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  • Dec. 31, 2015, 9:32 AM
    • Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is just one trading session away from ending the year as the top performing stock in the S&P 500 with a gaudy 139% return. The rocket ride for Netflix compares to a 1% loss for the PowerShares Dynamic Media ETF (NYSEARCA:PBS)
    • What's next? Netflix landed on SA contributor Chris DeMuth's list of worst ideas for 2016, while on Wall Street bullish analysts outnumber bears 29 to 4. Netflix's reporting of global subscriber growth will be closely watched from quarter to quarter.
    | Dec. 31, 2015, 9:32 AM | 24 Comments
  • Oct. 6, 2015, 5:23 AM
    • Making a big ruckus in this morning's news is the European Court of Justice's ruling that deemed a 15-year-old data-sharing pact between the EU and U.S. invalid. The decision cannot be appealed.
    • "Legislation permitting...access on a generalized basis to the content of electronic communications must be regarded as compromising the essence of the fundamental right to respect for private life," Europe's highest court said in a statement.
    • The ruling has significant implications on how internet groups can operate in the 28-member bloc, and will likely force thousands of companies to overhaul their businesses to avoid breaking the law.
    • ETFs: XLK, VGT, SOXL, SOCL, FDN, GGT, TECL, USD, SMH, SKYY, IYW, IYZ, PNQI, IPK, SOXX, ROM, XSD, VOX, IXP, SOXS, FTEC, TECS, RYT, PBS, IST, IXN, PSI, IGV, QTEC, IGM, FXL, SSG, IGN, PSCT, MTK, REW, XTL, PXQ, EMQQ, FCOM, XSW, PSJ, XT, LTL, ARKW, ARKQ, BST
    | Oct. 6, 2015, 5:23 AM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2015, 8:03 AM
    • Tech stocks in the U.S. are sharply lower in early action after the sector fell just as hard as broad market averages in China and Japan. Tech heavyweights aren't getting spared amid the carnage.
    • Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) -4.1% premarket to $587.31.
    • Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -5.1% to $100.38.
    • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) -3.9% to $41.41.
    • Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -3.4% to $83.05.
    • Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) -6.6% to $30.75 and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) is down 8.7% to $62.26 as concerns over growth in China mount.
    • The Nasdaq 100 futures contract is off 4.8%.
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    | Aug. 24, 2015, 8:03 AM | 45 Comments
  • Dec. 12, 2014, 3:33 AM
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  • Nov. 12, 2014, 10:49 AM
    • There is a harsh take on TV stocks out this morning from Sanford Bernstein.
    • Analyst Todd Juenger thinks the "unprecedented" declines in TV viewership amid SVOD competition will continue.
    • A vicious cycle is in play where content companies sell to streamers in order to make up for lost ad revenue which only accelerates the erosion of the medium.
    • "We believe ad-supported TV is in the early stages of a structural decline." says Juenger.
    • Sanford on TV stocks: CBS (NYSE:CBS) price target reduced to $55, Scripps Network (NYSE:SNI) price target cut to $79, Viacom (VIA, VIAB) downgraded to Underperform from Market-perform, Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA) downgraded to Market-perform from Outperform.
    • Related ETFs: PBS
    | Nov. 12, 2014, 10:49 AM
  • Nov. 11, 2014, 2:52 AM
    • The U.S. and China have reached an agreement to drop tariffs on a wide range of tech products, expanding upon their previous Information Technology Agreement at a time of strained relations.
    • Eliminating tariffs on sales of roughly $1T, the deal would liberalize trade in more than 250 categories ranging from semiconductors to medical devices.
    • The agreement has yet to be signed off by other countries involved in the talks, and will be discussed in Geneva by members of the WTO in December.
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    | Nov. 11, 2014, 2:52 AM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 4, 2014, 3:00 PM
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  • Oct. 28, 2014, 7:43 AM
    • A merger between CBS (NYSE:CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) would create a programming giant with enough appeal to strike better carriage fee deals, reasons Gabelli & Co. analyst Brett Harriss.
    • He says a pairing of the CBS network with the Paramount movie studio would also be a profit driver.
    • CBS broke off from the Viacom tree in 2006.
    • What to watch: The commentary from the analyst is in line with speculation in the industry over significant media mergers being struck. Earlier this week, a potential Alibaba investment in Lion's Gate (NYSE:LGF) was bandied around, while talk of a Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) buyout isn't completely dead.
    • Related ETF: PBS
    | Oct. 28, 2014, 7:43 AM | 3 Comments
  • Oct. 26, 2014, 9:44 AM
    | Oct. 26, 2014, 9:44 AM | 17 Comments
  • Oct. 15, 2014, 2:04 PM
    • Online video execs weren't shy at all about taking some shots at old media during the high-profile MIPCOM event in France this week, observes FierceOnlineVideo.
    • Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kaiz boldly bragged Disney needed to buy his firm in order to stay relevant.
    • Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos took some well-aimed potshots at the movie exhibitor model.
