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May 6, 2014
06:40 EDTT, DTV, CMCSA, TWC, S, TMUSTelecom deals could offer avenues of options or pitfalls in future, WSJ says
The potentially large deals with AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) could offer new solutions where wireless service, video and the Internet are offered in one package, reports the Wall Street Journal. But according to former FCC chief of staff Blair Levin, the future could either offer large companies who compete aggressively one another or the mergers could give the companies more pricing power than ever. Reference Link
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August 18, 2014
18:33 EDTS, T, TMUSSprint introduces Sprint Family Share Pack data plan, doubles high-speed data
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18:04 EDTSSprint to offer $100/month 20GB shared data plan through 2015, Bloomberg reports
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11:06 EDTSSoftBank chooses Sharp as low-cost smartphone partner, WSJ reports
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09:16 EDTDTVDreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO effective September 15
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08:47 EDTTMUS, S, TRaymond James to hold a summit
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08:05 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable price target raised to $173 from $148 at UBS
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August 17, 2014
20:16 EDTCMCSA, TWCFCC must decide on TWC arrangement as it reviews Comcast deal, WSJ says
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August 15, 2014
07:38 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast met with FCC this week to argue for deal, NY Post says
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06:15 EDTTMUS, S, TSprint's new CEO to introduce 'disruptive' prices next week, Re/code reports
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August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTDTVPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTTWC, CMCSASoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
16:54 EDTDTVBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:13 EDTSOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:01 EDTTMUSThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
09:07 EDTTMUS, T, S, CMCSAMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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05:58 EDTTMUST-Mobile CFO says Iliad offer 'flattering,' but 'inadequate,' WSJ reports
T-Mobile (TMUS) CFO Braxton Carter has called Iliad's (ILIAF) proposal to buy 57% of the company for $15B "very flattering," but "inadequate," the Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments made at an investor conference. Carter added, "I think rarely people come with their best bid to start." Reference Link
August 13, 2014
11:27 EDTT, DTVJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
11:12 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable adds NBCUniversal portfolio to TV Everywhere
Time Warner Cable announced the addition of NBCUniversal’s portfolio of broadcast and cable networks to its TV Everywhere offering across multiple platforms and devices. Time Warner Cable and Bright House subscribers will have authenticated access to live and on demand content from NBCUniversal’s cable networks including USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Sports Network, and Golf Channel, as well as local NBC and Telemundo owned broadcast stations.
10:01 EDTTMUST-Mobile files petition for reconsideration of FCC spectrum order
T-Mobile said it has filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC's Mobile Spectrum Holdings Order. It stated, "While the Commission’s approach to mobile spectrum holdings in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction represents one of the most innovative and forward-thinking regulations in its eighty-year history, we seek reconsideration because the Order stops short of adopting rules sufficient to prevent the two largest incumbent carriers from dominating the market. Our petition respectfully requests the Commission adjust its rules for the incentive auction by increasing the amount of low-band spectrum reserved for competitive carriers and modifying when auction revenues would trigger access to this reserve."
06:58 EDTTMUSDish Network an 'unlikely' buyer for T-Mobile, WSJ reports
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