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January 26, 2014
15:17 EDTT, TMUS, VZ, SFTBF, ST-Mobile sees Sprint deal helping end 'wireless duopoly,' Bloomberg says
T-Mobile (TMUS) CEO John Legere sees a merger with Sprint (S) as giving the company the airwaves needed and other resources to compete with larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), says Bloomberg. Sprintís majority owner, SoftBank (SFTBF) is said to be in discussions to combine Sprint with T-Mobile, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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January 21, 2015
10:13 EDTVZVerizon January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTTMUST-Mobile should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:31 EDTTAT&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
05:56 EDTTMUS, VZVerizon downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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January 20, 2015
09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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07:27 EDTTMUST-Mobile identified as top pick heading into Q4 results at Oppenheimer
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06:24 EDTVZ, S, TMUS, TT-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
06:17 EDTTMUST-Mobile upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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06:06 EDTSFTBFDreamWorks planning to lay off 'substantial' number of staff, LA Times reports
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTT, TMUS, VZGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTT, VZCongressional 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.
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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11:42 EDTSSprint announces expansion of Sprint Lease program
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10:12 EDTSSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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January 15, 2015
15:33 EDTSRadioShack in talks for bankruptcy loan with lenders, Bloomberg says
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09:36 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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09:01 EDTTMUST-Mobile introduces Simply Prepaid monthly plan
T-Mobile has introduced Simply Prepaid. The Un-carrierís new monthly prepaid plan delivers unlimited data, talk and text with 4G LTE data buckets starting as low as $40 a month − all on T-Mobileís Data Strong nationwide 4G LTE network. Simply Prepaid is the perfect complement to T-Mobileís wildly popular Simple Choice plan. Simply Prepaid dealer locations and all other authorized retailers starting January 25.
06:27 EDTT, VZIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
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