Discovery Communications http://so-l.ru/tags/show/discovery_communications Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:57:08 +0300 <![CDATA[TV giant Discovery to shut European hub as it mulls post-Brexit plan]]> Bear Grylls broadcaster may move to Poland or Netherlands if EU-wide TV deal not struck

Discovery is to shut its European broadcasting base in London as the US TV giant behind channels including Animal Planet and Eurosport mulls post-Brexit plans for a new continental hub.

Discovery broadcasts more than 100 TV channels across Europe from its headquarters in west London, making the pay-TV giant the biggest broadcaster to use the UK as a hub for the continent.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_05_28_tv_giant_discovery_to_shut_european_hub Mon, 28 May 2018 17:24:32 +0300
<![CDATA[Meredith (MDP) Continues to Restructure, Offloading MXM]]> In keepingwith its strategy to focus on core operations, Meredith Corporation MDP has decided to offload Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (“MXM”) to Accenture. Management believes that this digital and customer relationship marketing agency will better integrate with Accenture Interactive. MXM is a creative agency, which develops and delivers custom content and customer relationship marketing programs for many of the world's leading brands.

The company did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company believes that the deal will not have any major impact on its fiscal 2018 financial results.

The news of divestiture followed Meredith’s announcement of new sales and marketing structure for its National Media Group and strategic plans to smoothly integrate its recent buyout of Time Inc. This strategy mainly involves the reviewing of media asset portfolio and divestiture of non-core brands; augmenting advertising as well as circulation feat of the Time Inc. properties; increasing revenue and profits of Time Inc. digital assets; and generating cost synergies of $400-$500 million annually in the first two years of operations.

 

On completion of portfolio review, Meredith intends to vend the TIME, Sports Illustrated, Money and Fortune magazine brands. This follows the recent divestiture of Time Inc. UK and Golf media brands. Meredith, which records 175 million American consumers every month, sold Time Inc. UK to Epiris.

Analysts believe that these endeavors will provide cushion to the stock that has declined 17.4% in the past three months against the industry’s gain of 15.2%.

Other Key Picks

MSG Networks Inc. MSGN delivered a positive earnings surprise of 20.4% last quarter.  It sports a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

AMC Networks Inc. AMCX has pulled off an average positive earnings surprise of 24.3% in the trailing four quarters. The company carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA, a Zacks Rank #1 stock, has a long-term earnings growth rate of 8.8%.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_04_02_meredith_mdp_continues_to_restructure Mon, 02 Apr 2018 22:38:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Netflix Reportedly Casts Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery]]> Netflix NFLX has been one of the top-performing stocks to-date in 2018 driven by its robust and ever expanding content portfolio. The company’s strategy of producing quality original content and strong programming slate will continue to help it in attracting and retaining subscriber base.

Netflix’s massive spending on content can primarily be attributed to high production values. Notably, the solid budget also attracts well-known Hollywood stars, which definitely make the shows more attractive.

Hollywood stars like Will Smith (Bright), Brad Pitt (War Machine), Jake Gyllenhaal (Okja), Henry Cavill & Nicholas Hoult (Sand Castle), Angelina Jolie (First They Killed My Father), Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro and Meryl Streep (Five Came Back) have already worked with Netflix, either in the capacity of an actor or a director.
 
Jennifer Aniston is the latest addition to this bandwagon. Per Variety, Aniston will star opposite Adam Sandler in Netflix’s new comedy show Murder Mystery. In 2011, they were paired opposite in movie Just Go With It, which was a runaway hit, earning $103 million in the United States and $215 million worldwide.

Notably, Aniston is also working in an unnamed show along with Reese Witherspoon for Apple AAPL.
 

Netflix, Inc. Price and Consensus

Netflix, Inc. Price and Consensus | Netflix, Inc. Quote

 

Netflix Dominates on Portfolio Strength

The streaming market is expected to heat-up with upcoming services from the likes of Apple and Walt Disney DIS.

Apple’s aggressive bidding for original content has been a headwind for Netflix in recent times. The iPhone-maker is reportedly spending more than its stipulated budget of $1 billion.

Further, the recent acquisition of several major 21st Century Fox assets is a significant addition to Disney’s portfolio. Additionally, the company’s distribution agreement with Netflix also ends in the coming year, which means new movies will only be available on Disney’s streaming service in the United States.

However, Netflix continues to dominate the streaming market based on its ever-expanding content portfolio, well-supported by the whopping budget. The company is expected to spend a whopping $7.5–$8 billion in 2018 and it is anticipated to increase further to $12.2 billion in 2020.

Notably, Netflix intends to produce/acquire 80 films throughout the year. The company plans to release 30 international original series this year, including programs from India, Korea and Japan.

Netflix recently expanded its push in the global video streaming market with its first Philippine series to be released on Apr 9. The company collaborated with Filipino media company, TV5 Network to stream the 12-episode mini-series Amo, which is based on the controversial drug war of Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte, per media reports.

Although enormous spending on marketing (almost $2 billion in 2018 compared with $1.3 billion in 2017) can dent Netflix’s profitability, we believe that the company’s expanding content portfolio will rapidly drive subscriber growth in the long haul.

Zacks Rank & Stock to Consider

Currently, Netflix carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Discovery Communications DISCA with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is a stock worth considering in the same sector. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth rate for Discovery is currently pegged at 8.80%.

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Earlier this year, credit bureau Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting 2 out of every 3 Americans. The cybersecurity industry is expanding quickly in response to this and similar events. But some stocks are better investments than others.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_04_02_netflix_reportedly_casts_jennifer_anisto Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:29:00 +0300
<![CDATA[New Strong Buy Stocks for April 2nd]]> Here are 5 stocks added to the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) List today:

Almost Family, Inc. (AFAM): This provider of home healthcare services has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 9.5% over the last 60 days.

Almost Family Inc Price and Consensus

 

Almost Family Inc Price and Consensus

Almost Family Inc price-consensus-chart | Almost Family Inc Quote

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT): This provider of manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, display, and related industries has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 8.1% over the last 60 days.

The Chemours Company (CC): This provider of performance chemicals has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 7.4% over the last 60 days.

Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (CPSS): This specialty finance company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 6.4% over the last 60 days.

Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. Price and Consensus

Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. Quote

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA): This media company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 13.8% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

Discovery Communications, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Discovery Communications, Inc. Quote

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here

Can Hackers Put Money INTO Your Portfolio?

Earlier this month, credit bureau Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting 2 out of every 3 Americans. The cybersecurity industry is expanding quickly in response to this and similar events. But some stocks are better investments than others.

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<![CDATA[Discovery (DISCA) Down 16.7% Since Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?]]> It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA. Shares have lost about 16.7% in that time frame.

Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is DISCA due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important drivers.

Fourth Quarter Results

The company’s earnings (excluding $2.46 from non-recurring items) of 47 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 39 cents. The bottom line, however, declined 9.6% on a year-over-year basis owing to higher costs.

Discovery’s fourth-quarter revenues of $1,864 million improved 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. Also, the top line outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,783 million. In fact, revenue growth was witnessed across all major divisions of the company. Quarterly adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) increased 10% year over year.

