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Viacom

$42.50

-0.32 (-0.75%)

, VIAB

Viacom

$37.69

-0.41 (-1.08%)

09:01
10/04/16
10/04
09:01
10/04/16
09:01

Viacom networks to launch on DirecTV Now

Viacom (VIAB) announced that its portfolio of premier networks will launch on the new AT&T (T) streaming service DIRECTV NOW. The service will debut in the fourth quarter of 2016. Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., and Logo, will all be available to DIRECTV Now customers. DIRECTV NOW, launching in the fourth quarter of this year, will offer customers access to more than 100 channels, including live and on-demand programming from top networks, as well as premium add-on options.

VIA

Viacom

$42.50

-0.32 (-0.75%)

VIAB

Viacom

$37.69

-0.41 (-1.08%)

T

AT&T

$40.77

0.16 (0.39%)

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VIA Viacom
$42.50

-0.32 (-0.75%)

09/20/16
BMUR
09/20/16
NO CHANGE
Target $65
BMUR
Buy
Brean Capital says merger between Viacom and CBS is quite possible
Brean Capital analyst Alan Gould believes a merger between Viacom (VIA) and CBS (CBS) is quite possible. In such a scenario, the analyst sees Viacom buying CBS, which would allow for a greater premium to CBS shareholders, but he added there is also the possibility of CBS doing the buying. Gould believes a merger would be the best way to maximize returns for both shareholders. He also believes such a merger could already be discounted in the shares. Gould rates CBS a Buy with a $65 price target.
10/04/16
UBSW
10/04/16
UPGRADE
Target $66
UBSW
Buy
CBS upgraded to Buy at UBS
As reported previously, UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson upgraded CBS (CBS) to Buy from Sell. The analyst sees any deal with Viacom (VIA) as priced into CBS shares already. He also has increased confidence in consensus estimates for CBS and sees further upside if the national TV ad market and CBS' ratings remain strong. Mitchelson raised his price target to $66 from $52 on CBS shares.
09/22/16
TLSY
09/22/16
DOWNGRADE
TLSY
Market Perform
CBS downgraded on likely Viacom merger at Telsey Advisory
As noted earlier, Telsey downgraded CBS (CBS) to Market Perform from Outperform. Analyst Tom Eagan says that CBS will probably merge with Viacom (VIA, VIAB). The analyst believes that it will take "years" for Viacom to be turned around, and he says that Viacom's fiscal 2017 EBITDA will come in 18% below its fiscal 2015 level. The analyst expects the company's credit rating to be downgraded by S&P. CBS target to $57 from $67.
09/20/16
WELS
09/20/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Viacom dividend likely to be eliminated, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that the market is expecting Viacom (VIA,VIAB) to cut its dividend by 50%. However, Wells Fargo says that the company will eliminate its entire dividend within tow months from now. The firm says that a 50% cut would enable Viacom to barely make its debt payments for the next year but still leave it "with limited financial visibility running at break-even with no cushion." The firm thinks that the company needs at least some cash cushion. It does not expect the company to merge with CBS (CBS) and keeps an Underperform rating on Viacom.
VIAB Viacom
$37.69

-0.41 (-1.08%)

09/21/16
WDLK
09/21/16
NO CHANGE
Target $65
WDLK
Viacom price target lowered to $65 from $82 at Wunderlich
09/22/16
FBCO
09/22/16
NO CHANGE
Target $42
FBCO
Outperform
Viacom price target lowered to $42 from $53 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analsyt Omar Sheikh lowered Viacom estimates driven by lower forecasts for Paramount and reduced its price target to $42 from $53. The analyst believes management changes make the long-term earnings recovery from a potential restructuring of Cable Networks and a return of Paramount profitability more likely and maintains his Outperform rating.
T AT&T
$40.77

0.16 (0.39%)

09/26/16
09/26/16
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. AT&T (T) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC. 2. Potash (POT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna with analyst Don Carson citing expected benefits from the company's proposed merger with Agrium (AGU), which he sees as having relatively low antitrust risk compared to the other mega-mergers being pursued in the Ag space. 3. Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan and to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse. 4. Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Thomas Allen citing strong unit growth. 5. NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/28/16
UBSW
09/28/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $43
UBSW
Neutral
AT&T downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik downgraded AT&T to Neutral citing expectations for lower earnings growth. The analyst reduced his earnings estimates by 3% to reflect the "increased competitive intensity" in wireless and incremental costs associated with AT&T's DTV Now roll-out. Hodulik cut his price target for AT&T shares to $43 from $46.
09/28/16
09/28/16
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Wedbush with analyst James Dix citing concerns that the "Four Horsemen of the Search Apocalypse" -- self-identified consumers, consumer control of IP-delivered ads, payments innovation, and attention markets -- might arrive. 2. AT&T (T) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS with analyst John Hodulik citing expectations for lower earnings growth. 3. Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Michael Exstein saying the retailer, after outlining in August its operations and merchandising strategies, is now in an execution phase. 4. Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho and to Sell from Hold at Loop Capital. 5. Galectin Therapeutics (GALT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Roth Capital with analyst Sa'ar Yaniv citing the company's announcement that NASH-FX, GR-MD-02's Phase 2a study in NASH fibrosis, failed both primary and secondary endpoints. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/26/16
HSBC
09/26/16
UPGRADE
Target $38
HSBC
Hold
AT&T upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC
HSBC analyst Sunil Rajgopal upgraded AT&T to Hold with a $38 price target.

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