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Viacom

$34.65

-0.55 (-1.56%)

07:35
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Citi drops likelihood of CBS-Viacom merger to 25% from 50%

Citi analyst Jason Bazinet dropped his likelihood of a CBS (CBS), Viacom (VIAB) merger to 25% from 50% after CBS filed a Delaware lawsuit asking for a restraining order to prevent Shari Redstone from interfering with a special CBS board meeting. The analyst now sees a lower chance of CBS acquiring Viacom. As such, he increased his price target for CBS shares to $66 from $61 and lowered his price target for Viacom shares to $29 from $30.

CBS

CBS

$53.65

1.14 (2.17%)

VIA

Viacom

$34.65

-0.55 (-1.56%)

VIAB

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-1.47 (-4.87%)

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CBS CBS
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04/03/18
KEYB
04/03/18
NO CHANGE
KEYB
Sector Weight
KeyBanc would likely view Viacom acquisition by CBS favorably
KeyBanc analyst Andy Hargreaves notes that news reports suggest an all-stock offer for Viacom (VIAB) by CBS (CBS) is imminent. The analyst believes this would create earnings growth potential through cost synergies in excess of what CBS standalone is capable of and could increase the likelihood of monetizing Viacom-owned assets through disposition. Hargreaves views the near-term risk/reward on CBS as positive and would likely view a deal favorably. He reiterates a Sector Weight rating on CBS shares.
05/07/18
SPHN
05/07/18
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Target $58
SPHN
Equal Weight
CBS-Viacom deal could work at Class B shareholders' expense, says Stephens
Stifel analyst Kyle Evans contends that CBS (CBS) posted the kind of quarter that should fundamentally separate the company from many media peers. However, he said there is no more clarity following its report on whether its Class A shareholders will push for a combination with Viacom (VIAB) that "undermines Class B holders." Evans lowered his price target on CBS to $58 from $64 and maintains an Equal Weight rating on the stock.
05/15/18
BERN
05/15/18
UPGRADE
BERN
Outperform
CBS upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
05/15/18
05/15/18
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Target $65

Outperform
CBS upgraded to Outperform at Bernstein
As previously reported, Bernstein upgraded CBS (CBS) to Outperform from Market Perform, with a $65 price target, as it views the probability of a CBS-Viacom (VIAB) re-merger as close to zero, for many years to come. While the firm remains very concerned about the health of TV networks, generally, and has plenty of specific concerns about CBS, it believes that as a stand-alone entity it has the cleanest story in all of media. Bernstein reiterates an Underperform rating on Viacom.
VIA Viacom
$34.65

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02/28/18
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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. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie by analyst Tim Nollen, who told investors that the company has taken a decisive turn in strategy to re-set its distribution relationships and is in the early stages of a turnaround. Nollen believes Viacom can return to growth despite any merger outcome with CBS (CBS) and raised estimates on increased U.S. ad and affiliate revenue growth. 2. Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James by analyst John Ransom to reflect management's efforts to reduce costs and sell assets. Ransom said the company is reducing debt and could generate $400M in annual free cash flow until its NOL runs out. 3. AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna by analyst Pablo Zuanic, who said the recent weakness provided an attractive entry point as the company had a great January to September period of organic growth, he sees deal synergies with SAB, and he believes Q4 was just as good if not better than the same period a year ago. 4. Etsy (ETSY) upgraded to Buy at Roth Capital by analyst Darren Aftahi after a "strong" Q4 and citing growth reacceleration and margin expansion. 5. Verizon (VZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
03/28/18
SBSH
03/28/18
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Target $30
SBSH
Neutral
Viacom upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet upgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Neutral and raised his price target for the shares to $30 from $26. The analyst assigns a 50% probability of a merger with CBS (CBS) and believes Viacom shares would be worth $30 under such a scenario.
04/30/18
BARD
04/30/18
NO CHANGE
Target $33
BARD
Neutral
Twitter's new partnerships highlight 'growing relevance,' says Baird
Disney's (DIS) and Viacom's (VIAB) announced live content/streaming partnerships with Twitter (TWTR) highlight Twitter's "growing relevance as a distribution platform," Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. He believes the partnerships should provide tailwinds for Twitter's video advertising business. Video accounts for greater than 50% of Twitter ad revenue and is its fastest growing ad format, Sebastian points out. The analyst says Disney and Viacom represent two of the company's biggest partnership wins to-date. He keeps a Neutral rating on Twitter with a $30 price target. The stock closed the trading day up 4.5% to $30.31.
VIAB Viacom
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04/03/18
LOOP
04/03/18
NO CHANGE
Target $75
LOOP
Buy
CBS take-under offer for Viacom may 'uncouple' the stocks, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould is keeping his Buy rating and $75 price target on CBS (CBS) following yesterday's afterhours reports of a take-under consideration for Viacom (VIAB). The analyst notes that the two stocks have been linked in underperformance, and that the low offer may uncouple that momentum. Gould adds that the deal could give CBS greater scale, allow an opportunity to buy the company early in its turnaround process, and add to its distribution leverage with scale and synergies.

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