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CMCSA

Comcast

$34.17

0.89 (2.67%)

, CMCSK

Comcast

$58.00

(0.00%)

09:43
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09:43

Comcast a bargain despite risk, Barron's says

Comcast (CMCSA; CMCSK) has fallen from favor with investors following its the proposal to buy SKY (SKYAY) as they fear it will get into a bidding war with Fox (FOXA) and overpay for Sky, Andrew Bary writes in this week's edition of Barron's. Now the stock trades at a discount to rival Charter (CHTR) and yields 2.2%, he notes. Reference Link

CMCSA

Comcast

$34.17

0.89 (2.67%)

CMCSK

Comcast

$58.00

(0.00%)

SKYAY

Sky

$72.69

-1.17 (-1.58%)

FOXA

21st Century Fox

$36.69

0.81 (2.26%)

CHTR

Charter

$311.22

4.96 (1.62%)

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CMCSA Comcast
$34.17

0.89 (2.67%)

03/26/18
COWN
03/26/18
INITIATION
COWN
Market Perform
Comcast initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
03/15/18
LOOP
03/15/18
INITIATION
Target $43
LOOP
Buy
21st Century Fox initiated with a Buy at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould started 21st Century Fox (FOXA) with a Buy rating and $43 price target. The analyst believes the company is set up as the "ideal acquisition target for either Disney (DIS) or Comcast (CMCSA) as they evolve their video businesses into a global, direct-to-consumer streaming service."
03/14/18
MACQ
03/14/18
UPGRADE
MACQ
Outperform
Sky upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Guy Peddy upgraded Sky (SKYAY) to Outperform from Neutral after he raised his FY19/20 and FY20/21 EPS by about 16% due to the lower EPL costs. His valuation analysis suggests the current 1075p offer from 21st Century Fox (FOXA) "materially undervalues" Sky and even Comcast's (CMCSA) indicative offer at 1250p "fractionally undervalues" it, Peddy tells investors. What happens next is up to Comcast and Disney (DIS), as Fox is just an intermediary, he added. Peddy raised his price target on Sky shares to 1450p, as he believes tension between those two could lift the offer price at least 10% above his fair value estimate of 1287p.
03/07/18
WELS
03/07/18
NO CHANGE
WELS
Wells Fargo expects bidding war for Sky
Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker expects a bidding war for Sky (SKYAY). The analyst believes Sky appears to be more accretive to Disney (DIS)-Fox (FOXA) but more strategic for Comcast (CMCSA; CMCSK). Ultimately, Ryvicker thinks the latter with win but not without a fight from Disney/Fox.
CMCSK Comcast
$58.00

(0.00%)

