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June 23, 2014
15:33 EDTLVLT, CMCSA, AKAM, VZVerizon 'aggressively' building Internet video services unit, Information says
Verizon (VZ) is "aggressively" building its Digital Media Services unit as it seeks to provide a package of services for digital video providers and encourage the growth of online video, said The Information. Content delivery network operators include Akamai (AKAM) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT). A prior report from the same tech blog in May said that Comcast (CMCSA) is testing its own content delivery service. Reference Link
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October 7, 2015
15:14 EDTCMCSAAmazon considering possible online service for live TV, Bloomberg says
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15:00 EDTCMCSAAmazon exploring potential online TV service, Bloomberg says
Amazon (AMZN) is said to have reached out to CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal about online TV, according to Bloomberg.
08:02 EDTCMCSACiti, NBC's TODAY announce multi-year sponsorship
Citi (C) and NBC's (CMCSA) TODAY announced the Citi Concert Series on TODAY, to provide year-round opportunities for millions of Citi customers, TODAY viewers and fans to enjoy live performances by their favorite artists. This new multi-year sponsorship brings together Citi's and TODAY's decades of experience in live entertainment working with thousands of chart-topping artists.
05:58 EDTCMCSAHulu renews, expands programming deal with Viacom, Deadline Hollywood says
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October 6, 2015
18:20 EDTVZVerizon to merge existing ad programs into AOL advertising network
Verizon announced that, starting in November, the company will combine its existing advertising programs -- Relevant Mobile Advertising and Verizon Selects -- into the AOL Advertising Network. The programs use online and device identifiers, including AOL browser cookies and Verizon's "Unique Identifier Header." When the Verizon and AOL programs are combined, the Verizon identifier will be inserted in certain web traffic that is then sent to Verizon companies and to certain partners, the company explained. Reference Link
October 5, 2015
19:04 EDTVZSony, Verizon cancel plans for Xperia Z4v smartphone in U.S., Verge says
Sony (SNE) and Verizon (VZ) have cancelled plans to launch the Xperia Z4v smartphone in the U.S., reports The Verge, citing spokesperson statements. "Sony is a strategic partner as we continue having ongoing discussions together as part of our future portfolio," remarked Verizon, while Sony itself stated that it "remains dedicated" to the U.S. market, the report adds. Reference Link
07:45 EDTVZJuniper upgraded on positive checks at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Juniper (JNPR) to Buy from Hold. The firm says that its checks show that the company's routers have "strong traction...with webscale customers." The firm adds that the company's dependency on Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) appears to be declining, while its checks on Juniper's new products have been positive. Target $32.
October 2, 2015
12:02 EDTVZFrontier Communications, IBEW AFL-CIO reach agreement in Florida
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September 30, 2015
17:53 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal reaches advertising deal with YouTube, WSJ says
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13:33 EDTCMCSAFCC review of Charter-TWC deal likely to extend into 1Q16, CTFN says
The FCC's review of Charter Communications' (CHTR) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks will likely extend into the first quarter of 2016 and could take even longer, CTFN reports, citing an attorney who often deals with telecom issues before the FCC. "...It is virtually impossible for the FCC to complete its review and adopt an order approving the license transfer before 1Q16 and, in my opinion, even getting it done before April 1 is a stretch," Barbara Esbin, a partner at law firm Cinnamon Mueller, told CTFN in an email. Esbin also said that the merger "appears to have drawn none of the heavy flack that felled Comcast (CMCSA)-TWC," a proposal that was nixed by the FCC and DOJ earlier this year, the report says. California utility regulators are also preparing for their own review of the deal since it will particularly effect the southern half of the state, the report says. Reference Link
11:31 EDTVZOn Track Innovations files patent infringement lawsuits against AT&T, Verizon
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10:50 EDTLVLT, VZAT&T, Verizon could find it hard to sell enterprise businesses, CTFN says
The wireline units of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) that serve corporate customers may be viewed as good units to sell if the companies need to raise cash to help defray spectrum acquisition costs, but a small number of potential buyers and low EBITDA multiples for the units could make any such divestitures challenging, contended CTFN. Level 3 (LVLT) could be seen as a potentially interested buyer, but a source within the company told CTFN that purchasing units that are part of other companies, known as a "carve out," doesn't match the company's usual M&A strategy. Reference Link
10:00 EDTLVLTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Brookfield (BAM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Citizens Financial (CFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... HSBC (HSBC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded on asset value, share buyback outlook at Stifel... Medivation (MDVN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Post Holdings (POST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Shire (SHPG) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Sinopec (SNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus.
09:31 EDTVZVerizon Ventures partners with Grand Central Tech
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05:52 EDTLVLTLevel 3 upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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September 29, 2015
11:19 EDTAKAMAnalyst rolls out coverage of IT security stocks with mixed view
Research firm Stifel initiated coverage of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) with a Buy rating and started coverage of another company in the sector, Imperva (IMPV), with a Hold rating in notes to investors this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda is "an emerging leader" in the small and medium business security and storage sectors and it's poised to replace legacy systems in those markets, Stifel analyst Gur Talpaz wrote. The lower than expected billings reported by the company for the first quarter was "an aberration," according to Talpaz, who predicts its billings growth should accelerate in Q2. Unlike legacy threat management systems, Barracuda's products can be bought individually, on an "as needed" basis, by small and medium businesses, Talpaz explained. More importantly, Barracuda's products allow a single administrator to view the majority of the company's security infrastructure from any location, Talpaz noted. Additionally, Barracuda's storage solutions can be implemented using appliance, cloud or hybrid systems, according to Talpaz, who set a $36 price target on the shares. Imperva is "the clear leader" in the small but fast growing Web Application Firewall, or WAF, market, the analyst stated. However, many companies still don't view WAF systems as necessary, reasoning that they do not have that many Web applications, according to Talpaz. Moreover, competition in the market is intense, as network vendors such as F5 Networks (FFIV) and cloud vendors such as Akamai (AKAM) are competing in the relatively small space, the analyst stated. Talpaz expects Imperva to report strong Q3 results, but heading into 2016, he believes that the company's future profitability is "limited,"while its competitive end markets will create challenges and its valuation leaves little room for error. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Talpaz also initiated coverage of another company in the sector, Qualys (QLYS), with a Hold rating. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Barracuda slipped 1.2% to $24.33, Imperva dropped 3.6% to $63 and Qualys advanced 0.4% to $28.59.
11:09 EDTCMCSAGoPro announces launch of channel on Comcast Watchable
GoPro (GPRO) announced it's bringing the GoPro Channel to Watchable, Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) new, cross-platform video service. GoPro's first Multichannel Video Programming Distributor agreement will deliver GoPro content to users on iOS,, and X1. Launching in beta, all Watchable content is free, the company stated.
11:05 EDTCMCSAComcast launches video platform Watchable, Business Insider reports
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09:19 EDTLVLTDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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06:18 EDTVZPublicis signs advertising partnership with Verizon's Go90 service, WSJ reports
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