Discovery Communications Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:45:33 +0300 <![CDATA[Scarlett Johansson and New Boyfriend Colin Jost: All the Juicy Details of Their Secret Relationship]]> Scarlett Johansson with blonde hair

Scarlett Johansson has found a new love. | JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost just went public at the 2017 Emmys about his relationship with Scarlett Johansson. He only had sweet things to say about the Avengers actress, even suggesting she was going to be his date if she weren’t working.

Read on for a history of their relationship and a look at all of the endearing comments Jost made about Johansson at the Emmys.  

1. Where it all began

While walking the red carpet at the Emmys, Jost told Entertainment Tonight that the two first met on the set of SNL. “The first time she hosted was the first year I was a writer on the show,” said Jost. “So we’ve kind of known each other since then … she’s the best. I’m very happy, I’m very lucky.”

Johansson first hosted SNL in 2006, so the couple have known each other for quite some time.

2. They’ve known each other for 11 years

Scarlett Johansson stands on the sNL stage in a black turtleneck with her hands crossed in front of her

Scarlett Johansson has hosted SNL several times. | NBC

Though she first hosted SNL in January 2006, Johansson is no stranger to the SNL stage. She also hosted in April 2007, November 2010, May 2015, and March 2017. In addition to hosting, she also made cameos in the Feb. 4, 2006 show during the SNL digital short, and on Oct. 3, 2009, when she played Lexi (a returning character) in the “Mike’s Fountainry” sketch.

More recently, she’s been known on the show for her Ivanka Trump impression.

3. Getting cozy at a party

Colin Jost poses in a blue suit at a Netflix event

Colin Jost reportedly started dating Scarlet Johansson in May 2017. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Rumors that Johansson and Jost were together started back in May when the couple was seen kissing and talking at an SNL party.

The speculation started to intensify when they were, again, seen together at Dave Chappelle’s birthday party in August 2017 at TAO Uptown in New York City. Reportedly, they hung out with friends most of the night (including SNL’s Cecily Strong and Michael Che) before leaving together at 2:30 a.m.

4. Things started heating up

Scarlett Johansson attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City.

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost were spotted together several times this summer. | Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Then, over Labor Day 2017, Johansson and Jost were seen kissing in the rain and dancing to Diana Ross at a Hamptons party hosted by Discovery Communications Chief David Zaslav. The annual Zaslav Labor Day party typically includes a bonfire and drinks on the beach, but the rain reportedly interrupted the tradition this year.

A witness told Page Six that the two “kissed outside and didn’t care that it was raining.”

5. Before Jost, there was Romain Dauriac

Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac stand next to each other

Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac split in January 2017. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

In January 2017, Johansson split from her now ex-husband, Romain Dauriac, a French journalist. The two met through mutual friend, Fuzi Uvtpk, a tattoo artist. Us Weekly confirmed the end of their two-year marriage after a relatively private split and overall private marriage as well.

Johansson and Dauriac have a daughter together, Rose, born in 2014. It’s no wonder that Johansson and Jost have been taking things slow.

6. Johansson doesn’t believe monogamy is natural

Actress Scarlett Johansson attends New York Premiere of Sony's ROUGH NIGHT

Scarlett Johansson has discussed her views on monogamy. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Over the years, Johansson has made several comments about her views on monogamy. She said in 2006:

 I don’t think it’s a natural instinct for human beings, but it doesn’t mean I don’t believe in monogamy or true love. I believe in finding a soul mate. I’ve always been in monogamous relationships,I would never want to be in an open one. It’d be too awful. Monogamy can be hard work for some people. I don’t think it applies to everybody, and I don’t think a lot of people can do it.

Then in 2017, just after her recent divorce, she brought up the subject again, per Vanity Fair: “I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing. I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person.”

We’ll have to see if Johansson and Jost choose to go the monogamous route or not.

7. Jost was beaming at the Emmys

Colin Jost poses in a blue velvet tux at the 2017 Emmys

Colin Jost opened up about his new relationship at the 2017 Emmys. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Jost finally came out and confirmed that he and Johansson were officially dating at the 2017 Emmys, and that he was even going to bring Johansson as his date, were she not working.

When asked about Johansson, Jost replied, “She’s wonderful. She’s working, so otherwise, she’d be here.” He also gushed, “She’s pretty cool … it’s hard to have a lot of complaints, she’s pretty awesome.”

