Cineworld shows superhero growth with profits more than doubling as it makes its mark in the US

Some shareholders had expressed concerns that Cineworld was biting off more than it could chew with its reverse takeover of Regal, which has …

Cineworld shows superhero growth with profits more than doubling as it makes its mark in the US

ByCity & Finance Reporter for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:57 EDT, 14 March 2019 | Updated: 17:57 EDT, 14 March 2019

superhero films Black Panther, pictured, and Avengers: Infinity War boosted Cineworld

superhero films Black Panther, pictured, and Avengers: Infinity War boosted Cineworld

superhero films Black Panther, pictured, and Avengers: Infinity War boosted Cineworld

Cineworld’s profits more than doubled as it made its mark in the US following the £2.6billion purchase of rival Regal Entertainment.

The cinema chain posted profits of £262.2million for 2018 compared with £117.2million a year earlier.

Screenings of superhero films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War boosted box office sales, taking revenues to £3.1billion from £864million.

Cineworld’s shares jumped 3.8pc, or 11p, to 300p as investors were buoyed by the success of the company’s US venture.

Some shareholders had expressed concerns that Cineworld was biting off more than it could chew with its reverse takeover of Regal, which has created the second-largest cinema group in the world.

But Mooky Greidinger, chief executive, hailed the tie-up, saying: ‘The combination with Regal has exceeded our expectations.’

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Dudley & Shanley Llc increased its stake in Servicemaster Global (SERV) by 51.96% based on its latest 2018Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Dudley & Shanley Llc bought 267,835 shares as the company’s stock rose 5.55% with the market. The hedge fund held 783,285 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2018Q4, valued at $28.78 million, up from 515,450 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Dudley & Shanley Llc who had been investing in Servicemaster Global for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $6.49 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.30% or $0.63 during the last trading session, reaching $47.74. About 557,256 shares traded. ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SERV) has risen 35.88% since March 14, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.51% the S&P500. Some Historical SERV News: 03/05/2018 – ServiceMaster Appoints Rex Tibbens as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Home Shield; 01/05/2018 – SERVICEMASTER 1Q ADJ EPS 44C, EST. 41C; 26/03/2018 – SERVICEMASTER PROVIDES UPDATE ON SPIN-OFF OF AMERICAN HOME SHIE; 30/03/2018 – Merry Maids Earns Top Ranking Among Home Cleaning Companies in Entrepreneur’s 2018 Franchise 500® List; 26/03/2018 – SERVICEMASTER: PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN HOME SHIELD TO LEAVE; 01/05/2018 – ServiceMaster Global Raises FY18 Adj Ebitda View to $695M-$710M; 09/04/2018 – ServiceMaster Names Former CEO of H&R Block William C. Cobb to Bd of Directors; 30/03/2018 – Terminix Closes Its Transaction with Copesan Services, Inc; 01/05/2018 – ServiceMaster Global 1Q Adj EPS 44c; 02/04/2018 – ServiceMaster Celebrates MLK50 with Spring Clean 2018

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Zazove Associates Llc increased its stake in Usa Compression Partners (Prn) (USAC) by 114.89% based on its latest 2018Q4 regulatory filing with the …

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Zazove Associates Llc increased its stake in Usa Compression Partners (Prn) (USAC) by 114.89% based on its latest 2018Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Zazove Associates Llc bought 82,229 shares as the company’s stock rose 13.15% with the market. The institutional investor held 153,799 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2018Q4, valued at $2.00 million, up from 71,570 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Zazove Associates Llc who had been investing in Usa Compression Partners (Prn) for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.54 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.13% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $15.99. About 73,323 shares traded. USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC) has declined 9.71% since March 14, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 14.08% the S&P500. Some Historical USAC News: 05/03/2018 – Moody’s Assigns B3 Rating To Usa Compression’s Proposed Notes, B1 Cfr; 09/05/2018 – USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS LP USAC.N – ADJUSTED EBITDA RANGE OF $310.0 MLN TO $330.0 MLN IS EXPECTED FOR FY18; 02/04/2018 – USA Compression Partners and Energy Transfer Complete Previously Announced Transactions; 09/05/2018 – USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS LP SEES 2018 DISTRIBUTABLE CASH FLOW RANGE OF $170.0 MLN TO $190.0 MLN; 09/03/2018 – USA COMPRESSION – PRICING OF PRIVATE PLACEMENT BY UNIT OF $725 MLN IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF 6.875% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2026 AT PAR; 09/05/2018 – USA Compression Partners 1Q Loss/Shr 23c; 19/04/2018 – DJ USA Compression Partners LP, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (USAC); 09/05/2018 – USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS LP – QTRLY BASIC AND DILUTED NET LOSS PER COMMON UNIT $ 0.23; 05/03/2018 – USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS OUTLOOK STABLE BY FITCH; 05/03/2018 – S&P ASSIGNS USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP TO RATING ‘B+’

