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10:22 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Netflix bear gets a little more bearish on concerns over potential crackdown on password sharingShares of Netflix Inc. slipped 0.6% in afternoon trading, to buck the gains seen in the broader market, after Benchmark analyst Matthew Harrigan became a little more bearish on the streaming video company, citing concerns over the potential negative effects of . While Netflix's stock fell, the Nasdaq Composite surged 0.6% and the S&P 500 gained 0.3%. Harrigan kept his rating at sell, but cut his stock price target to $472 from $485. His new target was more than 8% below current prices. Harrigan, one of the four of 41 analysts surveyed by FactSet who have bearish ratings on Netflix, said the stock's appeal has been "dampened" by Walt Disney Co.'s Disney+ now being regarded as a certain near-streaming peer to Netflix by mid-decade, and as the "stay-at-home" trade fades for the stock, with Netflix needing "compelling" content every month to stave off churn. He said a crackdown on password sharing could make matters worse. "We believe that any broad crackdown on password sharing could revive past pricing sensitivity concerns for likely marginal users, even though recent Netflix price increases have been readily absorbed by its base," Harrigan wrote in a note to clients.
9:35 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
ViacomCBS downgraded to rare underperform rating at BMO Capital, citing valuation concernsViacomCBS Inc. was downgraded Monday to a rare bearish rating at BMO Capital, with analyst Daniel Salmon saying, "This stream has run too far." Salmon cut his rating to underperform, after being at market perform since August 2019. He bumped up his price target to $70 from $60, but that new target is 28.2% below current levels. The stock rallied 2.7% toward a record in afternoon trading, putting it on track for a fourth straight gain and 11th gain in 12 sessions. It rose 27.9% last week for the 12th straight weekly gain, and the best weekly performance since April 2020. Salmon said he believes the new Paramount+ streaming service will drive the subscriber narrative in the short terms, and he thinks it might be "challenging" for a new streaming product, "as the pandemic wains and competitors like Peacock offer differentiated content like the Summer and Winter Olympics" in the next 12 months. In addition, he said Paramount's box-office market share has lagged the likes of Walt Disney Co. , Universal, WarnerBros in recent years, and could underperform again as theaters reopen more widely as COVID-19-related restrictions ease. ViacomCBS is now just one of 2.3% of the U.S. companies covered by BMO analysts that are rated underperform, while Salmon rates both rivals Disney and Netflix Inc. at outperform. ViacomCBS's stock has rocketed 177.5% over the past three months, while Disney shares have advanced 12.6%, Netflix's stock has lost 1.9% and the S&P 500 has gained 6.8%.
2:44 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Netflix reiterated as sell at Benchmark in bearish note seeing no upside surprises for member growth in Q4, 2021Benchmark analyst Matthew Harrigan reiterated his sell rating on Netflix Inc. stock on Tuesday and $412 stock price target, saying he doesn't expect any upside surprises for member growth in the fourth quarter or 2021. "This is albeit with international sales and operating profit translation benefiting from ongoing U.S. dollar weakness," Harrigan wrote in a note to clients. "Netflix's trading correlation with other prominent Nasdaq 100 and FAAMG names has now clearly broken down as 1) confidence in its streaming exceptionalism is fading somewhat even as 2) the stay-at-home trade may be "very 2020" even with some concern over how U.K. and South African virus mutations could affect COVID-19 vaccine efficacy." He noted that Netflix stock is down about 1% since its second-quarter earnings release, compared with a record 19.5% gain for the Nasdaq 100. Netflix Inc. reported a dramatic slowdown in new subscribers in the third quarter and widely missed earnings expectations, adding just 2.2 million new subscribers, after two straight quarters of more than 10 million. The streaming giant is also facing heightened competition from successful new competitors, including Disney+, from Walt Disney Co. . Netflix shares were up 0.4% premarket and have gained 60.4% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 14%.
4:17 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the best performing Nasdaq and S&P 500 stocks of 2020 COVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote workingCOVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote working.
