Paramount's $1.75 Billion Fate

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Paramount's $1.75 Billion Fate

Shares of Paramount Global (Nasdaq: PARA) jumped 7.93% in after-hours trading on Tuesday after a report about a potential acquisition of the company surfaced.

Details: The Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday afternoon that  Skydance Media has reached a preliminary agreement to buy Shari Redstone’s family company National Amusements for $1.75 billion and merge with Paramount.

  • National Amusements owns about 77% of Paramount’s voting shares.

  • The report also said that Paramount’s special committee of its board of directors will review the deal and potentially shop around.

Background: A previous deal for Skydance to acquire Paramount ended without an agreement in June. On Monday, reports surfaced that media mogul Barry Diller looked into buying Paramount.

Stock Price: Paramount’s stock is down 25% this year, including a 16% drop in the last 30 days.

Early Bird’s Nest Egg Gains: Paramount's challenges are reflective of issues faced throughout the broader media industry.

  • Traditional revenue streams are wrecked due to consumers canceling cable and satellite TV subscriptions.

  • Smaller streaming platforms such as Paramount+ are struggling to compete against bigger streaming players.

  • Media debt loads are growing. Paramount owes $14.6 billion.

Final Thoughts: Paramount investors finally get some relief. Let’s see if/when this deal closes.


Notable Earnings Today: Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ).

Notable IPOs Today: N/A.

Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: N/A.

Notable Economic Events Today: ADP Nonfarm Employment Change (8:15 a.m. ET), Jobless Claims (8:30 a.m. ET), Trade Balance (8:30 a.m. ET), S&P Global Services PMI (9:45 a.m. ET), S&P Global Composite PMI (9:45 a.m. ET), ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI / Price / Employment (10:00 a.m. ET), Factory Orders (10:00 a.m. ET), Crude Oil Inventories (10:30 a.m. ET), FOMC Meeting Minutes (2:00 p.m. ET).

Apple's OpenAI Board Observer

The partnership between Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and ChatGPT developer Open AI has taken another step forward.

Details: Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple will get an observer role on OpenAI’s board. Phil Schiller, the head of Apple’s App Store, will get the role. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has a similar observer role on the board.

Final Thoughts: Apple’s stock is up 14% since introducing its new AI partnership with OpenAI in June.

Solana’s Meme Coin Rally

The price of Solana jumped 3% on Tuesday thanks in part to a related meme coin called Billy that grew recently.

Final Thoughts: Solana is up 50% this year, but down 5% in the last 30 days.

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