Benchmark Capital Advisors increased its stake in Facebook Inc Cl A (FB) by 36.73% based on its latest 2018Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Benchmark Capital Advisors bought 3,150 shares as the company’s stock rose 22.38% with the market. The institutional investor held 11,725 shares of the technology company at the end of 2018Q4, valued at $1.54 million, up from 8,575 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Benchmark Capital Advisors who had been investing in Facebook Inc Cl A for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $486.18 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.74% or $3.02 during the last trading session, reaching $170.35. About 10.04M shares traded. Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has declined 4.87% since March 14, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 9.24% the S&P500. Some Historical FB News: 20/03/2018 – Regulators ratchet up pressure on Facebook over user data leak; 29/05/2018 – A day in the life of a product manager at Facebook; 28/03/2018 – Channel 4 News: Exclusive: Cambridge Analytica data is still circulating – harvested from thousands of Facebook profiles; 23/03/2018 – One good thing from Facebook data scandal: Thousands of new jobs AI alone can’t handle; 22/03/2018 – Steve Bannon at FT conference: I didn’t know about Facebook data mining; 16/04/2018 – Zuckerberg testimony undermines Facebook stance in terrorism case -U.S. court filing; 30/05/2018 – Snap CEO Evan Spiegel in an interview with @KaraSwisher at #CodeCon: “Fundamentally, [Facebook is] having a really hard time changing the DNA of their company. And the DNA of their company is all about having people compete with each other online for attention; 28/03/2018 – Investors rotated out of the sector, following an uproar over the alleged misuse of Facebook users’ data by political consultants Cambridge Analytica; 09/05/2018 – IAC CEO Joey Levin penned a letter assuring shareholders the Match Group parent company was well-positioned to compete with Facebook in the dating space; 17/04/2018 – In a 2004 interview, Mark Zuckerberg described Facebook as a place to “find some interesting information about people.” via @CNBCMakeIt

Zazove Associates Llc, which manages about $5.11 billion and $924.72 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Johnson Johnson (Prn) by 3.06M shares to 1.66 million shares, valued at $2.94M in 2018Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Citrix Systems Inc. (Prn) by 685,000 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 2.85 million shares, and cut its stake in Booking Holdings (Prn).

More notable recent USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC) news were published by: Businesswire.com which released: “Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. Common Unitholders Approve Merger with Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. – Business Wire” on October 18, 2018, also Fool.com with their article: “An Investor’s Guide to Midstream Oil and Gas – The Motley Fool” published on November 21, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Record Pace For Midstream – Seeking Alpha” on February 24, 2019. More interesting news about USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “USA Compression files for 41.2M-share secondary offering – Seeking Alpha” published on November 14, 2018 as well as Businesswire.com‘s news article titled: “Energy Transfer Announces FERC Approval for Final Two Laterals on the Rover Pipeline – Business Wire” with publication date: November 02, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.03 in Q4 2018. Its down 0.56, from 1.59 in 2018Q3. It dived, as 8 investors sold USAC shares while 21 reduced holdings. 14 funds opened positions while 16 raised stakes. 30.19 million shares or 7.64% less from 32.69 million shares in 2018Q3 were reported. Stephens Inc Ar stated it has 0% in USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC). Georgia-based Advisory Services Net Lc has invested 0% in USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC). American Fincl Gp, Ohio-based fund reported 129,871 shares. Bank Of America Corp De reported 0% of its portfolio in USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC). Wilen owns 12,150 shares or 0.13% of their US portfolio. Morgan Stanley stated it has 0% of its portfolio in USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC). Moreover, Citigroup has 0% invested in USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC). 300 are owned by Fifth Third Retail Bank. First Foundation invested 0.01% of its portfolio in USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC). 1.37M are held by Brookfield Asset Mgmt. Group One Trading LP holds 0% or 12,496 shares in its portfolio. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt Systems holds 102,588 shares. Guggenheim Cap Ltd Liability Co holds 0% of its portfolio in USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC) for 19,619 shares. Brown Brothers Harriman & Com holds 2,800 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Jpmorgan Chase Communications reported 96 shares.

Since November 13, 2018, it had 2 buys, and 0 insider sales for $622,500 activity. MANIAS WILLIAM G also bought $67,000 worth of USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE:USAC) shares.

More notable recent Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) news were published by: Nasdaq.com which released: “Is Facebook (FB) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year? – Nasdaq” on February 21, 2019, also 247Wallst.com with their article: “Amazon Ad Revenues Beginning to Pile Up – 24/7 Wall St.” published on March 13, 2019, Investorplace.com published: “FB Rose More Than 3% Yesterday – Investorplace.com” on March 05, 2019. More interesting news about Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) were released by: Nasdaq.com and their article: “It’s Time to ‘Like’ Facebook Stock As a Short – Nasdaq” published on February 13, 2019 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Report: FTC in talks with Facebook over record multibillion-dollar fine – Seeking Alpha” with publication date: February 14, 2019.