Performance Details

Revenues from Discovery’s U.S. Networks division rose 10% to $892 million. Segmental growth was driven by 7% and 8% growth in distribution and advertising revenues, respectively.

Distribution revenues came in at $402 million compared with $375 million a year ago. Higher affiliate fee rates contributed to the increase. However, total portfolio subscribers decreased 5% while subscribers of the company’s fully distributed networks declined 3% in the quarter.


Advertising revenues came in at $456 million compared with $421 million a year ago.  Revenues from other sources increased to $34 million from $16 million in the previous year. The substantial improvement was primarily owing to Discovery's joint venture with TEN for automotive media. Also, adjusted OIBDA was up 7% year over year at the segment. On the contrary, adjusted OIBDA margin declined to 54% from 55% a year ago.

International Networks revenues rose 13% to $927 million. While Distribution revenues in the segment improved 15% to $479 million, advertising revenues increased 11% to $419 million. Revenues from other sources were up significantly on a year-over-year basis to $29 million. Adjusted OIBDA margin slid to 27% from 28% a year ago.

Revenues from the Education and Other division increased 10% to $45 million. This upside was primarily owing to increased International and digital textbook revenues at Education.

Liquidity

The company exited 2017 with cash and cash equivalents of $7,309 million and $14,755 million of debt (non-current portion) compared with $300 million and $7, 841 million, respectively, at the end of 2016.

How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?

It turns out, fresh estimates flatlined during the past month. There have been two revisions higher for the current quarter compared to two lower.

VGM Scores

At this time, DISCA has an average Growth Score of C, however its Momentum is doing a lot better with an A. The stock was allocated a grade of B on the value side, putting it in the second quintile for this investment strategy.

Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of A. If you aren't focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.

Based on our scores, the stock is primarily suitable for momentum investors while also being suitable for those looking for value and to a lesser degree growth.

Outlook

DISCA has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). We expect an above average return from the stock in the next few months.


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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_29_discovery_disca_down_16_7_since_earni Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:59:00 +0300
<![CDATA[New Strong Buy Stocks for March 28th]]> Here are 5 stocks added to the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) List today:

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT): This company that provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 8.1% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA): This media company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 13.8% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

Discovery Communications, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Discovery Communications, Inc. Quote

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCAU): This company that designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes, and sells vehicles has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 18.9% over the last 60 days.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. Price and Consensus

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. Price and Consensus

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KB Home (KBH): This homebuilding company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 14.9% over the last 60 days.

KB Home Price and Consensus

 

KB Home Price and Consensus

KB Home price-consensus-chart | KB Home Quote

KEMET Corporation (KEM): This manufacturer and seller of passive electronic components has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 13.2% over the last 60 days.

Kemet Corporation Price and Consensus

 

Kemet Corporation Price and Consensus

Kemet Corporation price-consensus-chart | Kemet Corporation Quote

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here

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Here's another stock idea to consider. Much like petroleum 150 years ago, lithium power may soon shake the world, creating millionaires and reshaping geo-politics. Soon electric vehicles (EVs) may be cheaper than gas guzzlers. Some are already reaching 265 miles on a single charge.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_28_new_strong_buy_stocks_for_march_28th Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:19:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Consumer Confidence Remains Strong: 4 Top-Ranked Picks]]> On Mar 27, the Conference Board reported U.S. consumer confidence data for the month of March. In February, consumer confidence index was at its 18-years high. Although the data shows a moderate dip from the previous month, primarily due to stock market fluctuations, it still remains at a strong level.

Expected improvement in income, jobs and after-tax pay of U.S. consumers are most likely to offset worries about rising interest rates and stock market volatility. A robust job market, massive tax cuts and solid economic data are likely to increase consumer spending in the months to come. At this stage, investment in consumer discretionary stocks with a favorable Zacks Rank will be a prudent move.

Moderate Dip in March Data

For March 2018, the Conference Board's measure of consumer confidence index stands at 127.7 compared with 130.0 in February, which was the highest in 18 years. March’s reading also came in below the consensus estimate of 130.4. The Present Situation index plummeted from 161.2 to 159.9, while the Expectations index dropped from 109.2 last month to 106.2 this month.

Persistence of volatility in the stock market, expectation of a global trade war followed  by President Trump’s Tariff policies and anticipation of an aggressive interest rate hike by the Fed led to the marginal decline in the consumer confidence index.

However, March’s reading of 127.7 was the second highest since the November 2017 index of 128.6. Notably, the reading for March 2017 was just 124.9.

U.S. Economy on Strong Footing

Recession is unlikely to occur as the U.S. economic fundamentals remain healthy. Several important macro-economic reports released in this month indicate as much.

U.S. economy added 313,000 jobs in February 2018, exceeding the consensus estimate of 208,000. Moreover, the total labor force stands slightly below 162 million. This was the highest since September 2003.

The Department of Commerce’s data showed that new orders for durable goods increased 3.1% in February after declining for two straight months. Orders for non-defense capital goods, excluding aircraft, grew 1.8%, reflecting biggest gain in five months. Core capital goods shipments increased 1.4%, the largest increase experienced since December 2016.

Industrial production improved 1.1% in February as against a dip of 0.3% in January. Manufacturing production increased 1.2% in February, reflecting largest gain since October 2017. Total industrial production in February was 108.2%, up 4.4% year over year.

Finally, on Mar 21, the Fed raised the economic outlook for 2018 from 2.5% to 2.7% and provided robust estimates of several key economic metrics post the Federal Open Market Committee’s latest policy meeting.

How to Identify the Potential Winners?

Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of U.S. economic activity.  Strong consumer confidence data indicates that the space is likely to witness robust growth in the coming months. Consequently, adding consumer discretionary stocks to your portfolio makes sense at this point. However, picking winning stocks can be a difficult task.

This is where our VGM Score comes in handy. Here V stands for Value, G for Growth and M for Momentum and the score is a weighted combination of these three scores. Such a score allows you to eliminate the negative aspects of stocks and select the winners. However, it is important to keep in mind that each Style Score will carry a different weight while arriving at a VGM Score.

We have narrowed down our search to the following stocks, each of which has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and a good VGM Score. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Shuffle Your Portfolio: 4 Key Picks

The chart below shows the price performance of our four picks in last six months.

 


 

Rocky Brands Inc. RCKY is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium quality footwear and apparel marketed under brand names Rocky Outdoor Gear, Georgia Boot, Durango, Lehigh, and the licensed brand, Dickies.

Rocky Brands has a VGM Score of A. It has expected earnings growth of 20.7% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 19.7% over the last 60 days.

Guess? Inc. GES designs, markets, distributes and licenses one of the world's leading lifestyle collections of contemporary apparel and accessories.

Guess has a VGM Score of A. It has expected earnings growth of 37.1% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 14.3% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications Inc. DISCA is the world's top-ranked non-fiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories.

Discovery has a VGM Score of A. It has expected earnings growth of 17.9% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 14% over the last 60 days.

MCBC Holdings Inc. MCFT is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of MasterCraft brand premium performance sport boats.

