Grupo Salinas’ TV Azteca has reported sales up by 20% at the end of Q2 2016, income from advertising sales +14% to reach $155 mil. in the quarter. // rapidtvnews.com, 7/25/2016

 


COMCAST’S RALPH ROBERTS:GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

By Paul Kagan - June 19, 2015

Ralph Roberts, the dynamic pioneer who built a tiny system in Tupelo, Mississippi into Comcast--cable’s largest company--passed away yesterday at age 95. His vision, and devotion to the cause of a new communications medium, can be expressed by a quotation from Thomas Edison: "A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job."  The company that Ralph founded--with his partners Julian Brodsky, Dan Aaron, and later, his son Brian, now the CEO--soared from a speck in the cable universe to a diversified, media giant. As noted in An Incredible Dream, William Novak’s bio of the company, “Ralph was in heaven” when, in the mid-1980s, in my Kagan cable newsletter, I called Comcast “a baby blue chip.” It wasn’t long before “baby” grew up to be cable’s leading multiple-system operator.

Today, we are in the midst of far greater change in the media. Comcast is now a movie-TV-cable enterprise that Ralph was able to see completed. But its arch-rival—AT&T—which sold its industry-leading cable subs to Comcast in 2001, is back via acquisition of DirecTV’s U.S. and foreign satellite footprint and expansion into Latin America TV.




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Tech, Banks Boost Stocks;     Ailes Rumored Out at             Fox News

 

By Catherine Hertzberg - July 18, 2016
 

  Stocks closed up Monday, propelled by gains in banks and the tech sector. The Dow gained 17 pts. to close at a record 18,533. The S&P 500 was up 6 pts. to 2,169.05, also a record.

  Reports hint that Roger Ailes, the subject od a sexual harassment lawsuit, will be replaced as head of Fox News. FOXA closed flat in heavy trading.

   Groupon jumped 10% in 2x avg. trading. Piper Jaffray upgraded the stock from neutral to overweight.

  Satellite Networks, up 4% YTD, are up 24% from their 52-week low of 31.87, set February 10.

 

 

 Indices  7/15  7/18  %YTD 
 DJ Utilities 710.12 711.29 23.1 
 Telco 44.77 44.57 23.0 
 Video Gaming 25.38 25.51 22.1 
 Internet Content 89.04 89.19 21.8 
 Cable MSO 93.69 93.75 19.0 
 Radio 16.05 15.70 15.9 
 Towers 385.79 384.03 14.2 
 Movie Theaters 15.55 15.53 12.6 
 Wireless Prov. 32.82 32.62 10.2 
 3D 39.12 39.23 9.5 
 Consumer Elec. 90.14 90.68 7.1 
 Motion Pictures 35.81 35.89 6.9 
 Fiber Optics 3.00 3.01 6.6 
 Dow Jones Avg. 18,516.55 18,533.05 6.4 
 Russell 2000 1,205.31 1,207.91 6.3 
 S&P 500 2,161.74 2,166.89 6.0 
 Publishing 87.47 87.90 6.0 
 Wireless Tech. 13.70 13.73 4.7 
 Advertising 105.09 105.26 4.6 
 Satellite Networks 39.51 39.60 4.4 
 Global Wireless 68.14 68.32 3.1 
 NASDAQ 5,029.59 5,055.78 1.0 
 NASDAQ 100 4,589.83 4,619.68 0.6 
 Digital Life 729.93 738.26 (1.1) 
 Internet Media 147.45 148.90 (2.2) 
 Broadband Tech. 23.04 23.05 (2.4) 
 Television 109.77 109.47 (2.5) 
 Satellite TV 72.10 72.17 (3.2) 
 Home Video 294.61 299.34 (4.2) 
 Social Media 104.64 105.59 (4.7) 
 Interactive TV 14.15 13.95 (6.8) 
 Global Cable 95.38 96.89 (20.8) 
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