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VIAB

Viacom

$22.24

0.27 (1.23%)

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Viacom call volume above normal and directionally bullish

Bullish option flow detected in Viacom with 3,476 calls trading, 1.8x expected, and implied vol increasing over 1 point to 33.49%. Dec-19 25 calls and Nov-19 22 calls are the most active options, with total volume in those strikes near 3,100 contracts. The Put/Call Ratio is 0.10. Earnings are expected on November 14th.

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VIAB Viacom
$22.24

0.27 (1.23%)

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Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Disney (DIS) was initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo, while Netflix (NFLX) was initiated with a Market Perform, and CBS (CBS), Viacom (VIAB, VIA), and Fox Corp. (FOXA) were initiated with Underperform ratings. 2. Merit Medical (MMSI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer. 3. Global Payments (GPN) reinstated with a Buy at Goldman Sachs. 4. 10x Genomics (TXG) initiated with an Outperform at Evercore ISI. 5. Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) and Strongbridge Biopharma (SBBP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
10/21/19
LEHM
10/21/19
NO CHANGE
Target $41
LEHM
Equal Weight
Barclays cuts CBS target to $41, Viacom target to $24
Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar cut his price target for CBS (CBS) to $41 from $53 and for Viacom (VIAB) to $24 from $33 while keeping Equal Weight ratings on both names. CBS and Viacom shares have sold off ~25% since their merger announcement on August 13, partly due to deal technicals, Venkateshwar tells investors in a research note. However, the analyst believes the selloffs are also a reflection of the fundamental challenges faced by both companies and skepticism around upside from the deal. The S-4 filing last week is the latest evidence of this struggle with CBS cutting its free cash flow estimates for the next couple years by 30%-40% and Viacom cutting EBITDA by 7%-8% versus consensus, Venkateshwar says. As a result of this revision, CBS may miss its long-term standalone earnings and revenue growth guidance provided at the beginning of this year, he adds.
10/23/19
WELS
10/23/19
NO CHANGE
Target $31
WELS
Underperform
CBS price target lowered to $31 from $40 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Steven Cahall lowered his price target for Underperform-rated CBS (CBS) to $31 from $40, saying the Viacom (VIAB)-CBS S-4 has further reduced his investor confidence. HE tells investors that CBS investors are "frustrated" that it took so long to reset expectations to a new lower normal. The analyst also lowered his price target for Viacom to $23 from $18, saying management's projections in the out years appear disconnected from ecosystem realities.
10/24/19
FBCO
10/24/19
NO CHANGE
Target $52
FBCO
Outperform
CBS price target lowered to $52 from $66 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Douglas Mitchelson lowered his price target for CBS (CBS) to $52 from $66 after reviewing the ViacomCBS S-4 merger filing in detail and considering post-merger announcement management commentary. The analyst does not believe the S-4 disclosures for the separate CBS and Viacom (VIAB) budgets represent the outlook for the combined company based on the likely operating strategies of ViacomCBS management. Further, Mitchelson believes management's focus on programming efficiencies and undertaking only modest investments in streaming services suggests the programming/working capital budgets in the S-4 were too high. He reiterates an Outperform rating on CBS shares.

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