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June 6, 2014
06:38 EDTT, S, VZ, TMUSChanges may make approval of Sprint, T-Mobile tie-up more likely, NY Times says
Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) are arguing that their merger should be approved because it would create stronger competition for Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), according to The New York Times. While just four months ago the head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division said any merger among the top four wireless companies would face difficulty winning approval, the country's communications landscape has changed since then, the newspaper quoted antitrust experts as saying, Specifically, the new-found ability of some telecom companies to offer TV to more customers may cause regulators to become more amenable to a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, the newspaper indicated. Reference Link
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July 21, 2015
07:43 EDTVZVerizon says quality of the net additions 'remained strong' in Q2
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07:39 EDTVZVerizon sees FY15 consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%
For the full year, the company estimates consolidated revenue growth of at least 3%, excluding revenue from AOL. Consensus $131.3B.
07:38 EDTVZVerizon sees higher revenue growth rate in Q3 than in Q2
Consensus $32.87B. Verizon said regarding consolidated revenue outlook, "Verizon expects a higher year-over-year growth rate in third-quarter 2015 than in second-quarter 2015," noting that the estimate excludes revenue from AOL.
07:36 EDTVZVerizon says portion of AOL results immaterial to end of Q2
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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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July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTVZ, T, TMUSFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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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
10:04 EDTVZ, TU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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July 15, 2015
06:52 EDTTFCC ruling on AT&T-DirecTV deal could come as soon as today, CTFN says
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05:52 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; PBR S
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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTTOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
10:07 EDTVZVerizon announces new content partnership with VICE
Verizon announced a new content partnership that will bring VICE Media's content to Verizon's mobile video platform, launching later this year. The multi-year partnership will see a broad selection of VICE digital content, including original domestic and international programming produced exclusively for Verizon, all through a mobile-first video offering. The content offering will also include a curated selection of original videos from across VICE's digital channels covering a range of categories.
09:35 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
09:06 EDTTMUST-Mobile unveils new family plan for $30 a line per month
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