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May 19, 2014
10:36 EDTVZ, CMCSA, S, TMUS, DTV, DISH, TDISH 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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April 9, 2015
12:14 EDTSSprint store announcement a positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Sprint's announcement of opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores starting tomorrow as a positive. Wells believes the stores are in attractive locations across the country and that Sprint continues to focus on attracting higher credit quality customers. It keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
11:02 EDTSSprint to open 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores tomorrow
Sprint says it will more than double its company-owned retail footprint tomorrow by opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores. In last week’s transaction, General Wireless, an affiliate of Standard General LP, acquired 1,743 RadioShack stores. Sprint has agreed with Standard General to be co-tenants in 1,435 of those stores, with Sprint being the primary brand in marketing materials and signage. Sprint will occupy roughly one third of the retail space at these existing RadioShack locations. The phone carrier added, "The expansion of Sprint’s retail stores also means significant opportunities for the company to invest in local communities by adding nearly 3,500 new jobs. In the coming months, Sprint will actively recruit a skilled workforce to fill quality full- and part-time positions, helping to make local communities stronger."
09:47 EDTDISHDISH's Sling TV adds HBO programming to lineup
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07:44 EDTCMCSAComcast risks overblown, shares offer attractive upside, says Jefferies
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April 8, 2015
13:11 EDTTAT&T to pay $25M civil penalty for consumer privacy violations
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06:06 EDTS, TMUSSoftbank downsizing Silicon Valley presence, WSJ reports
SoftBank (SFTBF) has reduced its presence in Silicon Valley, relocating some employees to Japan and subsidiary Sprint's (S) headquarters in Kansas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move to downsize comes after Sprint's failed bid to acquire T-Mobile US (TMUS) last year. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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14:41 EDTCMCSASTX Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in partnership
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09:35 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTCMCSAEA, Illumination Entertainment, Universal Partnerships announce collaboration
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08:07 EDTCMCSAComcast expands fiber network throughout Denver metro area
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07:34 EDTTMobileIron announces availability of AT&T Work Platform
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April 6, 2015
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
14:04 EDTCMCSAIMAX says Universal's Furious 7 grosses $20.8M in IMAX theatres
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10:01 EDTCMCSA, DISH, VZWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
09:31 EDTCMCSAComcast Business to expand Ethernet in East Bay with $2M fiber extension
Comcast Business announced an expansion of its multi-gigabit Ethernet service to three business parks in the Northern California towns of Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont. The high-speed fiber-based network build outs together total close to $2M in investment by Comcast in the East Bay, making available reliable Internet speeds to the more than 1,500 businesses in the community by offering reliable Internet speeds up to 20 times faster than traditional 1.5 Mbps DSL or T-1 service.
06:45 EDTT, VZ, SQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.
April 5, 2015
18:34 EDTCMCSAComcast's 'Furious 7' leads at weekend box office with $143.6M
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17:06 EDTDISHSling TV introduces Sling International
Sling TV announced that DishWorld, the live streaming multi-language television service, is now “Sling International.” The move officially marries the largest provider of streamed international channels in the U.S. with Sling TV, the recently-launched provider of live, over-the-top, OTT, domestic TV service. Sling International provides global programming from nearly 200 channels in 18 languages to U.S. households, starting at $15 per month. “Sling TV grew from the foundation established by DishWorld, enabling us to test, grow and improve our OTT capabilities through a service that streams tens of millions of hours of content every month,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “Incorporating DishWorld into the Sling TV portfolio makes it even easier for viewers to get the best of both domestic programming and the shows and sports they love from overseas.” Sling TV is a subsidiary of DISH Network (DISH).
08:43 EDTT, VZAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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