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Viacom to acquire Pluto TV for $340M in cash

Viacom Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in U.S., for $340M in cash. Founded in 2013, Pluto TV streams more than 100 channels and thousands of hours of on-demand content spanning television and movies, sports, news, lifestyle, comedy, cartoons, gaming and trending digital series. The ad-supported, internet-based TV service features world-class programming sourced from over 130 partnerships with media networks, major film and television studios and a wide range of digital content producers. The acquisition of Pluto TV will advance Viacom's key strategic priorities, including expanding its presence across next-generation distribution platforms and growing its advanced advertising business, Viacom said. Additionally, access to Viacom's global reach, leading brands and vast, unencumbered library will help solidify Pluto TV as the leader in the free streaming video market in the U.S., and accelerate Pluto TV's global growth. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

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Fly Intel: 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 Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research with analyst Brian Wieser citing valuation. 2. Citi (C) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital with analyst James Fotheringham saying the bank's Q4 earnings and outlook were "just fine," but the stock trades "as if tragedy were nigh" at a 2-year forward multiple of 6.3-times earnings relative to the average historical valuation of 9.5-times. 3. Grainger (GWW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. 4. Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan with analyst Sean Meakim saying while Helmerich is not immune from lower exploration and production spending, there is too much pessimism on the company's ability to sustain EBITDA in such an environment. 5. Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Keith Weiss citing his increased confidence in durable high single digit revenue growth and margins improving. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Viacom upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser upgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $36 from $33. The analyst cites valuation for the upgrade with greater than 15% upside to his new price target. Ahead of the Q4 earnings season, Wieser also maintains a Sell rating on Disney (DIS) and Hold ratings on CBS (CBS) and Discovery (DISCA).
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China price cuts, content M&A to lay groundwork for Apple's future, says Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives believes Apple (AAPL) needs to aggressively cut prices in China on XR and pull forward what he estimates is roughly 15M-20M iPhones that would otherwise sit idle waiting for the next release, or worst case, move to lower priced competition. Additionally, with services the linchpin of the Apple story moving forward, there needs to be serious contemplation within Cupertino around significant content acquisitions to drive services over the coming years, he contends. Ives sees A24, Lionsgate (LGF.A; LGF.B), and Sony Pictures (SNE) among the highest probability M&A targets, Viacom (VIA;VIAB)/CBS(CBS), and MGM Studios among the medium probability M&A targets, and Netflix (NFLX), Disney (DIS), and Gaming platform/video game publishers among the low probability M&A targets. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating and $200 price target on Apple shares.
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Fly Intel: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS, with analyst Eric Sheridan saying that after six months of stock underperformance as key debates emerged about competition, margins and free cash flow, the debates are better understood by investors and reflected in the current stock price. The analyst sees share upside over the near-to-medium term to subscriber growth. Current subscriber metrics such as growth, churn, spend and consumption are tracking inline to better than management's Q4 guidance and commentary. Shares were also upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James. 2. Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill, with analyst Michael Carrier saying flows are holding up better than peers, management is de-leveraging the balance sheet, and expects potential efficiency measures and product approvals to be announced. 3. Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital by analyst David Miller, who said now is the time to get constructive given the stock's 13.5% correction over the past 12 weeks. The analyst added that while Viacom's fiscal 2019 film slate does not impress him, its slate for fiscal 2020 looks more promising, highlighted by Gemini Man, G.I. Joe, another Spongebob film, Top Gun, with Tom Cruise reprising his role from the 1986 classic. 4. Colgate-Palmolive (CL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs, with analyst Jason English saying he expects a combination of accelerating organic sales and easing input cost pressures to drive higher profitability. Colgate-Palmolive's valuation will return to the historical premium "that it has enjoyed relative to the HPC sector once its organic sales re-accelerate," he said. 5. Tapestry (TPR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight and Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays by analyst Chethan Mallela. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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