgate and Thunder Road Pictures announce worldwide collaboration
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09:55 EDTTWXBlackout not 'game changer' for Time Warner, DISH, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes the removal of several of Time Warner's (TWX) Turner channels from DISH's (DISH) line-up will not be a "game changer" for either company. Wells notes the majority of Time Warner's affiliate growth comes from TNT and TBS networks, and it does not expect the channel loss to impact DISH's subscriber trends. The firm expects the networks to come back to DISH "eventually."
October 20, 2014
15:40 EDTCBSAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
11:07 EDTLGFLionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises partner to launch SVOD service
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10:38 EDTLAMRHigh option volume stocks
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06:46 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded at Macquarie
As previously reported, Macquarie upgraded News Corp to Neutral from Underperform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and expectations for operational trends to improve in 2015. Price target is $16.70.
06:40 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
October 19, 2014
11:58 EDTCBSCBS could see 25% gain, Barron's says
CBS shares could be worth around $66.00 at a peer-like-multiple, a gain of 25%, driven by fees from affiliates and Showtime, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
10:58 EDTTWXHBO streaming service may cost around $15 a month, The Information reports
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08:15 EDTLAMRLamar Advertising announces REIT registration statement declared effective
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08:00 EDTTWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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