Media

  • The Good News on Media Stocks

    By Nate Wooley - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: TWX, NWSA, DIS

    Let's get this out of the way up front: I'm a major Disney-phile. Not in a business sense--more in a 'I have two pre-teen girls who ask to go to Disney World every week' sense. Just one of the joys of living in South Carolina, where my kids know that we can drive to Disney World in less than 6 hours. Seriously, they've made that argument.

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  • Will This Concert Promoter Finally Become Profitable?

    By Matthew Frankel - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, LMCA, LYV

    Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s largest promoter of live concerts in the world, and is the result of the 2010 merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.  Although revenues have been consistently increasing, Live Nation has not had a profitable year since 2004, and as a result, the stock hasn’t done too much.  Quite frankly, with eight consecutive years in the red, shareholders should be happy more »

  • From the Editor: How Fool.com Aims to Stand Out Amid the Wide World of the Web

    By Brian Richards - November 10, 2012

    PERHAPS YOU'VE ALREADY NOTICED, but there are a lot of words on the Internet. My hometown newspaper, The Washington Post, publishes more than 2 million words every day in print and online. Forbes, a digital brand I have great respect for, published nearly 100,000 posts (!) last year.

    With traditional media properties operating at such scale, and with Twitter, Tumblr, scores of quality niche blogs, etc., it's not more »

  • Stock at 5 Year High, Insiders Selling--Buy or Sell?

    By Anh HOANG - November 8, 2012 | Tickers: CMCSA, DTV, DISH, TWC

    Shareholders of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) must be very happy with both consistent growing dividends and significant capital appreciation in just one year. Since November 2011, Comcast has advanced from $21 to more than $37 recently, marking a 76% gain. In the last 5 years, it has delivered to its shareholders a total return of 102%, including dividends. If the dividends reinvested are excluded, the return would be 81.5%. In more »

  • A Newspaper Publisher With A 4.5% Dividend Yield to Consider

    By Anh HOANG - October 18, 2012 | Tickers: GCI, MNI, NYT

    Gannett (NYSE: GCI) recently reported an impressive third quarter earnings result. The company experienced good growth in both the topline and bottom line numbers. Its revenue growth was 3% and its net income grew as high as 33%. GCI’s revenue was $1.3 billion for the quarter, and the operating income came in at $217.2 million, 9.6% higher than last year’s $198 million. The third quarter more »

  • Mixed News for Newspapers

    By David Delony - September 2, 2012 | Tickers: GCI, IACI, NYT, WPO

    If you think of journalism, you probably think of The New York Times (NYSE: NYT). If you manage to pick up a paper copy (or more likely, the Times' website, if you haven't used up all your free views before the pay wall comes down) you'll expect to find all the hard-hitting, international and national news, opinion and book reviews the de-facto national paper is known for.

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  • Social Media and the Automakers

    By Tony Daltorio - June 4, 2012 | Tickers: CBS, FB, F, GM

    Automakers are finding it difficult to decide where to spend their advertising budget dollars to get the most bang for the buck. Take General Motors (NYSE: GM) for example whose $4.47 billion ad budget remains unchanged from the 2011 budget. Among the ad decisions it made, GM decided to skip advertising during the last Super Bowl (with 111 million viewers), but is a major sponsor of this year's more »

  • Resumes Not the Only Problem With Yahoo

    By Tim Brugger - May 8, 2012 | Tickers: AOL, GOOG, NWSA, YHOO

    It’s only been five months, but what an impact new CEO Scott Thompson has had on what was already a company striving to find its way. What's really unfortunate for Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) shareholders and potential investors is there were more than enough concerns before the recent PR problems surfaced. Though difficult to pin the slide in stock price and investor confidence on one thing - the failed sale more »

  • Advantage Amazon in the E-book Industry

    By Tony Daltorio - April 18, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, CBS, PSO, NWSA

    Last week's antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice against Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and five of the world's largest book publishers threatens to once again have the e-book publishing industry be dominated by one company, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN). The publishers named in the suit are: Hachette – owned by France's Lagardere, Holtzbrinck – owner of Macmillan, Harper Collins – owned by News Corp. ADR (NASDAQ: NWS), Simon more »

  • Netflix: Look to Google

    By Tim Brugger - February 22, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, CMCSA, GOOG, NFLX, OUTR, VZ | Editor's Choice

    It wasn’t but a month or two back that Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) was riding high after announcing their foray into England and Ireland. The news was met with unbridled enthusiasm over the prospects of expansion, so much so the stock was up over 7% that day on the news. Of course, as NFLX shareholders know, those kinds of swings are nothing new for this company.

