Comcast Makes Competitive Offer For Fox In Face Off With Disney

The largest provider of cable television in the nation, Comcast, made an offer of $65B in cash to buy 21st Century Fox’s film and TV studios. The bid comes after the already existing Disney bid of $52.4B, all stock. Movies franchises such as Deadpool, X-Men, Planet of the Apes, and Ice Age all belong to Fox. The combination of Comcast and Fox would join Fox to NBC Universal properties and NBC TV channels that include Bravo and SyFy.

Whichever company purchases Fox, will most likely become the controlling owner of Hulu, which is currently 30% owned by each of the three mentioned companies. Hulu seems to be a very important part of the deal.

When broken down, the Comcast offer comes out to $35 per share in cash, which according to Comcast is a 19% premium over the Disney offer. Along with the purchase, Comcast has proposed to pay the $2.5 billion breakup fee Fox had agreed with Disney upon, and the $1.53 billion fee that would’ve been paid to Disney.

Fox has stated that its agreement with Disney still stands but it “will carefully review and consider the Comcast proposal.”

The new deal comes almost a day after the ruling of a federal judge that the telecommunication giant AT&T could purchase Time Warner, just the first of what is predicted to be an onrush of deals brought on by the traditional entertainment powerhouses and service providers looking to outwrestle the increasing competition of Google, Facebook, and Netflix.

With this deal comes a threat to a glorious Marvel reunion. Disney, film right owners to the Avengers, would have the power to unify the comic-book universe with Fox’s rights to X-men and the Fantastic Four.

Disney’s acquisition of Fox represents the epicenter of Disney’s streaming endeavors, and Comcast entering the Fox sweepstakes is a game of high-stakes poker that could change the course of the media and streaming landscape for decades to come, depending on which direction this deal heads.” – Daniel Ives, an analyst at GBH Insights.

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Merck’s KEYTRUDA Gains Additional Approval From FDA

Merck & Co., Inc.  (MRK) is a global healthcare solutions provider that has been working towards bringing forward medicine and vaccines for some the of the world’s most challenging diseases for more than a century.  They are committed to increasing health care access and continue to be at the leading edge of research.

Merck recently announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA®. The therapy is used to treat patients who have recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer with disease advancement on or after chemotherapy and with tumors that express PD-L1. The indication for the use of this therapy is approved under the FDA’s accelerated approval regulations that are based on both tumor response rate and the durability of response.

KEYTRUDA is now the first anti-PD-1 therapy approved for the treatment of advanced cervical cancer, providing an important new second-line option for certain patients with this disease. This approval also marks the first indication for KEYTRUDA in a gynecologic cancer and reflects our ongoing commitment to bring forward innovative treatment options across a broad range of cancers, including cancers that disproportionately affect women.” -Dr. Roy Baynes, senior vice president and head of global clinical development, chief medical officer, Merck Research Laboratories

With KEYTRUDA, some immune-mediated adverse reactions did occur. Those included were as follows: pneumonitis, colitis, hepatitis, endocrinopathies, nephritis, severe skin reactions, and solid organ transplant rejection.

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FDA Approves Merck’s KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for Previously Treated Patients with Recurrent or Metastatic Cervical Cancer Whose Tumors Express PD-L1 (CPS Greater Than or Equal to 1)

Merck , known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved KEYTRUDA®, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer with disease progression on or after chemotherapy whose..

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Breast Cancer Innovator Atossa Genetics Adds Former Pfizer & Janssen Pharmacuetica NV Execs To SAB

Seattle based Atossa Genetics Inc. (ATOS) (“Atossa”) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods to treat breast cancer and other breast conditions.  This week, Atossa appointed two additional pharmaceutical executives to its strategic advisory board (“SAB”) as they named former Pfizer executive, Dr. Makarand (Mak) Jawadekar and Dr. Ajit Shetty, Chairman of the Belgium-based Flemish Institute of Biotechnology and former Janssen Pharmaceutica NV executive. The board is positioned to play a key role in a number of important strategic initiatives in accelerating the clinical development of Atossa’s programs.

Steven Quay, Ph.D., MD, President and CEO of Atossa stated, “We are very excited to have both Dr. Jawadeker and Dr. Shetty join our advisory board.  Each of these lauded industry veterans brings unique sets of talents and experiences to our company. Their insights and direction will be invaluable in developing our strategic initiatives to advance our therapeutics.