MCBC Holdings has a VGM Score of B. The company has expected earnings growth of 40.8% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved by 13.7% over the last 60 days.

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Here's another stock idea to consider. Much like petroleum 150 years ago, lithium power may soon shake the world, creating millionaires and reshaping geo-politics. Soon electric vehicles (EVs) may be cheaper than gas guzzlers. Some are already reaching 265 miles on a single charge.

With battery prices plummeting and charging stations set to multiply, one company stands out as the #1 stock to buy according to Zacks research.

It's not the one you think.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_28_consumer_confidence_remains_strong_4_to Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:46:00 +0300
<![CDATA[New Strong Buy Stocks for March 26th]]> Here are 5 stocks added to the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) List today:

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT): This provider of manufacturing equipment, services, and software has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 8.1% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA): This media company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 13.8% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

Discovery Communications, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Discovery Communications, Inc. Quote

Seagate Technology plc (STX): This company that provides data storage technology and solutions has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 12.5% over the last 60 days.American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG): This company that provides property and casualty insurance products has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 4.7% over the last 60 days.

American Financial Group, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

American Financial Group, Inc. Price and Consensus

American Financial Group, Inc. price-consensus-chart | American Financial Group, Inc. Quote

Flotek Industries, Inc. (FTK): This company that develops and supplies chemistry and services to the oil and gas industries has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 3.2% over the last 60 days.You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here

5 Medical Stocks to Buy Now

Zacks names 5 companies poised to ride a medical breakthrough that is targeting cures for leukemia, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, and other conditions.

New products in this field are already generating substantial revenue and even more wondrous treatments are in the pipeline. Early investors could realize exceptional profits.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_26_new_strong_buy_stocks_for_march_26th Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:07:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Investors' Radars Failed to Catch Discovery Communications (DISCA), Has Yours?]]> It can be very difficult to find companies that are both flying under the radar, and still might have potential for gains. Many times, stocks are off investors’ radar screens for a reason, though there are some hidden gems that could be worth uncovering by those with a high risk tolerance.

One way to find these underappreciated stocks is by looking at companies that haven’t seen their share prices move higher lately, but have observed analysts raising earnings estimates for their stock. This trend could signal that investors haven’t quite embraced the rising estimate story yet, but that the potential for a big move higher is definitely there.

One such company that looks well positioned for a solid gain, but has been overlooked by investors lately, is Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA. This Broadcast Radio and Television stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 12.8%. But that is not yet reflected in its price, as the stock lost 11.4% over the same time frame.

You should not be concerned about the price remaining muted going forward. This year’s expected earnings growth over the prior year is 17.9%, which should ultimately translate into price appreciation.

And if this isn’t enough, DISCA currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) which further underscores the potential for its outperformance (See the performance of Zacks' portfolios and strategies here: About Zacks Performance). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So if you are looking for a stock flying under-the-radar that is well-equipped to bounce down the road, make sure to consider Discovery Communications. Solid estimate revisions and an impressive Zacks Rank suggest that better days may be ahead for DISCA and that now might be an interesting buying opportunity.

5 Medical Stocks to Buy Now

Zacks names 5 companies poised to ride a medical breakthrough that is targeting cures for leukemia, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, and other conditions.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_26_investors_radars_failed_to_catch_discov Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:39:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Meredith Reshapes Media Portfolio For Time Inc's Integration]]> Meredith Corporation MDP unveiled strategic plans to smoothly integrate its recent buyout of Time Inc. This strategy mainly comprises reviewing of media assets’ portfolio and divestiture of non-core brands; augment advertising as well as circulation feat of the Time Inc. properties; increasing revenue and profits of Time Inc. digital assets; and generate cost synergies in a band of $400-$500 million annually in the first two years of operations.

With the completion of portfolio review, Meredith intends to sell the TIME, Sports Illustrated, Money and Fortune magazine brands. This follows the recent divestiture of Time Inc. UK and Golf media brands. Meredith, which reaches 175 million American consumers every month, has divested Time Inc. UK to Epiris.

Management cited the reason behind these potential divestitures, to diverse target viewers and advertising bases as these iconic brands have a huge customer base. Therefore, it believes that each of these brands will be efficiently managed by their respective new owners, positioning them well for growth. Meredith also revealed that it has received certain offers for the brands, however, it suspended any further talks until final agreements have been made.

Meredith is planning a modern brand-centered sales organization and go-to-market strategy, which is expected to leverage the new media portfolio comprising the enhanced digital footprint. These plans will be further highlighted in all-employee meetings starting Mar 28.

In an another move, Meredith, the publisher of Family Circle and Better Homes & Gardens, retrenched 200 positions to achieve cost synergies of $400-$500 million. Further, it is well on track to cut 1,000 additional positions in the coming 10 months. These job layoffs have not resulted from the aforesaid potential divestitures, but forms major part of Meredith's previously announced strategy of eradicating duplicative positions and consolidating definite functions at its headquarters, where operational expenses are considerably low.

Earlier, the media behemoth had laid-off nearly 600 positions due to the transitioning of a Time subscription fulfillment functions to a lower-cost provider.

The merger of Time Inc. and Meredith has created a leading media company serving nearly 200 million Americans across industry-leading digital, television, print, video, mobile, and social platforms positioned for growth. The combined mega company is a diversified media and marketing hub.

This merger has brought together the strong television business of Meredith as well as the trusted, premium multiplatform content creation of both Meredith and Time Inc., which are capable of serving consumers and advertisers alike.

Stock Performance

However, shares of Meredith lost 2.9% in the past six months against the industry’s 24.9% upside. The decline can be attributed to the waning print media trends due to shift from traditional advertising.



Nevertheless, this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock has enough potential to turnaround in the near term. The company’s strategic initiatives particularly in the digital space, brand licensing activities, solid portfolio of television stations and a robust earnings surprise history reinforce its position as one of the leading media and marketing companies.
 
Three Picks You Cant’s Miss

MSG Networks Inc. MSGN delivered a positive earnings surprise of 20.4% in the last quarter.  It sports a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

AMC Networks Inc. AMCX has pulled off an average positive earnings surprise of 24.3% in the trailing four quarters. The company carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA, a Zacks Rank #2 stock, has a long-term earnings growth rate of 8.8%.

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Ignited by new referendums and legislation, this industry is expected to blast from an already robust $6.7 billion to $20.2 billion in 2021. Early investors stand to make a killing, but you have to be ready to act and know just where to look.

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<![CDATA[New Strong Buy Stocks for March 22nd]]> Here are 5 stocks added to the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) List today:

Continental Building Products, Inc. (CBPX): This manufacturer and seller of gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 11.3% over the last 60 days.

Continental Building Products, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Continental Building Products, Inc. Price and Consensus

Continental Building Products, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Continental Building Products, Inc. Quote

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA): This media company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 14.1% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

Discovery Communications, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Discovery Communications, Inc. Quote

Dynegy Inc. (DYN): This company that produces and sells electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 66.7% over the last 60 days.

