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May 16, 2014
11:47 EDTCMCSA, WWEWWE slammed after TV deal fails to impress investors
Shares of WWE (WWE), which organizes professional wrestling matches, are tumbling after the company signed a new TV deal with NBC that will reportedly pay it much less than it had expected. WHAT'S NEW: WWE announced that it had agreed to a multi-year renewal of its TV licensing deal with Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. WWE did not directly disclose the value of its deal with NBC, but estimated that the average annual value of its key TV deals in the U.S., U.K., Thailand, and India would reach about $200M annually, representing an increase of more than $90M. In a note to investors earlier today, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey estimated that WWE's fees from NBC would increase around 50%. WWW had previously estimated that the fees from NBC would double or triple, the analyst stated. He downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy and slashed his price target on the name to $19.96 from $29.12. WHAT'S NOTABLE: WWE estimated that its operating income before interest, depreciation and amortization could double or triple from 2012 levels by 2015, reaching $125M-$190M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, World Wrestling sank $8.30, or 42%, to $11.65.
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June 24, 2015
19:53 EDTCMCSAComcast to offer EA games over cable box, DSLReports says
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13:58 EDTCMCSAChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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08:25 EDTCMCSANetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTCMCSAHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
June 22, 2015
15:04 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, NBCUniversal using cross-promotional strategy, NY Times says
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June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTCMCSARealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTCMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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June 19, 2015
11:52 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable CEO says Ralph Roberts a 'pioneer, visionary, role model'
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10:37 EDTCMCSAComcast announces death of founder and Chairman Emeritus Ralph Roberts
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June 18, 2015
17:04 EDTCMCSAComcast files to sell 2.66M shares of Class A common stock for holders
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13:31 EDTCMCSANBC names Holt anchor of Nightly News, Williams apologizes
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06:16 EDTCMCSALester Holt expected to be named permanent 'Nightly News' anchor, WSJ reports
Brian Williams will stay with NBC in an undisclosed role and Comcast is expected to make Lester Holt permanent anchor of "Nightly News," a source tells The Wall Street Journal. Williams was taken off the air earlier this year following allegations he exaggerated a story from his days covering the war in Iraq in 2003. Reference Link
June 17, 2015
17:40 EDTCMCSAComcast 'isn't interested' in T-Mobile, Washington Post says
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10:22 EDTCMCSAComcast not interested in pursuing T-Mobile, DJ says
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10:13 EDTCMCSADeutsche Telekom shopping T-Mobile to Comcast, FT reports
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10:00 EDTWWEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Astec (ASTE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Community Healthcare (CHCT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with a Buy ahead of IPO at Dougherty... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... II-VI (IIVI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Molina Healthcare (MOH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Pacific DataVision (PDVW) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Quest Resource (QRHC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Regional Management (RM) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... Salesforce (CRM) initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... Tesco (TSCDY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... WM Morrison (MRWSY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... WWE (WWE) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust.
07:38 EDTWWEWWE initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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07:26 EDTCMCSADeutsche Telekom, Comcast in talks over possible T-Mobile sale, Reuters says
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06:20 EDTCMCSAHulu luring content producers from Netflix, WSJ reports
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