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January 6, 2014
07:01 EDTTMUS, VZT-Mobile to acquire 700 MHz A-block spectrum for $2.365B from Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile US (TMUS) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries T-Mobile USA, Inc. and T-Mobile License, LLC have signed agreements to purchase certain 700 MHz A-Block spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) for $2.365B in cash and the transfer of certain AWS and PCS spectrum licenses, which have an aggregate estimated value of approximately $950M. The transactions, combined with T-Mobileís existing A-Block holdings in Boston, will result in T-Mobile having important low-band spectrum in 9 of the top 10 and 21 of the top 30 markets across the United States. Also, as part of the transaction, the two companies will realign spectrum blocks in certain markets, primarily in northern California and the Atlanta area. The agreements are subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice, and other customary closing conditions. Following regulatory approval, these transactions are expected to close in mid-2014.
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April 23, 2014
15:37 EDTVZFCC to propose to let ISPs charge content companies for special access, DJ says
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15:35 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:21 EDTVZVerizon April weekly volatility up into Q1 and outlook
Verizon April weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, June is at 14, July and October is at 13; compared to 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results.
13:18 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Jefferies sees upside to 2014 consensus estimates for Verizon
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, April 24, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 87c on revenue of $30.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 82c-92c on revenue of $30.33B-$31.05B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 66c against estimates for 65c on revenue of $31.07B against estimates for $31.02B. For Q4, the company reported Wireless Retail Customers up 4.7% to 102.8M; Wireless Retail Postpaid Church 0.96%; 126,000 FiOS Internet and 92,000 Video net additions in Q4. On February 21, the company completed the acquisition of Vodafone's (VOD) 45% interest in Verizon Wireless. The transaction is immediately accretive to Verizon's earnings per share by approximately 10%. On March 7, Verizon's board authorized the corporation to repurchase up to 100M shares of its common stock. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q1 earnings report. Negative sentiment came on January 22 when Pacific Crest downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, as it expected the company's margins to be pressured by increased competition. Research firm Jefferies has been positive on Verizon throughout the quarter. On February 20, Jefferies said Verizon should be bought following recent pullback The firm attributed the recent weakness in part to technical pressures into the Vodafone/Verizon Wireless transaction and said negative sentiment on the name was overdone. Jefferies kept a Buy rating on the stock with a $55 price target. On April 17, Jefferies said the 2014 consensus estimates for Verizon had upside given the better than expected equipment installment plans market. The firm sees 17% upside to its year-end price target of $55 and it kept a Buy rating on Verizon. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares have traded sideways in a narrow range following the company's Q4 report. However, over the past twelve months, they are down about 9%. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q1 report, Verizonís shares are down 0.9%.
12:51 EDTTMUS, VZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:21 EDTVZ, TMUSAT&T slumps after failing to raise profit guidance
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09:34 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD NFLX TSLA VZ MU WFM AMGN
April 22, 2014
10:02 EDTVZ, TMUSBofA/Merrill's telecom analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:01 EDTVZJacobs Engineering to acquire Verizon's FNS subsidiary
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07:16 EDTTMUS, VZiPhone sales could be hurt by fading phone subsidies, WSJ reports
Sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhones may be further pressured as carriers make faster progress in transitioning customers away from subsidies, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. wireless carriers like T-Mobile US (TMUS) and AT&T (T) have been having more success than expected in moving customers to non-subsidy plans, a transition that could harm sales of expensive handsets such as the iPhone. Reference Link
April 21, 2014
07:22 EDTTMUSPossible Sprint, T-Mobile merger could spark U.S. auction rethink, Reuters says
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April 20, 2014
17:11 EDTVZVerizon, AT&T may be limited in upcoming spectrum auction, WSJ says
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April 17, 2014
07:54 EDTVZVerizon 2014 consensus estimates have upside, says Jefferies
Jefferies sees upside to the 2014 consensus estimates for Verizon given the better than expected equipment installment plans market. The firm sees 17% upside to its year-end price target of $55 and it keeps a Buy rating on Verizon.
April 15, 2014
13:49 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Analysts optimistic on Intel ahead of Q1 report
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April 14, 2014
09:10 EDTVZ, TMUST-Mobile CEO starts petition for consumers to call on peers to end overages
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09:05 EDTVZ, TMUST-Mobile abolishes consumer overages, challenges other providers to follow suit
T-Mobile (TMUS) announced a campaign to eliminate overage penalties, one of the most reviled wireless industry practices. While abolishing overages for all customers on T-Mobile consumer plans, its CEO has also laid down a challenge to the nation's largest carriers, AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S), to do the same.
07:06 EDTVZU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:40 EDTTMUSNo lines for Samsung's Galaxy S5 but carriers say demand healthy, Re/code says
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April 11, 2014
09:19 EDTVZANADIGICS ships AWC6383 dual-band ProVantage PA to Samsung
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07:26 EDTVZTime Warner struggling to force Dodgers network on pay-TV players, LAT say
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