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February 24, 2014
10:28 EDTVZ, NFLX, CMCSAVerizon CEO says Netflix-Comcast deal a 'good thing'
Verizon (VZ) has been talking with Netflix (NFLX) for "about a year," says McAdam, who adds he expects Verizon will reach a deal with Netflix. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam speaking on CNBC.
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July 21, 2014
16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix says international approaching contribution profitability
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix to launch in Germany, France, others in September
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16:05 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q3 net additions 3.69M to 53.74M members
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16:02 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q2 total streaming net additions 1.69M
Netflix reports Q2 total streaming members 50.05M. The company reports international streaming net additions of 1.12M to 13.8M.
16:01 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q3 EPS 89c, consensus $1.06
Sees Q3 revenue $1.22B, consensus $1.38B.
16:00 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.16
Reports Q2 revenue $1.15B, consensus $1.33B.
15:30 EDTVZ, CMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
15:30 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:21 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly 452 straddle priced for 8.1% move into Q2
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14:38 EDTNFLXEarnings Preview: Analysts bullish on Netflix international expansion
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, July 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.16 on revenue of $1.33B. The consensus range is 93c-$1.42 for EPS, and $1.26B-$1.34B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported first quarter EPS of 86c against estimates of 83c, on revenue of $1.27B against estimates of $1.27B. It reported Q1 domestic net additions of 2.25M with total domestic members at Q1-end of 35.67M. Netflix also reported Q1 net international subscriber additions of 1.75M. The company gave Q2 guidance at that time of $1.12. It expects to add 520,000 domestic subscribers in Q2, 940,000 international subscribers in Q2, and total members to reach 49.81 at Q2-end. The company projects 60M-90M U.S. subscribers in the long-term. NEWS: Netflix raised its membership rate in early May by $1.00 to $8.99 for new subscribers while existing subscriber rates will be frozen for two years. A couple of weeks into the rate increase, Netflix said that it has seen "small customer reaction." Netflix said that it would significant expand internationally and specifically in Europe for 2H14. It plans to expand its content breath in upcoming quarters with "meaningful" originals in each market that could compete with "the top end of cable." Speaking on CNBC, CEO Reed Hastings added that he does not expect Netflix to introduce advertising now or in the near future. STREET RESEARCH: Several analyst firms, including Pacific Crest, RW Baird, JPMorgan and Topeka, are bullish on the company due to optimism for Netflix's international expansion that appears to be accelerating. Pacific Crest added that the company's international subscribers will likely surpass expectations. Citigroup, meanwhile, lowered 2014-2017 estimates to reflect the costs of the launch of service in the European market. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, RW Baird expects solid Q2 results and Q3 forecast to reflect new market dilution. MKM Partners also believes that the company's Q2 results will likely beat expectations, adding that the stock could double or triple in the next four or five years. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have risen more than to 29% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Monday mid-day trading ahead of Q2 report, Netflix shares are trading up 1.8%.
14:30 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon CEO says 1.4M postpaid subscribers added in Q2
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 7:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 90c on revenue of $31.12B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 86c-93c on revenue of $30.84B-$31.35B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 84c against estimates for 87c on revenue of $30.8B against estimates for $30.7B. For Q1, the company reported adding 549,000 net retail connections, including 539,000 net retail postpaid connections. It reported retail postpaid churn of 1.07%, 103.3M total retail connections, and 97.3M total retail postpaid connections. Consumer ARPU was up 11.3% year over year. It reported 98,000 FiOS Internet and 57,000 FiOS Video net additions in the quarter. Verizon said it continued to target consolidated top-line growth of 4% and adjusted consolidated EBITDA margin expansion in 2014, with positive contributions to profitable growth from both wireless and wireline. On July 10, during an interview on CNBC, CEO Lowell McAdam said the company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. McAdam added that Q2 churn was "very good" with margins consistent with the past several quarters. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q2 earnings report. On May 22, Verizon was initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein with a price target of $57. On July 1, Verizon was initiated with a Buy at BTIG and a price target of $60. On July 18, Oppenheimer added Verizon to its Triple Play list. The firm said its Triple Play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions, and have an attractive technical profile. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares have gained approximately 10% following the company's Q1 report. However, over the past twelve months, they are up only about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizonís shares are flat.
12:56 EDTVZVerizon launches rewards program for wireless customers
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11:13 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
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09:38 EDTVZ, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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July 18, 2014
15:42 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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12:21 EDTCMCSACable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:04 EDTCMCSAComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
08:38 EDTVZVerizon added to Triple Play list at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer added Verizon (VZ) to its Triple Play list. The firm says its triple play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions and have an attractive technical profile. The firm removed Riverbed (RVBD) from the list after it downgraded that stock.
08:21 EDTCMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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05:57 EDTVZ, NFLXLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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