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June 1, 2014
19:45 EDTTTime to take profits in AT&T, Barron's says
AT&T's (T) merger with DirecTV (DTV) could add a lot merger-execution risk to the stock and it's time to take profits and leave the stock alone, Barron's argues in its "The Trader" column. Reference Link
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August 22, 2014
10:15 EDTTVodafone rallies amid reports of AT&T takeover bid, FT says
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07:11 EDTTAT&T may mount bid GBP3 per share bid for Vodafone, Daily Mail reports
AT&T (T) is working on a cash bid worth over GBP3 per share for Vodafone (VOD), according to the Daily Mail. The publication says China Mobile (CHL) may be interested in taking a stake in Vodafone of up to 20%. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
13:16 EDTTT-Mobile offers free data to users who recruit new customers to its network
T-Mobile (TMUS) is offering its current Simple Choice customers a free unlimited LTE data plan upgrade for a full year when they recruit a Sprint (S), Verizon (VZ), or AT&T (T) customer to its network. The new referred customer will also receive a full year of unlimited LTE data for free as well. If a Simple Choice customer who recruits a new user to T-Mobile's network already has an unlimited LTE data plan, they will receive a $10 credit each month for twelve months. The referral plan starts August 29. Reference Link
11:49 EDTTSprint announces $60 per month unlimited wireless plan
Sprint (S) announces an unlimited wireless plan for $60. The plan provides consumers unlimited talk, text and data while on Sprint's network for $60 per month, a $20 savings compared to T-Mobile's (TMUS) $80 per month unlimited plan, the wireless carrier said. The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan is available to both new and existing Sprint customers starting tomorrow, August 22. To qualify for the plan, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.
August 19, 2014
10:01 EDTTAT&T confirms plan to deliver U-verse with AT&T GigaPower in Jacksonville
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07:12 EDTTFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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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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08:47 EDTTRaymond James to hold a summit
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August 15, 2014
06:15 EDTTSprint's new CEO to introduce 'disruptive' prices next week, Re/code reports
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August 14, 2014
09:07 EDTTMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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August 13, 2014
11:27 EDTTJDSU 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.
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.
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
August 8, 2014
11:32 EDTTSprint is preparing to engage in fierce pricing war, WSJ reports
Sprint (S) is preparing to engage in a fierce price competition on the heels of an almost complete network revamp, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Masayoshi Son, the CEO of parent company Softbank (SFTBY). Sprint is currently testing new pricing plans, and will utilize its "street fighter" strategies to take on larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). "Price competition will intensify. Sprint will soon be ready to join the fray," Son said. Reference Link
07:56 EDTTSonus Networks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington
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