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News of Note—AT&T, Time Warner, NBCUniversal, CBS and Viacom. by Ben Munson |. Apr 25, 2018 12: ... the other stories we're following today: > DOJ star witness Carl Shapiro admitted that if the AT&T-Time Warner merger is approved, consumer cost increases won't go up as much as he originally said.
A star witness took the stand in the antitrust trial over AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Thursday. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson gave his best arguments why the merger should be allowed to happen -- and why the merger will not, as the Department of Justice contends, reduce competition or ...

Law360 (April 20, 2018, 1:12 PM EDT) -- Antitrust legal eyes are glued to the first U.S. Department of Justice court challenge to a purely vertical merger since the 1970s, a deal AT&T and Time Warner say they need just to stay competitive but which the government says will drive up consumers' TV bills by hundreds of ...
Investors are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping that Time Warner outpaces earnings estimate even this time. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for first-quarter earnings and revenues are currently pegged at $1.76 and $7.95 billion, reflecting year-over-year growth of 6% and 2.8%, respectively.
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who testified in the trial on April 18, labeled the government's objections that the combined company would abuse its market position “ridiculous.” He seemed to suggest the DOJ doesn't understand that the world has changed, reiterating the position that Time Warner is ...
Media conglomerate Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) has had a bumpy year after the company's share price plummeted on news that antitrust regulators were sniffing around its merger deal with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). However, as the trial has been unfolding over the past few weeks, it is looking more and ...

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and AT&T Inc. traded blows in a courtroom Thursday as a federal judge opened proceedings on whether the telecom giant's planned purchase of Time Warner Inc. violates antitrust laws. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said little while the government and the ...
The DOJ's main argument is that AT&T would would gain too much power over its pay-TV competitors if it owned Time Warner's channels. To prop up its satellite-TV business—and its DirecTV Now streaming bundle—AT&T could, the DOJ argues, charge other providers more to carry Time Warner channels, ...
The Justice Department is suing to stop AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN. The case is about money, power and the distribution of TV programming in the new digital age. The deal would create a media behemoth. It would combine Time Warner's TV shows and ...
WASHINGTON — The much-watched antitrust trial between the Justice Department and AT&T began on Thursday, with opening statements that presented starkly different visions for how the company's blockbuster merger with Time Warner would fit into a media industry upturned by the internet. Before a ...
Judge Richard Leon has delayed opening statements in the Justice Department's lawsuit blocking AT&T's purchase of Time Warner due to possible inclement weather. The Washington, DC, area is expecting its most severe snowstorm of the season on Wednesday, when opening statements were initially ...
The Justice Department's bid to block AT&T's $85 billion merger with Time Warner is set to head to trial next week, in one of the most anticipated antitrust battles in years. The deal, if approved, would create a media giant that combines AT&T's nationwide mobile and satellite distribution networks with Time ...
A federal judge has rejected a Justice Department motion to limit evidence AT&T can present in its defense of its proposed purchase of Time Warner, which is set to go to trial next week. As a result of the ruling, AT&T gets to keep one key element of its argument for the deal, after previously losing another ...
Time Warner Cable logo An issue of Time Warner Cable Inc (NYSE:TWC) debt fell 1.9% against its face value during trading on Friday. The high-yield debt issue has a 4.5% coupon and is set to mature on September 15, 2042. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $86.87. Price changes in a company's ...
The Dallas telecom giant believes it can usher in the next evolution by combining its massive reach in wireless service and pay TV with Time Warner's ... AT&T wants to see whether President Donald Trump's anger at CNN, a Time Warner property, influenced the agency's decision to block the merger.
Time Warner shares look increasingly attractive, as the company's strong profit outlook should limit the downside if its merger deal with AT&T is blocked on antitrust grounds. Time Warner closed Friday at $94.70, about $11.80 below the current value of AT&T's cash and stock offer, which is around $106.50.
A federal judge denied AT&T's request to compel the U.S. Justice Department to disclose any records of communications between the White House and government lawyers that detail President Donald Trump's views on the company's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner. The Justice Department ...

