Time Warner Inc.'s executives and board were so sure their planned merger with AT&T Inc. would sail through that they asked for very little money in the event it didn't. Now they may be wishing they could rewind the clock 17 months. The companies head to court on Monday to begin the process of defending their $109 billion transaction. If successful, it will give AT&T -- the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier -- control of popular TV networks such as HBO and TBS, as well as the Warner Bros. film studio.
Campbell Soup Co.'s biggest acquisition hasn't received much fanfare among shareholders, and now the debt market is wincing, too. As if CEO Denise Morrison didn't have enough on her plate, it's looking more likely that she'll need to keep a lookout for unwanted bidders sensing vulnerability, or activists calling for a change at the top.
The goal was that the move would "dramatically improve" margins at Snyder's-Lance, which are near the low end for the industry. Campbell estimates it can cut about $170 million of costs by fiscal 2022 through the merger, plus deliver a majority of the cost-saving initiatives Snyder's-Lance was already working toward. If it can do that, the deal looks far less expensive down the road than it will on Day One. But "if" is not a word investors like when it comes to M&A.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".