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July 7, 2014
11:03 EDTDISH, DTV, VZ, SBarron's, analyst see further upside in DISH shares
Weekly publication Barron's and research firm Macquarie are upbeat on the outlook of satellite TV provider DISH (DISH). WHAT'S NEW: Analysts say that DISH's spectrum alone could be worth $25B after taxes in a sale, and the company is trading at a market valuation of $30B, Barron's wrote in an article published on Saturday. At that valuation, investors are giving the company little credit for its satellite TV business which is "highly profitable" but "slow growing," according to Barron's. The stock could rise 20% as investors gain a better understanding of the value of the company's spectrum, the publication stated. Meanwhile, Macquarie analyst Amy Yong raised her price target on DISH to $100 from $85 in a note to investors earlier today. In May, DISH Chairman Charlie Ergen rejected a merger with DirecTV (DTV) that would have valued DISH at $100, an SEC document showed, the analyst wrote. Ergen decided to terminate discussions about a merger because he believes the company is worth more than $100 per share, Yong believes. She thinks DISH could benefit by partnering with a telecom company such as Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S), and predicted that the value of its spectrum could reach $80 per share later this fall. DISH shares offer the most opportunity in the pay TV space, according to Yong, who kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, DISH lost 1% to $66.
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August 25, 2014
08:06 EDTVZVerizon to invest $40M to expand on-site green energy program
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07:04 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $7 from $8 at RBC Capital
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06:21 EDTVZSpherix announces first trial of Nortel patents scheduled against Verizon for Q1
Spherix (SPEX) announced that on August 19, the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Case No. 1:14-cv-00721 -GBL-TCB, issued a scheduling order in the company's patent litigation against Verizon Services; Verizon South; Verizon Virginia; Verizon Communications; Verizon Federal; Verizon Business Network Services; MCI Communications Services, collectively Verizon (VZ). The judge ordered both parties to appear for a pretrial conference on September 10, and ordered discovery to be complete by December 12. The order also states the trial of this case will be within four to eight weeks after the December 18 final pretrial conference.
August 22, 2014
09:36 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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07:06 EDTDISHDISH CFO Robert Olson to retire on October 15
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05:28 EDTDISH, SSoftbank capital raise could be used for acquisitions, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2014
14:11 EDTVZGogo advances after blog discusses takeover speculation
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13:57 EDTSSprint now has 'best value in data,' says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes Sprint's new $60 per month unlimited data plan plays to the company's "abundance of capacity with its spectrum pipe." Wells says Sprint is "now the best value in data," and it notes the total amount of revenue will likely be higher than $80 per month as the plan is valid on devices purchased via Sprint Easy Pay. Wells has an Outperform rating on Sprint.
13:44 EDTVZVerizon could be interested in Gogo spectrum, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo notes trade publication Runway Girl Network posted an article about Verizon's (VZ) potential interest in Gogo. Wells calls the article's argument that aviation broadband is an extension of terrestrial broadband and could be complement Verizon's wireless service "logical," and says Verizon could also be interested in Gogo's spectrum. Wells sees compelling arguments against Verizon being interested in Gogo, but notes that at current valuations, Verizon could acquire Gogo close to the value of the underlying spectrum and get the business for free, which the firm says "isn't a bad trade." Wells has a Market Perform rating on Gogo.
13:16 EDTS, VZT-Mobile offers free data to users who recruit new customers to its network
T-Mobile (TMUS) is offering its current Simple Choice customers a free unlimited LTE data plan upgrade for a full year when they recruit a Sprint (S), Verizon (VZ), or AT&T (T) customer to its network. The new referred customer will also receive a full year of unlimited LTE data for free as well. If a Simple Choice customer who recruits a new user to T-Mobile's network already has an unlimited LTE data plan, they will receive a $10 credit each month for twelve months. The referral plan starts August 29. Reference Link
11:49 EDTVZ, SSprint announces $60 per month unlimited wireless plan
Sprint (S) announces an unlimited wireless plan for $60. The plan provides consumers unlimited talk, text and data while on Sprint's network for $60 per month, a $20 savings compared to T-Mobile's (TMUS) $80 per month unlimited plan, the wireless carrier said. The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan is available to both new and existing Sprint customers starting tomorrow, August 22. To qualify for the plan, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.
09:37 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTVZGogo strength attributed to takeover speculation in blog post
The early move higher in shares of Gogo (GOGO) is being attributed to a blog post from Runway Girl Network. The post stated, "Wall Street is now buzzing that Verizon might be studying a potential joint venture, acquisition or partnership with Row 44 competitor, Gogo." Shares of Gogo are up 3% to $17.36 in pre-market trading. Reference Link
05:58 EDTVZVerizon says not in talks to set up another app store, Re/code reports
In response to a report from The Information that said Verizon was looking to set up another app store, company spokeswoman Debra Lewis told Re/code that the company "has no plans to do that. Been there. Done that." Verizon closed its homegrown Verizon Apps store last year. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
13:46 EDTVZVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
12:42 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened higher as it extended its gains from yesterday. Better than expected economic data on housing and consumer prices, as well as easing geopolitical tensions, has helped aid investor optimism. The market drifted higher throughout the morning with the Dow leading the way, followed by the Nasdaq, which is now near fourteen-year highs. The S&P is mostly higher, with the telecom services group being the lone sector showing losses, down just fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Housing starts for July rose to an annualized pace of 1.093M units, up from 0.945M units in June, and beating expectations for 0.963M units... The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. Less food and energy, the CPI was up 0.1%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of home improvement retailer The Home Depot (HD) are up more than 6% after the company posted better than expected second quarter results and raised its full year profit outlook... Shares of Sprint (S) are down 4% after Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4, saying it continues to see downside to estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Skilled Healthcare (SKH) are up more than 20% after combining with Genesis HealthCare In 100% stock deal... Shares of cosmetics and fragrance company Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) are down 24% after the company's fourth quarter results came in well below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 76.92, or 0.46%, to 16,915.66, the Nasdaq was up 12.96, or 0.29%, to 4,521.27, and the S&P 500 was up 8.49, or 0.43%, to 1,980.23.
11:25 EDTVZHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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07:39 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $4 from $7 at Jefferies
Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4 saying it continues to see downside to estimates. The firm expects a "muted response" to Sprint's new Family Pack pooled data plan and limited time promotion of waiving device access charges. It keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
07:12 EDTS, VZFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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