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May 20, 2014
06:03 EDTSSprint to pay $7.5M to resolve Do-Not-Call investigation by FCC
Sprint will pay $7.5M to resolve an FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation of the mobile wireless company’s failure to honor consumer requests to opt out of phone and text marketing communications. This represents the largest Do-Not-Call settlement that the FCC has ever reached. In addition to the $7.5M payment, Sprint will implement a two-year plan to ensure compliance with FCC requirements designed to protect consumer privacy and prevent consumers from receiving unwanted telemarketing calls. This follows a 2011 settlement with Sprint arising from complaints that Sprint made telemarketing calls to consumers who had requested to be placed on the company’s Do-Not-Call list.
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August 7, 2014
06:17 EDTSSoftbank shifting focus to Sprint turnaround, WSJ reports
SoftBank's (SFTBF) decision to end its pursuit of T-Mobile US (TMUS) has shifted focus to how the company will turn around Sprint (S) without the deal as well as other potential investment targets, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
05:54 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; RAD S
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August 6, 2014
17:05 EDTSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were nearly unchanged following a session dominated by talk of big name deals that did not happen. The market moved lower in the early going but found a level in the second half hour of trading and began to drift off the bottom. The averages crossed into positive territory about an hour after the opening bell and then spent most of the afternoon drifting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit narrowed to $41.5B in June from a revised $44.7B in May. In Europe, Italian GDP unexpectedly contracted 0.2% in Q2, putting the country into a technical recession, while German manufacturing orders surprised with a 3.2% June drop. COMPANY NEWS: Time Warner (TWX) reported better than expected quarterly profits, but its stock fell $10.95, or 12.85%, to $74.24 after 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) last night announced that it had withdrawn its takeover bid for the parent of HBO, Warner Bros. and other entertainment properties. Class A shares of 21st Century Fox advanced $1.03, or 3.29%, to $32.33 in the wake of the news and the company's announcement of a $6B share repurchase program... Wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) both fell after multiple media outlets reported that the third largest mobile phone carrier in the U.S. has ended its pursuit of trying to combine with the fourth largest one. Sprint, which also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, declined $1.38, or 18.96%, to $5.90, while T-Mobile shares slid $2.85, or 8.4%, to $31.06. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was brewer Molson Coors (TAP), which rose $3.87, or 5.76%, to $71.08 after the company's second quarter profits topped expectations. Also higher following its earnings report was Enphase Energy (ENPH), which advanced $1.36, or 14.02%, to $11.06. Among the noteworthy losers was Walgreen (WAG), which dropped $9.91, or 14.34%, to $59.21 after the company exercised its option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots that it does not already own but said its purchase of the rest of the U.K.'s Boots will not be a "tax inversion" deal, as many had been expecting. Also lower were shares of Groupon (GRPN), which fell 90c, or 12.72%, to $6.17 after the company reported first quarter revenue that missed expectations and it lowered its fiscal 2014 adjusted EBITDA outlook. INDEXES: The Dow added 13.87, or 0.08%, to 16,443.34, the Nasdaq rose 2.22, or 0.05%, to 4,355.05, and the S&P 500 barely budged, gaining 0.03 to 1,920.24.
13:26 EDTSDISH says odds for 'big' wireless deal getting done before auction 'not great'
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13:11 EDTSDISH Chairman Ergen says 'lot of things I like' about Sprint
Ergen says it might make sense for DISH (DISH) to make an attempt to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) or to partner with Sprint (S). Ergen says he sees the wireless industry becoming even more competitive. Ergen continues to answer questions during DISH's earnings conference call.
