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Media General (MEG)

  • Dec. 16, 2014, 5:42 PM
    • Top gainers, as of 5:15 p.m.: CERS +16.5%. EWM +9.0%. CLNE +4.8%. EPAM +4.8%. IAG +4.4%.
    • Top losers, as of 5:15 p.m.: CLF -8.5%. UWTI -5.7%. NGL -4.7%. MEG -3.0%. ARO -2.7%.
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  • Dec. 15, 2014, 10:00 AM
    • Select broadcast TV stocks are higher after the FCC approves the merger between Media General and LIN Media.
    • Shares of the new combined company will trade under the Media General name and symbol after the deal closes later this month.
    • Some media analysts think further consolidation within the sector is likely.
    • Broadcasters: Media General (NYSE:MEG) +3.7%, LIN Media (NYSE:LIN) +3.0%, Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NASDAQ:NXST) +1.4%, Journal Communications (NYSE:JRN) +1.0%, Liberty Ventures (NASDAQ:LVNTA) +0.6%.
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  • 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
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  • Jul. 1, 2014, 10:46 AM
    • Aereo moves straight into lobbying mode after suspending business operations yesterday.
    • CEO Chet Kanojia is out with a letter to clients in which he asks them to contact their Congress reps in order to support cloud-based antenna technology.
    • The death of Aereo is still being baked into prices of broadcaster stocks. Sinclair Broadcasting (SBGI +2.1%), Entravision Communications (EVC +2.7%), Gray Television (GTN +1.9%), CBS (CBS +1.6%), and Media General (MEG +1.5%) are all still on the move post-SCOTUS decision.
    • Aereo vs. broadcasters timeline
    • Related ETF: PBS
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  • Jun. 30, 2014, 11:03 AM
    • TV broadcaster stocks are higher off of momentum built up last week after the Supreme Court's ruling in the Aereo case went well for the sector.
    • The demise of Aereo means billions of dollars in retransmission fees are protected to a larger degree.
    • Advancers: Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) +3.3%, Sinclair Broadcasting (SBGI) +1.8%, Gray Television (GTN) +2.2%, Media General (MEG) +2.4%.
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  • Jun. 25, 2014, 12:11 PM
    • Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI +14.1%), Media General (MEG +10.4%), E.W. Scripps (SSP +7.9%), Gray Television (GTN +7.5%), Meredith (MDP +4.3%), Gannett (GCI +3.8%), and Nextar (NXST +15.6%) are taking off after the Supreme Court ruled (by a 6-3 vote) Aereo's TV streaming service is illegal.
    • National broadcast network owners are generally showing more moderate gains.
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  • May. 12, 2014, 1:20 PM
    • TV broadcast stocks are outperforming for the day after the sector was tapped by M.D. Sass to soar.
    • The investment firm notes there is a disconnect between the 10% of carriage fee revenue broadcasters haul in compared to the 35% of total viewing they account for across the industry. A normalization of the revenue mix is in the "early inning," according to Sass.
    • A timely initiation by Wells Fargo of Media General at Outperform is also giving a boost.
    • Gainers: E.W. Scripps (SSP+7.6%, Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST+5.7%, Media General (MEG+4.8%, Liberty Interactive (LVNTA+1.9%, Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI+1.9%, Gray Television (GTN+1.7%.
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  • Mar. 21, 2014, 9:15 AM
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  • Mar. 21, 2014, 8:00 AM
    • The combined company will be the 2nd largest pure-play TV broadcasting company, with 74 network-affiliated owned or serviced TV stations across 46 markets, reaching about 23% of U.S. TV households.
    • LIN Media owners will receive $763M in cash and 49.5M shares of Media General (MEG) - total consideration of about $27.82 per share based on MEG's most recent 20-day average price. Lin closed last night at $14.90.
    • Upon closing, Lin CEO Vincent Sadusky will become CEO of the new company to be named Media General.
    • CC at 10 ET
    • Press release
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  • Mar. 17, 2014, 2:22 PM
    • A dour warning from Wells Fargo on broadcaster stocks is wreaking havoc in the sector.
    • The group is giving up much of the M&A premiums it had built up over the last few months.
    • Decliners: Gray Television (GTN-12.5%, Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST-9.1%,  inclair Broadcast Group (SBGI-7.4%, E.W. Scripps (SSP-5.4%, Entravision Communication (EVC-2.7%, Media General (MEG) -5.0%.
    • The PowerShares Dynamic Media ETF (PBS) is under-performing a bit today due to its exposure to the group.
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  • Jun. 6, 2013, 12:45 PM
    Midday top 10 gainers: OSH +29%. SKBI +25%. MEG +23%. RDCM +19%. TRUE +16%. NPTN +13%. CIEN +13%. TRMD +13%. MY +12%. FSGI +11%.
    Midday top 10 Losers: PAY -19%. CBAK -15%. SNTA -14%. CWTR -13%. GIG -12%. ASNA -11%. RST -10%. VRA -10%. FRAN -9%. YOD -9%.
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  • Apr. 24, 2013, 12:44 PM
    Midday top 10 gainers: RSOL +31%. NOR +27%. BKI +26%. BYD +18%. IRBT +15%. CHCI +14%. RVLT +13%. FXEN +12%. TRQ +12%. LL +12%.
    Midday top 10 losers: VOCS -37%. VLTC -24%. EW -23%. UIS -23%. DV -21%. CCCL -15%. MCOX -14%. MEG -14%. SCON -13%. MACK -13%.
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  • Dec. 27, 2012, 5:46 PM
    After-hours top gainers, as of 5:15 p.m.: MEG +14%. DIOD +4%. AKS +2%. AVEO +2%. VIXM +2%.
    After-hours top losers: NGL -4%. MHO -3%. KRO -3%. ERII -2%. TVIX -2%.
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  • Jun. 20, 2012, 1:23 PM
    Media General (MEG -3.7%) takes a hit from a two-notch downgrade to Underperform at Imperial Capital Imperial Capital this morning, citing high leverage and limited free cash flow problems. The firm also lowers its price target to $3.50 from $4.00.
  • Feb. 23, 2012, 8:18 AM
    Media General (MEG) +4.8% premarket after it says it is exploring a sale of its loss-making newspaper operations and has received inquiries from several third parties regarding the potential purchase of some print assets. MEG had a long-term debt of $665M on its books as of Sept. 25, 2011, and has posted a loss in seven of its last eight quarters.
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  • Jan. 27, 2012, 4:25 PM
    Shares of newspaper publisher and broadcaster Media General (MEG -22%) were hammered today after the company warned on its conference call that it is "uncomfortable with its ability to remain in compliance" with the terms of its loans. The company is seeking to renegotiate terms with its creditors within two weeks. If a solution can't be found, the company faces the possibility of bankruptcy.
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Company Description
Media General Inc is a provider of news, information and entertainment across 31 network-affiliated television stations, digital media and mobile platforms, serving consumers and advertisers in strong local markets, primarily in the Southeastern US.