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November 14, 2012
05:55 EDTVIAB, VIAB, WMT, WMT, GME, GME, HP, HP, ROST, ROST, DLTR, DLTRCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Thursday, November 15th
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include Dollar Tree (DLTR), GameStop (GME), Helmerich & Payne (HP), Ross Stores (ROST), Viacom (VIAB), Wal-Mart (WMT)
News For VIAB;WMT;GME;HP;ROST;DLTR From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
16:32 EDTVIABViacom board expected to replace Redstone, CNBC's Faber says
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February 2, 2016
15:46 EDTVIABEarnings Watch: Media networks report amid shifts in streaming, TV landscape
Comcast (CMCSA), CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA), and 21st Century Fox (FOX) are among media companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks. EXPECTATIONS: Comcast is expected to report EPS of 82c on revenue of $18.77B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 93c, Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $7.53B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.18 on revenue of $3.26B, and Fox is expected to report EPS of 44c on revenue of $7.54B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast, Fox, and viacom reported mixed results for the previous quarter, while CBS and Time Warner beat on both top and bottom lines. NEWS: On November 10, Comcast announced it expanded its advanced fiber network to Modesto, California as part of the company's ongoing response to Google (GOOG) Fiber. On November 12, the Wall Street Journal broke news that Hulu, a video streaming joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast and Fox, is in talks to sell a stake to Time Warner, though the Journal said on January 31 that the company has expressed dissatisfaction with Hulu's inclusion of current-season TV episodes, which it believes contributes to cord-cutting. On December 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube was holding talks with Hollywood studios and production companies to seek content licenses amid intensified competition with Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu. On December 9, Re/code reported that Apple (AAPL), rumored to be working on a subscription TV service, walked away from its negotiations with the major networks after being pressed to include "filler" channels in its hypothetical service. Speaking at a January 7 media conference, Time Warner CFO Howard Averill said the company was negotiating to make full seasons of TV shows available to pay-TV customers on demand, mirroring the "binge watching" offered by Netflix. On January 8, the New York Post reported that Corvex Management was considering an activist position in Time Warner. That same day, Benzinga reported that Twenty-First Century Fox remained interested in the company and had made a $105 per share acquisition offer, though Fox later denied the report. On January 14, the New York Post reported that Comcast has begun "ripping up" agreements with cable networks, moving them from basic cable onto digital tiers in response to consumer demand for smaller bundles. On January 27, Reuters reported that SpringOwl Asset Management is urging Viacom to seek outside investment from strategic partners. On January 30, the New York Post reported that Nelson Peltz is considering an activist position in Time Warner. On February 1, the National Football League announced a broadcasting agreement with CBS and Comcast's NBC which will see the two companies paying roughly $225M each for rights to the next two seasons of Thursday Night Football. Also on February 1, it was reported that Fox offered certain employees voluntary buyouts as part of a $250M cost cutting target. STREET RESEARCH: On November 5, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded Time Warner to Market Perform after its "huge" guidance cut last quarter, with the shares also seeing downgrades at CLSA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. On December 22, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne called Comcast one of his top large cap picks for 2016, saying the company can use skinny bundles to take market share and potentially add net video customers for the first time since 2006. On January 8, research firm Stifel cut its price target on CBS to $54 from $66, citing a belief that industry syndication and SVOD revenues will significantly decelerate going forward, with CBS having more exposure to those areas than its peers. Meanwhile, JPMorgan added the company to its U.S. focus list on January 11, citing its heavily discounted stock and potentially strong EPS growth in 2016. On February 1, Pacific Crest argued that Comcast shares should be owned going into fourth quarter results, contending that the company's video and broadband investments will likely translate to increased market share and strong cash flows this year. PRICE ACTION: Comcast and Fox, the first of the media giants to report quarterly earnings, are down 2% and 3.6%, respectively, amid the broader market selloff.
14:06 EDTHPState Farm Mutual Automobile reports 7.7% passive stake in Helmerich & Payne
09:35 EDTROSTRoss Stores initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research
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07:18 EDTHPJefferies sees relative value in Nabors Industries
Jefferies analyst Brad Handler believes shares of Nabors Industries (NBR) can outperform Patterson-UTI (PTEN) over the near term and Helmerich & Payne (HP) over the longer term. His analysis suggests Nabors likely avoids covenant breach and has adequate liquidity to weather the downturn. Handler keeps a Hold rating on Nabors, however, with a reduced price target of $7.
February 1, 2016
11:06 EDTGMENasdaq investigating potentially erroneous transactions in GameStop
NASDAQ MarketWatch announced in a Trading Alert that it is investigating potentially erroneous transactions involving the security Gamestop executed between 09:23:00 and 09:24:00 ET today. Reference Link
08:08 EDTWMTMoneyGram, Wal-Mart announce new three-year agreement
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January 31, 2016
13:15 EDTVIABViacom could appeal to long-term investors, Barron's says
Viacom shares look appealing for long-term value oriented investors, Barron's contends in its 'Trader Extra' column, citing activist firm SpringOwl's recent calls for change at the company. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
06:51 EDTWMTJury says Wal-Mart must by pharmacist $31.22M in gender bias case, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTVIABViacom chairman to be evaluated by doctor hired by Manuela Herzer, NY Post says
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January 28, 2016
11:39 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne says Permian driving better U.S. well performance
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11:28 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne says has term contracts for 87 rigs in Q2
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11:11 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne: Tone for 2016 has shifted to 'lower for longer' oil prices
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06:18 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne sees Q2 US land segment revenue days to decrease 20%
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06:17 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne reports Q1 land operations operating income $56M
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06:16 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne reports Q1 adjusted 5c, consensus (7c)
Reports Q1 revenue $487.85M, consensus $458.65M.
January 27, 2016
09:51 EDTDLTRDollar Tree initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research
January 26, 2016
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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