VIA : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Viacom Loses Another Top Executive

    December 23, 2016
    In the soap-opera-like saga around Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB), a number of top executives have headed for the exit ...
  2. "Rogue One" Blows Away Rivals at the Box Office

    December 19, 2016
    There is, quite simply, no resisting The Force. It's an unstoppable power at the box office, where Disney's Rogue One: A ...
  3. Sumner and Shari Redstone Nix CBS-Viacom Deal

    December 12, 2016
    In a letter out this morning, National Amusements announced that now is not the time for a merger between CBS and Viacom ...
  4. Redstones Change Their Minds on CBS/Viacom Merger

    December 12, 2016
    The saga of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) and CBS (NYSE: CBS) -- a complicated tale that sometimes seems worthy of ...
  5. Viacom CEO: We're Not Interested In Owning Vice

    December 6, 2016
    Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) has been involved in some fairly heavy drama for the last few months. The company saw ...
  6. A CBS-Viacom Merger Would Pursue Synergies

    November 29, 2016
    CNBC has reported that Viacom made a presentation to CBS to bring the two companies back together.
  7. Viacom's New Boss Outlines Goals Amid CBS Talks

    November 29, 2016
    How much CEO Bakish can affect change in such a short period of time is a big question many analysts are asking
  8. CBS Stock Downgraded by BMO Capital (CBS, VIA)

    November 24, 2016
    Shares of CBS were under pressure Wednesday after the media giant was downgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets.
  9. Here's What's Holding Up the Viacom-CBS Merger

    November 17, 2016
    Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari Redstone control around 80% of the shares of both CBS (NYSE: CBS) and Viacom (NASDAQ: ...
  10. Viacom Buys Argentina's Top TV Channel

    November 15, 2016
    Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) has acquired a big-time South American media asset: Television Federal, known as Telefe, ...
  11. "Doctor Strange" Tops the Box Office Again

    November 14, 2016
    For the second time in a row, Marvel Studios' superhero saga Doctor Strange was the top film in American cinemas over the ...
  12. Viacom's Embattled Paramount Sets Film Slate

    November 9, 2016
    The Paramount film studio has been at the center of the battle over the future of media giant Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: ...
  13. CBS at the Center of Viacom Q4 Earnings (VIA, CBS)

    November 8, 2016
    Viacom's headline numbers will be secondary to the bigger issue at hand: The likelihood that it will merge with CBS, from ...
  14. CBS Says Q3 EPS Highest in Its History (CBS, VIA)

    November 4, 2016
    Thanks to higher fees from its affiliated stations and from digital distribution platforms, CBS boasted that quarterly EPS ...
  15. "Boo!" Dominates Halloween Weekend Box Office

    October 31, 2016
    Tyler Perry continues to frighten away his rivals at the movie theater. For the second weekend in a row, the producer/writer/actor/director's ...
  16. "Jack Reacher" Typifies Viacom's Paramount Problem

    October 31, 2016
    Tom Cruise's latest film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, looks like it's going to be a box office disappointment, if not an ...
  17. Tyler Perry's "Boo!" Scares Off Box Office Rivals

    October 24, 2016
    It's another big win for outside-the-Hollywood-mainstream producer/writer/director Tyler Perry. The prolific filmmaker's ...
  18. CBS or Viacom: Which Is the Better Buy Now?

    October 17, 2016
    After months of rumor and innuendo, Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA)(NASDAQ: VIAB) and CBS (NYSE: CBS) are finally getting serious about ...
  19. DirecTV Inks Deals With Taylor Swift, Viacom (T, VIA)

    October 4, 2016
    AT&T has inked a multiyear contract with Taylor Swift and announced Viacom will carry its networks on DirecTV Now.
  20. Viacom and CBS Might Merge After All

    September 30, 2016
    The Hollywood-level drama around media conglomerate Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) has taken yet another turn: National ...
  21. CBS-Viacom Rumors Cause Stocks to Rise (VIA)