WASHINGTON — AT&T's chief executive, Randall Stephenson, on Thursday attacked the Justice Department's lawsuit to block its merger with Time Warner, saying that a combined company would be no different from the Silicon Valley giants that make and distribute video content. As the last witness for the ...
If AT&T loses, it would also have to pay Time Warner $500 million in what's known as a reverse breakup fee. That's small relative to the typical payout, usually between 3 percent to 9 percent of the deal size. In this case, it's less than 0.6 percent. Time Warner and AT&T, it seems, were confident the deal ...
Judge Leon's ruling that AT&T can't access those documents effectively closes the door on AT&T's argument that the DOJ is singling out its Time Warner merger for a punishment that it didn't bestow on other deals, namely Comcast Corp.'s 2011 merger with NBCUniversal. AT&T can still raise the “You said ...
It's unclear if Rikoon Group bought 11,000 shares of Time Warner before or after the Department of Justice sued to block its acquisition by AT&T on Nov. 20. Perhaps it bought before and after. We also don't know when Rikoon Group bought 2,500 more AT&T shares, raising its stake to 39,500 shares.
Time Warner will be fine even if the government blocks the bid from AT&T to buy the company. That's the word from John Martin, the free-wheeling chief executive of Time Warner subsidiary Turner Inc., who was speaking at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach. For the record, Martin says that ...
Speaking with CNBC, he said concerns about AT&T/Time Warner having too much control over content creation and distribution lose some merit in light of what companies like Amazon and Netflix have been able to do. “There's this concern about vertical integration, having everything from content creation, ...
Much in the media industry will change if the U.S. government approves AT&T's pending $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc., but John Oliver insists his HBO series, “Last Week Tonight,” won't be one of them. “I do not anticipate the ground underneath us shifting,” Oliver told reporters at a press ...
Google parent company Alphabet has tapped Dinesh Jain, former chief operating officer at Time Warner Cable, to lead up its Access division, which includes the Google Fiber unit and internet service provider Webpass. Jain is replacing former Access CEO Greg McCray, who left last year amid turmoil at ...
However, as his administration delays approving the AT&T-Time Warner merger, he is unintentionally making life much easier for the biggest technology companies. The Justice Department's decision to sue to block the $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner by AT&T has clogged up the future of the legacy ...
Time Warner, which is in the process of being bought by AT&T, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Thursday, powered by the success of its latest superhero movie "Justice League." The New York-based company said it expects adjusted operating income in the high single digits ...
(RTTNews.com) - Time Warner Inc. (TWX) released a profit for its fourth quarter that advanced compared to the same period last year. The company said its bottom line advanced to $2.11 billion, or $2.66 per share. This was up from $0.98 billion, or $1.25 per share, in last year's fourth quarter. Analysts had ...
It's easy to see why former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons fell in love with Il Palazzone estate in Montalcino, Italy, with its stone walls, cypress trees and the rolling hills below. "I went to France, South Africa, Australia, Napa, Italy, but Tuscany was the place that spoke to me," he says of the vineyard, ...
Time Warner Inc. (TWX - Free Report) , which accepted the buyout offer of AT&T, Inc. (T - Free Report) , posted fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of $2.66 per share that rose sharply from $1.25 reported in the prior-year period. Adjusted earnings include a tax provision benefit of $1.06 on account of ...
The AT&T/Time Warner trial — scheduled to begin on March 19 — could have the same fate, if the Justice Department gets its way. Shapiro, 62, previously worked for the Justice Department under both presidents Clinton and Obama, serving as the deputy assistant attorney general for economics in the ...
Shares of AT&T Inc. T, +0.03% rose 3% late Wednesday after the company reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings and sales that beat expectations. AT&T said it earned $19 billion, or $3.08 a share, in the quarter, compared with $2.4 billion, or 39 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted for ...
With the Time Warner drama put to the side and not explored in any of the analysts' questions, the call about the company's solid fourth-quarter results verged at times on an infomercial for the “major public policy achievements” of President Donald Trump's time in office. (It was not lost to many listening in ...
Time Warner Inc.TWX , which accepted the buyout offer of AT&T, Inc., is slated to report fourth-quarter 2017 results before the market opens on Feb 1. In the trailing four quarters, this media and entertainment company has outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 11.8%.
