• Who Will Buy Starz?

    By Mike Price - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, DTV, NFLX, STRZA

    With $300 million in annual cash flow and an Enterprise Value of $3 billion, $315 million in net cash on its balance sheet, content contracts for several years going forward and a slew of original series, Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) will likely be bought out later this year. 

    As a shareholder of Starz, I cling to the hope that the company will merge with a well-run business where its assets will more »

  • 3 Stocks to Watch at the San Diego Comic Con

    By Chris Katje - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, LGF, STRZA

    The middle of July brings excitement to comic book fans, television watchers, and movie viewers through the San Diego Comic Con. The annual event, held from July 18 through July 21, also offers investors opportunities to profit from excitement over new releases and future earnings. Here is a look at three potential winners from the event.

    Lions Gate goes big

    Perhaps no other company will be as closely followed as more »

  • Should You Follow the Starz?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, STRZA, TWX

    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) trumps Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) in stock performance and investing popularity, but in the real world, Netflix has 36.3 million subscribers, while Starz has amassed 57.5 million subscribers. It might appear as though Starz is undervalued. Even if we determine that’s not the case, there’s something about Starz that might make it an appealing investment option for you.

    Original content

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  • Independent Networks Make For Great TV and Great Investments

    By Mark Yagalla - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, STRZA

    Lately, most of the attention has been paid to how content is being delivered, whether it's online or television. In my opinion, the focus should be on the quality of the content itself. The old saying is, "build it and they will come." With these independent networks, their mantra is create quality content and the viewers will come. These three stocks create the content that viewers want, and it more »

  • Berkshire Hathaway Has An Eye For Starz

    By Mark Yagalla - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, NFLX, STRZA, TWC | Editor's Choice

    Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) is getting a boost after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) disclosed that it now owns about 5.62 million shares, or a 5% stake in the company. This is up from 5.5 million shares in the last filing period. It seems that Buffett's deputy Ted Weschler really likes the company and owns a stake of 0.3% in Starz as well. When you more »

  • Netflix Takes a Bow

    By John Moore - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, CMCSA, DISH, NFLX, STRZA, TWC

    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) continues to be one of the best S&P 500 stocks of 2013. Not that long ago Netflix was the object of scorn for many of its own customers as well as investors. Those days are long gone. The stock is up over 100% within the first quarter of 2013, and shares now trade around $176, up from a 52-week low of $53 a share. Would you more »

  • Netflix Takes a Bow

    By John Moore - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, CMCSA, DISH, NFLX, STRZA, TWC

    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) continues to be one of the best S&P 500 stocks of 2013. Not that long ago Netflix was the object of scorn for many of its own customers as well as investors. Those days are long gone. The stock is up over 100 percent within the first quarter of 2013, and shares now trade around $176, up from a 52-week low of $53 a share. Would more »

  • Are the Starz Aligned for This Video Network?

    By Robert Hanley - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, STRZA, TWX

    Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) became a public company in January 2013, after being spun off from former parent Liberty Media, which didn’t have Starz in its future plans. The company is one of the top video programming networks, along with CBS’ (NYSE: CBS) Showtime and Time Warner’s (NYSE: TWX) HBO. However, the video networks have become a slow growth business with cost pressures from both network distributors and newer more »

  • New Stock Purchases in Tom Gayner’s $2.4 Billion Fund

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: AHGP, ACI, BG, LMCA, RFP, STRZA

    Markel Gayner Asset Management is the investment division subsidiary of Markel Corp. and is headed up by Tom Gayner, who also spends his time as the CIO of Markel. The fund is directed by the SEC to release its holdings every quarter in a document known as a 13F filing. We look forward to the release of these filings, as we use them to create proprietary, retail-friendly strategies that have more »

  • Starz Gazing

    By Chad Heiges - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, STRZA, TWX

    Shares of premium cable channel Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) soared 31.2% through February 28 since hitting the market as a standalone entity on January 11, but the estimable upswing has stalled in recent weeks and the company’s first reported standalone earnings did little to reinvigorate the stock. That doesn’t necessarily mean the run is over, just that the newfound operational clarity deserves a thorough parsing to determine what more »

  • Netflix and Disney Look to Break Away From Cable

    By Peter Pham - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, STRZA, DIS

    In December, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Disney (NYSE: DIS) announced a groundbreaking deal. Disney is searching for new distribution partners because it wants to focus on content creation rather than just broadcasting it. Broadcasting is becoming a commodity business, which has created a lot of pressure on Netflix’s stock. At times in the past two years it seems every bit of news that came out was a negative for more »

  • Do “The Walking Dead” Lose Any Sleep Over These Risks?

