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March 1, 2015
18:53 EDTVZMozilla announces new initiative to create devices based on Firefox OS
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February 27, 2015
16:58 EDTCMCSAComcast in discussions to buy Visible World, WSJ reports
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09:43 EDTCMCSA, VZCongressional Internet Caucus to hold a discussion
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09:33 EDTVZ, CMCSATechFreedom and Int'l Center for Law & Economics holds a discussion
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06:07 EDTCMCSATiVo, RPX buy Aereo assets, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
16:52 EDTVZ, CMCSAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street moved in a narrow range for most of the session while remaining near record levels. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the indices, as it continues its march towards 5,000. Crude oil prices fell by over 5% during the regular trading session, but recovered a bit in after-hours trading. The market is on pace to complete its fourth consecutive week of gains and close out the month of February with gains after suffering losses in January. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index fell 0.7% in January, with the core rate rising 0.2%, versus expectations for the headline CPI to be down 0.6% and the core rate to rise 0.1%. Initial jobless claims rose 31K to 313K in the week ended February 21, versus expectations for 290K first-time claims. Durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, versus expectations for a 1.6% increase. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% to 218.6 in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Comcast (CMCSA), have opposed the rules, while Netflix (NFLX) has been a strong and vocal supporter of open Internet provisions... Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) slipped $1.94, or 1.19%, to $160.87 after Big Blue held its investor day meeting in NYC. At the meeting, IBM backed its fiscal year profit view but also said that the company now expects currency to impact revenue growth by over 6 points for the full year, which is greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. IBM also said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security... Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose $1.67, or 6.89%, to $25.92 after announcing plans to split its Education business from its Retail and NOOK Digital businesses. The separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is anticipated to be completed by the end of August and is intended to be a tax-free distribution to shareholders, B&N noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which jumped $1.57, or 24.69%, to $7.93 after the company agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO) for $606M, or $8 per share in cash. Avago also rose $16.57, or 14.71%, to $129.25 after announcing the deal and reporting "beat and raise" quarterly results. Also higher was UIL Holdings (UIL), which gained $9.74, or 23.01%, to $52.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by Iberdrola USA to create a newly listed U.S. publicly-traded company. The proposed transaction implies total value per share to UIL shareholders of $52.75, including $10.50 per share paid in the form of cash, the companies said. Among the noteworthy losers was Clayton Williams (CWEI), which fell $11.41, or 17.77%, to $52.79 after the company suspended drilling operations in both of its core resource plays, citing low oil prices, and its shares were downgraded at Wunderlich. Also lower following their earnings reports were network solutions provider Inteliquent (IQNT), which dropped $3.05, or 17.33%, to $14.55, and electric weapons maker TASER (TASR), which slid $4.36, or 16.14%, to $22.68. INDEXES: The Dow fell 10.15, or -0.06%, to 18,214.42, the Nasdaq gained 20.75, or 0.42%, to 4,987.89, and the S&P 500 declined 3.12, or 0.15%, to 2,110.74.
13:11 EDTVZVerizon: Title II regulations a 'net' loss for innovation, customers
Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior VP, public policy and government affairs said "Today's decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. Over the past two decades a bipartisan, light-touch policy approach unleashed unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age consumers now enjoy. The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today's actions as misguided. The FCC's move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open-ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come. What has been and will remain constant before, during and after the existence of any regulations is Verizon's commitment to an open Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and Internet access when, where, and how they want."
13:00 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CVC, VZFCC votes in favor of adopting net neutrality proposals
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections, with "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), have opposed FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposals to treat Internet service similar to a utility. Other companies that provide Internet services include Time Warner Cable (TWC), CenturyLink (CTL), DIRECTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC) and Lumos Networks (LMOS). Netflix (NFLX) has strongly supported open Internet provisions. Cogent Communications (CCOI) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are facilities-based providers of Internet access and Internet Protocol communications services that are likely to be impacted by FCC rules on net neutrality.
12:55 EDTCMCSA, TWC, VZFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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10:00 EDTCVCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade SummaryStarz
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07:32 EDTVZThe FCCto hold an open commission meeting on net neutrality
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05:43 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CVCCablevision downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital
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February 25, 2015
12:48 EDTCMCSA, TWCAnalysts upbeat on Comcast despite mixed results
After Comcast (CMCSA) yesterday reported lower than expected fourth quarter profits and higher than expected revenue, analysts remained upbeat on cable giantís outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Weak revenue from NBC Universal, along with lower than expected TV and Internet subscriber totals, weighed on Comcast's results in Q4, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, Comcastís profits were hurt by $99M of expenses during the quarter related to its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), the analyst reported. However, the investments that Comcast is making in its broadband and video platform should make its offerings superior to its competitors in all parts of the country, causing its broadband subscriber base to continue to grow, the analyst stated. In a favorable scenario, Comcast's video subscriber totals could rise in 2016, added Hargreaves. Additionally, Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will be approved, enabling it to benefit from synergies, predicted Hargreaves, who kept a $65 price target and Outperform rating on Comcast. Gregory Miller, an analyst at Canaccord, raised his price target on the shares to $70 from $62. The company's results indicate that its underlying operations are solid, Miller wrote. Moreover, Comcast's comments suggest that the growth of the company's cable business could accelerate this year, while NBC's broadcast and theme park businesses could stay strong, according to Miller. The analyst believes that the Time Warner Cable deal will probably be approved. He reiterated a Buy rating on Comcast. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Comcast rose 1% to $60.