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<![CDATA[Viacom Acquires Italian Free-to-Air Channel for Spike TV]]> Leading media and film entertainment firm Viacom Inc. VIAB has decided to strengthen its foothold in Europe. Recently, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom, acquired Italian free-to-air channel LCN 49 from Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. SNI. Viacom will use this channel to facilitate the launching of its Italian version of Spike TV network in October 2017.

Viacom already has a footprint in Italy. It operates Paramount Channel and VH1 FTA DTT channels in the country. Moreover, on Aug 25, Viacom entered into a 50-50 joint venture with media group De Agostini Editore for Super! which is FTA channel for children.

The company looks to become the fifth-largest TV broadcaster in Italy within a year. Last month, The Hollywood Reporter stated that VIMN plans to offer a new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) -- Paramount+ -- in Denmark, Sweden and Norway from October 2017.

Facing stiff competition and dwindling advertisement revenues, the media sector is witnessing large scale concentration. Discovery Communications Inc. DISCA has decided to acquire lifestyle media giant Scripps Networks in a $14.6 billion ($11.9 billion excluding debt) deal, which is expected to be closed in early 2018.

Meanwhile, the $85.4 billion mega merger deal of AT&T Inc. T and Time Warner Inc. TWX is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and competition authorities in other foreign countries. The deal is likely to be closed by the end of 2017.

Viacom is leaving no stone unturned to turn around its fortunes. In order to combat the challenges, Viacom unveiled a new strategic plan in February 2017. As part of the five-point plan, it is focusing on six of its core brands -- BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount. At this stage, we believe expansion of operations in Europe will bode well for the company in the future.

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Viacom’s shares have declined 22.83% compared with the industry’s loss of 2.53% in the last three months. The company currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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<![CDATA[John Malone, the ‘swamp alligator’ chewing up the UK’s media market]]> When the American billionaire John Malone failed in his first attempt to become a major player in the British pay-TV market a decade ago he questioned Rupert Murdoch’s power by dubbing Sky the Death Star. It was a rich comment coming from a man whose fearsome reputation for deal-making in the wild west days of the cable TV market in the 1970s and 80s led Al Gore, the former US vice president, to nickname him Darth Vader.

Last week’s move by Malone’s Discovery – he holds the most voting shares at almost 30% – to buy Scripps Networks in a deal worth $14.6bn (£10.9bn) marks the latest move among the titans of media vying to dominate the global pay-TV market.

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<![CDATA[Frontrunning: August 1]]>
  • Futures higher on strong earnings season; Apple in focus (Reuters)
  • Kelly Sends Off Scaramucci, But Real Test Will Be Taming Trump (BBG)
  • Senate Democrats offer Republicans help on tax reform - with conditions (Reuters)
  • Banks May Need $50 Billion New Capital After Brexit (BBG)
  • Goldman Sachs Finds Itself in Odd Spot: Last Place in Trading (WSJ)
  • Trump dictated misleading statement on son's meeting with Russian (Washington Post)
  • Struggling Stock Pickers Eye Quant Tools to Gain an Edge (BBG)
  • Trump’s Obsession With Leaks (BBG)
  • BP Turns a Corner, but 2010 Oil Spill Keeps Biting (WSJ)
  • The immigrant success story that led police to a Chinese banking giant (Reuters)
  • Greenspan Sees No Stock Excess, Warns of Bond Market Bubble (BBG)
  • Euro-Area Economy Steams Ahead as ECB Waits for Inflation (BBG)
  • The energy patch: where rights offerings are 'sexy' again (Reuters)
  • Rowling Apologizes for Claiming Trump Ignored Disabled Boy (BBG)
  • President Xi says China loves peace but won't compromise on sovereignty (Reuters)
  • Greenspan Sees No Stock Excess, Warns of Bond Market Bubble (BBG)
  • Rolls-Royce Recovery Revs Up, But CEO Wary of Production Hurdles (BBG)
  • Snap, Blue Apron Shake Confidence in Startup Valuations (WSJ)
  • Caterpillar CFO Brad Halverson to retire in early 2018 (Reuters)
  • Under Armour to Cut About 280 Jobs (WSJ)

    Overnight Media Digest


    - Discovery Communications Inc has agreed to buy Scripps Networks Interactive Inc for $11.9 billion, a bet that a bigger footprint in lifestyle programming will help it weather the upheaval in cable television.

    - Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from his position as White House communications director, just 10 days after it was announced he would take it. He was ousted at the urging of the new Chief of Staff John Kelly.

