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May 21, 2015
14:44 EDTTAT&T plans 'substantial' Mexico investments, WSJ says
In a report published yesterday, the Wall Street Journal said that according to AT&T Mexico's CEO the telecommunications giant plans "substantial" investments in Mexico to broaden and enhance its mobile network as it seeks to increase market share. Reference Link
14:37 EDTT, DTVFCC likely to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions, CTFinancialNews says
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10:15 EDTDISHDISH Sling TV releases app for Android TV
DISH (DISH) confirmed that Sling TV launched its Android TV application for Google’s (GOOG) Nexus Player, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. New customers can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50% discount when they pre-pay for three months of Sling TV or customers can choose to sample Sling TV on their Nexus Player for seven days at no cost, DISH added.
10:04 EDTDISHDISH bringing Sling TV to Android TV platform, TechCrunch reports
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May 20, 2015
18:51 EDTSSprint names Kevin Crull as Chief Marketing Officer
Kevin Crull will join Sprint as chief marketing officer effective May 31. Crull will report to President and CEO Marcelo Claure. Crull brings to Sprint 30 years of experience leading sales, marketing and operations teams. Most recently, Crull served nearly five years as COO and then president of Bell Media, Canada’s largest media and broadcasting company.
17:46 EDTSStandard General wins RadioShack brand, forced to destroy some customer data
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May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTTOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
09:53 EDTSSprint expects Voice to be 'still important' as Data demands continues to grow
Expects that half of its plans will be financed while a third plus will be through leasing. The company says it has its eye on how those numbers change going forward. Cites successful financing through securitization and vendor financing. The company says it "feels good" about taking expenses and reinvesting on a smaller base for overall operation. Says the company is still working on getting its churn down. Comments made by CFO Joe Euteneuer at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
07:36 EDTT, SAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
06:18 EDTT, DISHDish says followed all rules in bidding strategy for spectrum auction, WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:54 EDTTAT&T CEO sees net neutrality changing within 5-10 years, Wireless Week says
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes the FCC's net neutrality ruling will change within the next five to 10 years, reports Wireless Week, citing statements given Monday at a J.P. Morgan investor conference. "If I believed the rules that were passed by the FCC on Title II were going to be the rules of the land for the next five to 10 years, it would have a dramatic effect on how we thought about investment," said Stephenson, adding that his company's court case against the neutrality rules is "pretty strong." Reference Link
09:49 EDTDISHEquity options with increasing volume
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09:07 EDTSSprint extends availability of Direct 2 You service to Kansas City, Miami
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08:59 EDTDTV, TAT&T CEO says gets profitable TV product from 'day one' by buying DirecTV
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said AT&T's existing U-verse product is "nice" but unprofitable and that the company will get a profitable TV product from "day one" by buying DireTV (DTV). Stephenson said he expects to take share from cable operators and other TV offerings with its combined offering after the DirecTV deal closes. Stephenson said the company is on target to get the DirecTV deal closed in Q2. Stephenson spoke on CNBC.
08:45 EDTDTV, TCogent CEO says considering lawsuit against AT&T, CTFinancialNews reports
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07:27 EDTTJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
17:15 EDTSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
May 14, 2015
18:39 EDTTApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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10:43 EDTDISHDISH CEO says 'not sure' how spectrum will be used in wireless
Charlie Ergen is speaking on CNBC.
10:39 EDTDISHDISH CEO says may release Sling TV numbers next quarter
Charlie Ergen is speaking on CNBC.