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… to directly support their favorite writers by purchasing coins (a virtual currency on Dreame) to unlock the stories, there is further revenue generated.

SINGAPORE, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Stary, along with its online publishing platform Dreame, provider of practical solutions to help writers achieve content monetization, recently launched its new payment and clearing system. The new system will facilitate writers getting their E-book shares by shortening the payment cycle from 30 days to 14 days and by clearly showing writers their shares of the books they have published on Dreame. This enhances current management and operation policies and provides a new way for writers to monetize content.

Dreame aims to provide a new way for writers to monetize their books and strives to build a community where novel lovers can write, read and share great content. Users can upload their workfor free, and if a book is recognized by Dreame’s editors and liked by readers on the platform, it will be offered a contract, including writing funds, among other perks. At the same time, for writers whose books have been listed in the “Pay-to-read” program, which enables readers to directly support their favorite writers by purchasing coins (a virtual currency on Dreame) to unlock the stories, there is further revenue generated.

Dreame welcomes not only experienced writers, but also those who are just starting out in the writing industry. With the recommendation engine applied on the platform, books featured on the website and App’s homepage are automatically listed based on the number of readers’ ‘likes’ they have. This gives writers, new or established, the opportunity to grow, to get followers and to earn revenue, as long as their stories are liked and supported by fans.

In 2018, more than a quarter of writers on Dreame were able to earn revenue by publishing their work on it. With a werewolf themed book, an 18yearold writer from the United States managed to earn a share of more than 10,000 US dollars on Dreame after only two months of having published her book.

Apart from the organic traffic generated on Dreame, Stary also has a large digital marketing budget for writers and their books. In 2018, Stary invested 1.5 million dollarsin online advertising. As a result, there were over 67 thousand downloads by the end of last year. Such investment is expected to grow to over 12 million dollars in 2019. Meanwhile, Dreame has already worked closely with dozens of influencers, including Youtubers and bloggers, and plans to collaborate with a further 200 influencers this year.

Stary also attended this year’s London Book Fair held on the 12th of March, where it sought to increase its cooperation with publishers, the results of which will soon be released.

“We are glad to see that a number of talented writers and their books are being generously rewarded on our platform. As a newly-established online platform, it is normal for some people to question our business model. We admit that there are still improvements to be made, but our aim remains to help writers at different stages of their journey by providing a new way to monetize their creative writing. If there is no profit to be generated, the industry simply cannot grow. We are proud to play a role in shaping a favorable environment for online publishing. And we will do our best to make the industry more dynamic,” Samuel Law, Stary CEO.

About Stary and Dreame

STARY is a private equity firm based in Singapore, a holding company for a fiction reading mobile app: Dreame. It strives to build an online platform where information technologies are applied to enable novel lovers to write, read and share great content and provide practical solutions to help business partners and writers achieve content monetization. After preparatory work started in 2016, Dreame was officially launched in August of 2018. It has gained more than 1 million downloads on both the Google Play and App Store as of March 2019. It is featured as the second highest reading App on the Google Play store, ranked by revenue.

Enjoy your reading now on iOS and Android!

Official website: https://www.dreame.com/

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Published 10:05 AM, March 14, 2019
Updated 10:06 AM, March 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Alphabet subsidiary Jigsaw on Tuesday, March 12, released an experimental Google Chrome extension that uses machine learning to filter out toxic comments on social media and some specific websites.

The extension, called Tune, allows users to determine how much toxicity they want to see on their feeds online and lets them pick and choose where they want to see such toxic commentary.

Users willl be able to “set the ‘volume’ of conversations on a number of popular platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus.”

Tune uses JIgsaw’s Perspective machine learning technology, that spots abusive language. Previously meant to be applied within community management and writing contexts, the technology now aims to help readers instead to lessen the amount of bad stuff they have to sift through.

The company explained, “Tune lets you turn the volume of toxic comments down for ‘zen mode’ to skip comments completely, or turn it up to see everything – even the mean stuff. Or you can set the volume somewhere in between to customize the level of toxicity (e.g. attacks, insults, profanity, etc) you’re willing to see in comments.

Tune is also meant to be privacy-minded. According to the FAQ on its download page, “Comment text is sent to Perspective API for scoring then is automatically deleted after the score is returned. The initial sign-in for Tune is used to provide access to Perspective API.”

The extension, the company said, isn’t perfect, as it will still miss some toxic comments or flag some comments that most would consider inoffensive, but the technology is open-source and can be improved upon to lessen the toxicity one might go through when browsing the internet. – Rappler.com

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