    - The United States has frozen the assets of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, citing human rights abuses. The Treasury Department took the action after the country held elections Sunday that the United States considers illegitimate.

    - The Pentagon and State Department have devised plans to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry and are seeking White House approval, as Kiev battles Russian-backed separatists.

    - Boeing Co is creating a new unit to develop and build aircraft avionics systems, expanding its strategy of insourcing key technology to cut costs.

    - Volkswagen AG faces fresh legal pressure over its emissions-cheating scandal after European Union authorities for the first time recommended fraud charges against two company officials.



    Discovery Communications Inc is acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive Inc for $14.6 billion including debt in a deal that brings the channels TLC, Animal Planet, HGTV and the Food Network under the same umbrella.

    Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company ordered an immediate halt to construction of their jointly owned project in Jenkinsville. The power station is one of two nuclear plants being built by Westinghouse in the united States.

    Music streaming company Spotify has reached 60 million paying subscribers as the Swedish start-up prepares for a public listing later this year.

    Europe's biggest bank HSBC Holdings Plc has announced a $2 billion share buyback, raising the amount of total stock it has pledged to buy during the past year to $5.5 billion.



    - Time Warner -owned HBO confirmed that the network had been the target of a cyberattack, as an anonymous hacker boasted about leaking full episodes of upcoming shows along with written material from next week's episode of "Game of Thrones".

    - HSBC Holdings Plc said on Monday it would buy back as much as an additional $2 billion in shares as it reported better-than-expected earnings in the second quarter. The London-based bank announced $5.5 billion in share repurchases since the second half of last year as its prospects improved.

    - Discovery Communications Inc unveiled its blueprint for a digital future, a $11.9 billion deal for Scripps Networks Interactive Inc to build a new force in cable television focused on nonscripted programs.

    - Two South Carolina utilities said they would abandon two unfinished nuclear reactors in the state, putting an end to a project that was once expected to showcase advanced nuclear technology but has since been plagued by delays and cost overruns.



    The Globe and Mail

    ** Opposition parties and human-rights groups are calling on the Trudeau government to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia as federal officials probe the apparent use of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against Saudi civilians. (

    ** Calgary should not bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics unless a number of conditions are met to ensure the Games would not break the city financially, city staff have advised in a report delivered Monday to municipal politicians. In documents released prior to Monday's council meeting, staff argued that Calgary faces "significant challenges" with respect to its debt. (

    ** The Canadian arm of scandal-plagued U.S. venture capital firm 500 Startups is suspending operations, the latest fallout of Silicon Valley's ongoing reckoning with its systemic sexism and sexual harassment issues. (

    ** NextBlock Global, an investment fund that buys cryptocurrencies and invests in companies built using blockchain technology, announced on Monday that it has raised C$20 million ($16.03 million) in its first round of fundraising. (

    National Post

    ** An activist investor has ramped up his calls for Hudson's Bay Co to sell some real estate or explore other options to raise the value of its lagging shares. Jonathan Litt, chief executive of Land and Buildings Investment Management, threatened to launch a proxy fight on Monday if the company does not heed his public call in June for the company to monetize its real estate. (


    The Times

    Anti-fracking protesters face the threat of prison if they obstruct Ineos Holdings Ltd's efforts to explore for shale gas after it secured wide-ranging injunctions to protect its operations.

    Children will soon have the chance to join the likes of Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop and Veruca Salt on a tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory after one of Britain's most promising independent publishing businesses secured a deal with Roald Dahl's estate.

    The Guardian

    The financial watchdog has announced fresh measures to protect consumers from spiralling debt as official data showed that borrowing through credit cards, overdrafts and car loans has topped 200 billion pounds ($263.84 billion) for the first time since the global financial crisis.

    Booths, the family-owned upmarket grocer, has been forced to call in accountants to conduct a financial health check of the business after a difficult 18 months.

    The Telegraph

    Stonegate Pub Company Ltd (IPO-SPC.L) has made a 100 million pounds takeover bid for Revolution Bars Group Plc, just over two months after the cocktail bar's shares plummeted 46 percent in one week.

    RedX Pharma Plc, a biotech company specialising in developing cancer drugs, looks set to return to the London market after administrators agreed to sell the rights to a promising treatment for leukemia to a U.S. company for $40 million.

    Sky News

    Credit rating agency Moody's has warned about soaring levels of household debt as Bank of England figures show unsecured borrowing is back above 200 billion pounds.

