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April 28, 2014
07:47 EDTVZ, T, TMUS, SSprint may have tougher time doing spectrum deals after FCC shift, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission proposes to change the way it counts airwaves when deciding whether to give added scrutiny of mergers or spectrum deals, which primarily impacts Sprint and may make it more difficult for the carrier to do deals and may ease the deal process for its rivals Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (TMUS), said The Wall Street Journal. The proposed adjustment is expected to be voted on at the FCC's May 15 meeting, the report noted. Reference Link
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January 26, 2016
06:37 EDTSCertain Sprint users get $5 discount for watching mobile ads, WSJ says
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January 25, 2016
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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14:40 EDTTAT&T volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
AT&T January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 18; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 27, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 26.
14:29 EDTSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:21 EDTSSprint confirms over 2,500 jobs eliminated in latest cuts, KC Star reports
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14:19 EDTTAT&T technical notes before earnings
The key support level for the shares is at $32.50, the bottom of its trading range for the most part since February 2014. If the news is negative, the $32.50 area could be tested. A breakdown below that level would be a technical negative, voiding years of support. Next downside objectives would then be at $31.52 and $30.54. If the news is a positive surprise, there is long-run level of resistance at $37 that would be the first big upside test. A move above $37 would resolve a nearly 2-year long trading range bullishly. Next resistance would be at $37.86.
09:08 EDTTAutoZone to deploy AT&T services at its locations in the U.S.
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09:04 EDTVZ, TMUS, S, TSprint doubles number of LTE Plus markets
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07:32 EDTSTMC to hold a conference
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05:19 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; SWN SCTY
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January 24, 2016
18:56 EDTVZVerizon pursuing sponsored content for go90, Reuters says
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18:28 EDTTAT&T potentially circling Time Warner, New York Post says
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11:02 EDTVZStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
January 22, 2016
17:10 EDTTAT&T sees Q4 noncash, pre-tax gain of approximately $2.2B
In a regulatory filing, AT&T stated, "For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, we expect to record a noncash, pre-tax gain of approximately $2.2 billion related to the annual remeasurement of pension and postemployment benefit plans. The gain was generated from an increase in our assumed discount rates used to measure our pension obligation to 4.6% and to 4.5% for our postretirement obligation; updates to other assumptions, including mortality; and demographic changes. The gain was partially offset by adjustments related to asset returns that were less than our assumed rate of return. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this gain will not affect segment operating results or margins."
14:54 EDTVZVerizon, Hearst in talks for video joint venture, WSJ says
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12:32 EDTSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as they bid for their first two-day winning streak in what feels like a very long time amid a very tough start to 2016. The morning's strength was attributed to a continued rebound in oil prices and the prospects for economic stimulus in Japan, China and Europe. Oil prices remain higher by roughly 7% near noon and are holding solidly above $31 per barrel. As the first major winter storm bears down on the East coast, investor participation may slow down during the afternoon hours. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei average rallied nearly 6%, with part of the strength attributed to a Nikkei Asian Review stating that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) sunk 12% after the company reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors, evidenced by Keefe Bruyette's downgrade of the stock as well as CNBC's David Faber reporting that ValueAct is no longer an American Express shareholder... Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid 2% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) gained nearly 5% after reporting earnings that topped expectations, approving a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and saying it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Golar LNG (GLNG), which rallied 41% after it signed a memorandum of understanding with Schlumberger to jointly market gas monetization solutions. Also higher was Canadian Pacific (CP), which gained 12% and was upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital following its quarterly results. In addition, Sprint (S) was 13% higher after saying it will release earnings on January 26, which was earlier than expected, and also after JPMorgan said that the company's 2016 cash burn fears are overdone. Among the noteworthy losers was Rockwell Collins (COL), which fell 3.5% after it reported quarterly earnings and issued fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. Also lower was Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), which dropped 33% and was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Needham following its quarterly earnings report. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.77, or 0.83%, to 16,014.45, the Nasdaq was up 90.73, or 2.03%, to 4,562.79, and the S&P 500 was up 27.79, or 1.49%, to 1,896.78.
11:55 EDTSSprint volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:33 EDTSOptions with increasing call volume
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10:21 EDTTCisco, AT&T CEOs see market selloff as M&A opportunity, WSJ says
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08:06 EDTSSprint 2016 cash burn fears overdone, says JPMorgan
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