    • Not to be overlooked, Sohu.com's (NASDAQ:SOHU) Charles Zhang told broadcasters to quit their jobs and move into the online content realm.
    • Earlier today, Lion's Gate talked about big brands getting into the streaming game, while HBO created a buzz with the announcement it will offer a stand-alone service next year.
    • Media stocks are out-performing on the day, with Lion's Gate (LGF +0.4%) even peeking out a rare gain amid the broad market sell-off.
    • Related ETFS: PBS
    | Oct. 15, 2014, 2:04 PM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 11, 2014, 1:45 PM
    • There's some asset re-allocation going on in the media sector with a group of newspapers stocks piling on some gains - while select TV broadcaster and digital media stocks head in the other direction.
    • The flurry of merger and spinoff news within the sector has created more pure-play bets and consolidated some firms into larger players.
    • Analysts have noted the extra volatility in the sector has created more buy/sell opportunities than normal on mismatched valuation.
    • Gainers: McClatchy (NYSE:MNI) +3.0%, Lee Enterprises (NYSE:LEE) +3.3%, New Media Investment (NYSE:NEWM) +4.4%.
    • Decliners: E.W. Scripps (NYSE:SSP) -3.6%, Media General (NYSE:MEG) -2.1%, Journal Communication (NYSE:JRN) -3.4%.
    • Related ETF: PBS
    | Aug. 11, 2014, 1:45 PM
  • Aug. 6, 2014, 9:26 AM
    • Select media stocks could be pressured after 21st Century Fox pulls its offer for Time Warner.
    • The sector was bid up on a consolidation buzz over tech giants swooping in to snap up content companies due to fears over the FOXA-TWX combination.
    • On watch: Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF), CBS (NYSE:CBS), AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX).
    • Related ETF: PBS
    | Aug. 6, 2014, 9:26 AM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 2, 2014, 1:20 PM
    • Marvel's (NYSE:DIS) Guardians of the Galaxy is on track to open with a weekend box office haul of $92M-$96M after sales came in extremely strong for Thursday and Friday.
    • The superhero movie could have some staying power based on its solid A CinemaScore rating and a 92% Rotten Tomatoes score.
    • The vibrant performance for Guardians comes at an opportune time for the movie industry with July theater ticket sales coming in at their lowest level since 1995 at $572M and at a paltry $14.3M per movie release.
    • Though some media analysts have pointed toward an oncoming seismic shift in how consumers want to view movies, Wunderlich Securities analyst Matthew Harrigan says an uninspiring film slate is the culprit. 2015 should see a bounce-back with The Avengers sequel, a James Bond movie, and the Star Wars reboot all on the release calendar.
    • Related stocks: RGC, AMC, CNK, IMAX, RLD, SNE, LGF, VIA, VIAB, CMCSA, TWX, MCS, RDI, CKEC.
    • Related ETFs: PBS
    | Aug. 2, 2014, 1:20 PM | 15 Comments
  • Jul. 30, 2014, 10:29 AM
    • Liberty Global (LBTYA +0.6%) Chairman John Malone acknowledges during a WSJ interview that more large media mergers are likely as he points to the "eat or be eaten" environment in the sector.
    • Malone echoes the theme that scale will help leverage contest acquisition costs and give media concerns a better vantage point to battle tech heavyweights such as Apple, Google, and Netflix.
    • Expect Liberty Global to be active in Europe consolidating strategic media operations.
    • Related ETF: PBS
    | Jul. 30, 2014, 10:29 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 17, 2014, 1:20 PM
    • If 21st Century Fox (FOXA +0.1%) strikes a deal to buy Time Warner (TWX +3.7%), media analysts thinks a chain reaction will occur.
    • CNN will almost assuredly be unloaded, most likely to Disney (DIS +0.6%) or CBS (CBS +2.5%).
    • The development could also draw out a tech giant such as Apple or Google to make a bid for content-heavy Lions Gate (LGF +0.1%) or Discovery Communications (DISCA +2.2%).
    • Though premiums in the media sector are expected to get quite frothy, having significant content owned in perpetuity might pay off in the future as some licensing costs go away.
    • Looking for a wildcard scenario? NYT M&A writer David Gelles thinks a spoiler plan would see Time Warner take the defensive measure of trying to buy out CBS.
    • A catch-all for investing in media stocks is the PowerShares Dynamic Media ETF (NYSEARCA:PBS).
    | Jul. 17, 2014, 1:20 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 16, 2014, 8:13 AM
    • 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) will pay as much as $85 per share for Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), according to Bloomberg.
    • The frothy premium hasn't gone unnoticed in the broadcaster sector with CBS (NYSE:CBS) up 1.6% premarket and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) rising 1.8%. Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is 1.7% higher, while even media giants Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) are catching a piece of the frenzy, up 0.7% and 0.9% premarket, respectively.
    • TWX is in dreamland, up +20.2% to $85.32.
    • It's setting up to be a banner day for the PowerShares Dynamic Media ETF (NYSEARCA:PBS).
    | Jul. 16, 2014, 8:13 AM | 1 Comment
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