8:50 a.m. Dec. 11, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
The Dow would likely be having its worst day in December if not for Disney's stock surgeThe Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading firmly lower Friday afternoon but it would be worse were if not for shares of Walt Disney & Co. , which was on track for its best day since March 24, according to FactSet data. Disney's shares were currently up about 13%, or around $20 higher, which translates to a roughly 136-point contribution to the price-weighted Dow . Disney's gains on Friday come as the entertainment giant said it was upping its digital streaming offerings, making it one of only a handful of companies trading higher within the Dow on the session. If Disney were trading in step with the other winners in the Dow, it would translate to a roughly 130-point point reduction in the index, which would add to its current 130-point skid, placing near the worst one-day decline since Nov. 30 when the index fell over 270 points. The divisor for the Dow is 0.15198707565833. That means that a $1 change in a component would result in a change of 6.58-point swing.
1:18 p.m. Nov. 4, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
These stocks rose the most Wednesday as investors cheered a divided government following the elections The Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 3.9%, led by tech and health-care stocksThe Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 3.9%, led by tech and health-care stocks.
5:47 a.m. Oct. 31, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in November 2020, and what’s leaving Get ready for an ‘Animaniacs’ reboot, a Greta Thurnburg documentary and the start of holiday rom-com seasonHulu has a smattering of new series and movies coming in November, but for viewers of a certain age, only one really matters: The reboot of ‘Animaniacs.’
1:14 p.m. Oct. 30, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the worst-performing stocks in October as Big Tech slumps The information technology sector fell over 5% for the month, the biggest drop for any industryThe information technology sector fell over 5% for the month, the biggest drop for any industry.
1:34 p.m. Oct. 28, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Here are Wednesday’s biggest losers in the stock market as 97% of S&P 500 companies dropped Cruise lines took a beating as new coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose to a recordCruise lines took a beating as new coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose to a record.
2:44 p.m. Oct. 8, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Pixar's 'Soul' to debut on Disney+ on Dec. 25Walt Disney Co. on Thursday said "Soul," the latest movie from Pixar Animation Studios, will debut exclusively on the streaming Disney+ on Dec. 25. The movie will be released in theaters internationally, with dates to be announced. "We are thrilled to share Pixar's spectacular and moving 'Soul' with audiences direct to Disney+ in December," Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek said in a statement. The movie stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett, and Daveed Diggs. "Soul" is expected to give Disney a big boost, as "Hamilton" did earlier this year, as it fights for viewers during the pandemic with Apple Inc. , Netflix Inc. , Comcast Corp. , AT&T Inc. , and Amazon.com Inc. .
5:00 a.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Netflix stock gains after Pivotal Research boosts target to new Street high of $650Pivotal Research Group analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak upped his price target on Netflix Inc. shares to $650 from $600 Wednesday, with the new target representing the highest listed on FactSet. Wlodarczak sees room for continued momentum at Netflix even though the company saw a big first-half surge in user growth amid the COVID-19 crisis and there has been some concern among investors about whether the company will be able to stay on a strong trajectory now that many regions are lifting restrictions on activities outside the home. "[W]hile it could temporarily affect the stock, our thesis on Netflix would remain unchanged even if they were to report a flat quarterly subscriber result (which we are not calling for) given the massive beat in 1H, the difficulty of forecasting 3Q," and favorable dynamics in streaming video, Wlodarczak wrote in a note to clients. He's upbeat about Netflix's ability to gain more subscribers down the line while also rolling out "material" price increases. Wlodarczak is also unfazed by Walt Disney Co.'s success with its own Disney+ streaming service, writing that that offering mainly appeals to children and could help push consumers to ditch their traditional pay-TV plans, a dynamic that would benefit Netflix as well. Netflix shares are up 2% in premarket trading Wednesday. They've added 56% so far this year as the S&P 500 has gained 4%.