13:09 EDTSSprint CEO change positive, says Wells Fargo
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12:17 EDTSDISH Chairman says 'nothing really has changed' in terms of strategy
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12:12 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:53 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile dive after merger talks reportedly end
Shares of wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that Sprint has ended its pursuit of buying T-Mobile. Previous reports had suggested that Sprint was interested in acquiring its competitor. In the wake of the news, Wells Fargo remained upbeat on Sprint, while FBR Capital wrote that the deal could still occur. WHAT'S NEW: Sprint has ended its pursuit of T-Mobile due to opposition to the tie-up by regulators multiple news outlets reported last night, citing unnamed sources. Sprint also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son said "While we continue to believe industry consolidation will enhance competitiveness and benefit customers, our focus moving forward will be on making Sprint the most successful carrier." ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche wrote that the news on Sprint should improve going forward, while the company should benefit from new spectrum it has acquired. History suggests that the best time to buy Sprint's stock is when it appears to be capitulating, added the analyst, who believes that the company is still well-positioned to pursue other strategic alternatives. However, Fritzsche thinks that some of T-Mobile's "likely and logical" partners may not be ready to make a deal in the near-term, while the company has "more questions than answers." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Sprint and a Market Perform rating on T-Mobile. Meanwhile, FBR Capital analyst David Dixon wrote that he was not convinced that Sprint had abandoned its bid for T-Mobile. Rather, the companies are probably not prepared yet to make a deal that is likely to be approved by regulators, the analyst stated. The deal could be approved if the companies demonstrate that their combined network would improve the experience of users, and the companies are taking steps to meet this goal, according to Dixon, who kept a Market Perform rating on Sprint. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the wake of the news that Sprint will apparently drop its pursuit of T-Mobile, French telecom company Iliad (ILIAF), which has made a bid for T-Mobile, sees no immediate need to boost its takeover offer, according to The Wall Street Journal. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Sprint fell 17.9% to $5.98 and T-Mobile sank 6.1% to $31.85.
09:28 EDTSIliad continues with T-Mobile bid, won't boost for now, WSJ says
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09:13 EDTSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Fox class A shares (FOXA), up 5.9% after withdrawing proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX), announcing $6B share repurchase program, reporting quarterly results... MannKind (MNKD), up 1.6% after entering a supply agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)... Criteo (CRTO), up 11.5% after upgraded at Goldman following its better than expected Q2 earnings report. LOWER: Time Warner (TWX), down 13% after earnings, maintaining guidance, bid dropped by Fox... Sprint (S), down 16.5% after naming Marcelo Claure as president and CEO, reportedly dropping pursuit of T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile shares also down 8.5%... Groupon (GRPN), down 18%, downgraded at Wunderlich after the company reported lower than expected Q3 results... Walgreen (WAG), down 15.7% after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal... Shire (SHPG), down 6% after Walgreen announced it would stay located in Chicago and Bloomberg last night reported that the Treasury Department is exploring ways to bypass Congress in an attempt to curb corporate inversions... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), down 33% after announcing that it has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Enphase Energy (ENPH), up 20%... AOL (AOL), up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.5%... Rocket Fuel (FUEL), down 27%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 13%... First Solar (FSLR), down 2.5%... Globus Medical (GMED), down 17%.
08:31 EDTSSprint names Marcelo Claure as president and CEO
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08:30 EDTSSprint names Marcelo Claure as president and CEO
08:22 EDTSSprint news to improve going forward, says Wells Fargo
After multiple news outlets reported that Sprint (S) would abandon its efforts to buyT-Mobile (TMUS), Wells Fargo thinks that the news on Sprint will improve as the company moves beyond many of its network challenges and begins to benefit from its 2.5 GHz spectrum. The firm believes that the company is well-positioned to seek other strategic alternatives and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:09 EDTSSoftbank seen as still interested in M&A after dropping T-Mobile plans, WSJ says
Despite the reports that Sprint (S) parent Softbank (SFTBF) is no longer pursuing a deal for T-Mobile (TMUS), some analysts said they doubted that the setback had killed the company's appetite for a big acquisition of a network operator, though they said the company might shift its focus from the U.S. to Europe, according to The Wall Street Journal. An analyst at SMBC Nikko said he thought Softbank might announce another deal shortly, but that rather than aiming to buy another mobile operator that it would try to build up its digital content portfolio, the report added. Reference Link
07:51 EDTST-Mobile volatility is expected to move on said to end talks to be purchased
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07:39 EDTSFBR not convinced Sprint will abandon T-Mobile bid
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07:30 EDTSSprint volatility expected to move on said to end talks to buy T-Mobile
Sprint (S) option implied volatility is expected to move on said to end talks to buy T-Mobile (TMUS). Overall option implied volatility of 49 is near its 26-week average of 50 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:03 EDTSSprint could name Marcelo Claure as new CEO, Reuters reports
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