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May 19, 2014
10:36 EDTS, VZ, CMCSA, T, TMUS, DTV, DISHDISH seen as target of Verizon, bidder for T-Mobile after AT&T deal
After AT&T (T) agreed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV (DTV), Citigroup wrote that rival DISH Network (DISH) could pursue a number of strategies, including selling itself to Verizon (VZ). Meanwhile, research firm Oppenheimer predicted that DISH would probably look to buy T-Mobile (TMUS). WHAT'S NEW: In the wake of AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, DISH could sell its spectrum or the entire company to Verizon, Citi analyst Michael Rollins wrote in a note to investors earlier today DISH's downlink spectrum would greatly benefit Verizon, as the telecom giant has significantly less of the spectrum per subscriber than its three national competitors, according to the analyst. Verizon could make DISH's video business a national over the top video provider, added Rollins. Alternatively, DISH could make a competing bid for DirecTV, could become a wireless provider by creating a national network, or buy T-Mobile, the analyst believes. He kept a Hold rating on DISH. Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan predicted in his own note to investors that DISH is likely to try to buy T-Mobile, but noted that Sprint (S) and Comcast (CMCSA) also remain interested in acquiring the number four wireless provider in the U.S. DISH could also look to buy Sprint, according to Horan, who does not believe that Verizon will acquire DISH. He kept an Outperform rating on T-Mobile. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On May 16, The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's decision to effectively raise the amount of spectrum a carrier can own in a market could make DISH a more attractive takeover target for Verizon. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, DISH fell 3% to $58.17, AT&T slid 1.8% to $36.07, DirecTV fell 2.2% to $84.20, T-Mobile climbed 1.2% to $33.50 and Verizon was up fractionally to $49.22.
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May 19, 2015
07:43 EDTVZJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:36 EDTCMCSA, S, TMUS, T, VZAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
06:29 EDTCMCSA21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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06:18 EDTT, DISH, VZDish says followed all rules in bidding strategy for spectrum auction, WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:54 EDTTAT&T CEO sees net neutrality changing within 5-10 years, Wireless Week says
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes the FCC's net neutrality ruling will change within the next five to 10 years, reports Wireless Week, citing statements given Monday at a J.P. Morgan investor conference. "If I believed the rules that were passed by the FCC on Title II were going to be the rules of the land for the next five to 10 years, it would have a dramatic effect on how we thought about investment," said Stephenson, adding that his company's court case against the neutrality rules is "pretty strong." Reference Link
10:24 EDTCMCSAComcast EVP and GM, Video Services Strauss says in 'golden age' of TV
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09:49 EDTDISHEquity options with increasing volume
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09:07 EDTSSprint extends availability of Direct 2 You service to Kansas City, Miami
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08:59 EDTDTV, TAT&T CEO says gets profitable TV product from 'day one' by buying DirecTV
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said AT&T's existing U-verse product is "nice" but unprofitable and that the company will get a profitable TV product from "day one" by buying DireTV (DTV). Stephenson said he expects to take share from cable operators and other TV offerings with its combined offering after the DirecTV deal closes. Stephenson said the company is on target to get the DirecTV deal closed in Q2. Stephenson spoke on CNBC.
08:45 EDTT, DTVCogent CEO says considering lawsuit against AT&T, CTFinancialNews reports
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08:22 EDTVZVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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08:06 EDTCMCSAComcast shares attractive at current levels, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTCMCSA, T, TMUSJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTCMCSAUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
May 15, 2015
17:15 EDTVZ, S, TMUSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTVZStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:01 EDTTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
08:46 EDTVZMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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06:49 EDTCMCSAComcast giving NBCUniversal access to viewer data, NY Post says
Comcast is going to share viewer data collected by set-top boxes to NBCUniversal, which will be added to NBCUniversal's Audience Targeting Platform, reports the NY Post, citing NBCUniversal's head of advertising sales and client partnerships, Linda Yaccarino. Reference Link
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