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Financial Times publisher Pearson is looking for partners to make a bid for Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Don't expect News Corp. to give up easily, Cramer says.
Merrill Lynch reported that Fox (owned by News Corp) is gearing up to launch its business channel in the fall with 30-million plus subscriptions. This could be the largest cable network launch ever, but it's certainly taken them long enough, Fox has been trying to get subscription access for years. And it won't come cheap-- start up costs are estimated to be about $200 million, with News Corp expecting the division to break even by its fourth year. But it sounds like Fox Business Channel won't be anything like CNBC (GE is parent company.)
DirecTV and EchoStar's Dish network are rivals, but apparently they're far less worried about each other than they are about rivals in cable and telecom. DirecTV and Dish are also the kind of rivals who once wanted to merge with each other, but since they can't, thanks to regulatory issues--they're playing nice with each other, to try to make their industry more viable.
The Bancroft family that controls Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones has rejected its own lawyers' draft of a plan to protect the paper's independence as too timid, according to the New York Times.
The Wall Street Journal, whose parent Dow Jones is the target of a $5 billion takeover offer by News Corp., is set to shake up its newsroom by reassigning and replacing several top editors, the New York Times reported on its Web site.
Stocks closed at session lows and the Dow was off 129 as Treasury yields rose to multiyear highs, dashing investors' hopes for a Fed rate cut. "A few weeks ago people were convinced rates were going lower, you don't hear any of that talk now," said James Maguire, floor broker at Christopher J. Forbes.
The Bancroft family, controlling shareholders of Dow Jones, are set to submit a new set of proposals to News Corp. on how to protect the Wall Street Journal's editorial independence, the Journal reported on Monday.
Yahoo! is a top Internet destination -- but that hasn't brought bliss to all of the Web portal's shareholders. One particularly disgruntled stockholder is Eric Jackson, president and CEO of Jackson Leadership Systems. He explained to "Closing Bell" viewers why he intends to hold Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel's "feet to the fire" at the company's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday.
Stocks closed flat as the markets failed to hang onto a minor afternoon rally. "As volatility starts to pick up again, people have begun to realize that the probability of the Fed easing here is very, very low -- maybe even a better probability the Fed tightens here," said Richard Bernstein, chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch.
Wall Street is looking for direction and futures are little changed this morning, though stock markets around the world gained ground after Friday's U.S. market rally. Oil is slightly firmer, the dollar is up, and interest rates remain a cause for concern in the stock market.
General Electric and Microsoft discussed joining forces for a competing bid for Dow Jones & Co. in recent weeks, but the idea was abandoned, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Dow Jones has implemented change-in-control provisions for more than 100 top managers, as the company considers a $5 billion unsolicited offer from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., The Wall Street Journal reports.
A "Wall Street group" and an Internet entrepreneur have expressed interest in mounting a counterbid to News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion offer for Dow Jones, an adviser to the Dow Jones employee union said on Thursday.
Brian Tierney, who led the investor group that bought the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News for $515 million, said he is interested in taking a look at Dow Jones The Wall Street Journal reports.
Stocks closed lower as investors used rising bond yields and diminished outlook for an interest rate cut as excuses to take profits. "Technically, the market looks a lot like it looked before the 5% correction we got back in late February," said John Kattar, chief investment officer with Eastern Investment Advisors. "The market is overbought."
Billionaire supermarket investor Ron Burkle, who earlier this year formed part of a partnership that bid for Tribune Co., has joined the union representing 2,000 employees of Dow Jones & Co. in exploring alternatives for the latter company, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Stocks prices are soft ahead of the opening after a tumultuous night in Asia which ultimately left markets there higher. Investors are also watching comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on housing and the economy made to a South African monetary conference this morning.
Stocks closed with modest gains as investors shrugged off sharp declines in China and higher energy prices amid continued mergers and acquisitions activity. "Right now we're in a glass-half-full type of mood," said Al Goldman, chief market strategist at A.G. Edwards. "The market just doesn't seem to go down."
A U.S. appeals court overruled regulators who decided that expletives uttered on broadcast television violated decency standards, a major victory for TV networks.
Stocks are weaker ahead of the open despite a round of Monday morning mergers. Asian markets were higher, ignoring another selloff in China overnight, and European markets are lower.