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January 24, 2014
05:40 EDTTWC, S, CHTR, VZ, TMUSMergers show how junk bonds have returned, WSJ reports
For years following the financial crisis, the thought of junk-bond-fueled mega deals would have been unthinkable, but no more, reports the Wall Street Journal. Now, investors' healthy appetite may be tested in coming months if two major corporate takeovers take place. Sprint's (S) possible $31B deal for T-Mobile US (TMUS) and Charter Communication's (CHTR) unsolicited $37B bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC) show that both would-be buyers have credit ratings below investment grade and each could sell enough bonds to break Sprint's record $6.5B junk-bond sale, set last year, the Journal says.Reference Link
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July 21, 2015
07:35 EDTVZVerizon backs FY15 capex view of $17.5B-$18B
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07:32 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.01
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July 20, 2015
15:01 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 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 $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
July 17, 2015
11:10 EDTTMUST-Mobile reaches $17.5M settlement with FCC over 911 outage
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07:41 EDTTWC, CHTRRovi ruling in Netflix suit may 'embolden' pay TV providers, says Stephens
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07:30 EDTCHTRCablevision downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTTMUS, VZFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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16:22 EDTCHTRLone Pine Capital reports 5.7% passive stake in Charter
15:04 EDTTMUSDISH buyout talks with T-Mobile stalled, Bloomberg reports
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14:58 EDTTMUSDISH talks to buy T-Mobile stalled over price and structure, Bloomberg says
10:45 EDTTWCNetflix price targets soar as Bernstein stays bearish
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10:04 EDTVZU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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09:55 EDTCHTRRovi trial loss immaterial to estimates, says Piper Jaffray
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05:56 EDTTWCNetflix ruling irrelevant to Rovi contract renewals, says B. Riley
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05:52 EDTTWCRuling in Netflix case a negative for Rovi, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says court filings released after yesterday's market close indicate Netflix (NFLX) was granted a motion of summary invalidating all five of the remaining Rovi (ROVI) patents that were being contested. Auty expects Rovi to sell off on the news as investors consider what the ruling may do to the company's upcoming contract renewals with Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), DirecTV (DTV) and DISH (DISH). The "big 4" choosing to litigate against Rovi is "certainly a possibility," but the companies have bigger patent infringement exposures than an over-the-top vendor like Netflix, Auty writes in a research note. He keeps a Neutral rating on Rovi.
July 15, 2015
16:59 EDTTWC, CHTRNetflix submits letter to FCC in support of Charter-Time Warner Cable deal
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11:35 EDTCHTR, TWCNetflix to support Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg says
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05:52 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; PBR S
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