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News For CMCSA;CVC;DIS;TWC;VZ From The Last 14 Days
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April 21, 2015
08:57 EDTVZVerizon says deleveraging plans on track
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08:41 EDTVZOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: UA TEVA PRGO MYL UTX QCOM VMW HOG CMG IBM VZ
07:43 EDTVZVerizon CEO says confident in ability to maintain momentum
“Verizon is off to a strong start in 2015 with another quarter of profitable growth. We expanded our base of customers seeking a premium experience, and we grew revenues, earnings and cash flow during a quarter in which we also took significant steps to sharpen our strategic focus. We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders,” said Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam.
07:42 EDTVZVerizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, 90K net new FiOS Video connections
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07:40 EDTVZVerizon reports 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1
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07:37 EDTVZVerizon backs FY15 capex view $17.5B-$18B
Verizon continues to expect FY15 capital expenditures to range between $17.5 billion and $18.0 billion.
07:37 EDTVZVerizon reports Q1 consolidated operating income margin 24.9%
Verizon reports Q1 consolidated operating income margin was 24.9%, compared with 23.2% in first-quarter 2014. Cash flow from operating activities increased to $10.2B in Q1, compared with $7.1B in first-quarter 2014. The $10.2B included a non-recurring $2.4B related to the monetization of tower assets. Excluding the tower-transaction impact, free cash flow totaled about $4.2B in Q1, compared with $3.0B in first-quarter 2014.
07:36 EDTVZU.S. mobile cariers could be pressured from new data plans, WSJ says
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07:35 EDTVZVerizon reports Q1 EPS $1.02, consensus 95c
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April 20, 2015
17:04 EDTDISOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. China’s central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
16:01 EDTVZOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:37 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:22 EDTVZVerizon technical commentary before earnings
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13:41 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon shares up marginally since Q4 results
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, April 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $32.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 89c-$1.00 on revenue of $31.74B-$32.97B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 71c against estimates for 72c on revenue of $33.19B against estimates for $32.69B. For Q4 in Wireless, the company reported 2.1M net retail connections; 2.0M net retail postpaid connections, including net additions of 672,000 postpaid phones; retail postpaid churn of 1.14%; 108.2M total retail connections and 102.1M total retail postpaid connections. In Wireline, it reported 4.1% year-over-year quarterly increase in consumer revenues. Verizon reported Q4 retail postpaid ARPA, or average revenue per account, increased 1.0% over Q4 of 2013 to $158.82 per month, and 3.9% over the full year. Verizon reported Q4 FiOS consumer revenue growth of 11.1%; 6.6M FiOS Internet subscribers, with 145K net additions; 5.6M FiOS Video subscribers, with 116K net additions. For 2015, Verizon expects consolidated revenue growth of at least 4%. It sees sustained profitability with a consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin at a level consistent with full-year 2014 performance. It also expects strong free cash flow generation with consolidated capital spending of $17.5B-$18.0B. On February 5, Frontier Communications (FTR) announced a definitive agreement with Verizon under which Frontier will acquire Verizon’s wireline operations that provide services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas, for $10.54B in cash. On the same day, Verizon announced a $5B accelerated share-repurchase program and agreed to lease the rights to over 11,300 of its company-owned wireless towers to American Tower (AMT), which will also purchase approximately 165 Verizon towers, for a total upfront payment of approximately $5B. American Tower will have exclusive rights to lease and operate over 11,300 Verizon cell towers, a significant majority of the towers the company currently owns. In addition, Verizon will sell approximately 165 towers outright. On March 10 at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said there was “not much change” in the competitive environment since Q4-end, Q1 volume should return to "more normal levels," and Q1 churn is likely to be elevated from year ago, but not "something that is going to be concerning." PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are up marginally since the company's Q4 report. Over the past twelve months, they are up about 3.3%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q1 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.5%.
11:10 EDTTWCStocks with call strike movement; TWC YAHOO
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10:29 EDTTWCOptions with increasing implied volatility: PNK PSEC TWC
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09:52 EDTCMCSA, TWCRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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07:56 EDTTWC, CMCSACharter would pursue Time Warner if Comcast deal blocked, says UBS
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07:16 EDTVZVerizon April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:39 EDTTWC, CMCSADOJ lawyers leaning towards recommending block of Comcast deal, NY Times says
The Justice Department's staff lawyers are leaning towards recommending that Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) be blocked, according to The New York Times, which cited an unnamed source. Reference Link
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