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April 23, 2014
10:21 EDTT, TMUS, VZ, SAT&T slumps after failing to raise profit guidance
AT&T (T) and other wireless carriers are retreating after AT&T last night reported slightly stronger than expected results but failed to raise its full-year profit guidance. WHAT'S NEW: AT&T reported first quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of 71c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 70c. The company's revenue was slightly higher than expected, but the carrier's wireless service revenue rose just 2.2% in Q1 versus the same period a year earlier. During the previous quarter, the company's wireless service revenue grew 4.8% year-over-year. AT&T slightly increased its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance, but the company reiterated its previous guidance for an increase of about 5% in its full-year EPS. Moreover, AT&T wireless business is contending with "a noisy competitive environment," CFO John Stephens said. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, AT&T shares slumped 3% to $35.17. Other wireless carriers also declined, with T-Mobile (TMUS) falling 2% to $30.29, Verizon (VZ) giving back 1.4% to $47.23 and Sprint (S) declining 1.4% as well.
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May 19, 2015
06:18 EDTT, VZDish says followed all rules in bidding strategy for spectrum auction, WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:54 EDTTAT&T CEO sees net neutrality changing within 5-10 years, Wireless Week says
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes the FCC's net neutrality ruling will change within the next five to 10 years, reports Wireless Week, citing statements given Monday at a J.P. Morgan investor conference. "If I believed the rules that were passed by the FCC on Title II were going to be the rules of the land for the next five to 10 years, it would have a dramatic effect on how we thought about investment," said Stephenson, adding that his company's court case against the neutrality rules is "pretty strong." Reference Link
09:07 EDTSSprint extends availability of Direct 2 You service to Kansas City, Miami
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08:59 EDTTAT&T CEO says gets profitable TV product from 'day one' by buying DirecTV
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said AT&T's existing U-verse product is "nice" but unprofitable and that the company will get a profitable TV product from "day one" by buying DireTV (DTV). Stephenson said he expects to take share from cable operators and other TV offerings with its combined offering after the DirecTV deal closes. Stephenson said the company is on target to get the DirecTV deal closed in Q2. Stephenson spoke on CNBC.
08:45 EDTTCogent CEO says considering lawsuit against AT&T, CTFinancialNews reports
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08:22 EDTVZVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTTMUS, TJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
17:15 EDTVZ, S, TMUSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTVZStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:01 EDTTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
08:46 EDTVZMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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May 14, 2015
18:39 EDTTApple, others raise objections to sale of RadioShack customer data, Law360 says
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10:37 EDTTDISH CEO says AT&T, DirecTV merger will bring tougher competitor
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10:33 EDTTMUST-Mobile expects ARPU to become tailwind in Q2 after trough last quarter
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10:31 EDTTMUS, ST-Mobile says porting ratio vs. Sprint is approaching 3.0
In regards to LTE competition and sustainability, T-Mobile said it is in a leadership position where it really matters. Backs operating free cash flow and EBITDA guidance. Reports 11M MetroPCS subscribers. Comments taken from MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
06:37 EDTTDISH, Cogent ask FCC to set conditions for AT&T acquisition, Reuters says
DISH (DISH) and Cogent Communications (CCOI) asked the FCC to force AT&T (T) to sell Internet service as a standalone service, as a condition of the telecom giant's proposed acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters. DISH and Cogent also asked the agency to make AT&T sell standalone Internet service at a reasonable price and at the same speeds it provides in package deals, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:07 EDTVZAOL CEO could net almost $180M in company sale to Verizon, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTVZ, T, TMUS, SDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
05:34 EDTVZAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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