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CBS board has restarted talks about a bid for Viacom, NBC reports

The board members of CBS (CBS) have initiated a new round of talks about making a potential offer to acquire Viacom (VIAB), NBC's Claire Atkinson reports, citing two people familiar with the talks. The report states that "several CBS board members", including the majority shareholder Shari Redstone, see Viacom merger as a "number one priority" for the company. One of the people familiar with discussions said the board is looking to come up with a new price. Reference Link

CBS

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0.42 (1.43%)

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Target $35

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Viacom upgraded to Buy at Loop Capital on de-risked AT&T loss
As previously reported, Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould upgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Buy from Hold with a price target of $35. The analyst cites the company's loss of its biggest distributor AT&T (T) having been de-risked which, he believes, raises the likelihood of a Viacom merger with CBS (CBS). Gould adds that despite the renewed distribution deal with AT&T, investors can accumulate shares at a lower price than a few weeks ago, resulting in a "positive risk-reward" for Viacom.
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Target $36

Outperform
Viacom upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
As previously reported, RBC Capital analyst Steven Cahall upgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Outperform from Sector Perform and raised his price target to $36 from $31, saying the company's "less contentious" than feared DirecTV (T) deal improves its standing and "paves the way toward merger talks" with CBS (CBS). The analyst sees an implied upside for Viacom stock at over 30% on the CBS deal prospects and believes that investors should own both to hedge the exchange ratio risk of the potential transaction.
04/08/19
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NO CHANGE
Target $59
LOOP
Buy
CBS Q1 to be impacted by higher content costs, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould kept his Buy rating and $59 price target on CBS (CBS), saying that while he is lowering his Q1 earnings outlook by 3c to $1.37 due to higher programming costs at Showtime, he is keeping a positive view on the stock given its valuation of just 9-times forward earnings. The analyst adds that CBS and Viacom (VIAB) may reopen merger talks with the AT&T renewal having been completed.
04/22/19
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04/22/19
NO CHANGE
Target $65
LOOP
Buy
CBS price target raised to $65 from $59 at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould raised his price target on CBS (CBS) to $65 and kept his Buy rating, saying the stock represents the "most attractive opportunity in large-cap media." The analyst expects the resolution around the appointment of a permanent CEO by the company to lead to CBS entering merger talks with Viacom (VIAB) within 60 days, even though the board appears to be having a "difficult time attracting outside candidates due to the uncertainty of a potential merger," with its initial March 31st target date to conclude its CEO search now having passed.
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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. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Simeon Gutman saying he believes activist intervention presents the potential for upside for the stock in the near-term. 2. Snap (SNAP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Summit Insights. 3. Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. 4. Weyerhaeuser (WY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens with analyst Mark Connelly saying the stock, which is generally viewed as an income play, has sold off on rate concerns and slower starts. 5. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital with analyst Steven Cahall saying the company's "less contentious" than feared DirecTV (T) deal improves its standing and "paves the way toward merger talks" with CBS (CBS). 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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