7:15 a.m. Oct. 4, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in October 2020, and what’s leaving Get ready for horror, with ‘Monsterland,’ ‘Helstrom,’ ‘Bad Hair’ and moreGet ready for horror, with ‘Monsterland,’ ‘Helstrom,’ ‘Bad Hair’ and more
11:08 a.m. Oct. 3, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Here are the biggest winners in a solid third quarter for U.S. stocks Gains were spread across tech, materials, industrials and retailersGains were spread across tech, materials, industrials and retailers.
2:48 p.m. Sept. 29, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Disney to lay off 28,000 workers, exec says California ‘exacerbated’ pandemic’s effects After Disneyland’s home of Orange County failed to move up in state’s ‘tiers’ of COVID-19 recovery to a level that would have allowed partial reopening, Disney announces massive job cutsThe massive job reduction was the most eye-opening among several severe cost-cutting measures made by Disney, which has lost billions of dollars in potential revenue because of suspended operations at its amusement parks, live-production units, and cruise lines since COVID-19-imposed closures dating back to March.
4:26 p.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Benjamin Mullin
CBS All Access streaming service to relaunch as Paramount+ in early 2021 Rebranding to include new shows, as well as existing library of CBS and Viacom series and moviesViacomCBS Inc. said it plans to launch an expanded version of its flagship streaming service early next year, leveraging the catalog of programs created by last year’s merger of Viacom and CBS.
8:57 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
DraftKings stock soars toward a record after content integration deal with ESPNShares of DraftKings Inc. shot up 11.0% toward a record high in midday trading Monday, after the digital sports and gaming company announce an agreement to become the co-exclusive provider of fantasy sports content and offerings for Walt Disney Co. sports network subsidiary ESPN. Under terms of the agreement, DraftKings will be able to integrate its products across ESPN's digital platforms, and will provide dedicated segments for future EPSN studio shows, beginning with a daily fantasy sports promotion. "Sports betting is quickly becoming endemic to the overall experience of the sports fan," said ESPN Senior Vice President Mark Walker. "To us, that means greater opportunities to innovate and deliver the best and most seamless experience for fans, which will ultimately expand ESPN's brand and audience and increase engagement." Separately, ESPN also announced an agreement casino operator Caesars Entertainment Inc. , in which ESPN's digital platforms will be linked to sportsbooks from Caesars's sports betting partner, William Hill. Caesar's stock rallied 7.4% toward a near 7-month high. Year to date, DraftKing's stock has rocketed 330.0%, while Caesars shares have shed 9.8% and Disney's stock has lost 8.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has slipped 1.7%.
2:11 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Here are the biggest stock-market losers on Thursday as the tech sector tanks All S&P 500 sectors ended lowerThursday’s decline was broad, with all sectors of the S&P 500 ending lower.
10:27 a.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Is ‘Mulan’ worth $30? The answer, and other streaming picks for September 2020 Netflix rolls out big names and Hulu has returning favorites, while Disney+ poses a question for viewers that’s really a no-brainerNetflix rolls out big names and Hulu has returning favorites, while Disney+ poses a question for viewers that’s really a no-brainer.
5:12 p.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Disney+ says Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’ will premiere Oct. 30 ‘Star Wars’ spinoff series has been the streaming service’s biggest hit“Star Wars” fans can mark their calendars: The hit Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” will return for its second season Oct. 30.
5:56 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Here are the big winners among U.S. stocks during a sizzling August This has been the best month since the April bounce-back, as tech stocks have extended gainsThis has been the best month since the April bounce-back, as tech stocks have extended gains.
4:05 a.m. Aug. 31, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in September 2020, and what’s leaving Among the highlights: A new season of ‘Pen15’ and the return of ‘Fargo’ and ‘Archer’ Among the highlights: A new season of ‘Pen15’ and the return of ‘Fargo’ and ‘Archer’
6:26 a.m. Aug. 29, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
These ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ stocks have been raising their dividends for decades, and there have been no dividend cuts during the pandemic Dozens of other S&P 500 companies, in contrast, have reduced their payoutsDozens of other S&P 500 companies, in contrast, have reduced their payouts.