    By Brian Hill - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, NFLX, STRZA

    Though its most popular program is “The Walking Dead,” AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) is from a financial standpoint very healthy indeed. On February 26, the company released its full year 2012 results and among the highlights were a nearly 14% year-over-year increase in net revenues and a more than 11% increase in operating income.

    But even companies with robust results like that face risk factors -- those pesky threats from the more »

  • And The Winners Are...!!!

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: LMCA, STRZA, TWX, DIS, WTW

    The Super Bowl generates lots of stock ideas: electronics, commercials, and snack stocks, among others. But for many cinephiles and fashionistas, the Oscars are the Super Bowl -- with only slightly more coherent winner interviews.

    The Silver Linings Portfolio Playbook

    My "Silver Linings" playbook for post-Oscar stock price appreciation includes Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS). Disney was a big winner with best animated short for Paperman, and best animated full-length feature for more »

  • Gazing at the Streaming Starz

    By Renia Bula - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, STRZA

    Few perhaps expected that the wisdom in the decision of Liberty Media chairman John Malone to spin off Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) from Liberty would manifest this soon. Just about a month from this January’s spinoff, designed to create a smaller but more liquid and agile organization to explore real potential growth in video subscription programming and content distribution, Starz outbid Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) in renewing the former’s rights more »

  • Billionaire Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan’s Top Picks for 2013

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GRPN, MA, STRZA, YNDX

    Chase Coleman of Tiger Global Management may have had a leg up on other hedge fund managers with his professional upbringing. As one of the original “Tiger Cubs,” Coleman was groomed by Julian Robertson, one of the most legendary managers in hedge fund history. Coleman’s team, which includes fellow portfolio managers Feroz Dewan, Lee Fixel and Scott Shleifer, has returned more than 20% to investors each year since 2001 more »

  • Billionaire Steve Cohen Tops Warren Buffett In Starz

    By Marshall Hargrave - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, CMCSA, LMCA, STRZA, TWC

    Billionaire investor and founder of SAC Capital, Steve Cohen, has topped fellow billionaire Warren Buffett as one of Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA)'s biggest fund owners. Cohen has disclosed a 2,000% increase from the number of Starz shares he owned at the end of the third quarter, going from only owning 286,927 to over 6.3 million shares, or 5.7% of the company. At the end of the more »

  • Why You Should Watch these Cable Broadcasters

    By Damon Churchwell - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, SNI, STRZA, VIAB

    A migration of broadcast TV viewers to cable has helped certain companies enjoy solid earnings growth and stock price appreciation. The winners in this race will continue to be not only those networks owners that generate increased advertising demand through ratings increases, but the ones expanding their audiences by way of greater distribution and those that command higher affiliate fees.

    Something Old and Something New

    On that note, we have more »

  • Can You Invest Like John Malone?

    By Robert Hanley - January 25, 2013 | Tickers: LINTA, LMCA, SIRI, STRZA

    Like him or hate him, John Malone has built a multimedia empire by taking controlling interests in growing companies, eliminating competition through acquisitions, and taking full advantage of the federal tax code.  In the process, he has built a multibillion dollar fortune, although he has annoyed a few competitors and regulators along the way.  While investors could try to emulate his strategy, duplicating his returns would be difficult for a more »

  • Will a Cable Network Buy This Spin-Off?

    By Mike Thiessen - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, LMCA, STRZA, VIAB

    Barely one month after being spun off from Englewood, Colorado-based Liberty Media Group (NASDAQ: LMCA), Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA) appears to be shopping itself to interested buyers. Although the terms of any potential deal remain hazy, the company fully expects to be purchased by another media company during 2013. Possible buyers include media giants like CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS), Time Warner Corporation (TWX) and Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB). Meanwhile, Starz began trading more »

  • The Biggest Brands (and Teams) In Sports Part One

    By Ash Anderson - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: NKE, STRZA, DIS

    Sports is big business, so big in fact that this post will span more than one URL! An investor could, if they tried hard enough, create a diverse portfolio of companies that touch sports in some way. There are publicly traded sports networks, teams, sponsors and apparel brands that all bring in billions per year. In this article we'll take a look at the biggest of the bunch, in more »

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