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August 21, 2014
14:11 EDTVZ, GOGOGogo advances after blog discusses takeover speculation
Shares of Gogo (GOGO), which provides in-flight connectivity solutions, are climbing after a blog reported that there have been rumors that Verizon (VZ) could be interested in buying the company. WHAT'S NEW: Wall Street is "buzzing" with speculation that Verizon could be interested in acquiring, partnering with, or launching a joint venture with Gogo, a blog on Runway Girl Network stated earlier today. Verizon once provided telephones on domestic flights and has always been interested in the space, the blog added. Runway Girl Network, in addition to highlighting the achievements of women in aviation, says it combines "talented aviation journalists" and "first-hand knowledge of the passenger experience" to report news. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Andrew Spinola wrote that Verizon, in addition to potentially being attracted to Gogo's aviation broadband, could be interested in the company's 4 MHz of 800MHZ spectrum. 800MHz spectrum is one of the most valuable spectrum bands, according to the analyst, who said that Gogo may now be trading at a level that is about equal to the value of its underlying spectrum. But there are a number of reasons why Verizon may not buy Gogo, Spinola believes. Among these are the fact that Verizon has said that it's not interested in providing aviation wifi services. Further, with Gogo transitioning to satellite, its spectrum should eventually become available for sale, reducing the need to acquire the entire company, the analyst explained. He kept a Market Perform rating on Gogo. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Gogo climbed 91c, or 5.5%, to $18.
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTVZOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:37 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:22 EDTVZVerizon technical commentary before earnings
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13:41 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon shares up marginally since Q4 results
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, April 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 95c on revenue of $32.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 89c-$1.00 on revenue of $31.74B-$32.97B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 71c against estimates for 72c on revenue of $33.19B against estimates for $32.69B. For Q4 in Wireless, the company reported 2.1M net retail connections; 2.0M net retail postpaid connections, including net additions of 672,000 postpaid phones; retail postpaid churn of 1.14%; 108.2M total retail connections and 102.1M total retail postpaid connections. In Wireline, it reported 4.1% year-over-year quarterly increase in consumer revenues. Verizon reported Q4 retail postpaid ARPA, or average revenue per account, increased 1.0% over Q4 of 2013 to $158.82 per month, and 3.9% over the full year. Verizon reported Q4 FiOS consumer revenue growth of 11.1%; 6.6M FiOS Internet subscribers, with 145K net additions; 5.6M FiOS Video subscribers, with 116K net additions. For 2015, Verizon expects consolidated revenue growth of at least 4%. It sees sustained profitability with a consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin at a level consistent with full-year 2014 performance. It also expects strong free cash flow generation with consolidated capital spending of $17.5B-$18.0B. On February 5, Frontier Communications (FTR) announced a definitive agreement with Verizon under which Frontier will acquire Verizon’s wireline operations that provide services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas, for $10.54B in cash. On the same day, Verizon announced a $5B accelerated share-repurchase program and agreed to lease the rights to over 11,300 of its company-owned wireless towers to American Tower (AMT), which will also purchase approximately 165 Verizon towers, for a total upfront payment of approximately $5B. American Tower will have exclusive rights to lease and operate over 11,300 Verizon cell towers, a significant majority of the towers the company currently owns. In addition, Verizon will sell approximately 165 towers outright. On March 10 at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said there was “not much change” in the competitive environment since Q4-end, Q1 volume should return to "more normal levels," and Q1 churn is likely to be elevated from year ago, but not "something that is going to be concerning." PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are up marginally since the company's Q4 report. Over the past twelve months, they are up about 3.3%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q1 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.5%.
07:16 EDTVZVerizon April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:03 EDTVZESPN raises objections to Verizon FiOS TV packages, WSJ reports
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April 17, 2015
12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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06:17 EDTVZVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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April 15, 2015
07:04 EDTGOGOGogo Business Aviation selected by NetJets for entertainment program
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April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTVZUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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07:16 EDTVZTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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09:35 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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