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DIS

Disney

$92.99

0.4 (0.43%)

, TWTR

Twitter

$24.79

1.265 (5.38%)

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Disney CEO Iger declines comment on Twitter, Netflix speculation, Bloomberg says

Bloomberg said Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger, who is speaking at an event in Boston, declined to comment on takeover speculation linking his company to Twitter (TWTR) or Netflix (NFLX).

DIS

Disney

$92.99

0.4 (0.43%)

TWTR

Twitter

$24.79

1.265 (5.38%)

NFLX

Netflix

$102.34

-0.29 (-0.28%)

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DIS Disney
$92.99

0.4 (0.43%)

09/28/16
SBSH
09/28/16
NO CHANGE
SBSH
Buy
Citi hopes Disney does not acquire Twitter
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet lays out four reasons for why he doesn't like Disney (DIS) pursuing an acquisition of Twitter (TWTR). Going back 15 years, the analyst can't think of a single web-based property that was successfully acquired by a traditional media firm. Two, he calls Twitter trends "troubling." Three, Bazinet estimates a cash offer would lower Disney's stock by $5 per share while an equity offer would drop its stock by $9. Four, the analyst feels it is unclear how Disney's content will help Twitter. Bazinet thinks both Yahoo (YHOO) and Twitter lost "significant money" when they streamed NFL content over the web. The analyst hopes Twitter is acquired by somebody other than Disney. He keeps a Buy rating on Disney shares. Both Loop Capital and Mizuho this morning downgraded Twitter to sell ratings.
09/27/16
SBSH
09/27/16
NO CHANGE
Target $16
SBSH
Neutral
Citi sees 40% downside in Twitter with no takeover bid
Citi analyst Mark May believes Twitter's (TWTR) risk/reward skews to the downside following the recent rally in the shares. A buyout of the company carries "strategic rationale for certain companies," but Twitter's "struggles and steep valuation" make a deal at a meaningful premium less likely, May tells investors in a research note. A takeover at $26 per share looks aggressive, May contends. He believes the stock could retest the lows of late May, representing 40% downside from current levels, should an acquisition offer not materialize. The analyst keeps a Neutral rating on Twitter with a $16 price target. The shares closed yesterday up 75c to $23.37 following reports that Disney (DIS) may be joining the list of potential acquires that already includes Alphabet (GOOG) and Salesforce (CRM).
09/26/16
09/26/16
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. Disney (DIS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton with analyst Tony Wible saying he believes a large step up in NBA costs, incremental subscribers losses, difficult studio comps, a riskier studio slate, and Shanghai cost pressures will weigh on fiscal 2017. 2. Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer with analyst Jason Helfstein saying a media company is the most likely acquirer of Twitter and would not pay meaningfully more than the valuation implied by our price target. 3. RetailMeNot (SALE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel with analyst Scott Devitt saying third party data indicates that the company's traffic trends have deteriorated recently. 4. Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham with the firm's analyst believing shares will be range bound in medium term due to high comp expectations, cost savings will be offset by incentive compensation and other investments, and less compelling valuation. 5. NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank with analyst Sherri Scribner saying secular challenges in the storage market are not reflected in NetApp's current valuation. 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
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09/26/16
NO CHANGE
Target $92
UBSW
Neutral
Consumer satisfaction with competitors has caught up to Netflix, says UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson said that the firm's Evidence Lab survey indicated that U.S. consumer satisfaction with Amazon Prime Video (AMZN) and Hulu - the joint venture owned by Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Disney (DIS) - has now caught up to Netflix (NFLX), advising that investors should "continue to monitor competitive threats closely" as Netflix leads the category but demand for consumer media time, attention and wallet has intensified. The analyst, who added that Netflix's "pricing power remains unclear" based on the firm's survey work, keeps a Neutral rating and $92 price target on Netflix shares.
TWTR Twitter
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STFL
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
Target $93
STFL
Buy
Stifel still sees Salesforce acquisition of Twitter as 'highly unlikely'
Stifel analyst Tom Roderick notes that Salesforce (CRM) kicked off its annual Dreamforce User Conference yesterday amid reports that the company may be a potential suitor for Twitter (TWTR). The analyst still believes that a Salesforce acquisition of Twitter is "highly unlikely," both from a logistical standpoint and from a business model fit perspective. Regarding fundamentals, Roderick continues to view Salesforce as a leading driver of the enterprise shift to the Cloud, and sees no reason why that shouldn't continue to play out in the second half of 2017, in spite of recent concerns about the mid-year slowdown. He reiterates a Buy rating and $93 price target on Salesforce's shares.
10/05/16
BMOC
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
BMOC
Outperform
BMO says Salesforce's positive messages overshadowed by Twitter speculation
BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman said the positive themes laid out by Salesforce (CRM) management at the company's Dreamforce event, such as guidance to reach $10B in FY18 revenues without inorganic sources of revenue, would traditionally help the stock. However, news reports, including the most recent from the Wall Street Journal, indicating that the company may buy Twitter (TWTR), will outweigh the "positive messages" of the event. If Salesforce were to buy Twitter, the stock would move meaningfully lower, Bachman predicted, but he also wonders if strategic buyers would then potentially consider buying Salesforce. The firm keeps its Outperform rating on Salesforce shares.
10/05/16
BOFA
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
Target $100
BOFA
Buy
Salesforce acquisition of Twitter 'quite low,' says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst Kash Rangan said the probability of Salesforce (CRM) acquiring Twitter (TWTR) is "quite low." The analyst does not believe Salesforce would materially dilute its shareholders with such a risky deal and expects the CEO to provide clarity on the thought process behind core software acquisitions versus media at today's Q&A session. Rangan rates Salesforce a Buy with a $100 price target on shares.
10/05/16
WEDB
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
WEDB
Outperform
Twitter worries obscuring positive trends for Salesforce, says Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Steve Koenig said his industry and partner checks don't point to any secular headwinds for Salesforce's (CRM) business, adding that the company gave several reassuring metrics on its progress in cross-selling, growing deal sizes, and expanding its large account base at its investor day event at the Dreamforce conference. At the investor day, management acknowledged conjecture about Salesforce trying to buy Twitter (TWTR), but deflected comments, with CFO Mark Hawkins suggesting that CEO Marc Benioff's Q&A session Wednesday afternoon may be a better forum for soliciting comments, noted Koenig. The analyst, who remains constructive on Salesforce as long as the company doesn't buy Twitter, keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
NFLX Netflix
$102.34