Dynegy Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Dynegy Inc. Price and Consensus

Dynegy Inc. price-consensus-chart | Dynegy Inc. Quote

ePlus inc. (PLUS): This engineering-centric technology solutions provider has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 2.3% over the last 60 days.

ePlus inc. Price and Consensus

 

ePlus inc. Price and Consensus

ePlus inc. price-consensus-chart | ePlus inc. Quote

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NOG): This independent energy company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing more than 100% over the last 60 days.You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here

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<![CDATA[Sirius XM Extends Partnership With Hyundai Motor America]]> Sirius XM Holdings Inc. SIRI has announced the extension of its existing partnership with Hyundai Motor America, the wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company, to five more years.

Per the agreement, customers purchasing Hyundai and Genesis brand vehicles will continue to get a three-month’s introductory Sirius XM All Access subscription package through the 2022 model year.

Sirius XM All Access is a highly extensive programming package including the Sirius XM mobile app. It delivers a comprehensive audio entertainment experience in the form of music, sports, talks, news, comedy, etc. The subscribers also get an access to streaming, which allows them to connect to their favorite channels online using the mobile app as well as at home on a wide range of connected devices like smart TVs, PlayStations etc.


 

Additionally, customers purchasing Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned vehicles will also be entitled to receive an introductory subscription of Sirius XM All Access for three months.

Further, customers buying Genesis branded vehicles with navigation facility will receive a three-year subscription to a bouquet of Sirius XM Traffic and Sirius XM Travel Link infotainment services.

Notably, Sirius XM Traffic provides detailed information on traffic speed, accidents, construction, road closures and so on, enabling drivers to avoid congestion before reaching their respective destination.

Meanwhile, Sirius XM Travel Link offers drivers and passengers updates on weather, fuel prices, sports scores, movie listings and stock prices.

Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks

Sirius XM carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other top-ranked stocks in the broader Consumer Discretionary sector include American Public Education, Inc. APEI, Sky plc SKYAY and Discovery Inc. DISCA. While American Public Education sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Sky and Discovery carry a Zacks Rank of 2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Shares of American Public Education, Sky and Discovery have gained more than 100%, 48% and 7%, respectively, in the last six months.

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<![CDATA[New Strong Buy Stocks for March 16th]]> Here are 5 stocks added to the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) List today:

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (AB): This publicly owned investment manager has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 5% over the last 60 days.

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. Price and Consensus

 

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. Price and Consensus

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. price-consensus-chart | AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. Quote

Almost Family, Inc. (AFAM): This company that provides home healthcare services has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 16.8% over the last 60 days.

Almost Family Inc Price and Consensus

 

Almost Family Inc Price and Consensus

Almost Family Inc price-consensus-chart | Almost Family Inc Quote

Continental Building Products, Inc. (CBPX): This company that manufactures and sells gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 11.6% over the last 60 days.

Continental Building Products, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Continental Building Products, Inc. Price and Consensus

Continental Building Products, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Continental Building Products, Inc. Quote

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA): This media company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 16.1% over the last 60 days.

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Discovery Communications, Inc. Price and Consensus

Discovery Communications, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Discovery Communications, Inc. Quote

Dynegy Inc. (DYN): This producer and seller of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing more than 100% over the last 60 days.

Dynegy Inc. Price and Consensus

 

Dynegy Inc. Price and Consensus

Dynegy Inc. price-consensus-chart | Dynegy Inc. Quote

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<![CDATA[The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: AT&T, Goldman Sachs, Sanofi, General Mills and Discovery]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 16, 2018 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include AT&T T, Goldman Sachs GS, Sanofi SNY, General Mills GIS and Discovery DISCA.

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Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for AT&T, Goldman Sachs and Sanofi

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including AT&T, Goldman Sachs and Sanofi. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

AT&T’s shares have decreased -12.8% in the last one year, underperforming the Zacks Wireless National industry's fall of -11.5%. Despite the disappointing price performance, the Zacks analyst is optimistic about AT&T’s wireless growth prospects ahead of the launch of standards-based mobile 5G services and the FirstNet project.

Further, another major positive is AT&T's net gain of 4.1 million total wireless subscribers, with 2.7 million in the United States (driven by connected devices, postpaid phones and prepaid) and 1.3 million in Mexico, in fourth-quarter 2017. Despite cord-cutting, AT&T gained 368,000 DIRECTV NOW connections in the final quarter of 2017.

However, AT&T continues to struggle in the competitive U.S. wireless market. Other challenges like loss in access lines and union issues continue to hurt the stock. Regulatory hurdles for the pending AT&T-Time Warner deal have also become a major issue.

(You can read the full research report on AT&T here >>>).

Shares of Goldman Sachs have gained +16.2% in the six months, underperforming the +25.5% gain of the Zacks Investment Banking industry. However, the company boasts an impressive earnings surprise history. It has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in three out of the trailing four quarters.

Though several issues, including sluggish global economic growth and lower client activity levels with weak fixed income trading revenues, remain near-to-medium-term headwinds, the Zacks analyst thinks the company’s well-diversified business and focus to capitalize on growth opportunities through strategic moves will continue to strengthen the overall business.

Cost-control measures are commendable. Additionally, steady capital-deployment activities have boosted investors' confidence.

(You can read the full research report on Goldman Sachs here >>>).

Sanofi’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry year to date, declining -5.9% vs. -0.1%. However, Sanofi has several new products in its portfolio and candidates in its pipeline that can contribute to long-term growth. Particularly, the Zacks analyst is optimistic about sales prospects of Dupixent, which could prove to be an important growth driver.

Meanwhile, the recently announced acquisitions of Ablynx and Bioverativ are expected to strengthen Sanofi’s position in the rare blood disorders market. However, Sanofi’s Diabetes franchise is under significant pressure with key product, Lantus facing increasing competitive pressure at the payor level and the presence of biosimilar competition in several European markets and Japan. 

Other headwinds include generic competition for many drugs and slower-than-expected uptake of new products like Praluent. Meanwhile, the performance of the Consumer Healthcare franchise was soft n 2017.

(You can read the full research report on Sanofi here >>>).

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include General Mills and Discovery.

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<![CDATA[Top Research Report for AT&T, Goldman Sachs & Sanofi]]> Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including AT&T (T), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Sanofi (SNY). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

AT&T’s shares have decreased -12.8% in the last one year, underperforming the Zacks Wireless National industry's fall of -11.5%. Despite the disappointing price performance, the Zacks analyst is optimistic about AT&T’s wireless growth prospects ahead of the launch of standards-based mobile 5G services and the FirstNet project.

Further, another major positive is AT&T's net gain of 4.1 million total wireless subscribers, with 2.7 million in the United States (driven by connected devices, postpaid phones and prepaid) and 1.3 million in Mexico, in fourth-quarter 2017. Despite cord-cutting, AT&T gained 368,000 DIRECTV NOW connections in the final quarter of 2017.

However, AT&T continues to struggle in the competitive U.S. wireless market. Other challenges like loss in access lines and union issues continue to hurt the stock. Regulatory hurdles for the pending AT&T-Time Warner deal have also become a major issue.

(You can read the full research report on AT&T here >>>).

