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August 12, 2014
14:55 EDTFTR, TFrontier Communications confirms settlement with Connecticut AG over AT&T deal
Frontier Communications (FTR) announced it has reached an agreement with the Connecticut Attorney General and the Office of Consumer Counsel related to Frontierís proposed acquisition of AT&T's (T) incumbent local exchange operations and statewide fiber network that provides services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in Connecticut. As part of the transaction, Frontier will also acquire AT&T's U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut. Highlights of the agreement state that for a period of not less than 36 months after the closing of the transaction (i) there will be no increases in the basic primary residential rate in effect for transferred exchanges as of the closing date; and (ii) where available, Frontier has agreed to offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontierís current prices. In addition, Frontier has committed to incremental capital investments totaling $63M over 2015, 2016 and 2017 to expand and improve broadband in Connecticut.
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February 11, 2016
11:29 EDTTOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume; CPB JNPR OMF DWA CAH MAIN BA FLO DVN T COF
10:48 EDTTActive puts: T IWM DVN SPY NKE XLB
Active puts: T 2/26/16 34.50, IWM 2/12/16 94, DVN 4/15/16 20, SPY 3/18/16 170, NKE 3/11/16 56, XLB 3/18/16 40
10:21 EDTTSprint says extending 50% offer to customers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
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07:51 EDTFTRHP Enterprise names Frontier Executive Chairman Mary Agnes Wilderotter to board
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February 10, 2016
19:11 EDTTYahoo layoffs begin, CEO Mayer not making sale process easy, Re/code says
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February 9, 2016
13:25 EDTTFox, Viacom drop on earnings as Bernstein says linear TV still 'doomed'
21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are trading lower after issuing their latest quarterly reports, with some Wall Street analysts reiterating doom-and-gloom views on the linear TV programming upon which the two media giants have traditionally relied. RESULTS: Fox reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 44c, in-line with analyst consensus estimate. Revenue was $7.38B against expectations for $7.51B, with film revenue slowing to $2.36B from last year's $2.75B. During the company's Q2 earnings conference call, 21st Century Fox said it sees its fiscal 2016 EBITDA to be flat to up by a low single digits percentage. Viacom reported first quarter adjusted EPS of $1.18, also in-line with estimates. Revenue was $3.15B against expectations for $3.26B, with domestic ad revenue declining 4%. UBS SEES GROWTH COMING FOR FOX: UBS analyst Meghan Durkin said Tuesday that, despite Fox once again cutting its outlook for 2016 earnings before expenses, growth looks set to lift off for the company through 2019. Current headwinds appear less worrisome than the previous operational issues in the company's broadcast unit; cable subscriber trends have been improving, likely due to a lessening impact from skinny bundles; and U.S. ad results are also improving and should see further boosts from the upcoming presidential elections, the analyst noted. That said, Durkin conceded that few investors will have confidence in her team's bullish growth outlook, but Fox's potential 11% compounded annual growth rate is worth the wait, she argued. Durkin reiterated her Buy rating on the shares while lowering her 2016 earnings per share outlook by 12c to $1.68, noting that Fox's film release schedule for the year "appears much better positioned," though impacts from unfavorable foreign currency exchange remains a "minor swing factor." STILL POSITIVE ON VIACOM: Shifting focus to Viacom, Evercore analyst Vijay Jayant noted today that the company's Q1 ad sales saw sequential improvement, driven by higher prices and moderated ratings declines on the back of investments in content and marketing initiatives. Affiliate fees were lighter than expected, however, which the analyst pinned on the timing of Viacom's digital distribution agreements and presumably its rate reset with AT&T (T). Viacom also announced a global partnership with the popular video messaging service Snapchat, which Jayant said fits well with Viacom's strategy of targeting millennials. The analyst kept a Buy rating and $60 price target on the shares. VALUE TRAP: Taking the more negative outlook, Topeka analyst David Miller said he still struggles to get more constructive on Viacom in the wake of today's results, which missed not just the Street's forecast but also the company's own predictions. Viacom's Paramount film division contracted 15% and the company still faces a "host" of secular challenges, leading Miller to cut his price target to $44 from $45 and caution that the stock continues to be a value trap for investors. Even more bombastic was research firm Bernstein, which reiterated its view that Viacom's old business of serving kids and teens through linear programming is "doomed," while new efforts to grab that demographic through digital outlets is "unlikely" to be won by Viacom. Even if the company succeeds in its on-demand, digital efforts, the margins offered by that business line are "vastly inferior," and today's deal with Snapchat doesn't appear to change that. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Viacom have crashed 15% to $35.51 in afternoon trading, while Fox has slipped 3% to $23.83.