-0.29 (-0.28%)

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INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Netflix (NFLX) initiated with a Buy at Loop Capital. 2. AB InBev (BUD) coverage resumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley. 3. Flowers Foods (FLO) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson. 4. Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson. 5. 58.com (WUBA) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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NO CHANGE

Bernstein sees no 'compelling rationale' for Apple buying Netflix
Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi says he does not see a "compelling rationale" for Apple (AAPL) acquiring Netflix (NFLX). The steaming service has recently been the subject of takeover speculation, with Disney (DIS) mentioned as a possible suitor. Buying Netflix to run exclusively on Apple's operating service and AppleTV is "not a value-creating thesis and could not possibly justify a $50B price tag," Sacconaghi tells investors in a research note. Apple could buy Netflix and continue to run it as it does today, but that "would be highly out of character" for the iPhone maker, the analyst contends. Sacconaghi believes Apple could get much of the benefit of a services offering with much less upfront risk by partnering with Netflix, rather than acquiring it. He sees a partnership as more likely than a takeover. Further, Sacconaghi thinks a potential a partnership or acquisition by Apple does not justify owning Netflix since a deal is very hard to predict. The analyst has an Outperform rating on Apple and an Underpeform rating on Netflix. He has a $62 price target for Netflix shares. The streaming service closed yesterday down 29c to $102.34.
10/04/16
LOOP
10/04/16
INITIATION
LOOP
Buy
Netflix initiated with a Buy at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst David Miller initiated Netflix with a Buy and a $125 price target.
10/04/16
MUSA
10/04/16
NO CHANGE
MUSA
Netflix Q3 international subcriber adds likely to top consensus, says M Science
M Science analyst Corey Barrett, in a note published before the open, said he expects Netflix to report Q3 international subscriber additions of 2.18M, which is above the 2M subscriber consensus forecast. Previously, M Science said Netflix churn indications in July and August led it to set a domestic paid net subscriber addition estimate for Q3 of zero, below the Q3 consensus estimate of 351,000 and guidance of 400,000. Combining the two, the firm estimates Netflix will report Q3 global streaming subscriber additions of 2.08M, which is below the consensus estimate of 2.3M.

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