Rovi Corporation (ROVI) Has Extended Their AT&T Contract 7 Years

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Shares of Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ:ROVI) are trading up $2.64 or 23.26% in the pre-market this morning after the company announced that they have extended their current contract with AT&T by 7 years. The deal will allow AT&T to continue to access the company’s entertainment discovery patent portfolio, which is creditted for helping users better navigate through content on numerous devices and screens. Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ:ROVI) currently holds over 5,000 issued and pending patents related to a variety of digital entertainment discovery applications.

“For years, Rovi’s intellectual property has enabled some of the world’s top pay-TV providers to deliver advanced entertainment discovery experiences to viewers across the globe,” said Tom Carson, president and CEO, Rovi. “Our long-term patent license renewal with AT&T is another testament to Rovi’s market leading innovation in advancing consumers’ ability to discover, engage and enjoy entertainment content on multiple screens.”

The stock closed at $11.35 during the last trading session. It is down 30.37% since May 20, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 28.10%.

From a total of 2 analysts covering Rovi (NASDAQ:ROVI) stock, 1 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 1 a “Hold”. This means that 50% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $23.0 while the lowest target price is $11. The mean of all analyst targets is $18 which is 58.59% above today’s ($11.35) stock price. Rovi was the topic of 3 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. JP Morgan upgraded shares on August 25 to a “Neutral” rating.

The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q2 2015. It’s down 0.26, from 1.03 in 2015Q2. The ratio worsened, as 46 funds sold all their Rovi Corporation shares they owned while 73 reduced their positions. 23 funds bought stakes while 69 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 83.01 million shares which is 20.01% less than the previous share count of 103.77 million in 2015Q2.

Engaged Capital Llc holds 6.02% of its total portfolio in Rovi Corporation, equating to 1.00 million shares. Omt Capital Management Llc owns 222,240 shares representing 2.84% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Kestrel Investment Management Corp has 2.8% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 765,425 shares. The New Jersey-based Tsp Capital Management Group Llc has a total of 0.97% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Rdl Financial Inc, a Virginia-based fund reported 104,268 shares owned.

Since March 20, 2015, the stock had 2 insider purchases, and 3 sales for a total of $372,239 in net activity. Welling Glenn W. bought 22,270 shares worth $248,088. Carson Tom bought 13,895 shares worth $148,954. Gutierrez Wesley sold 427 shares worth $4,471. Halt Peter sold 1,184 shares worth $12,396. The insider Sergeeff Pamela A. sold 758 shares worth $7,936.

Rovi Corporation is a digital entertainment technology company. The company has a market cap of $938.02 million. The Firm is focused on content discovery and personalization through its technology and intellectual property, using data and analytics to monetize interactions across various entertainment platforms. It currently has negative earnings. Content discovery solutions include interactive program guides , search and recommendations, cloud data services and its database of metadata, which includes descriptive information, promotional images or other content that describe or relate to Television shows, videos, movies, music, books, games or other entertainment content.

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