Dr. Mak Jawadekar’s professional career at Pfizer, Inc. spanned 28 consecutive years, most recently as a Director, Portfolio Management. During his career at Pfizer, he was responsible for the Drug Delivery Technology Assessment function involving external ‘Drug Delivery’ technologies and has extensive experience in creating and cultivating external partnerships and alliances in this area. He began his professional career at Pfizer Central Research in early 1982, after having completed his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at the University of Minnesota. Mak was honored with an honorary D.Sc. degree by DYP Mumbai University, recommended by the President of India in Feb 2011. His years of experience with Pfizer Global R&D includes Solids R&D, Drug Product Formulation/ Dosage Form/Drug Delivery development, Clinical Trials Supply Manufacturing, and Scale-up and Technology Transfer & Research Pharmacy functions. At Pfizer he was also a bench scientist, working on many challenging commercial formulations which became multibillion-dollar products.

Dr. Shetty spent his 40-plus year career at Janssen Pharmaceutica NV in Belgium (a Johnson & Johnson company) in which he drove the expansion of the Janssen Group of Companies through geographical expansion, new product introduction, and significant market share growth. In his prior capacity as President of Janssen Pharmaceutica USA, Dr. Shetty launched Janssen USA into the largest pharmaceutical market. Currently, Dr. Shetty is Chairman of the Belgium-based Flemish Institute of Biotechnology, one of the world’s top-ten research institutions. In 2008, he was awarded the title of Baron by the King of Belgium and in 2004 was elected Manager of the Year by Trends/Flemish Management Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Agile Therapeutics, Actinium Pharmaceuticals, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atossa Genetics Appoints Two Additional Prominent Industry Executives to Strategic Advisory Board

Atossa Genetics Inc. (ATOS) (“Atossa” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods to treat breast cancer and other breast conditions, today announced the appointment of two additional pharmaceutical executives to its strategic advisory..

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Bausch + Lomb, ExxonMobil, Westpac Shift Central Workloads to IBM Cloud

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The Dow 30 component has announced a huge expansion of its cloud abilities. The expansion will aim to unveil 18 new availability zone for the IBM cloud across the areas of North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. With the launch, the companies ExxonMobil, Bausch + Lomb and Westpac will be moving their central workloads to the IBM cloud.

The 18 new availability zones will be located in high demand locations such as Germany, UK, Tokyo, Sydney, Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Even though IBM currently operates in almost 60 locations, it will now possess even more volume and capability in the areas previously listed. Along with the greater location capabilities, clients will also be able to take advantage of multizone Kubernetes clusters across the availability zones through the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service. The service has simplified how the experience is deployed and managed.

The scope of IBM’s cloud footprint comes at a critical time, with clients looking to achieve better control of their data with data regulations facing tighter regulations.

The world’s biggest companies work with IBM to migrate them to the cloud because we know their technology and unique business needs as they bridge their past with the future. Our continued cloud investment and growing client roster reflect that companies are increasingly seeking hybrid cloud environments that offer cutting-edge tools including AI, analytics, IoT and blockchain to maximize their benefits.

– David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform

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IBM Unveils Major Expansion of Cloud Capabilities; Industry Leaders ExxonMobil, Bausch + Lomb and Westpac Shift to IBM Cloud

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, has adopted IBM Cloud as the foundation for their Speedpass+™ mobile app developed by IBM Services. Speedpass+™ is available to motorists at more than 11,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the US…

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GE Declares Quarterly Dividend Payable July 25, 2018

General Electric Company (GE), headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut,  is a worldwide infrastructure and financial services company. It combines outstanding engineering with software and analytics to help the world tackle its biggest challenges: energy, health, and transportation.

General Electric Company’s Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.12 per share on its outstanding common stock on June 8, 2018. The dividend will be payable on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 to those shareholders of record at the close of business on Monday, June 18, 2018.

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GE Board of Directors Authorizes Regular Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors of GE (GE) today declared a $0.12 per share dividend on the outstanding common stock of the Company. GE encourages investors to visit these websites from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted…

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Wal-mart to Issue $1-A-Day College Play

Wal-mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)  is a worldwide retailer that operates in various formats.  The three segments of the company include Wal-mart U.S., Wal-mart International, and Sam’s Club.  The company is comprised  discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, home improvement stores, specialty electronics stores, apparel stores, drug stores, convenience stores, and membership-only warehouse clubs; and retail Websites.

The trend of enhancing company compensations has hit Wal-mart. The retail store is testing the waters of the employee education pool with the $1-a-day college tuition discount plan. Wal-mart expects that nearly 68,000 employees would enroll in the new college tuition plan over the course of the program’s first five years. Employees would have three universities to choose from as part of the program. The three universities include the University of Florida, Brandman University, and Bellevue University. The schools were chosen to be a part of the program because of their high graduation rates especially among their part-time students, and the experience the schools have with those already part of the workforce.