    A former boss of Marks & Spencer and an ex-Unilever Plc chief operating officer are being lined up to play key roles in the 6 billion pounds auction of Flora and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

    The Independent

    Maintenance, security and hospitality staff at the Bank of England are to go on a three-day strike after talks between the central bank and the Unite union over a pay offer broke down.

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    <![CDATA[SIRIUS XM (SIRI) Q2 Earnings In Line, Revenues Top Estimates]]> SIRIUS XM Holdings Inc. SIRI reported second-quarter 2017 financial numbers, wherein the bottom line met the Zacks Consensus Estimate while the top line surpassed the same.

    Earnings were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 4 cents per share and also improved 33.33% on a year-over-year basis.

    Total revenue of $1,347.6 million grew 9.06% year over year and also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,316.9 million.

    Quarterly total operating expenses were $931.2 million, up 6.6% year over year. SIRIUS XM posted record second-quarter adjusted EBITDA growth of 12% year over year to $522 million. The company’s average revenue per user inched up 3% year over year to $13.22 in the second quarter.

    At the end of the second quarter, SIRIUS XM had $483.2 million of cash from operations compared with $432.1 million in the prior-year quarter. Quarterly free cash flow was $416.7 million compared with $394.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

    At the end of the quarter under review, SIRIUS XM had nearly $42.7 million of cash and cash equivalents and $6,453.7 million of long-term debt compared with $213.9 million and $5,842.8 million respectively, at the end of 2016. During the reported quarter, the company repurchased 94 million shares for $477 million. It shelled out approximately $280 million to complete the acquisition of Automatic Labs and the phase one of its Pandora P investment. 

    Segment Wise Results

    Quarterly subscriber revenues totaled $1,111 million compared with $1,033.3 million in the prior-year quarter. Advertising revenues were $40.2 million compared with $33.5 million a year ago. Equipment revenues were $29.7 million compared with $27.8 million in the year-earlier quarter. Other revenues grossed $166.7 million in the quarter compared with $140.9 million in second-quarter 2016.

    Subscriber Statistics

    In the second quarter, SIRIUS XM added 445,000 net new subscribers. As a result, the total subscriber tally was up 5% year over year to 32 million as of Jun 30, 2017, for this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

    Payment category wise, Self-Pay subscriber count grew 6% year over year, while Paid Promotional customer count was down 2% year over year.

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Quote


    The company increased its full-year 2017 Self-pay net subscriber additions to 1.4 million, while revenues have been raised to approximately $5.375 billion. Adjusted EBITDA guidance has been raised to $2.05 billion, while free cash flow remains unchanged at around $1.5 billion.

    Upcoming Releases

    Investors interested in the broader consumer discretionary space are keenly waiting for second-quarter earnings reports from key players like Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA and AMC Networks Inc. AMCX. While Discovery will report second-quarter earnings numbers on Aug 8, AMC Networks will reveal the same on Aug 3.

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    <![CDATA[Exclusive: Discovery in the lead to acquire Scripps Networks - sources]]> ]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:16:51 +0300 <![CDATA[Discovery Communication shares are down more than 2%]]> ]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:14:37 +0300 <![CDATA[Can Sirius XM (SIRI) Spring a Surprise in Q2 Earnings?]]> Sirius XM Holdings SIRI is scheduled to report second-quarter 2017 results on Jul 27 before the market opens.

    Last quarter, the company’s earnings were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues missed the same. However, both earnings and revenues improved on a year-over- year basis.

    Let’s see how things shape up for this announcement.

    Factors Likely at Play

    Sirius XM might struggle in the second quarter of 2017 due to high debt levels. Increased leverage coupled with stiff competition from its rivals will also act as headwinds for the company this quarter.

    However, the company’s healthy net subscriber growth is encouraging which might drive its second-quarter results.

    The company’s efforts to expand its product portfolio also raise optimism. In April, the company acquired Automatic Labs, a provider of connected vehicle services for consumers and enterprises based in San Francisco. Also in June, the company announced plans to make a $480 million investment in Pandora P.

    The company’s efforts to reward shareholders are also appreciative. In April, the company’s board declared a quarterly cash dividend of a one cent per share.

    Earnings Whispers

    Our quantitative model does not conclusively show that Sirius XM is likely to beat on earnings this quarter. A company needs the right combination of two key ingredients – a positive Earnings ESP and a favorable Zacks Rank — to increase the odds of an earnings surprise. However, that is not the case as highlighted below.