08:38 EDTCVCCablevision reports Q4 Cable net revenues up 3.1% to $1.45B
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08:34 EDTCVCCablevision reports total customers as of December 31 of 3.12M
08:31 EDTCVCCablevision reports Q4 EPS 20c, consensus 19c
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08:28 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast shares still attractive, says Pacific Crest
After Comcast (CMCSA) reported lower than expected Q4 EPS, Pacific Crest continues to expect the company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) to close, and continues to believe that Comcast's stock can rise, driven by synergies, broadband demand, and higher than expected 2016 video subscriptions. Pacific Crest keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:25 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast price target raised to $70 from $62 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Comcast (CMCSA) to $70 from $62 despite weaker than expected Q4 results. The firm cited expectations for continued momentum with Cable Communications, Broadcast, and Theme Parks as well as its merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Comcast shares.
February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTCVCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:13 EDTVZU.S. Cellular lowering prices on shared connect plans
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09:09 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast confident Time Warner Cable transaction to close in early 2015
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08:58 EDTCMCSAComcast sees 2015 program expenses similar to levels of 2014
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08:41 EDTCMCSAComcast confirms support for free and open Internet
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08:12 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 Cable Communications revenue $10.66B
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07:05 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 customer relationships increased 178,000
Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 4.1% to $5.9B. Excluding $99M of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR) transaction-related costs in Q4, consolidated operating cash flow increased 5.9%. Consolidated Operating Income increased 3.8% to $3.8B. Free Cash Flow increased 18.0% to $1.7B in Q4 compared to $1.4B in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting improvements in working capital and growth in consolidated operating cash flow, partially offset by increased capital expenditures and cash taxes on operating items. Customer relationships increased by 178,000 to 27.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, a 47% improvement compared to an increase of 121,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013. At the end of the fourth quarter, our triple product customers increased to 37% of total customer relationships compared to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition, video, high-speed Internet and voice customers increased in the fourth quarter of 2014.
07:02 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast increases dividend, share repurchases
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) announced that it increased its dividend by 11.1% to $1.00 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25c a share on the companyís common stock, payable on April 22 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 1.In addition, Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $10B. At this time, Comcast plans to repurchase $4.25B during 2015, subject to market conditions. Additional stock repurchases will be determined after the closing of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the subsequent divestiture transactions.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 adjusted EPS 77c, consensus 78c
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February 23, 2015
18:20 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable face $20B racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports
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15:23 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
15:10 EDTCMCSAComcast $CMCSA Feb weekly 58 straddle priced for 2.7% movement into Q4
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12:28 EDTVZGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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09:02 EDTVZVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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08:33 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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07:38 EDTCMCSAComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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February 20, 2015
15:32 EDTCVCCablevision March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:56 EDTVZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks Ė not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
12:02 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Jefferies
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07:18 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:49 EDTCMCSAMSNBC cancels two talk shows, Politico says
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February 19, 2015
07:30 EDTCMCSANBC 'Nightly News' sees drop in ratings post-Brian Williams, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTVZVerizon names John Stratton as head of wireless and wireline operations
Verizon said in a filing that on February 17, the company reorganized its operating structure. John G. Stratton, formerly Verizonís EVP and President Ė Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Operations, with operational responsibility for Verizonís wireless and wireline businesses. Stratton will continue to report to Lowell C. McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Daniel S. Mead, formerly Verizonís EVP and President and CEOĖ Verizon Wireless, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Strategic Initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizonís wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Mead will continue to report to McAdam. Mead expects to retire following the completion of the strategic initiatives on which he is working.
February 18, 2015
07:13 EDTVZ, CMCSANational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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06:33 EDTCMCSAJAKKS Pacific signs licensing agreement for Universal Pictures franchise
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February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTTWC, VZPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:22 EDTVZ, CVCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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12:56 EDTCMCSA, TWC, CVCDecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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10:41 EDTVZ, CVCCablevision downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS (pre-open)
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10:39 EDTCVC, VZCablevision sinks after analyst sees Verizon threat, cuts to sell
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10:00 EDTCVCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTVZVerizon says 'pleased' with 181 spectrum licenses acquired for $10.4B
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07:15 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' opens to $94.4M, WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned roughly $94.4M in its opening weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. The film earned an additional $172M overseas. Fox' (FOX, FOX.A) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" debuted in second place with $42M, and Viacom (VIA, VIA.B) subsidiary Paramount's "SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water" took $40M in its second week. Reference Link
06:15 EDTVZCiti sees three options for DISH, including sale to Verizon
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February 16, 2015
19:13 EDTCMCSALiberty Global may become takeover target, NY Times says
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