    Even with existing competition more »

  • Comcast Bet on NBCUniversal Pays Off

    By Tony Daltorio - February 17, 2012 | Tickers: CMCSA, GE, DIS

    The largest cable company in the United States, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has long sought to merge content and distribution. Investors need only to look back to 2004 when the company launched an unsuccessful $66 billion takeover bid for Disney (NYSE: DIS). It has been looking for a similar type of deal ever since and finally found it in the form of NBCUniversal. 

    When Comcast bought 51% of NBCUniversal from General more »

  • Comcast Nails It, Now Hurry and Get Out

    By Tim Brugger - February 15, 2012 | Tickers: CVC, CBS, CMCSA, TWC

    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) investors have to be ecstatic – virtually all the recently announced earnings news was good. Revenues were up by 3% ... OK, that’s not overly impressive but it was enough to keep Comcast’s quarterly revenue growth string alive. And income shot up to $1.29 billion from the $1.02 billion earned in Q4 of 2010. Now that's more like it. Plus it’s nice to more »

  • Disney: A Magical Buy?

    By Paula Pant - February 10, 2012 | Tickers: DIS

    Disney’s (NYSE: DIS) latest earnings report sounds like a fairy tale come true: for the last three months of 2011, EPS grew 18 percent year-over-year, from 68 cents per share to 80 cents per share, while same-quarter YOY earnings rose 12 percent.

    Yet the stock slipped after earnings were announced, since the company missed analysts’ revenue estimates (despite the fact that it beat EPS estimates by 9 cents per more »

  • Facebook Will Be First Trillion-Dollar Stock

    By D. Joshua Rubin - February 4, 2012 | Tickers: NFLX, P, SIRI

    My office has been deluged with requests to get my opinion on the Facebook IPO. Everyone from the most prestigious publications in the financial media to the White House (around the corner with the annoying dog), to my severely mentally handicapped cousin, Yuval -- who wears a sky blue tuxedo to every occasion -- wants to know if I'm buying into this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

    If a Bear Shizzles in the Woods more »

  • Should You Buy This Sky High Dividend?

    By Paula Pant - February 1, 2012 | Tickers: CPICQ

    What if I told you there’s a stock that pays a 57 percent dividend? Would you buy it as quickly as you could?

    Until recently, CPI Corp (NASDAQOTH: CPICQ) did exactly that. On January 3, 2012, it closed at a share price of $1.72, and at the time, it offered a quarterly dividend of 25 cents, which equals an annual dividend payout of 57 percent.

    Why on earth more »

  • Enjoy the Netflix Ride, While it Lasts

    By Tim Brugger - January 26, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR, VZ

    I recognize that Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) owners share a number of attributes with Apple stockholders, not the least of which is an almost manic obsession with the stock, the company and now even with CEO Reed Hastings, he of the price hike fame.

    The recent earnings announcement was met with a resounding Yahoo! by investors. Sure NFLX’s profit dropped from $47.1 million in Q4 of 2010 to $40 more »

  • Apple Takes Lead in Digital Learning

    By Tony Daltorio - January 25, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, DISCA, MHFI, PSO

    School-age children are quickly moving away from the traditional ways of learning, involving the use of paper, pencil and printed textbooks..... 

    The age of digital learning is upon us. 

    At the forefront of this new era is a company known to every investor – Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). 

    The company recently announced its long-anticipated entry into the digital textbook market. It did so by unveiling a new “bookstore” for its iPad tablet more »

  • Netflix Will Soar Past $1,000 Per Share, Part II

    By D. Joshua Rubin - January 2, 2012 | Tickers: MSFT, NFLX, TWX

    Welcome to Part II of Netflix Will Soar Past $1,000 per Share - the boldest prediction on The Street. This part, Triumph of Virtue, will explain why Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings is correct  - a virtuous cycle will lead the company to extraordinary profits as a major player in the global online subscription video market.  

    Toxic Venom
    As 2011 passes, analysts rush to downgrade Netflix stock. With gnashing teeth more »

  • Depending on dividends

    By Eric Volkman - December 27, 2011 | Tickers: CBRL, GCI, MCD, DIS

    Certain lucky investors got early Christmas presents this year when the companies behind their stocks increased dividends. It's always a happy occasion for a stockholder to get a little more scratch, but is it necessarily a good move for the Santas providing the gift?

    No matter what the circumstance of the dividend increase or the reasons behind it, companies are always at least a little hopeful that a dividend more »

  • 12 Stocks to Buy and Forget for 2012

    By Kirk Spano - December 27, 2011 | Tickers: APA, AMAT, BRK-B, DISH, EXAS, GE, GMO, KSS, MRK, MON, BTU, SPWR

    If you hold one stock in your portfolio, you carry 100% of the risk of losing all of your money.  As you diversify your holdings from one company to two to three, you are gradually reducing your risk of losing everything. We all know this. What most investors don’t know is that a 12 stock portfolio of domestic companies cuts your company specific risk about 90%.  There are some pretty strong arguments for owning these dozen stocks in your portfolio in 2012.

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