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May 20, 2014
07:29 EDTDISH, TWC, TMUS, DTV, CMCSA, SFTBF, TDeals create regulatory approval congestion, Washington Post says
Between Comcast's (CMCSA) Time Warner Cable (TWC) takeover and AT&T (T) now purchasing DirecTV (DTV), there’s over $130B worth of agreements that are in dire need of regulatory approval, which is the largest amount of pay-TV assets sitting in front of regulators at one instance, reported Bloomberg. The number of deals needing approval may increase as Dish (DISH) looks for a merger partner and Sprint's (S) parent Softbank (SFTBF) continues to strive for T-Mobile (TMUS) U.S. Reference Link
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August 19, 2015
06:05 EDTSFTBFSoftbank to invest in geothermal power generation, Nikkei says
Softbank subsidiary SB Energy will invest in developing renewable energy, extend construction and operation from PV and wind power to geothermal power generation, reports Nikkei News earlier this week. SB Energy already intends to build 27 huge megasolar power plants across Japan by fiscal 2017, and it also has plans for two wind farms. The company expects to begin construction of the plant in one to two years and launch operations by 2020. Reference Link
06:01 EDTTMUSNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSFTBFSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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16:49 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:33 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
11:34 EDTTMUS, T, SFTBFSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTDISH, CMCSA, TWCDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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08:04 EDTCMCSABuzzFeed says NBCUniversal to make $200M equity investment in company
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06:11 EDTDISHFCC: Dish can't apply $3.3B in credits in airwaves auction, AP reports
The FCC said that Dish Network may not apply $3.3B in small-business credits towards buying airwaves it acquired in a government auction, the Associated Press reports. Reference Link
06:08 EDTSFTBFeBay expected to announce sale of some of Snapdeal stake, Re/code reports
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August 17, 2015
20:09 EDTTWC, CMCSACable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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19:54 EDTCMCSAComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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18:48 EDTTMUSInteliquent raises FY15 revenue view to $240M-$250M from $220M-$230M
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18:45 EDTTMUSInteliquent enters three-year agreement with T-Mobile for IP voice services
Inteliquent (IQNT) announced that it had entered into a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS), under which Inteliquent will provide a full suite of IP voice services to T-Mobile. The agreement provides that T-Mobile will generally use Inteliquent as its sole provider of voice interconnection services for all calls exchanged between T-Mobile and nearly all other voice providers in the United States (excluding certain traffic, including among other things, traffic that is exchanged with other providers over peering arrangements). The agreement also includes Inteliquent's "Infrastructure as a Solution" offering. This offering allows a customer to remove its time division multiplexing interconnection from its network and use IP/SIP interconnection for voice services. Inteliquent expects that the agreement will result in a significant increase in the volume of traffic carried on Inteliquent's network.
07:39 EDTTMUSTMC to hold a conference
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06:26 EDTTAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTAT&T aided NSA in web surveillance, NYT reports
The National Security Agency's, or NSA, ability to spy on great amounts of internet traffic has relied on a decades-long partnership with AT&T, the New York Times reports, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The company's cooperation with the NSA has involved a broad range of activities from 2003-2013, including giving the NSA access to billions of emails and providing technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all web communications at the UN headquarters, the report says. AT&T installed surveillance equipment in "at least" 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, the report says. Reference Link
August 16, 2015
16:59 EDTCMCSA'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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14:24 EDTDISHDISH, Sinclair reach short term contract extension, ask for stay on FCC action
DISH Network (DISH) and Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) announced they have agreed to a short term contract extension as they continue to negotiate a new retransmission agreement. The current agreement was set to expire Saturday night. "The extension preserves DISH customer access to 153 local channels in 79 markets nationwide," said DISH. DISH is asking the Federal Communications Commission to stay action on its verified retransmission complaint and request for preliminary injunctive relief as the two parties continue to negotiate.
14:19 EDTDISHDISH files FCC complaint against Sinclair ahead of potential channel blackout
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