The AOL-Time Warner merger is widely considered to be the worst corporate mergers in history. On Jan. 30, 2003, that fact became painfully obvious when the company reported a full-year fiscal 2002 net loss of $98.7 billion, the largest annual loss of any company in history. Just two years after the two ...
AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner, which is being challenged by the US Justice Department on antitrust grounds, “is of paramount importance in terms of building the platform,” he said. But Lesser isn't waiting on Time Warner's film and TV assets to make his case to the buy side and sell side.
WASHINGTON — A federal judge told Justice Department lawyers that he would not be inclined to delay a pending antitrust case against AT&T and Time Warner in the event of a government shutdown. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon cited the urgency of the case, set to go to a trial on March 19. “We've ...
Blockbuster mergers like AT&T-Time Warner and Disney-Fox may severely limit the amount of content companies like Dish can provide to their customers, said Dish CEO Erik Carlson. That kind of consolidation — which the Department of Justice is suing to block — calls into question whether companies ...
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 1/9/18, Time Warner Inc (Symbol: TWX), OGE Energy Corp. (Symbol: OGE), and WGL Holdings Inc (Symbol: WGL) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Time Warner Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.4025 ...
Broadcom Inc. (AVGO) is attempting to replace the board of Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) in a hostile takeover attempt, while the trial for the Department of Justice's lawsuit blocking AT&T Inc.'s (T) merger with Time Warner Inc. (TWX) will gets under way in the coming months. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Co.'s (DIS) purchase of most ...
Latest evolution in the price of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) stock has been one of the most talked about matter among the interested investors. Analysts often use price and volume data to predict future stock performance. In the case of TWX, the chart has some interesting things to say about where the ...
... measure volatility caused by gaps and limit up or down moves. The ATR is fairly simple to calculate and only needs historical price data. ATR is counted for different periods, like 9-day, 14-day, 20-day, 50-day and 100-day. At the moment, the 14-day ATR for Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) is noted at 1.10.
Despite 2017 being a dull year for the movie industry, The Walt Disney Company DIS has once again emerged as the top grosser in domestic box office collections. Per comScore, Hollywood industry ended 2017 on a mixed note, with domestic box office collections touching $11 billion mark only for the ...
The Wall Street Journal reported that the acquisition of Time Warner Inc. (TWX) by AT&T Inc. (T) has been deferred to June 21 in order to facilitate a successful defense of the merger before the Justice Department. This delay gives AT&T enough breathing space to deal with the potential legal hurdles that ...
So-called “vertical” mergers like AT&T (a telco with distribution assets but almost no content) and Time Warner (a content company with almost no distribution assets) were long believed to be acceptable to regulators. When the deal was announced, its approval was nearly a foregone conclusion and it had ...
AT&T and Time Warner have extended their $85.4 billion merger agreement once again as the companies prepare for the legal battle against the Justice Department's efforts to block the union. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday, AT&T said the companies agreed to extend the deadline ...
WASHINGTON — A federal judge asked the Justice Department, AT&T, and Time Warner to limit what they say in the media about the case. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon told the parties at a hearing on Thursday, “I want to keep the chatter in the press to an absolute minimum.” “Let's encourage those in ...
As it continues to face federal scrutiny over its blockbuster deal to take over Time Warner, AT&T said it plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018 and pay a $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T employees following congressional approval of President Trump's tax overhaul.
In an effort to help reach an agreement, AT&T and Time Warner last month offered to use licensing terms that forbid Time Warner's Turner unit from “going dark” on any distributor for seven years after the deal closes if they were to reach an impasse in negotiations. In preparation for the trial, final fact witness ...
The Justice Department lawsuit to block the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger has an unexpected fan: former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. Page, who is not a lawyer, filed a proposed friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday arguing that consolidation between telecommunications and ...


 

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