    Zacks ESP: The Earnings ESP for Sirius XM is 0.00% as both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate are pegged at 4 cents per share. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

    Zacks Rank: Sirius XM carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). However, the company’s 0.00% ESP complicates our surprise prediction.

    Note that the Sell-rated stocks (#4 or 5) should never be considered going into an earnings announcement.

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Price and EPS Surprise


    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Price and EPS Surprise | Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Quote

    Stocks to Consider

    Investors interested in the broader consumer discretionary space may consider the following stocks. This is because our model shows that these companies possess the right combination of elements to come up with an earnings beat this quarter.

    Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA has an Earnings ESP of +1.41% and a Zacks Rank #3. The company will report its second-quarter earnings on Aug 8.

    AMC Networks Inc. AMCX has an Earnings ESP of +2.14% % and a Zacks Rank #3. The company will report its second-quarter earnings on Aug 3. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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    <![CDATA[Things You Need to Know Before NY Times' (NYT) Q2 Earnings]]> The New York Times Company NYT, a diversified media conglomerate, is slated to report second-quarter 2017 results on Jul 27. In the trailing four quarters, it has outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 31.4%. In the preceding quarter, the company witnessed a positive earnings surprise of 83.3%. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

    Let’s take a closer look as to how The New York Times Company, which forms part of the Consumer Staples sector, is expected to contribute this earnings season. As per the latest Earnings Preview report, total earnings and revenues for the sector are anticipated to increase by 3.1% and 1.2%, respectively. We noted that the Consumer Staples sector has underperformed the broader market in the past three months. In the said time frame, this Zacks categorized sector has gained 1.5%, while S&P 500 Index has advanced 4%.

    What to Expect?

    The question lingering in investors’ minds now is whether the company will be able to continue with its positive earnings surprise streak in the quarter to be reported. The current Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter under review is 13 cents compared with 11 cents reported in the year-ago period. We note that the Zacks Consensus Estimate has been stable lately. Analysts polled by Zacks expect revenues of $394.4 million, up about 6% from the year-ago quarter.

    New York Times Company (The) Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


    New York Times Company (The) Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | New York Times Company (The) Quote

    Factors at Play

    The New York Times Company is diversifying business, adding new revenue streams, strengthening balance sheet along with restructuring portfolio. It has offloaded assets in order to re-focus on core newspapers and pay more attention to its online activities. We believe these moves will have a favorable impact on the quarter to be reported. The company is not only gearing up to become an optimum destination for news and information but is also now focusing on service journalism, with verticals like Cooking, Watching and Well. The company has launched digital subscriptions for NYT Cooking, its popular recipe site and app.

    However, advertising revenue remains an area of concern for the company. We observed that the company has been struggling with dwindling advertising revenue for quite some time now. Total advertising revenue dropped 6.9% during the first quarter of 2017, following declines of 9.7%, 7.7%, 11.7% and 6.8% witnessed in the fourth, third, second and first quarters of 2016, respectively. Maintaining the same chronological order print advertising revenue fell 17.9%, 20.4%, 18.5%, 14.1% and 9%, respectively. Management expects total advertising revenue to decline in the low- to mid-single digits during the second quarter.

    Nevertheless, we noted that The New York Times Company has outperformed the respective industry in the past three months. The stock has surged 22.3%, while the industry gained 5.2%.

    What Does the Zacks Model Say?

    Our proven model does not conclusively show that The New York Times Company is likely to beat earnings estimates this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) and a positive Earnings ESP for this to happen. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

    The New York Times Company has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% as both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate are pegged at 13 cents. The company’s Zacks Rank #3 increases the predictive power of ESP. However, we need to have a positive ESP to be confident about an earnings surprise.

    Stocks with Favorable Combination

    Here are some companies you may want to consider as our model shows that these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat:

    Time Warner Inc. TWX has an Earnings ESP of +3.39% and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

    Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. SNI has an Earnings ESP of +0.66% and a Zacks Rank #3.

    Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA has an Earnings ESP of + 1.41% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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    <![CDATA[The TV network mashup that could bring you ‘Flipper or Flop’]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:05:10 +0300 <![CDATA[The TV network mashup that could bring you ‘Flipper or Flop’]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:03:14 +0300 <![CDATA[Shares of Discovery Communications are up more than 4%]]> ]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:24:59 +0300 <![CDATA[Scripps Networks shares up more than 16% following report of merger talks with Discovery Communications]]> ]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:24:29 +0300 <![CDATA[Discovery Communications ведет переговоры о слиянии с Scripps Networks]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:45:00 +0300 <![CDATA[Discovery Communications ведет переговоры о слиянии с Scripps Networks]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:08:33 +0300 <![CDATA[Discovery Communications and Scripps rekindle merger talks]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:27:12 +0300 <![CDATA[Discovery Communications and Scripps rekindle merger talks]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:30:50 +0300 <![CDATA[Discovery and Scripps in merger talks: sources]]> ]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:14:49 +0300 <![CDATA[Comcast (CMCSA) Consolidates Advertising Technology Wing]]> Leading cable multi-service operator and media giant, Comcast Corp. CMCSA recently brought together its various advertising technologies under a new division - Advanced Advertising Group. This division will include all ad-related technologies that it has acquired in last 12 years, along with its local cable ad sales business - Comcast Spotlight. The company has hired former Weather Channel executive, David Clark, to run the division.

    In Aug 2015, Comcast acquired This Technology LLC., a video delivery and advertisement technology specialist. The core business area of This Technology is dynamic ad insertion. The company provides solutions for metadata management and integration of diversified video infrastructures with a wide range of ad server platforms. It also offers solutions for new content substitution into an existing video stream. In 2015, This Technology was awarded a patent in the field of ad inventory attributes identification.

    Comcast acquired the New York-based Visible World, a leading provider of targeted-advertisement for TV programs in Jun 2015. With this, the company has established a solid foothold in the thriving data-driven TV advertisement market.

    Visible World’s innovative product platform allows advertisers to reach targeted audience and households based on zip codes. This data is mainly fetched from cable set top boxes. Using Visible World’s technology, advertisers can customise their TV commercials (readjust content) to cater to the taste of different viewers in a cost effective manner. Notably, Visible World’s subsidiary- AudianceXpress - allows TV broadcasters to sell advertisements through a web-based (online) interface.

    In 2014, Comcast acquired online video ad-serving company, FreeWheel Inc. The takeover enabled Comcast to place advertisements on its own content through several platforms, including TVs and handheld devices. FreeWheel has a very strong clientele including Fox broadcasting Co., Turner Broadcasting System Inc., Discovery Communications Inc. DISCA, Viacom Inc. VIAB, The Walt Disney Co. DIS to name a few.

    The company purchased privately held Strata Marketing Inc., a Chicago-based software company connecting media buyers and sellers in 2005. Strata enables its clients to sell and purchase all media types, including cable, broadcast, newspaper, radio, outdoor and digital advertising mediums.

    Meanwhile, cable TV operators are gradually adopting the data-driven advertising technique which is already popular in the web-based advertisement arena. To derive the maximum synergy from the combined video content and video distribution platform, Comcast is extensively penetrating into the advertising technology market. Inclusion of dynamic ad-insertion, targeted audience advertising and data-driven TV advertisements is a step toward the same objective.

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    Year to date, the stock price of Comcast returned 21.07%, outperforming the Zacks categorized Cable TV industry’s gain of 18.07%. We believe that this is the primary reason behind the stock currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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    <![CDATA[What Nursing Parents Need to Know About Pumping During Work Travel]]> jun17-14-404147

    Any new parent who is returning to work is coping with a challenging professional and personal transition. Regardless of how well the employee has planned for their return, the reality of it is startling. But if the new parent’s return involves business travel, and that parent has chosen to nurse, it’s even more complicated. They need to quickly become an expert on the necessities and nuances of pumping on the road.

    While it’s common for new parents to feel stressed about juggling life at work and home, for a pumping, traveling parent the stress can be heightened. “Finding the time and the space to pump [while traveling for work] made me feel like I had something to prove in terms of still being competent and a high achiever in the workplace,” explains Lindsey, a pharma rep. “I felt as though I had to show that I was ‘still me.’” This pressure affected both her milk supply and her self-esteem.

    Nyla Beth, a principal in a large government consulting firm, also felt intense pressure to get back on the road quickly after having her first baby, though she said it got easier after baby number two, when she also had a more senior position in the organization. “I had a clearer voice, more experience, increased confidence, and the ability to chart my own path. While my higher level of seniority certainly created new pressures, it also left me much more in charge of myself.”

    My interviews with people who have faced this challenge revealed some ways new parents can make this tough phase easier on themselves.

