Company misses analysts' expectations
Discovery Communications stock fell more than 6 percent in morning trading Tuesday after the company reported an $84 million loss in profits for the quarter due in part to Oprah Winfrey's struggling OWN.
Discovery also announced a $1 billion increase to its existing $2 billion stock repurchase program.
First quarter revenues of $1.1 million increased $152 million, or 16 percent, over the first quarter a year ago, led by 16 percent growth at U.S. networks and 18 percent growth at international networks. But net income fell to $221 million ($0.57 per diluted share), down $84 million from the $305 million ($0.74 per diluted share) for the first quarter a year ago.
Profits missed analysts' average forecast of 60 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
As of 11:15 a.m. ET, Discovery stock had fallen 6.49 percent to $50.57 per share.
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