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April 18, 2012
14:06 EDTVOD, CLWR, T, DISH, VZDISH retreats after Verizon announces plans to sell spectrum
Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) announced this morning plans to conduct an open sale process for all of its 700 MHz A and B spectrum licenses in an attempt to rationalize its spectrum holdings. The licenses cover dozens of major cities across the country, as well as a number of smaller and rural markets, the company stated. In a note to investors this afternoon, Goldman Sachs said Verizon's decision is likely an attempt to appease regulators, making it less likely that AT&T (T) or Verizon (VZ) will look to buy spectrum in the future. As a result, Verizon's decision is negative for companies looking to sell spectrum, including DISH Network (DISH), argued Goldman, which maintains a Sell rating on shares of DISH. Meanwhile, research firm Jefferies called Verizon's move surprising, and added that the spectrum which Verizon is looking to sell is arguably the best spectrum available. Verizon's decision may cause the sale of spectrum by Clearwire (CLWR) to be delayed, Jefferies added. As a result, Clearwire's stock could have difficulty gaining momentum until more details about Verizon's spectrum deal become known, the firm predicted. In mid-afternoon trading, DISH shares dropped $1.36, or 4.27%, to $30.47, while Clearwire shares fell 10.05% to $1.70.
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July 21, 2015
18:33 EDTTFCC chairman proposes to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions
In light of news reports concerning the proposed AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV) transaction, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler issued the following statement: "An order recommending that the AT&T-DirecTV transaction be approved with conditions has circulated to the commissioners... If the conditions are approved by my colleagues, 12.5M customer locations will have access to a competitive high-speed fiber connection. This additional build-out is about 10 times the size of AT&T’s current fiber-to-the-premise deployment... and more than triples the number of metropolitan areas AT&T has announced plans to serve. In addition, the conditions will build on the 'Open Internet Order' already in effect... First, in order to prevent discrimination against online video competition, AT&T will not be permitted to exclude affiliated video services and content from data caps on its fixed broadband connections. Second, in order to bring greater transparency to interconnection practices, the company will be required to submit all completed interconnection agreements to the Commission, along with regular reports on network performance... We will require an independent officer to help ensure compliance with these and other proposed conditions." Reference Link
18:24 EDTTFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, WSJ reports
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18:11 EDTDISHHarbinger Capital sues DISH over LightSquared, Reuters reports
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16:57 EDTTFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, DJ says
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16:28 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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15:11 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Microsoft up 5% since announcing Nokia writedown
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12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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08:59 EDTVZVerizon CFO says churn rate improvement shows company 'protecting its base'
Verizon CFO Shammo says the company needs to compete where the market takes it. Comments from Verizon's Q2 earnings conference call.
08:48 EDTVZVerizon sees percentage of activations on installments continuing to grow in Q3
Shammo said customer demand for device installment plans has increased, noting that the percentage of phone activations on installments grew to 49% in Q2, compared with 39% in Q1 and 18% a year ago. Phone activations on device installment plans totaled 4.7M in the quarter and Verizon now has more than 14M customers on these plans, representing about 16% of its postpaid phone base. The company believes that the percentage of phone activations on installments will continue to increase and will likely be around 60% in Q3. Comments made by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo speaking on the company's earnings conference call.
07:43 EDTVZVerizon says quality of the net additions 'remained strong' in Q2
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07:39 EDTVZVerizon sees FY15 consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%
For the full year, the company estimates consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%, excluding revenue from AOL. Consensus $131.3B.
07:38 EDTVZVerizon sees higher revenue growth rate in Q3 than in Q2
Consensus $32.87B. Verizon said regarding consolidated revenue outlook, "Verizon expects a higher year-over-year growth rate in third-quarter 2015 than in second-quarter 2015," noting that the estimate excludes revenue from AOL.
07:36 EDTVZVerizon says portion of AOL results immaterial to end of Q2
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07:35 EDTVZVerizon backs FY15 capex view of $17.5B-$18B
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07:32 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.01
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July 20, 2015
19:34 EDTDISHDISH customers to lose WDIV-TV Local 4
WDIV-TV Local 4 is about to go dark for all DISH (DISH) TV subscribers. WDIV and its parent organization, Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings (GHC), stated, "The satellite provider has been unwilling to strike a reasonable deal with the local content provider. On Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. subscribers will no longer be able to watch programs like Local 4 News, NBC's Today, NBC Nightly News, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, The Voice, The Blacklist, Sunday Night Football and more. DISH charges its subscribers a monthly fee to get these programs, so essentially their estimated 127,000 Detroit area customers will not be getting what they pay for. That includes important local news and weather information in emergency situations from the Local 4 News team."
15:01 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZ, VODEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 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 $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
07:41 EDTVODBT CEO: Company split doesn't solve problems, Telegraph reports
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