Shares of Goldman Sachs have gained +16.2% in the six months, underperforming the +25.5% gain of the Zacks Investment Banking industry. However, the company boasts an impressive earnings surprise history. It has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in three out of the trailing four quarters.

Though several issues, including sluggish global economic growth and lower client activity levels with weak fixed income trading revenues, remain near-to-medium-term headwinds, the Zacks analyst thinks the company’s well-diversified business and focus to capitalize on growth opportunities through strategic moves will continue to strengthen the overall business.

Cost-control measures are commendable. Additionally, steady capital-deployment activities have boosted investors' confidence.

(You can read the full research report on Goldman Sachs here >>>).

Sanofi’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry year to date, declining -5.9% vs. -0.1%. However, Sanofi has several new products in its portfolio and candidates in its pipeline that can contribute to long-term growth. Particularly, the Zacks analyst is optimistic about sales prospects of Dupixent, which could prove to be an important growth driver.

Meanwhile, the recently announced acquisitions of Ablynx and Bioverativ are expected to strengthen Sanofi’s position in the rare blood disorders market. However, Sanofi’s Diabetes franchise is under significant pressure with key product, Lantus facing increasing competitive pressure at the payor level and the presence of biosimilar competition in several European markets and Japan. 

Other headwinds include generic competition for many drugs and slower-than-expected uptake of new products like Praluent. Meanwhile, the performance of the Consumer Healthcare franchise was soft n 2017.

(You can read the full research report on Sanofi here >>>).

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include General Mills (GIS), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Discovery (DISCA).

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Earlier this month, credit bureau Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting 2 out of every 3 Americans. The cybersecurity industry is expanding quickly in response to this and similar events. But some stocks are better investments than others.

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Featured Reports

Nerlynx Approval Boosts Puma (PBYI), Cancer Space Crowded

Per the Zacks analyst, though the FDA approval of Nerlynx is expected to drive Puma's sales, competition in the targeted breast cancer space might hurt the company's top-line in the near-term.

Productivity Gains, Capital-Recycling to Aid Host Hotels (HST)

Per the Zacks analyst, Host Hotels is likely to gain from productivity improvement and strategic capital recycling efforts.

New Projects to Drive Buckeye Partners (BPL), Regulations Ail

Per the Zacks analyst, Buckeye Partners continues to expand its scale of operations and customer base through organic and acquisition-driven growth initiatives.

NRG Energy (NRG) Gains From Cost Cuts, Customer Additions

Per the Zacks analyst NRG Energy benefits from its three year Transformation Plan that is aimed to lower cost of operations and sale of non-core assets.

Tourist Activity Aids Hawaiian Electric (HE), Costs Ail

Per the Zacks analyst, Hawaii's tourism industry with solid growth in visitor spending and arrivals aid Hawaiian Electric's growth.

Bakken Pipeline Aids Energy Transfer (ETP) Amid Mariner Woes

The Zacks analyst remains worried about opposition and regulatory setbacks suffered by the Mariner Pipeline.

Lamar (LAMR) To Benefit From Opportunistic Acquisitions

Per the Zacks analyst, portfolio upgradation and expansion efforts are likely to aid Lamar in its attempts to improve display occupancy and advertising rates.

New Upgrades

Robust Portfolio, Ad Revenue Growth Aids Discovery (DISCA)

The Zacks analyst likes Discovery's strong product portfolio, which has expanded following the Scripps buyout. The company's strong ad revenues are also encouraging.

Key Plans to Fight Weak Sales Bode Well for General Mills (GIS)

Per the Zacks analyst, four key global strategies for fiscal 2018 to combat weak sales, along with marketing and cost saving initiatives will help General Mills to boost profit level.

Pilgrim's (PPC) Grows on Portfolio Strategy & Acquisitions

The Zacks analyst thinks that ongoing portfolio strategy, GNP Company and Moy Park buyouts as well as stronger demand for chicken products will boost Pilgrim's Pride's near-term results.

New Downgrades

Comstock (CRK) Hurt by High Debt, Low Natural Gas Price

The Zacks analyst is concerned about Comstock's precarious liquidity position and high debt load amid the weakness in natural gas prices.

Low Contract Revenues, Reduced Margins to Hurt Dycom (DY)

Per the Zacks analyst, Dycom's low contract revenues due to near-term moderation in spending by its customers are weighing on its results. Low margins & adverse mix of work activities remain concerns.

Exelixis (EXEL) Dependence on Cabometyx Worrying

Per the Zacks analyst, while sales of Cabometyx have been impressive, Exelixis is heavily dependent on Cabometyx for growth. Moreover, there has been a slowdown in demand in recent times.


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<![CDATA[Hasbro's Brand & Product Lineup Impress, High Costs a Worry]]> Hasbro Inc.’s HAS strong product line up of entertainment backed products along with focus on strategic partnerships pose the company for long-term growth. However, higher costs and lower demand for traditional toys are somewhat denting the company’s profit.

Last month, Hasbro reported mixed fourth-quarter 2017 results, with earnings surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate and revenues lagging the same. Adjusted earnings of $2.30 per share surpassed the consensus mark of $1.82 by 26.4%. Earnings grew 40.2% from the year-ago quarter, driven by benefits from the recent U.S. tax reforms.

In the fourth quarter, revenues from its Partner Brands and Europe declined, significantly affecting net revenues. However, strength in the franchise brand revenues drove the top line. Management believes that product innovation and digital initiatives will help the company gain traction in 2018 and beyond.

However, costs related to such initiatives would hurt the company’s margins in the near term.

Notably, shares of Hasbro have lost 7.3% in the past year, widely underperforming the industry’s gain of 37.9%. Moreover, given management’s lowered guidance for 2018, based largely on negative overall industry trends, we find the stock’s upside potential to be limited.


Product Launch, Strategic Partnerships & Strong Brand-Building Efforts Aid Top Line

To drive revenues, Hasbro continues to invest in relentless product innovation. The company continues to release Transformers Franchise in all forms of entertainment, including movies, television and digital expressions, which are expected to drive the top line in the coming 10 years.

On the product innovation front, Hasbro launched several social games. Among them, Dungeons & Dragons was particularly successful. With the launch of DROPMIX, the company further strengthened its digital gaming revenues. Product innovation remains a strong driver of sales growth for Hasbro.

Meanwhile, the company is continuously signing partnership deals with social, digital and television platforms to enhance sales. Hasbro entered into a five-year agreement with Paramount to enhance storytelling and content capabilities. It further invested in Boulder Media, the company’s animation studio and increased digital capacities to drive sales. Moreover, the deal with Walt Disney to manufacture dolls based on Disney Princess’ stories and characters, beginning 2016, is expected to continue bolstering Hasbro’s top line.

Hasbro continues to increase its brand awareness through television. Hasbro Studio is responsible for the creation and development of storytelling based on Hasbro’s brands, across mediums including television, film and digital shorts. The television programming is currently aired worldwide.