    Ask, Advocate, and Organize

    One stumbling block is that company policies and benefits aren’t clear — either to employees or their managers. Employees have no choice but to ask and advocate for themselves, even if the timing feels awkward or they’re not sure how the company will respond. For example, Lindsey came back to work after giving birth to her first child just after the company had gone through a round of layoffs. Given the corporate climate, she felt enormous pressure to attend the company’s annual sales meeting, which meant leaving her 14-week-old son at home. “I went about looking for how to pump and travel,” she told me. “I came across Milk Stork, a milk shipment service, and took it to my manager. She was somewhat supportive in that she took it to HR, but at the same time it felt less than genuine, as she kept telling me how well formula worked for her.” In the end, her manager shared that the firm already offered Milk Stork. Lindsey was glad, but said, “I really did not understand why this was not communicated to me in the first place.” At least Lindsey’s company had a policy — many firms still have ad hoc or muddled policies, if any.

    Another tactic is grassroots organization. Nyla Beth decided to tackle the lack of official information in her organization by creating an ad hoc mentorship program so that new parents could find each other and share insights. Other parents I’ve talked to have also used this grassroots approach. For example, Marisa, a former senior executive at Discovery Communications and mother of three, compiled a “how to travel” file of information that she shared with pumping employees before they took their first business trips. It included everything from airport hacks to equipment strategy. Marisa made a point of celebrating an employee’s return to work and serving as the maternal go-to, filling in the gaps at her company.

    Become a Travel-Logistics Master

    Pumping, storing, and transporting milk while juggling client needs, unfamiliar office buildings, and airplane schedules is one of the toughest logistical challenges a new parent can master.

    One of the biggest hurdles of pumping on the road is the tactical management of the milk itself — how to preserve it and how get it home. This is a major point of anxiety for pumping employees who work incredibly hard — transporting equipment, securing private spaces, finding appropriate times, and so on. It is complicated to say the least. Losing milk (aka liquid gold) is a devastating blow after so much planning and work, but it’s not uncommon at airports. Airports and airport security checkpoints vary in terms of their knowledge and ability to get parents carrying milk through to the gate.

    In the U.S., legislation was passed under President Obama that called for universal process and procedure at TSA checkpoints for breast milk, baby formula, and similar items. While the law is on the books, it is neither widely understood nor consistently enforced. Kate Torgersen, the mother of three who started Milk Stork, explains that for parents who prefer to carry their milk rather than ship it, the company includes a printed card with information on the TSA’s policies to carry and show to skeptical TSA agents. The parents I talked to offered some other hard-won tips:

    • Be early to everything. Show up earlier to the airport than you’re used to, so you can pump before you take off, and reserve early check-ins at your hotels to facilitate pumping on arrival.
    • Tell a flight attendant what you are doing when pumping on a flight — they can advocate for you and clarify or cover for long restroom usage.
    • Make it easier on yourself by choosing appropriate nursing clothing. Easy-access clothing lines such as Loyal Hana offer professional clothes with user-friendly hidden zippers, for instance.
    • Ask friends or Facebook groups for the best airports for nursing to help you plan your layovers. (In my interviews, Los Angeles International Airport came up again and again.) Research pumping locations in airport terminals in advance — Mamava offers an app with information on different airports.
    • Call your hotel in advance and ask about refrigeration options. Do not use the minibar — the temperature is not cold enough, and chances are you will be billed for anything you remove to make room for your milk.

    What Employers Should Do

    Most new parents I talked to could recount at least one example of an organization going to great lengths to care for and cater to their nursing needs, but it was almost always as a customer, not an employee. For Nyla Beth, it was the high quality of experience during 14 hours of flying to Dubai on Air Emirates after the birth of her son: “They were incredibly helpful, providing a comfortable environment in which I pumped four times during each leg, as well as providing me with freezer space in flight.”

    For Helen, a mother of two and a VC executive, it was the outstanding quality of hotel service while attending a mandatory work conference with a 10-week-old at home. Like the other parents I interviewed, she received little support or information from her employer, but her conference was at the Dallas Four Seasons, which did help — including with what Helen describes as a “milk butler” who would show up in white gloves and with a silver tray to take her pumped milk, “even at 4 AM.”

    While these are over-the-top examples from high-end luxury brands, they do raise an essential question: How can organizations do better at supporting their employees? The answer, it seems, lives in the experiences of existing employees. The information they share in their grassroots parenting groups and in the stories they share with each other can easily morph into an internal initiative that would include low-cost, high-return elements such as peer mentoring, lactation-on-the-road training, and milk shipment services, among other ideas. Bringing an ad hoc parental group into the light (as Nyla Beth did in her organization) is an inexpensive way to tap into solutions that speak directly to the needs of your pumping parents — changing the conversation in ways that immediately improve retention, aid in recruitment, and serve as a point of pride for you as an employer.

