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April 30, 2014
07:46 EDTCMCSA, TWC, CHTR, CVC, VZ, T, DISH, DTV, GOOGProgramming costs, not Google Fiber, seen as Pay TV's biggest threat, LAT says
With the cable industry successfully navigating its competitive landscape to this point, analysts generally believe that new threats such as over-the-top offerings and Google's (GOOG) Fiber service are not as big a threat as rising programming costs to pay TV providers, according to The Los Angeles Times. Publicly traded companies in the pay television space include Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), DISH (DISH), and DirecTV (DTV). Reference Link
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August 14, 2014
09:07 EDTT, VZ, CMCSAMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, HP in talks to collaborate on 'virtual assistant,' The Information says
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August 13, 2014
11:41 EDTGOOGAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
11:27 EDTDTV, TJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
11:12 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable adds NBCUniversal portfolio to TV Everywhere
Time Warner Cable announced the addition of NBCUniversal’s portfolio of broadcast and cable networks to its TV Everywhere offering across multiple platforms and devices. Time Warner Cable and Bright House subscribers will have authenticated access to live and on demand content from NBCUniversal’s cable networks including USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Sports Network, and Golf Channel, as well as local NBC and Telemundo owned broadcast stations.
09:37 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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06:58 EDTDISHDish Network an 'unlikely' buyer for T-Mobile, WSJ reports
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $700.
06:13 EDTGOOGGartner: Google Chromebooks to reach 5.2M units in 2014, DigiTimes says
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August 12, 2014
17:26 EDTDISHDish viewed as favored T-Mobile acquirer after Sprint drops bid, Bloomberg says
Dish Network (DISH) is viewed as a favorite to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) after Sprint (S) dropped its plans to acquire the company last week, according to Bloomberg, citing analysts at Moody's Investors Service and Macquarie Group. Being an industry outsider, Dish wouldn't reduce the number of competitors in the wireless market, which would please regulators, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
14:55 EDTTFrontier Communications confirms settlement with Connecticut AG over AT&T deal
Frontier Communications (FTR) announced it has reached an agreement with the Connecticut Attorney General and the Office of Consumer Counsel related to Frontier’s proposed acquisition of AT&T's (T) incumbent local exchange operations and statewide fiber network that provides services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in Connecticut. As part of the transaction, Frontier will also acquire AT&T's U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut. Highlights of the agreement state that for a period of not less than 36 months after the closing of the transaction (i) there will be no increases in the basic primary residential rate in effect for transferred exchanges as of the closing date; and (ii) where available, Frontier has agreed to offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontier’s current prices. In addition, Frontier has committed to incremental capital investments totaling $63M over 2015, 2016 and 2017 to expand and improve broadband in Connecticut.
10:38 EDTCMCSAAxial collects $11M from backers, Fortune says
Private company financing online platform Axial has collected nearly $11M in Series B funding from backers such as Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital and Comcast Ventures, according to Fortune, citing comments from Axial CEO Peter Lehrman. Comcast Ventures was the primary backer. Reference Link
09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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08:55 EDTVZVerizon CFO says cash priorites include investing in network, dividend
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August 11, 2014
18:00 EDTGOOGSix-company consortium to build new trans-pacific cable system
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15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTGOOGGoogle settles suit over drug ads, to spend $250M on changes, Re/code says
Google has agreed to spend at least $50M a year for at least five years on an internal effort to make content about prescription drug abuse more visible and work with legitimate pharmacies to counter marketing by non-U.S. drug sellers as part of settlement to end shareholder lawsuits over accusations the company improperly allowed certain drug ads, reported Re/code, citing legal documents. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTGOOGCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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