Hasbro has 40% interest in a joint venture with Discovery Communications called the Discovery Family Channel (formerly known as ‘The Hub Network’). This network offers high-quality children’s shows as well as family entertainment and educational programs. In international markets, Hasbro Studios distribute to various broadcasters and cable networks on various digital platforms, including Netflix NFLX and iTunes. These initiatives are aiding the company to achieve its target of growing the brands beyond traditional toys and games, and providing entertainment to consumers of all ages, thereby boosting demand and sales.

Toys ‘R’ Us Bankruptcy Remains a Major Headwind

The Toys ‘R’ Us Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in September, 2017 has been an added concern for the already suffering toy industry players. The bankruptcy continues to affect Hasbro, as well as other significant toymakers like Mattel MAT and JAKKS Pacific JAKK, as each of these companies generate almost 10% of their overall sales from Toys “R” Us.

In fact, Hasbro’s U.S. and Canada segment’s fourth-quarter 2017 revenues and operating profit were dented due to the incremental bad debt expense related to the bankruptcy filing. The segment’s operating profit in 2017 declined 2% to $509.9 million.

Zacks Rank

Hasbro carries 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[The Net Worth of the Richest Families in America Will Leave You Stunned]]> Believe it or not, there are a few dozen billionaire families in the United States, and almost all of them got their money in a different way. Some companies are newer and some are older, but they all made the list of our top 15 richest families in America (different from the richest individuals in America).

Here are the richest families in the country, plus how they made their billions, according to Forbes. Just wait till you see what family came in at No. 1.

15. The Du Pont family (chemicals)

Chemical formulas written on glass.

This family met their fortune through creating chemicals. | Bristol-Myers Squbb

  • Net worth: $14.3 billion

The Du Pont family fortune dates all the way back to 1799, when E.I. Du Pont founded DuPont, a company that originally made gunpowder. It then expanded to working with various chemicals. DuPont invented nylon, Kevlar, and Teflon, and merged with Dow in 2015. Today, more than 3,500 Du Pont family members share the fortune worldwide.

Next: This family made billions through publishing. 

14. The Ziff family (publishing)

A man sitting in front of a large stack of magazines and books.

This family started from the bottom, and made their way to the top. | Blazic27/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $14.4 billion

Ziff Publishing began in 1927 when William Ziff Sr. started a publishing business. His son, William Smith Jr., built it into Ziff Davis, which was known for popular magazines like PC Magazine and Car and Driver. Smith Jr. sold the company for $1.4 billion in 1994, and his sons started Ziff Brothers Investments afterward. They’re worth more than $14 billion today.

Next: A soup formula built this family’s fortune. 

13. The Dorrance family (Campbell Soup)

Campbell's Condensed Soup Can.

The family behind Campbell’s is living the good life. | VelhoJunior/iStock/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $17.1 billion

John T. Dorrance invented the formula for Campbell’s condensed soup in 1897. Today, the Campbell Soup Company also owns brands like Prego, V8, and Pepperidge Farm. The company has netted about $8 billion in revenue, and the fortune is currently split among 11 family members.

Next: This woman started out selling skin cream in salons. 

12. The Lauder family (Estee Lauder)

Estee Lauder counter and customers.

You’ve probably come across an Estee Lauder counter or two. | InnaFelker/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $17.9 billion

Estee Lauder began when its founder, Estee Lauder, started selling her homemade skin creams to women in hair salons. She founded the company with her husband in 1946. Today, Estee Lauder owns 30 makeup brands, including Clinique and MAC. The fortune is split between five of Lauder’s descending relatives.

Next: This family’s sons turned their father’s business into billions. 

11. The Newhouse family (magazines, television)

Remote controls and a magazine.

This family runs successful publication and media companies. | Ugde/iStock/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $18.5 billion

Samuel and Donald Newhouse inherited their father’s company, Advance Publications, and turned into a billion-dollar business. Advance’s holdings include Condé Nast, Reddit, Discovery Communications, and more than 25 newspapers throughout the U.S. Today, Donald Newhouse’s son runs the day-to-day operations of the business. The fortune is split among three family members.

Next: Gas and oil pipelines created this family’s wealth. 

10. The Duncan family (pipelines)

Pipes seen tied together.

Dan Duncan’s heirs have made their family fortune even larger. | Kodda/iStock/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $21.5 billion

Dan Duncan founded Enterprise Products Partners, which made its money with pipeline projects. Duncan died in 2010, and his kids took over and doubled the company’s net worth. A rise in stock prices helped lead the family to its $21.5 billion-dollar fortune. Today, the fortune is split among his children.

Next: This company’s founder used journalism to start a war. 

9. The Hearst family (Hearst Corporation)

The Hearst Tower in New York City.

Hearst created an empire. | Richard Moross/Shutterstock

  • Net worth: $28 billion

William Randolph Hearst founded Hearst Corporation in 1887. Hearst built his publication company into one of the largest in the world and even lead the U.S. into the Spanish-American War because of his journalism tactics. Today, Hearst Corp. owns hundreds of magazines and newspapers and has a large stake in cable television. 67 family members share the fortune.

Next: This family owns one of the largest mutual fund companies in the world. 

8. The Edward Johnson family (money management)

The Fidelity Investments logo.

The family has more than enough money to survive on. | Fidelity

  • Net worth: $28.5 billion

Edward Johnson founded Fidelity in 1946. Fidelity is the second largest mutual fund company in the world, and the Johnson family owns about half of it. The company manages $1.8 trillion in assets. Johnson’s granddaughter is the CEO of the company today, and the fortune is shared among four family members.

Next: Hotels and investments gave this family their fortune. 

7. The Pritzker family (hotels)

A Hyatt Place hotel.

You might have stayed at this popular hotel chain. | Hyatt

  • Net worth: $29 billion

If you’re familiar with Hyatt, then you’re familiar with the Pritzker family. There are 11 billionaires in the Hyatt fortune, founded by the Pritzkers. The family feuded for years over trusts, and most of them separated themselves from the business. Today, Thomas Hyatt is the executive chairman of the company and the only member of the Pritzker family still involved with the chain.

Next: This Wisconsin family’s floor business turned into a cleaning product empire. 

6. The S.C. Johnson family (cleaning products)

Pledge furniture polish.

Their products are still extremely popular. | Amazon

  • Net worth: $30 billion

The second Johnson family on the list, the S.C. Johnson family got its start in 1886. Founder S.C. Johnson started a flooring company and later developed floor wax. Today, the company is worth about $9.6 billion and owns products like Ziploc, Pledge, and Glade. There was an inheritance issue when S.C. Johnson’s son, who had inherited the whole company after his father’s death in 1928, died without a will. The fortune was split 60/40 between his son and daughter.

Next: This family started in media, then expanded to automotive to make billions. 

5. The Cox family (media)

Cox Media logo.

The family is worth billions. | Cox Media

  • Net worth: $41 billion

Cox Enterprises got started in newspapers but eventually switched over to television and automotive. Today, Cox Enterprises owns Cox Communications, Cox Media Group, and DealerTrack, which is a software company used for car dealerships. The company also owns Kelley Blue Book and AutoTrader.com. The fortune is shared among James Cox’s (the original founder) five grandchildren.

Next: Agribusiness put this family in the top richest families in America. 