February 8, 2016
17:00 EDTTNFL shopping streaming rights for Thursday Night Football, Bloomberg says
The NFL is shopping the web streaming rights for Thursday Night Football and has held talks with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Yahoo (YHOO), Facebook (FB), Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), reports Bloomberg, citing sources. Though some of the companies rejected the high price asked by the league, Yahoo, Verizon, and AT&T are expected to bid, the sources told Bloomberg. The NFL is not pursuing a longterm relationship, and will instead use the next several years to explore various distribution models in preparation for selling a broader array of digital rights near 2021, the report said. Reference Link
14:50 EDTTAT&T management to meet with Evercore ISI
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February 4, 2016
12:28 EDTTAdtran spikes after Cowen analyst sees revenue opportunity in AT&T pact
Shares of communications equipment maker Adtran (ADTN) are advancing after research firm Cowen raised his rating and price target on shares following recent industry checks. WHAT'S NEW: Cowen analyst Paul Silverstein raised his rating on Adtran shares to Market Perform from Underperform following industry checks regarding Adtran's new G.Fast broadband access project win at AT&T (T). Recent industry checks confirm that Adtran was selected by AT&T for its G.Fast broadband access build-out project, the analyst said, and noted that checks also show that Adtran is the only vendor selected by AT&T for the Outside Network Unit and Distribution Point Unit functions of the project. The analyst, who raised his price target on Adtran shares to $16 from $14, sees the pact with AT&T as a significant revenue opportunity for Adtran over the next few years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Adtran reported fourth quarter results on January 20, with earnings per share coming in at 12c on revenue of $139M, beating analysts' projections of 3c and $137.75M, respectively. On its quarterly conference call, the company forecast revenue for the first quarter to be flat to slightly up. According to Cowen's research note today, Adtran won't realize revenue gains from its broadband pact with AT&T until the beginning of calendar year 2017. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Adtran are up over 4.5% to $18.98 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Calix (CALX), which also sells broadband communications access systems and software for fiber- and copper-based networks, are up 1.35% in midday trading.
10:01 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AT&T (T) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Abaxis (ABAX) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GCP Applied Technologies (GCP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... IDEXX (IDXX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nexvet Biopharma (NVET) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... PetMed Express (PETS) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... SeaWorld (SEAS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Seattle Genetics (SGEN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... VCA Inc. (WOOF) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Verizon (VZ) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Zoetis (ZTS) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse.
06:28 EDTTNews Corp not interested in Yahoo acquisition, Business Insider says
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05:49 EDTTVerizon initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson
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05:48 EDTTAT&T initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson
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February 3, 2016
18:41 EDTTYahoo hires Qatalyst to advise on strategic alternatives, Re/code says
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14:09 EDTTBain, TPG among PE firms weighing bid for Yahoo core, FT reports
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13:37 EDTTComcast to be possible bidder for wireless airwaves, Bloomberg says
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February 2, 2016
08:04 EDTTForum Global to hold a conference
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06:20 EDTTYahoo investors waiting on explicit sale signals, Re/code says
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February 1, 2016
05:13 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
January 29, 2016
05:24 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
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