02/27/18
RBCM
02/27/18
NO CHANGE
RBCM
RBC says 21st Century Fox may let Comcast go ahead without counter-bid for Sky
After Comcast (CMCSA) proposed a cash offer for Sky (SKYAY) at a 16% premium to 21st Century Fox's (FOX) existing takeover bid, RBC Capital analyst Steven Cahall said that while he does not "profess to know the minds of the Murdochs" on the matter, he is inclined to think that Fox may let Comcast go ahead with its bid as the deal will no longer be "financially opportunistic" as it would have been. Adding that he was surprised Disney's (DIS) original deal for Fox included the Sky stake, Cahall said he's also "inclined to say" that Disney management "can live without Sky" and that the story is "unchanged, and arguably cleaner," without Sky. The analyst, who contends that Disney and Fox are best off letting Comcast "swoop in on Sky," has a Top Pick rating on Disney and an Outperform rating on 21st Century Fox.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Celgene (CELG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at SunTrust by analyst Yatin Suneja after the company received a refusal to file letter from the FDA on ozanimod for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Suneja said that following pipeline setbacks in late 2017, ozanimod was central to his "bull thesis to re-accelerate growth" and provide "much needed diversification away from myeloma." Given the delay, he lowered his ozanimod peak sales estimate to $3.5B from $5B. The refusal to file letter could result in a 24-month or longer delay for ozanimod's launch in relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, Suneja said. 2. Frontier Communications (FTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies by analyst Scott Goldman. With the dividend now suspended and EBITDA stabilization "still a work in progress," the shares have no near-term catalyst, Goldman said. He believes "significant challenges" remain for Frontier following the dividend suspension. 3. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie by analyst Amy Young, who cited uncertainty around the M&A playbook and increased net leverage. Young said Comcast's intention to acquire Sky (SKYAY) diversifies its portfolio and increases international revenues to 25% of total from 9% currently, but exposes it to satellite TV, which faces secular pressures. The analyst views the 12x price tag for Sky as high, questions the synergies, and believes the unpredictability could cap near-term upside. 4. e.l.f. Beauty (ELF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital by analyst Shannon Coyne, who cited the "near-term challenges in the mass category" and heightened competition yielding further pressure on results and the stock in the near term. The analyst also points to the management having lowered its expectations for the 3rd time in 6 months, adding that it may take some time for investor confidence to return. Despite the downgrade, the analyst believes that e.l.f "has material white space in existing and new retailers" as well as an "unmatched strong value proposition." 5. Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie by analyst Srini Pajjuri, who said shares have significantly outperformed the SOX index year-to-date and believes healthy fundamentals are now backed in, combined with some M&A premium. Pajjuri believes further upside is limited on a fundamental basis and believes comps will get tougher in the second half of 2018 and sees risk of higher volatility in Consumer as Samsung GS9 builds fade. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
SKYAY Sky
$72.69

-1.17 (-1.58%)

FOXA 21st Century Fox
$36.69

0.81 (2.26%)

03/15/18
LOOP
03/15/18
INITIATION
Target $130
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Buy
Disney initiated with a Buy at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould started Disney (DIS) with a Buy rating and $130 price target. The analyst views the Disney/21st Century Fox (FOXA) deal as a "win/win," positioning Disney to be a more competitive player in the global streaming business.
CHTR Charter
$311.22

4.96 (1.62%)

02/07/18
RBCM
02/07/18
NO CHANGE
Target $420
RBCM
Outperform
Charter price target raised to $420 from $400 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Jonathan Atkin raised his price target on Charter to $420 and kept his Outperform rating after "solid" Q4 earnings "highlighted by improving video subscriber trends in the legacy Time Warner Cable footprint". Atkin expects Q4 to mark the trough in EBITDA growth as the Spectrum pricing and packaging penetration increases to about 70% by 2018-end, generating "reduced transaction volumes and a longer-tenured subscriber base".
02/05/18
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with analyst Daniel Binder saying his "deep-dive" analysis suggests the company can double EBIT and triple earnings within five years. 2. Charter (CHTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with analyst Marci Ryvicker saying she has "renewed confidence" in a successful turnaround despite a tough competitive environment. 3. Sprint (S) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc with analyst Brandon Nispel saying the third quarter results were better than feared. 4. PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with analyst Timothy Willi saying the strength of PayPal's competitive position and "substantial tailwinds" driving e-commerce growth will outweigh any negative earnings headwind that may emerge from the company's transitioning relationship with eBay (EBAY). 5. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan analyst Joseph Greff saying he believes demand and pricing trends in the Cruise Line industry continue to show momentum, and his channel checks indicate Norwegian has had the most pricing momentum over the past few months. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
03/26/18
COWN
03/26/18
INITIATION
COWN
Outperform
Charter initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
02/05/18
RHCO
02/05/18
NO CHANGE
Target $440
RHCO
Buy
Charter price target raised to $440 from $380 at SunTrust
SunTrust analyst Greg Miller raised his price target on Charter to $440, saying the company's Q4 results support his view for video subscriber growth this year. The analyst notes signs of churn stabilizing in the Time Warner Cable markets and net adds in Bright House, removing some of the overhang on the stock. Miller keeps his Buy rating on Charter, adding that its pricing and packaging strategies are helping the company turn the corner on net adds.

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