4. The Cargill-MacMillan family (Cargill, Inc.)

Cargill logo on a white background.

This billionaire family is still worth a lot of money. | Cargill

  • Net worth: $49 billion

The Cargill-MacMillan family has more billionaires than any other family in the world (14 total). The family made its money in agribusiness with Cargill, Inc. and has been doing so since the Civil War. Founder W.W. Cargill started the company as a grain storage business. Today, the company has about $108 billion in revenue, but reinvests 80% of its income each year. The 17-person board is made up of only six Cargill-MacMillan family members, but that doesn’t stop the family from being chock full of billionaires.

Next: Who knew candy could make you billions? 

3. The Mars family (candy)

A Mars Bar cut in half.

People loved his chocolate so much, it made him a billions. | Samohin/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $78 billion

There’s probably no more exciting way to make billions of dollars than with chocolate bars. The company was inherited by three siblings when their father, Forrest Mars, died after inheriting it from his grandfather. The best part? The siblings actually play no day-to-day role in the business. Their grandfather got his start by selling candy out of his kitchen. He later brought his son into the company, and the two invented malt-flavored nougat. They later invented M&Ms, and the inventions drove their sales into the billions.

Next: These brothers got their hands on investments that made them billionaires. 

2. The Koch family (various investments)

David Koch at an event.

David Koch is extremely wealthy. | Lars Niki/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $82 billion

Koch industries, operated by Koch brothers Charles and David, has invested in various businesses in recent years. The brothers got the money for expansion from their father, who developed a new oil refining process in the 1920s. The brothers actually have two other siblings who cashed out of the company for $400 million each in 1983. Today, they’re worth just a fraction of Charles and David. The Koch brothers most recently purchased Time, Inc., a well-known publication company, alongside Meredith Corporation in late 2017.

Next: The largest retailer in the world puts this family billions of dollars ahead of the rest. 

1. The Walton family (Wal-Mart)

A Walmart supercenter.

The family will be rich for a very long time. | Niloo138/iStock/Getty images

  • Net worth: $130 billion

The founders of Wal-Mart are also the richest family in America. James and Sam Walton founded the business in Arkansas in 1962. Today, seven heirs own about half of the company. Wal-Mart’s board includes Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and the Walton children. The three children share most of the country’s largest fortune.

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<![CDATA[Stock Market News For Mar 7, 2018]]> Markets ended slightly higher on Tuesday with all the major benchmarks ending in positive territory. Investors speculated about the effects of a possible trade war triggered by the imposition of import tariffs by President Trump. House Speaker Paul Ryan dissuaded Trump from moving ahead with his protectionist policies as they might not bode well for the economy. Meanwhile, North Korea has expressed its willingness to denuclearize and is eager to hold talks with the U.S and its Southern neighbor in a bid to improve relations.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) increased 0.04% to close at 24,884.12. The S&P 500 gained 0.3% to close at 2,728.12. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 7,372.01, increasing 0.6%. The fear-gauge CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) increased 8.5% to close at 20.33. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,701 to 1,098. On Nasdaq, advancing issues outnumber the declining ones by 1,692 to 1,144.

How Did the Benchmarks Perform?

The Dow added 9.4 points to end in the green on Tuesday. The blue-chip index has lost as much as 166 points earlier in the session. This fall followed a surge of 120 points in the Dow.

The S&P 500 gained 7.2 points to also end in positive territory. Of the 11 major segments of the S&P 500, nine finished in the green, with materials and consumer discretionary stocks leading the gainers. The Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) and the Consumer Discretionary Select Sect SPDR ETF (XLY) increased 1.1% and 0.7%, respectively on Tuesday. Gains for the broader index were also supported by a 5% increase in the shares of General Motors GM.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq amassed 41.3 points to end in the green as well. Gains for the tech-laden index were supported by an increase in the shares of Netflix, Inc. NFLX and Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN, which gained 3.2% and 0.9%, respectively. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Trade War Fears Keep Investors on Tenterhooks

On Friday, Trump said that the U.S. will impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum. Such protectionist trade measures triggered a lot of concern among corporations and consumers. Tariffs will increase the cost of companies that rely heavily on aluminum and steel, like auto and plane makers.

Trump’s contentious tariff announcement raised apprehensions about retaliation from China and other major U.S. trading partners. China cautioned America to abide by multilateral trade rules and not to harm the delicate global economy.

Trump’s plan however, faced opposition from House Speaker Paul Ryan and a few other fellow-Republicans. Ryan, in particular, cautioned Trump about the negative ramifications that the latter’s protectionist policies might have on the economy and discouraged him from pursuing such plans. Further, he openly criticized the idea of a trade war and stated that such a development would negate the overall positive impacts of the tax overhaul. Trump, however, stated that he wouldn’t be ‘backing down’ and that any imposition of new tariffs would not lead to a trade war.

Meanwhile, the President also stated that Canada and Mexico could be exempted from such tariffs if they agreed to ‘fairer’ terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also commented that Canada must ensure proper treatment of “our farmers” and that Mexico should put in more effort to check the drugs from flowing into the U.S.

Trump Speculates Cohn’s Resignation

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that President was skeptical about economic advisor Gary Cohn continuing in his role if import tariffs are imposed. Also, CNBC reported that a source close to Cohn stated that the latter was ‘contemplating’ about whether or not to continue with his current role.

Bloomberg also reported that Cohn has been working to prevent the tariffs from being imposed. He had also organized meetings between Trump and some important executives from the U.S. metals industries to discourage Trump from imposing tariffs.

North Korea Considers Denuclearization

South Korea’s presidential office announced on Tuesday that the country had agreed with its Northern counterpart to hold their first summit in the last 10 years. This news comes after a senior delegation met North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Monday, in a bid to improve strained relations between the two countries.

South Korean media also reported that the North had indicated its intent to denuclearize and would also completely stop weapons testing by the time the summit is held. The report also stated that North Korea was eager to enter into talks with the United States regarding denuclearization and improving its troubled relations with the country.

Stocks That Made Headlines

Chevron Sets Dividend Growth & Other Priorities for 2018

Chevron Corporation CVX recently issued a statement at its latest annual analyst day, bringing in pleasant news for its investors.

NCI Building Q1 Earnings & Revenues Top, View Upbeat

NCI Building Systems, Inc. NCS delivered adjusted earnings of 14 cents per share for first-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Jan 28, 2018), which surged nearly three-fold from 5 cents recorded in the prior-year quarter.

Target Pulls Itself Up to Take On Amazon & Walmart

Retail is no longer restricted to brick-and-mortar. With the wave of digital transformation hitting the sector, retailers are fast adopting the omni-channel mantra to provide a seamless shopping experience, whether online or in-stores.

Discovery Closes $14.6B Buyout of Scripps Networks

Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA has finally completed the much-awaited acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. 

Breaking News: Cryptocurrencies Now Bigger than Visa

The total market cap of all cryptos recently surpassed $700 billion – more than a 3,800% increase in the previous 12 months. They’re now bigger than Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and even Visa! The new asset class may expand even more rapidly in 2018 as new investors continue pouring in and Wall Street becomes increasingly involved.

