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August 1, 2014
16:19 EDTDTV, TMUS, T, S, DISH, VZFCC proposes rules that may limit joint bidding in spectrum auctions
Roger Sherman, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief, stated in a blog post that FCC Chairman Wheeler circulated a proposal to open new opportunities for small and growing businesses in the mobile marketplace with the purpose of providing "innovative, smaller companies the opportunity to build wireless businesses that can spur additional investment and bring more choices to consumers." The Notice of Proposed Rule Making being circulated proposes to update FCC rules in a way that "recognizes and confronts the challenges new entrants face in entering the wireless industry," Sherman said, adding "Perhaps most importantly, the NPRM recognizes the challenge of entering into a marketplace in which more than 95% of existing customers are served by the top four providers." Sherman wrote: "The proposal addresses another important issue also linked to the trend towards consolidation in the wireless industry. We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation in the spectrum auction. As promised in the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, we now seek comment on whether and how we should restrict the ability of wireless companies to combine their bids during an auction." Companies that may be impacted by FCC efforts to limit joint bidding on spectrum include Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), DirecTV (DTV) and DISH (DISH). Reference Link
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February 24, 2015
08:08 EDTDISHDISH spectrum strategy positive, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTTMUSDeutsche Telekom partnering with Mozilla on 'privacy phone,' WSJ says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY), owner of T-Mobile (TMUS), is partnering with Mozilla to develop a "privacy phone" set for an official unveil at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5, reports the Wall Street Journal. The phone will use a version of Mozilla's Firefox operating system and will include features such as location hiding. Reference Link
07:17 EDTDISHDISH price target raised to $95 from $78 at Brean Capital
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06:35 EDTSSprint downgraded to Sell from Neutral at BTIG
February 23, 2015
13:10 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says not interested in owning TV content
Says re-assumed CEO role because other duties were taken care of.
12:38 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says prefers not to use equity to raise cash
Says Sling would not make it after potential Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger as the combined company would have a giant advantage in online TV. Says plans to continue as CEO unless, "I find someone better." Says short term battles over programming costs eventually pay off. Says Q1 adversely impacted by Fox, Turner blackouts. Says Sling TV results "encouraging after two weeks." Says Sony's OTT will include a full package of programs, and the company has less to lose by having no pay-TV service. Says more TV programmers worried about not being on Sling.
12:28 EDTT, VZ, TMUSGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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12:18 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says will consider talks over spectrum
Says DISH Pay-TV is mature, Sling TV has upside potential. Says company has used most of cash on latest airwave aution. Says "comfortable" with current liquidity, it's not an issue. Says 600MHZ aution is key to leveling the playing field.
12:10 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says auction gave company valuable downlink airwaves
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09:59 EDTDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:02 EDTVZVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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08:57 EDTTMUST-Mobile releases teaser image of Samsung Galaxy S6, The Verge says
T-Mobile (TMUS) CEO John Legere released a teaser image of Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone and also confirmed the carrier will offer the S6, reports The Verge, citing tweets and a T-Mobile website. The teaser image suggest a metal backing and curved screen edges on both sides of the phone. An official reveal is expected March 1. Reference Link
07:38 EDTT, DTVComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTDISHDISH reports 2.6M activations of gorss new PAy-TV subscribers
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06:07 EDTDISHDISH reports FY14 EPS $2.04, consensus $1.59
Reports FY14 revenue $14.6B, consensus $14.66B
06:06 EDTDISHDISH announces President and CEO Joseph Clayton to retire March 31, 2015
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05:33 EDTT, DTVDirecTV downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTDISH, TMUS, VZ, TAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
10:01 EDTDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:40 EDTDTVDirecTV downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded DirecTV (DTV) to Neutral based on lack of sufficient upside from the AT&T (T) transaction and views risk/reward as balanced at current levels. Price target lowered to $92 from $95.
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