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January 30, 2013
13:07 EDTVIAEarnings Preview: Viacom trading near all-time highs ahead of Q1 earnings
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is set to report Q1 earnings before the market open on Thursday, January 31, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Viacom is an entertainment content company that operates two primary segments: Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment, and owns MTV and Paramount Pictures, among other media brands... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 90c on revenue of $3.49B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 87c-96c on revenue of $3.32B-$3.81B... LAST QUARTER: Viacom reported Q4 adjusted EPS of $1.21 against consensus for $1.17 on revenue of $3.36B against consensus for $3.42B. On November 27, Viacom named Wade Davis CFO. Davis previously served as Viacom's executive VP of strategy and corporate development and joined the company in 2005. In December, Viacom's Paramount Pictures signed an agreement with Coinstar (CSTR) and Verizon's (VZ) digital movie service, Redbox Instant by Verizon... STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been positive on Viacom since its Q4 report, with shares most recently upgraded earlier today to Outperform from Neutral at Cowen. Last week, Goldman upgraded their U.S. Media sector to Attractive from Neutral, and shares of Viacom were upgraded at the firm to Buy from Neutral. Earlier this month, Janney Capital upgraded shares to Buy from Neutral with a $65 price target, and Stifel Nicolaus also updated its price target on shares to $65 from $55 and maintained its Buy rating on shares... PRICE ACTION: Shares of Viacom have gained more than $4.50, or 8.5%, since the first day of trading following its Q4 report. Shares of Viacom are up 0.5% in afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow morning's Q1 report.
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