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May 15, 2014
11:30 EDTCMCSA, NFLX, VZ, TWC, TFCC advances proposal for ISPs to charge for priority, Washington Post says
The Federal Communications Commission voted three-to-two in favor of advancing its latest "open Internet" proposal, which could allow Internet service providers such as Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) to charge services like Netflix (NFLX) for higher-quality delivery of their content, reported The Washington Post. Reference Link
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January 20, 2015
14:17 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a sideways consolidation pattern since a sharp downtrend began in October of last year. The approximate range has been a high at $350 and a low at $320. Breaks of either end of this range will be important determinants of the trend following earnings. A breakout above $350 would potentially reverse the current dominant downtrend. With over 8.5% of the trading float short, there could be substantial buy-to-cover pressure in the event of a positive surprise. Upside levels to watch above $350 would be at $357.95, $366.51, and $375.83. On an extreme positive surprise, the $380 area could be tested. If the news is negative, a break below the $320 area would likely lead to a resumption of the dominant downtrend. Support levels to watch would be at $310.25, $299.50, and $290.28. A breakdown below $300 would be long-term bearish for price, confirming a major top.
14:04 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly 345 straddle priced for 11% movement into Q4
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14:00 EDTCMCSAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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08:11 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:24 EDTT, VZT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTVZ, TGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTT, CMCSA, VZCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
17:25 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets
For the quarter ended December 31, AT&T expects to record a noncash, pre-tax loss of approximately $7.9B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans. At December 31, the company decreased its assumed discount rates used to measure the pension obligation to 4.3% and to 4.2% for the company's postretirement obligation. These reductions resulted in an actuarial loss of approximately $7.9B. Also contributing to the amount were losses due to updated mortality assumptions offset by asset gains in excess of its assumed rate of return as well as demographic changes and other assumptions. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this loss will not affect segment operating results or margins. The company's Q4 operating results will also include a $2.1B noncash charge for the abandonment in place of certain network assets. During Q4, the company performed an analysis of its network assets and determined that specific copper assets will not be necessary to support future network activity, due to declining customer demand for AT&T's legacy voice and data products and the migration of its networks to next generation technology. This decision by management will not be considered in the company's assessment of segment performance and therefore, this charge will be reflected only in consolidated results and will not affect segment operating results or margins.
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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11:16 EDTNFLXCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:34 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Netflix January weekly call option implied volatility is at 97, February is at 55, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 20.
10:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:30 EDTNFLXNetflix results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
Cantor expects Netflix's Q4 results to beat expectations. The firm views the company's 2015 original content as compelling and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
09:09 EDTCMCSAYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link
08:57 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:09 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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January 15, 2015
09:36 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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07:59 EDTNFLXNetflix Q4 results should be in-line with expectations, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Q4 result for Netflix should be in-line with expectations, but its guidance on subscriptions will be the focus for investors. Canaccord believes the long term growth story for Netflix remains intact, even though near-term subscriber trends remain difficult to predict. Canaccord reiterates its Buy rating and $450 price target on Netflix shares.
06:27 EDTT, VZIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
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