10:37 EDTDISH, T, DTVDISH CEO says AT&T, DirecTV merger will bring tougher competitor
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10:31 EDTST-Mobile says porting ratio vs. Sprint is approaching 3.0
In regards to LTE competition and sustainability, T-Mobile said it is in a leadership position where it really matters. Backs operating free cash flow and EBITDA guidance. Reports 11M MetroPCS subscribers. Comments taken from MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
06:37 EDTT, DISH, DTVDISH, Cogent ask FCC to set conditions for AT&T acquisition, Reuters says
DISH (DISH) and Cogent Communications (CCOI) asked the FCC to force AT&T (T) to sell Internet service as a standalone service, as a condition of the telecom giant's proposed acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters. DISH and Cogent also asked the agency to make AT&T sell standalone Internet service at a reasonable price and at the same speeds it provides in package deals, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:06 EDTDISH, S, TDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
May 13, 2015
15:27 EDTSStandard General acquires rights to RadioShack brand, data, WSJ says
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12:01 EDTTAT&T to offer Hulu subscription streaming service to customers
AT&T (T) and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA) have signed a deal that will bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers through AT&T's websites and mobile applications. AT&T customers will be able to browse Hulu programs and select the shows they want to watch through an AT&T app for mobile device viewing or an AT&T website for Internet viewing. Combined with a leading TV Everywhere catalog, AT&T customers subscribing to Hulu will have one of the best selections available of current and past season full episodes. AT&T and Hulu also are exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TV. This offering will become available to AT&T customers later this year. The expanded relationship with Hulu complements AT&T's other over-the-top initiatives, including Otter Media.
11:58 EDTTAT&T, Communications Workers of America reach tentative contract agreements
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06:55 EDTTInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
May 12, 2015
12:59 EDTDTV, TRegulators unlikely to block AT&T-DirecTV deal, WSJ says
The FCC and U.S. Justice Department are nearly finished reviewing AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), and are unlikely to block the deal, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Justice Department hasn't raised issues, and though the FCC may seek to impose conditions, they are expected to be acceptable to AT&T. Reference Link
12:32 EDTDTV, TDirecTV up 1% after report says regulators unlikely to block AT&T deal
Dow Jones, citing sources, said the U.S. review of the deal is nearing its end and that regulators are unlikely to step in to block the merger.
12:30 EDTDTV, TU.S. unlikely to block AT&T, DirecTV deal, Dow Jones reports
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12:02 EDTSVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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11:38 EDTTLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
11:14 EDTT, DTVAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:32 EDTTAcacia Research enters settlement, license agreement with AT&T Mobility
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08:45 EDTDISHDISH shares likely undervalued, says Brean Capital
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08:31 EDTDISH, DTVApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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May 11, 2015
13:01 EDTDISHDISH says involved in several non-disclosure pacts since spectrum auction
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12:46 EDTDISHDISH CEO says still a few channel partners 'I'd like' on Sling TV
Sling TV CEO says Sling TV service is focused on mobile first, not TV. Says Sling TV customers are "comfortable" looking at content on mobile devices.
12:36 EDTDISHDISH CEO says auctions represent the company's 'core skill'
Says if involved, expects to participate in the 600Mhz auction at a "high level."
12:34 EDTDISHDISH says would like to participate in 600Mhz incentive auction
Says main focus is getting through the AWS-3 auction.
12:28 EDTDISHDISH says majority of impact from programmer disputes has passed
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12:24 EDTDISHDISH says difficult to bundle without ESPN
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12:17 EDTDISHDISH CEO says Sling TV should contribute 'meaningful revenue'
Says Sling TV results are "encouraging." Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
12:06 EDTTAT&T appoints Jeffrey Lewis Chief Accessibility Officer
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06:19 EDTSRadioShack trademark, other IP up for auction, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 Pay-TV churn rate 1.65%
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06:15 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 EPS 76c, consensus 40c
Reports Q1 revenue $3.72B, consensus $3.74B. Reports Q1 subscriber-related revenue $3.69B.
06:12 EDTDISHDISH activated 554K gross new Pay-TV subscribers
DISH activated approximately 554,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers compared to approximately 639,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s first quarter. Net Pay-TV subscribers declined by approximately 134,000 in the first quarter. The company closed the first quarter with 13.84M Pay-TV subscribers, compared to 14.10M Pay-TV subscribers at the end of first quarter 2014. Pay-TV ARPU for the first quarter totaled $86.01, compared to first quarter 2014 Pay-TV ARPU of $82.36. Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was 1.65% versus 1.42% for first quarter 2014. DISH added approximately 14,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter, bringing its broadband subscriber base to approximately 591,000. DISH added approximately 53,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter 2014.
06:11 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 net income attributable $351M vs. $176M last year
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