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    <![CDATA[Is Discovery Communications (DISCA) a Great Value Stock?]]> Value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. After all, who wouldn’t want to find stocks that are either flying under the radar and are compelling buys, or offer up tantalizing discounts when compared to fair value?

    One way to find these companies is by looking at several key metrics and financial ratios, many of which are crucial in the value stock selection process. Let’s put Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA stock into this equation and find out if it is a good choice for value-oriented investors right now, or if investors subscribing to this methodology should look elsewhere for top picks:

    PE Ratio

    A key metric that value investors always look at is the Price to Earnings Ratio, or PE for short. This shows us how much investors are willing to pay for each dollar of earnings in a given stock, and is easily one of the most popular financial ratios in the world. The best use of the PE ratio is to compare the stock’s current PE ratio with: a) where this ratio has been in the past; b) how it compares to the average for the industry/sector; and c) how it compares to the market as a whole.

    On this front, Discovery Communications has a trailing twelve months PE ratio of 12.74 as you can see in the chart below:

    This level actually compares pretty favorably with the market at large, as the PE for the S&P 500 stands at about 20.38. If we focus on the long-term PE trend, Discovery Communications’ current PE level puts it below its midpoint over the past five years.  Moreover, the current level is significantly below the highs for this stock, suggesting it might be a good entry point.


    Further, the stock’s PE also compares favorably with the Zacks classified Broadcasting Radio/TV industry’s trailing twelve months PE ratio, which stands at 23.79. At the very least, this indicates that the stock is largely undervalued right now, compared to its peers.

    We should also point out that Discovery Communications has a forward PE ratio (price relative to this year’s earnings) of 11.63, so it is fair to say that a slightly more value-oriented path may be ahead for Discovery Communications stock in the near term too.

    P/S Ratio

    Another key metric to note is the Price/Sales ratio. This approach compares a given stock’s price to its total sales, where a lower reading is generally considered better. Some people like this metric more than other value-focused ones because it looks at sales, something that is far harder to manipulate with accounting tricks than earnings.

    Right now, Discovery Communications has a P/S ratio of about 2.38. This is lower than the S&P 500 average, which comes in at 3.15 right now. Also, as we can see in the chart below, this is well below the highs for this stock in particular over the past few years.

    If anything, DISCA is in the lower end of its range in the time period from a P/S metric, suggesting some level of undervalued trading—at least compared to historical norms.

    Broad Value Outlook

    In aggregate, Discovery Communications currently has a Zacks Value Style Score of ‘A’, putting it into the top 20% of all stocks we cover from this look. This makes DISCA a solid choice for value investors, and some of its other key metrics make this pretty clear too.

    For example, the PEG ratio for DISCA is just 0.76, a level that is far lower than the industry average of 2.21. The PEG ratio is a modified PE ratio that takes into account the stock’s earnings growth rate. Clearly, DISCA is a solid choice on the value front from multiple angles.

    What About the Stock Overall?

    Though Discovery Communications might be a good choice for value investors, there are plenty of other factors to consider before investing in this name. In particular, it is worth noting that the company has a Growth grade of ‘D’ and a Momentum score of ‘F’. This gives DISCA a Zacks VGM score—or its overarching fundamental grade—of ‘C’. (You can read more about the Zacks Style Scores here >>)

    Meanwhile, the company’s recent earnings estimates have been mixed at best. The current year has seen three upward and downward estimate revisions in the past sixty days, while the next year estimate has seen four upward revisions and two downward revision in the same time frame.

    This has had a mixed impact on the consensus estimate as well, as the current year consensus estimate has tumbled 0.9% in the past one month, while the next year estimate has gone up by 0.4%. You can see the consensus estimate trend and recent price action for the stock in the chart below:

    Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

    This somewhat mixed trend is why the stock has just a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and why we are looking for in-line performance from the company in the near term.

    Bottom Line

    DISCA is an inspired choice for value investors, as it is hard to beat its incredible lineup of statistics on this front. However, with a sluggish industry rank (Bottom 18% out of more than 250 industries) and a Zacks Rank #3, it is hard to get too excited about this company overall. In fact, over the past two years, the Zacks Broadcasting Radio/TV industry has clearly underperformed the broader market, as you can see below:

    So, value investors might want to wait for the broader factors and analysts’ sentiment to turn around in this name first, but once that happens, this stock could be a compelling pick.

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