5:14 p.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
‘Fortnite’ launches Marvel’s ‘Nexus War,’ but not on Apple devices Consumers on Apple’s iOS are caught in the crossfire of an escalating court battle, while Android users will have to go directly to Epic Games for new seasonEpic Games Inc. launched Wolverine and Dr. Doom into “Fortnite” on Thursday, but fans of the popular videogame who play on Apple and Android devices may not know it.
11:06 p.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
U.S. TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns, saying ‘political environment has sharply changed’ Resignation comes after pressure from White HouseMayer’s announcement comes amid intense pressure for the wildly popular app, which President Donald has vowed he will ban in the U.S. unless parent company Beijing-based ByteDance sells it within 90 days.
5:27 a.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
After 150 days of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the best- and worst-performing stocks The tech sector is still in the lead, but consumer-discretionary group trails only slightlyThe tech sector is still in the lead, but consumer-discretionary group trails only slightly.
5:21 a.m. Aug. 10, 2020 - By Emily Bary
MGM stock surges after IAC takes 12% stake in a bet on online gamingIAC/InterActiveCorp. announced Monday morning that it had accumulated a 12% stake in MGM Resorts International that's worth about $1 billon. IAC shares are up 2% in premarket trading while MGM's stock is up 20%. "What initially attracted us to MGM, besides its leadership in leisure, hospitality and gaming, was an area that currently comprises a tiny portion of its revenue - online gaming," IAC Chairman Barry Diller said in a release. In a letter to shareholders, Diller and IAC Chief Executive Joey Levin likened MGM to Walt Disney Co. , writing that "MGM also is an aspirational brand, which could be delivered with daily accessibility and offer gaming consumers (including the 34 million M-life Rewards members) a wider range of services, both physical and digital, than any competitor." The move comes shortly after the separation of Match Group Inc. from IAC, which Diller said left IAC with "$3.9 billion of cash, no debt, and its opportunistic zeal intact." IAC shares have risen 4.4% over the past month as the S&P 500 has increased 5.2%.
8:11 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Disney shakes up streaming approach after losing nearly $5 billion due to pandemic Company will release ‘Mulan’ for pay-per-view on Disney+ in areas where theaters are not open, and launch a new international streaming offering as other businesses flail because of COVID-19Walt Disney Co. is doubling down on streaming after reporting a quarterly loss of nearly $5 billion Tuesday amid a pandemic that has all but paralyzed its theme parks, live productions and cruise line.
2:14 a.m. Aug. 6, 2020 - By Jeremy C. Owens
Disney has ‘built a big enough life raft’ with streaming changes, analysts say as stock enjoys best day in months Disney shares gain 8.8% in best day since March after earnings include news of new approach for ‘Mulan,’ international streaming optionWalt Disney Co.’s shares spiked to gains of 10% and more Wednesday, after analysts focused more on the media titan’s new plans for streaming than financial results that were destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
12:23 p.m. Aug. 2, 2020 - By Emily Bary
After Big Tech helped earnings look better, here comes Disney and Uber Earnings Watch: Boost from Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook makes numbers look better, but they are still on course for worst decline in more than a decade Big Tech made corporate finance during the COVID-19 pandemic look a bit better, but we are still headed for the worst earnings season in more than a decade as the Walt Disney Co. prepares to discuss its financial performance.
7:12 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Here’s how PayPal hopes to turn Venmo into the next PayPal New boss hopes to extract more revenue with a credit card and more, while allowing mostly younger users to keep sending money for freeIf PayPal can get bigger, it will likely depend on one of the trendiest brands in financial technology, Venmo, turning its popularity with consumers into actual revenue. Making Venmo a true money machine for PayPal will depend on its new general manager, Darrell Esch, a PayPal veteran who took over the role in March.
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