The tuition plan is set up that employees will have to focus on bachelor’s or associate degree in either business or supply-chain management. The workers registered in the program would not be required to pay for their education upfront and seek reimbursement later.

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Walmart’s $1-A-Day College Play To Fend Off Competitors

Walmart officials expect about 68,000 employees would probably enroll in its college tuition plan during the first five years. As the largest private sector employer of African Americans in the U.S. will this move help more black people graduate from college?..

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Cisco & NetApp’s New FlexPod Solutions Accelerating Application Delivery & Enabling Transitioning to a Hybrid Cloud

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

Cisco along with NetApp has announced their new cloud solution, FlexPod®. The new solution joins together Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure and with the NetApp® data services. The combination will assist organizations in accelerating application delivery and transitioning to a hybrid cloud that offers new consumer options for more adaptable access to powerful IT infrastructure and applications. FlexPod carries on a platform of innovation and investment protection while introducing certified solutions for the most recent virtualization software, enterprise applications, and databases that include the latest technologies from both Cisco and NetApp.

One of the new features built on FlexPod, the new Managed Private Cloud allows the consumer to reach a cloud-like, As-a-Service model for their on-premises IT. The infrastructure is located on-premises but can be controlled remotely. The new FlexPod solutions also gives consumers the platform to quickly set up key applications that are often challenged by data that is progressively diverse, dynamic and distributed by nature.

It’s no surprise that FlexPod continues to lead the market as the fastest growing converged infrastructure solution. Our long-running relationship with Cisco has combined best-in-class technology and expertise to create one of the strongest and most successful partnerships in the industry. Together, we are enabling organizations to truly access the full value of their data despite the rising complexity of applications and workloads.

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Cisco and NetApp Simplify the Delivery of Cloud Infrastructure and Industry-Specific Applications with New FlexPod Solutions

Cisco (CSCO) and NetApp (NTAP) today announced new FlexPod® solutions. FlexPod combines Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with NetApp® data services to help organizations accelerate application delivery and transition to a hybrid cloud with a trusted platform for innovation. The new Managed Private..

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Can Avengers: Infinity War Top $2 Billion?

Dow 30 Component, The Walt Disney Company (DIS),  and its subsidiaries is a diverse worldwide entertainment company that operates in four business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.

Disney’s Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is only $2 million away from breaking the $2 billion mark at the worldwide box office. The movie has already earned $654.6 million in North America, $1.343.3 billion overseas, and currently sits at the fourth largest global grosser of all time. Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest superhero movie ever, even with inflation adjustments, and is expected to exceed the $2 billion mark by day 49 at the latest (today is day 47).

Over the weekend the film made $6.8 million in North America and $10.9 million overseas, a sharp drop from the $34 million global cume from the previous weekend that can be accredited to the opening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom overseas. Despite the sharp drop, Avengers: Infinity War still has the potential to possibly become the third-biggest global grosser behind Titanic ($2.187 billion) and Avatar ($2.78 billion).

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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is $2 Million Away From $2 Billion Worldwide

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“Bullish in SoCal” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-9-18

Vista Partners has published “Bullish in SoCal” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-9-18 and is accessible on our Newsletters Page. Each issue is written by Managing Director, John Heerdink and speaks to the activities of the market, influencers and specific featured stories from Vista’s Coverage Universe that spans the Dow 30, International and Select Emerging Growth Companies & Now “Investor Picks”, where we have begun to selectively add those companies/ideas that we are receiving from investors around the world.

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McDonald’s First Quarter Financial Results Announced

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is the leading global food service retailer with nearly 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. The Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants in the US and across the globe with over 90% of its restaurants owned and operated by local, independent business men and women.

The company reported its quarter one earnings of $1.72 per share on April 30, 2018. The reported earnings beat the estimates that called for $1.706 per share.

McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook stated, “We continued to build upon the broad-based momentum of our business, marking 11 consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales and our fifth consecutive quarter of positive guest counts. More customers are recognising that we are becoming a better McDonald’s, appreciating our great tasting food, fast and friendly service and compelling value as we execute our Velocity Growth Plan.”

McDonald’s saw its global comparable sales increase 5.5%, but its consolidated revenues decreased 9% because of the impact of the company’s strategic re-franchising initiative. The consolidated operating income increased 5% because of growth in franchised market dollars, also a product of the strategic re-franchising initiative.

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McDonald’s Reports First Quarter 2018 Results | McDonald’s Corporation

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