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June 24, 2014
13:17 EDTT, DTV, CMCSA, TWXAT&T CEO says DirecTV deal is unlike other mergers, Reuters says
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said its proposed merger with DirecTV (DTV) does not compare with other mergers like Comcast (CMCSA) with Time Warner (TWX) because it offers largely different services, reports Reuters. At a hearing on the proposal before a House Judiciary Committee, he said, "We're putting the DirecTV's satellite TV product with our broadband wireless product... There is not a content player per se in this transaction." Reference Link
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August 19, 2014
06:46 EDTTAT&T technology routes calls to multiple devices, Re/code says
AT&T has developed technology that sends calls from one device to many other devices, Re/code reported yesterday. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
18:33 EDTTSprint introduces Sprint Family Share Pack data plan, doubles high-speed data
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09:16 EDTDTVDreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO effective September 15
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08:47 EDTTRaymond James to hold a summit
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August 17, 2014
20:16 EDTCMCSAFCC must decide on TWC arrangement as it reviews Comcast deal, WSJ says
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August 15, 2014
07:38 EDTCMCSAComcast met with FCC this week to argue for deal, NY Post says
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06:15 EDTTSprint'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 EDTCMCSASoros 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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09:07 EDTTWX, T, CMCSAMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:05 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 25, Walgreen (WAG) 23 according to iVolatility.
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.
06:04 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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August 12, 2014
14:55 EDTTFrontier Communications confirms settlement with Connecticut AG over AT&T deal
Frontier Communications (FTR) announced it has reached an agreement with the Connecticut Attorney General and the Office of Consumer Counsel related to Frontierís proposed acquisition of AT&T's (T) incumbent local exchange operations and statewide fiber network that provides services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in Connecticut. As part of the transaction, Frontier will also acquire AT&T's U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut. Highlights of the agreement state that for a period of not less than 36 months after the closing of the transaction (i) there will be no increases in the basic primary residential rate in effect for transferred exchanges as of the closing date; and (ii) where available, Frontier has agreed to offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontierís current prices. In addition, Frontier has committed to incremental capital investments totaling $63M over 2015, 2016 and 2017 to expand and improve broadband in Connecticut.
10:38 EDTCMCSAAxial collects $11M from backers, Fortune says
Private company financing online platform Axial has collected nearly $11M in Series B funding from backers such as Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital and Comcast Ventures, according to Fortune, citing comments from Axial CEO Peter Lehrman. Comcast Ventures was the primary backer. Reference Link
06:02 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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August 11, 2014
15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
08:21 EDTTWXTime Warner price target lowered to $85 from $90 at FBR Capital
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06:10 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 27, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
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