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UPDATE: Media Stocks Down, But With Exceptions, As Overseas Debt Fears Grow

UPDATE 4:10 PM: The markets couldn’t sustain an early afternoon rally amid concerns that France might lose its AAA debt rating and that Spain or Italy might default on payments. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 4.6% while the S&P 500 dropped 4.4% and NASDAQ was down 4.1%. But media companies were mixed, with some showing big improvements from mid-day. Disney remained the hardest hit of the Big Guns with shares falling 9.1%. It was followed by Sony (-5.7%), CBS (-5.4%), News Corp (-4.7%), Time Warner (-4.6%), Comcast (-4.5%), and Viacom (-0.3%). Among other media companies, Crown Media, Westwood One, and E.W. Scripps fell at least 10%. Entercom, The New York Times, and Gannett were off at least 9%. And Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, AOL, and LIN TV were down at least 8%.  Some companies were up including Cinedigm (+8.7%), National CineMedia (+4.3%), New Frontier Media (+2.7%), DreamWorks Animation (+2%), Lionsgate (+1.8%), Pandora Media (+0.6%), and Coinstar (+0.1%).

PREVIOUS, 9:00 AM: Here we go again. Stock markets at mid-day have given up just about all of yesterday’s gains following the Fed’s pledge to keep interest rates low — and media companies are being hammered. The Dow Jones U.S. media index is -4.7% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is -4.1%. Similarly the S&P media index is off 5.5% while the S&P 500 is -3.8% and NASDAQ’s media shares are -4.8 vs. the overall exchange which is -3.3%. Here’s how industry giants are faring at mid-day: Disney (-10.7%), CBS … Read More »

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IMAX Moves From NASDAQ To New York Stock Exchange

By | Monday January 31, 2011 @ 12:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

New York, NY – January 31, 2011 – IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:IMAX; TSX:IMX) today announced the pending transfer of the listing of its common stock from the NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”) to the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). The Company expects to begin trading on the NYSE on February 11, 2011, under its current ticker symbol “IMAX” and will ring the opening bell that morning. The Company will continue to trade under the ticker symbol “IMAX” on the NASDAQ until the transfer is completed. The Company’s trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol “IMX,” will remain unchanged.

“Given the global nature and expansion of our brand, the New York Stock Exchange offers an ideal platform for the continued growth of our Company,” said IMAX CEO, Richard L. Gelfond. “Our affiliation with the NYSE will provide us access to the markets we intend to reach and puts us in good company with other members of our industry.”

“We are delighted that IMAX has chosen to list on the New York Stock Exchange,” said Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext. “IMAX is one of the world’s leading entertainment technology companies. Its global network is among the most innovative, highly visible platforms in the world. Our strategies are aligned, and we look forward to a successful global partnership with IMAX and its shareholders.”

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Another Sign Western Civilization Might Be Coming To An End…

Nellie Andreeva

The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning… Dow Jones ended the day up .1%, while the stock of MTV parent company Viacom was down 1.8%.

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