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January 29, 2015
14:12 EDTTAT&T to be fined $640K by FCC for unauthorized wireless operations
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12:53 EDTCMCSAFirst Eagle Investment reports 5.69% passive stake in Comcast
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12:46 EDTCMCSAFCC's broadband standard may be obstacle to Comcast-TWC merger, Bloomberg says
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09:28 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable, Comcast extend merger deadline to Aug. 15
In a regulatory filing, Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast (CMCSA) announced Section 10.01(b)(i) of the Merger Agreement contemplates that the “End Date” of the Merger Agreement may be extended by a period of six months to August 12. Comcast and Time Warner Cable agree that the End Date is hereby extended to August 12, as contemplated by the Merger Agreement.
08:39 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable will not provide guidance ahead of merger with Comcast
Comments provided during Q4 earnings conference call.
January 28, 2015
09:59 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:15 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Capital
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09:15 EDTTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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January 27, 2015
18:20 EDTTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
16:12 EDTTAT&T Q4 wireless revenues up 7.7% versus the year-ago quarter
Reports Q4: Wireless data billings up 18% versus the year-earlier quarter; 1.9M total net adds with 5.6M total net adds in 2014; Postpaid net adds of 854,000; nearly 3.3M postpaid net adds in 2014 ;Wireless operating income margin of 16.3 %t for the fourth quarter and 23.1% for the full year; adjusted EBITDA service margin of 36.7% with a record full-year adjusted margin of 42%; More than 1 million new postpaid smartphones added in the fourth quarter and nearly 5 million in 2014.
16:09 EDTTAT&T sees FY15 EPS growth in the low single-digit range, consensus $2.55
Sees continued consolidated revenue growth in FY15, consensus $134.89B. Sees expanding margins — consolidated, wireless and wireline; Sees Improving free cash flow and dividend coverage.
16:05 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 EPS 55c, consensus 55c
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15:35 EDTTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
08:48 EDTTAT&T January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 26, 2015
13:40 EDTTEarnings Preview: AT&T sees $10B Q4 charge for pension benefits, network assets
AT&T (T) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 55c on revenue of $34.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 47c-61c on revenue of $33.14B-$35.26B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 63c against estimates for 64c on revenue of $33B against estimates for $33.24B. For Q3, the company reported: Postpaid net adds of 785,000, more than double the year-ago quarter; More than 2.4M postpaid net adds year to date; Best-ever third-quarter postpaid churn of 0.99%; Wireless revenues up 4.9% versus the year-ago quarter; Wireless data billings up nearly 24% versus the year-earlier quarter; Nearly 1.2M new postpaid smartphones added; Smartphones accounted for 91% of postpaid phone sales. AT&T also lowered its FY14 revenue growth view to 3%-4% from the 5% range, versus consensus of $133.08B. On November 7, AT&T entered into an agreement with Grupo Salinas to acquire Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $2.5B. It also forecast its FY15 Capex budget in the $18B range, down from $21B in FY14. On January 16, AT&T announced that for Q4, it expects to record a $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been cautious in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q4 earnings report. On December 10, Wells Fargo lowered its price target on AT&T to $36-$38 from $42-$44 after the company reported that competition was pressuring its margins. The firm also reduced its estimates to reflect the company's comments and its own checks. Wells expects the sequential improvement in AT&T's net adds will be limited, while iPhone upgrades will pressure its margins, but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. On the same day, Citigroup said AT&T shares have near-term downside risk to $30. Citigroup said the wireless competitive environment is weighing on AT&T’s Q4 operating results after management spoke at an investor conference. It lowered its price target for AT&T to $33 from $34 and kept a Neutral rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares are essentially flat since the company's Q3 report, as well as over the past 12 months. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow’s Q4 report, AT&T’s shares are down 0.5%.
13:17 EDTCMCSALetters supporting Comcast-TWC merger ghostwritten by Comcast, The Verge says
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06:31 EDTTCablevision to launch cheap mobile phone service, NY Times says
Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
06:31 EDTTAT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.88B, less outstanding net debt
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January 23, 2015
08:12 EDTCMCSAComcast lobbyists challenged by dual fights in Washington, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTTGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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13:15 EDTTAT&T to review name of DirecTV unit, WSJ reports
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the company will review the name of its DirecTV (DTV) unit, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stephenson also noted that the $48.5B acquisition, which must be approved by regulators, will give AT&T a "differentiated offering" in trying to win customers. Reference Link
09:01 EDTTAT&T says enters into $9.2B credit agreement
AT&T said in a filing that on January 21, AT&T entered into a $9.155B credit agreement containing a (i) $6.286B term loan facility and a (ii) $2.869B term loan facility, with certain investment and commercial banks and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as administrative agent. AT&T also entered into a $2B 18-month credit agreement with Mizuho as initial lender and agent. In the event advances are made under either agreement, those advances would be used for general corporate purposes, including acquisition related payments. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche A Facility will be due and payable on the third anniversary of funding. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche B Facility will be subject to amortization from the third anniversary of funding, with twenty-five percent of the aggregate principal amount thereof being payable prior to the fifth anniversary thereof, and all remaining principal amount due and payable on such fifth anniversary. Amounts borrowed under the 18-Month Credit Agreement will be due and payable on the date that is 18 months after the funding.
05:47 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; BSX T
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Boston Scientific (BSX) 49, AT&T (T) 20 according to iVolatility.
05:24 EDTTAT&T, Smiths Group extend relationship for six more years
Smiths Group has refreshed its ongoing relationship with AT&T for six more years. Valued at more than $100M, the agreement brings all of Smiths Group's communications services under one roof. The company can now securely connect its 23,000 employees across 450 offices in more than 50 countries.
January 21, 2015
16:28 EDTTGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
13:25 EDTTEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:24 EDTTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
10:29 EDTTAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court’s ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
08:31 EDTT, CMCSAAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
06:17 EDTCMCSAOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTCMCSANetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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14:00 EDTCMCSAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
06:24 EDTTT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTTGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTCMCSA, TCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
17:25 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets
For the quarter ended December 31, AT&T expects to record a noncash, pre-tax loss of approximately $7.9B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans. At December 31, the company decreased its assumed discount rates used to measure the pension obligation to 4.3% and to 4.2% for the company's postretirement obligation. These reductions resulted in an actuarial loss of approximately $7.9B. Also contributing to the amount were losses due to updated mortality assumptions offset by asset gains in excess of its assumed rate of return as well as demographic changes and other assumptions. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this loss will not affect segment operating results or margins. The company's Q4 operating results will also include a $2.1B noncash charge for the abandonment in place of certain network assets. During Q4, the company performed an analysis of its network assets and determined that specific copper assets will not be necessary to support future network activity, due to declining customer demand for AT&T's legacy voice and data products and the migration of its networks to next generation technology. This decision by management will not be considered in the company's assessment of segment performance and therefore, this charge will be reflected only in consolidated results and will not affect segment operating results or margins.
09:09 EDTCMCSAYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link
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