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July 7, 2014
13:41 EDTTU, RCI, BCETELUS, Rogers retreat after Canada discloses auction rules
Shares of large Canadian wireless carriers TELUS (TU) and Rogers (RCI) are falling after the Canadian government indicated that it would sell wireless spectrum to smaller telecom companies. WHAT'S NEW: The Canadian government announced today that it would sell new wireless spectrum in an auction beginning next year. A 30MHz block of spectrum will be sold to one company in each market, the government stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch responded to the news by lowering its rating on Rogers Communications and TELUS to Neutral from Buy. Under the rules announced by the Canadian government, only companies with market shares of less than 10% will be able to purchase the spectrum that will be auctioned off next year, analyst Glenn Campbell stated. As a result, Campbell now expects Rogers and TELUS to each have a 27% share of the country's wireless market in 2025, down from his previous estimate of a 28% share. He cut his price target on TELUS to $36 from $38 and on Rogers to $38.75 from $40.50. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Like TELUS and Rogers, BCE Inc. (BCE) provides communication services to residential, business and wholesale customers in Canada. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, TELUS shares trading in New York dropped 2.1% to $36.54, Rogers fell 2% to $39.69 and BCE slid 1.2% to $45.05.
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July 23, 2014
07:18 EDTBCEBCE to privatize affiliate Bell Aliant
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July 16, 2014
10:00 EDTRCIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTRCIRogers Communications upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord
Canaccord upgraded Rogers Communications to Hold based on valuation.

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