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- Is 21st Century Fox's (FOXA +0.1%) reported interest in Starz (STRZA +5.4%) just a head fake while it ponders another run at Time Warner (TWX +0.2%)?
- Recent moves by Time Warner look strikingly similar to what might be expected from a company prepping itself for a sale, say some analysts, while Fox's sitdown with Starz is reported to have been just a courtesy.
- Shares of Starz are off their premarket highs, but are still in rally mode as the pay-TV concern could draw interest from multiple bidders.
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- 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) met with Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) yesterday to discuss a possible purchase of the company, although a person familiar with the matter says Fox took the meeting as a courtesy.
- While there is no deal yet, a full acquisition of the company would be valued at more than $3.2B, based on Tuesday's closing price.
- Starz has been recently struggling to create original programming, and also lost a deal to Netflix over accessing movies from Disney, which will take effect in early 2017.
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- Starz (STRZA) has dropped content from Sony Animation (SNE), according to analysis from Janney Capital.
- The initiative could lead to a savings of up to $35M a year as the company looks to grow through original programming and less expensive niche shows.
- At least one Sony Animation title, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, is currently available on Netflix (NFLX) in what could be an important development for the streaming service.
- Netflix has built a broad array of content for the younger demographic as part of its long-term growth strategy. On top of titles from Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks - a deal with Sony gives the company a formidable stream of content aimed for children.
May. 2, 2014, 1:34 PM
- Joel Greenblatt's screen looks to find stocks with high "earnings yield" - a high ratio of profits to enterprise value. Companies are further screened for a strong return on capital. When a stock scores well with both criteria, it's usually a good company being undervalued by investors.
- For picking individual stocks, there are probably better methods, but as a group, Magic Formula names have vastly outperformed the broad market.
- Although defense names have done well over the past couple of years, the Magic Formula continues to identify Northrop Grumman (NOC +0.2%), General Dynamics (GD +1.4%), and Raytheon (RTN +0.6%) as attractive. Firearm names Smith & Wesson (SWHC +0.8%) and Sturm Ruger (RGR +0.3%) also make the cut.
- A number of videogame makers show up as well: Take-Two (TTWO +0.3%), Activision Blizzard (ATVI +0.2%), GameStop (GME +2.8%), and the struggling recent IPO King Digital (KING -0.3%).
- Not too surprisingly, the Magic Formula also continues to like plenty of big-cap tech names: Cisco (CSCO -0.2%), CA, Inc. (CA -0.5%), Microsoft (MSFT -0.5%), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ -0.5%), and Apple (AAPL +0.1%).
- Hardly market laggards, media names like Time Warner (TWX -0.8%), Viacom (VIA +1.4%), Omnicom Group (OMC), and Starz (STRZA +2.3%) also show up on the list, as do struggling multi-level marketers and for-profit education stocks: HLF, NUS, APOL, ESI, CPLA.
- Punished by investors for not being as hot as they once were, Coach (COH +0.2%), Francesca' Holdings (FRAN +0.1%), and Gap (GPS -1.3%) are Magic Formula picks today.
May. 1, 2014, 7:44 AM
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- Starz (STRZA) CEO Chris Albrecht says a large ramp up of original content will put the network in a good position when its contract with Disney expires in 2016.
- The exec calls original shows a "core part" of its new business model.
- Last year, Starz was a breakout star with new shows Da Vinci's Demons, The White Queen, and Black Sails all drawing positive reviews and solid ratings.
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Jan. 22, 2014, 1:24 PM
- A report from NPD which pegged premium cable subscription growth in a 6% decline has the industry issuing fierce rebuttals.
- HBO (TWX), Showtime (CBS), and Starz (STRZA) have all released data showing significant subscriber gains.
- By the subscriber numbers: Starz +1.2M to 22M in the 12 months leading up to the end of Q3; HBO +1.9M in 2012; Showtime 22.8M subscribers at the end of Q3.
- NPD pulled the disputed report off its website as it investigates its methodology.
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