The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Viacom, Sony, Netflix, Time Warner and Ryder System

  The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Viacom, Sony, Netflix, Time Warner and
                                 Ryder System

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CHICAGO, Aug. 19, 2013

CHICAGO, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Viacom Inc.(Nasdaq:VIAB-Free
Report), Sony Corporation(NYSE:SNE-Free Report), Netflix
Inc.(Nasdaq:NFLX-Free Report), Time Warner Inc.(NYSE:TWX-Free Report) and
Ryder System, Inc.(NYSE:R-Free Report).


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Here are highlights from Friday's Analyst Blog:

VIAB, SNE in New Content Sharing Deal

TV network giant,Viacom Inc.(Nasdaq:VIAB-Free Report) recently entered into
a new content sharing agreement withSony Corporation(NYSE:SNE-Free Report).
Per the deal, Viacom will give access to Sony to stream its live shows on
Internet through its TVs, game consoles and Blu-ray players.

Increased deployment of 4GLTE services coupled with higher usage of
smartphones and tablets have forced most channel broadcasters to view shows on
Iinternet as it offers more flexibility to its viewers. Moreover, low-cost
Internet video streaming companies likeNetflix Inc.(Nasdaq:NFLX-Free
Report), Hulu and YouTube have become major threats to the overall pay-TV
industry. In order to counter such threats, Sony has signed this deal. Sony is
also planning to strike similar deals with other channel majors likeTime
Warner Inc.(NYSE:TWX-Free Report), Disney and CBS.

On the other hand, increasing online video streaming services will hugely
benefit Viacom in terms of higher affiliated fee revenues as the company has a
huge collection of movies from Paramount and runs popular networks like MTV,
VH1, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

In the recently concluded third quarter of 2013, Viacom reported strong
financial results despite missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Both domestic
and worldwide affiliate revenues rose 28% and 26%, respectively, as compared
with the prior-year quarter.

Viacom is planning to renew its agreement with NFLX at a higher rate, which
will drive the domestic affiliate revenues further. Moreover, Viacom's top
line will likely witness a huge improvement as more satellite and cable TV
service providers continue to increase their VOD movie services.

Currently, Viacom has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Ryder Adds Facility in Vermont

Ryder System, Inc.(NYSE:R-Free Report) has opened a new maintenance and
rental facility in Vermont dedicated to commercial vehicle fleets. The
existing facility in the area caters to a variety of customers from different
industries and services with short-term full service rental for commercial
vehicles. We believe increased infrastructural support will not only attracts
more customers and bode well for the long-term growth of the company.

Ryder System continues to benefit from organic growth across its business
line. Strong market demand with tighter transportation markets, in particular
for trucks, has enabled the company to realize higher pricing. The company
expects improved offerings in contractual product lines in the FMS segment
with a newer lease fleet and various maintenance initiatives to improve 2013
earnings. Organic growth in Full Service Lease along with improved volumes in
new business and supply chain are expected to aid the company in generating
high revenues in the coming months.

In addition, increase in used vehicle sales will continue, with better pricing
aiding growth. Additionally, Ryder is targeting emerging markets for
fuel-efficient vehicles under projects like SANBAG (San Bernardino Associated
Governments). In the coming days, we expect the demand for such vehicles to
rise, providing potential market opportunity for the company. In Mar 2013, the
company entered its first-ever full-service lease agreement for providing 23
compressed natural gas tractors to La.-based Eagle Distributing of Shreveport,

Ryder currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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