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<![CDATA[Discovery (DISCA) Closes $14.6B Buyout of Scripps Networks]]> Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA has finally completed the much-awaited acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. The combined entity of both companies under the name, Discovery, Inc., will likely offer a complementary and dynamic suite of brands and emerge a new global leader in the space.

The acquisition was initially announced in July 2017. The company received an approval for the same from the U.S. Department of Justice only last week. The cash-and-stock based transaction was valued at $14.6 billion including Scripps’ approximate net debt of $2.7 billion.

Per the merger agreement, Scripps’ shareholders are entitled to receive around $90 per share inclusive of $65.82 per share in cash and $1.06 in Series C common shares of Discovery stock.

In fact, Shares of Discovery have been on an uptrend since the past few months with the company nearing closure of the integration. The stock has rallied 24.2% in the last three months, marginally outperforming the industry’s 23.9% gain.


 

 

The buyout is likely to boost the stock further.

Benefits of the Merger

The consolidated unit is likely to produce around 8,000 hours of original programming content on a yearly basis, reaching fans across 220 countries and territories in 50 different languages. Additionally, it is expected to generate 7 billion short-form video streams per month, expanding its presence across new video and social media platforms.

The two entities will have nearly 20% of ad-supported pay-TV audiences’ share in the United States. Further, the joint body plans to strengthen its global network of female subscribers. It will feature five of the top pay-TV networks for women, accounting for more than 20% female viewership of primetime pay-TV within the country.

The acquisition widens Discovery’s international footprint, providing the audience with a varied range of Scripps’ brands, programming feed and talent. Scripps’ strong position in core international markets like the United Kingdom and Poland will aid Discovery’s existing content pipeline in the areas including Discovery’s Home and Health network across Latin America.

Moreover, the transaction is expected to be accretive to the combined entity’s adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow in the first year after its conclusion, besides generating cost synergies of approximately $350 million.

The conglomerate will include brands namely Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Eurosport, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as well as a stake in Group Nine Media.

Notably, in December 2017, Discovery had announced to purchase a majority interest in OWN. Last November, the company along with others provided funding to Group Nine Media to become a stakeholder.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company has long maintained a dominant status among broadcasters by dishing out audiences with unscripted shows involving nature, mankind and animals. However, leading players like Netflix, Inc. NFLX, Amazon.com, Inc.  AMZN and Apple Inc. AAPL spend heavily to produce an array of high-quality scripted shows.  You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Breaking News: Cryptocurrencies Now Bigger than Visa

The total market cap of all cryptos recently surpassed $700 billion – more than a 3,800% increase in the previous 12 months. They’re now bigger than Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and even Visa! The new asset class may expand even more rapidly in 2018 as new investors continue pouring in and Wall Street becomes increasingly involved.

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<![CDATA[Company News For Feb 28, 2018]]>
  • Shares of Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA rose 3.5% after posting fourth quarter adjusted earnings of $0.47 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.39
  • Palo Alto Networks, Inc. PANW shares increased 2.3% after reporting fiscal second quarter non-GAAP earnings of $0.86 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.79
  • Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. SEAS fell 5.2% after posting fourth quarter adjusted loss of $0.24 per share, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of $0.18
  • Fitbit, Inc’s FIT shares slumped 12.3% after reporting fourth quarter adjusted loss of $0.02 per share, in contrast to the Zacks Consensus Estimate which predicted earnings would come in-line

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    <![CDATA[Stock Market News for Feb 28, 2018]]> After three consecutive days of gains, benchmarks finished in the red on Tuesday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s comments renewed concerns over increase in the pace of rate hikes. Powell in his speech to Congress indicated that the U.S. economy is strengthening and signaled that the key rate might be increased at a gradual pace. However, investors fretted that the central bank’s move to stop the economy from overheating might lead to not just three but even four more rate increases this year. 

    How the Benchmarks Fared?

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) decreased 1.2%, or 300.96 points, to close at 25,410.03. The S&P 500 fell 1.3% to close at 2,744.28. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 7,330.35, losing 1.2%. The fear-gauge CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) increased 17.7% to close at 18.59. A total of 7.4 billion shares were traded on Tuesday, considerably lower than the last 20-session average of 8.3 billion shares. Decliners outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by a 3.38-to-1 ratio. On Nasdaq, a 3.07-to-1 ratio favored declining issues.

    Markets Stumbles as Rate Hike Fears Loom

    In his first appearance on Capitol Hill, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell presented an encouraging picture of the U.S economy. Powell expressed confidence that the coming few years will be “good years for the economy”. After all, Americans are willing to spend more and business houses have ramped up their investments, helping to boost productivity.

    Consequently, traders predicted that an upbeat economy will fuel inflation further and prompt the Fed to step in and hike rates at a faster pace.  Many of them are already predicting the Fed will increase rates four times instead of three. According to data from the CME Group, odds of four rate hikes by year-end rose to 33% on Tuesday from about 20% on Monday.

    For the time being, Powell maintained that the Fed would keep to its plan of hiking rates three times this year. But, he did mention that “we’ve seen some data that will in my case add some confidence to my view that inflation is moving up to target”.

    Following a three-day long rally, all the key U.S. indexes declined as investors remained wary of an increase in the pace of rate hikes. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted their worst daily performance in percentage terms since Feb 8. The Dow registered a slump of more than 300 points. For the S&P 500 index, all the 11 sectors finished in the red, with the real estate and consumer discretionary sectors emerging as the biggest drags on the S&P 500.

    The Real Estate Select Sector SPDR (XLRE) fell 2.14%, becoming the biggest loser among the S&P 500 sectors. Some of its key holdings, including Simon Property Group, Inc. SPG and American Tower Corporation (REIT) AMT fell 3.2% and 1.4%, respectively.

    Additionally, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) decreased 2.12%, which was the worst performing sector in the S&P 500. Its key components like Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN and The Home Depot, Inc. HD declined 0.7% and 1.9%, respectively. Both the retailers have a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

    Coming to the individual company news, Comcast Corporation’s CMCSA shares fell 7.4% after the company made an offer of $31 billion to acquire Sky Plc. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. FOXA (which already owns around 39% of Sky Plc’s stake) and The Walt Disney Company DIS fell 3% and 4.5%, respectively, since of which were also eyeing Sky Plc.

    AutoZone, Inc’s AZO shares slumped 11.1% after the companyreported adjusted earnings per share of $4.23 for second-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Feb 10, 2018), missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8.81. Both AutoZone and Comcast were the biggest decliners for both the consumer discretionary sector and the broader S&P 500. (Read More)

    Stocks That Made Headline

    Discovery Q4 Earnings Beat, Scripps Buyout On Track

    Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA performed well in the fourth quarter of 2017, wherein revenues and earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. (Read More)

    IMAX Q4 Earnings Meet, Rise Y/Y on Solid Box-Office Revenues

    IMAX Corporation's IMAX fourth quarter of 2017 adjusted earnings per share came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. (Read More)

    Big 5 Falls 8% Despite Narrower-Than-Expected Q4 Loss

    Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation BGFV posted narrower-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter. (Read More)

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