    September 28, 2016
    Fresh information today about the CBS-Viacom merger rumors caused gains in both stocks' prices.
  22. Paramount Says Not to Bother Seeing Its Next Movie

    September 23, 2016
    Don't even bother going to see Paramount Picture's new movie Monster Trucks. The Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA)(NASDAQ: VIAB) studio ...
  23. Viacom Interim CEO to Step Down; Dividend Sliced

    September 22, 2016
    Media giant Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB), mere weeks after the resolution of a intra-company conflict and the departure ...
  24. Viacom and CBS Not in Active Merger Talks

    September 16, 2016
    During the long battle between ousted CEO Philippe Dauman and Sumner Redstone's family for control of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) ...
  25. Viacom Board Will Meet to Consider All Its Options

    September 9, 2016
    Viacom's (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) revamped board of directors and interim Chief Executive Thomas Dooley have a number ...
  26. Viacom's "Ben-Hur" Is a Bomb of Epic Proportions

    August 31, 2016
    Remaking a beloved classic can backfire. We saw it with the middling success of Ghostbusters, but that film merely counts ...
  27. Is Viacom's MTV in Serious Trouble?

    August 29, 2016
    There was a time when the MTV Video Music Awards counted as a major show. It might not have equaled the Academy Awards, ...
  28. Viacom Board Tightening Oversight of Paramount

    August 25, 2016
    When your studio management greenlights Ben-Hur, one of the biggest bombs of 2016, it's reasonable to think your parent ...
  29. Drama at Viacom Is Ending as Redstones Oust CEO

    August 19, 2016
    Viacom's (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) board has reportedly approved a settlement with majority shareholder Sumner Redstone ...
  30. Viacom and Redstone Reach Settlement (VIA)

    August 18, 2016
    The tussle between media mogul Sumner Redstone and Viacom Inc. (VIA) CEO Philippe Dauman has come to the end.
  31. Olympics Could Be A Bust For Leisure Stocks (VIA,NFLX,DISCA)

    August 8, 2016
    Comcast's NBC may win from the 2016 Summer Olympics but other networks, entertainment and leisure companies could see sales ...
  32. Viacom Q2 Earnings Fall 27% on Higher Costs

    August 4, 2016
    Earnings fell but still beat estimates, which may help embattled Chief Executive Philippe Dauman.
  33. Viacom Ups Its Bet on the "Star Trek" Franchise

    July 20, 2016
    Viacom's (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) Paramount Pictures kicked off San Diego Comic-Con -- the biggest event in the entertainment ...
  34. Why Viacom's CEO May Be Taking Steps to Resign

    July 19, 2016
    The conflicts at Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) have played out like a soap opera. You have the family patriarch (Sumner ...
  35. Viacom's Battle Over Paramount Studios Continues

    July 18, 2016
    National Amusements, the holding company that owns an 80% voting stake in Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB), recently ...
  36. Is Viacom Selling a Piece of Paramount Pictures?

    July 14, 2016
    Sumner Redstone -- or at least whomever is now making statements in the ailing mogul's name -- does not want Viacom (NASDAQ: ...
  37. The Latest on Viacom's "Game of Thrones" Drama

    June 27, 2016
    With warring factions, family intrigue, and an ailing patriarch who may or may not be calling the shots, Viacom's (NASDAQ: ...
  38. Viacom Headed Higher After Board Coup (VIAB, VIA)

    June 17, 2016
    Viacom is trading at a four-month high after Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone fired board rivals and replaced them with ...
  39. DISH Network's Sling Adds Popular Viacom Channels

    June 14, 2016
    Since it launched Sling TV in early 2015, DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) has steadily built the digital live-streaming service ...
  40. Viacom Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Monday (VIA)

    June 13, 2016
    Viacom will send its dividend payment on July 1 to shareholders of record as of June 15.
  41. Is Viacom Going to Be Sold or Merged with CBS?

    June 7, 2016
    While the legal battles and behind-the-scenes drama between the Redstone family and Viacom's (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) ...
  42. The Viacom and CBS Succession Soap Opera Continues

    May 23, 2016
    The ongoing succession battle at Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) and CBS (NYSE: CBS) recently escalated after Sumner ...
  43. Redstone Ousts Viacom CEO, Board Member From Trust (VIA, CBS)

    May 23, 2016
    Sumner Redstone is looking to protect his empire in the event of his death incompetentcy.
  44. Sumner Redstone Competency Suit Dismissed by Judge

    May 10, 2016
    A high-profile case in Los Angeles County Superior Court regarding the mental competency of Hollywood mogul Sumner Redstone ...
  45. Sling TV Adds Viacom Channels to Streaming Service (DISH, VIA)

    May 2, 2016
    Last month, both Dish and Viacom reached a multi-year service agreement that would keep Viacom programming available for ...
  46. Viacom Stock Rises on Q2 Earnings Beat (VIA)

    April 28, 2016
    Despite the company's perceived lack of drama, there's been plenty to watch inside the boardroom.
  47. 21st Century Fox Testing Nielsen-Free Ad Sales

    March 18, 2016
    21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX) (NASDAQ: FOXA) recently announced that it will start offering advertisers deals based on ...
  48. Viacom Shareholders Re-Elect Board, Defy Proxy (VIA)

    March 15, 2016
    This decision went against the recommendations of leading proxy adviser, Institutional Shareholder Services, who encouraged ...
  49. Viacom Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (VIA)

    March 8, 2016
    The company has missed Wall Street's revenue projections in the last five reporting periods, thanks broadly to weaker-than-expected ...
  50. Sumner Redstone's Resignation Marks End of an Era (CBS, VIA)

    February 4, 2016
    Sumner Redstone's resignation from the boards of Viacom and CBS is more than a business story. It is about personal ambitions. ...
  51. The World's Top 10 Entertainment Companies (CMCSA, CBS)

    February 3, 2016
    Take a look at the world's top 10 entertainment companies, spanning the movie, television, cable television, gaming and streaming ...
  52. Viacom and Time Warner Bow to Compton Biopic (AAPL, CMCSA)

    August 20, 2015
    The N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" shot up the box office last weekend, pulling in more than $60 million for Universal ...
  53. Viacom Looking to Buy Thrillist Media Group

    July 20, 2015
    Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) wants to extend its footprint further into the digital media world. The company has been in talks to ...
  54. Viacom and Paramount Bringing Films Direct-to-Home

    July 13, 2015
    The movie theater experience and first-run features may soon be coming to your living room. Through its subsidiary Paramount ...
  55. Terminator May Not Be Back for Viacom

    July 8, 2015
    While Terminator Genisys has underwhelmed at the box office in the United States, the film should more than make up for ...
  56. Google Is Now Richer Than Over 100 Countries

    June 11, 2015
    Find out where Google ranks among the wealthiest nations of the world and which countries report GDP figures below the tech ...
  57. Who are Disney's (DIS) main competitors?

    May 21, 2015
    Learn about how creating entertainment has been Disney's niche since the 1920s, even as it faces ever-increasing competition ...
  58. Warding Off Hostile Takeovers

    April 19, 2013
    The purpose of this article is to provide a general overview of hostile corporate takeovers, while highlighting a general ...
  59. Disney Buys Lucasfilm, But Is It A Trap?

    October 31, 2012
    Disney recently bought LucasFilm for $4.05 billion and already announced plans to release another Star Wars film in 2015. ...
  60. Cheerful Trends From Walt Disney

    August 12, 2010
    Disney's fortunes will improve as long as the macroeconomic environment continues to brighten.
  61. Value-able Investing Lessons From Yacktman Funds

    March 10, 2010
    Yacktman's investing techniques can help individual investors outperform the market over the long haul.
  62. Debt Buybacks Continue

    September 1, 2009
    Many companies are buying bonds back at a discount, and adjusting capital structures to more acceptable levels.