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January 2, 2013
06:26 EDTVOD, VZVodafone looked into becoming a retail bank, Telegraph says
Vodafone (VOD) CEO, Vittorio Colao, stated that the company seriously considered becoming a retail bank, over the last fifteen years, reports the Telegraph. Reference Link
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April 23, 2014
13:18 EDTVOD, VZEarnings 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 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:21 EDTVZAT&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 EDTVZBofA/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 EDTVZiPhone 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
13:12 EDTVODEarnings Preview: AT&T sentiment mixed ahead of Q1 report
AT&T (T) is expected to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Tuesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 70c on revenue of $32.41B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-74c on revenue of $31.96B-$33.24B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 53c against estimates for 50c, on revenue of $33.2B against estimates for $33.06B. Q4 postpaid churn was reported at 1.11%. AT&T reported the following in Q4: more than 500,000 branded smartphone net adds, including postpaid and prepaid; wireless operating income $1.4B; total postpaid ARPU up 2.1%; net increase in total wireless subscribers 809,000; connected device adds 398,000. On its Q4 earnings report, the company forecast FY14 adjusted EPS growth in the mid-single digits compared to a consensus at the time of $2.67. It expected FY14 revenue growth of 2%-3%, compared to the then consensus of $131.12B. On March 31, the board of AT&T authorized the repurchase of up to 300M shares, representing approximately 6% of AT&T common shares outstanding, with no expiration date. Due to the large share buyback program, The New York times noted that AT&T would be less likely to make a bid for Vodafone (VOD), something that had been speculated throughout the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q1 earnings report. On February 11, Drexel Hamilton initiated AT&T with a Buy rating and price target of $40. On March 25, HSBC downgraded AT&T to Neutral from Overweight based on expectations for increased industry price competition and a peak margin expansion. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $35 from $39. PRICE ACTION: AT&Tís shares are up approximately 6% since the company's Q4 report, but are down about 6% from year ago levels. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q1 report, AT&Tís shares are trading near the flat line.
07:42 EDTVODGreek partner seeks GBP1.1B from Vodafone over broken deal, Telegraph 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 19, 2014
21:07 EDTVODVodafone and France's SFR assessing network-sharing venture, WSJ says
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April 17, 2014
12:46 EDTVODVodafone, Netflix in talks on content deal, Bloomberg says
Vodafone (VOD) is in early stage talks with Netflix (NFLX) to offer Vodafone customers free access access to its streaming service for a period of time, according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the talks. Reference Link
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 EDTVZT-Mobile CEO starts petition for consumers to call on peers to end overages
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09:05 EDTVZT-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.
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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April 10, 2014
06:53 EDTVODVodafone acquires stake in India unit for $1.5B, Bloomberg says
Vodafone will acquire Piramal Enterprises' stake in its India mobile-phone unit for $1.5B as the company ups its investments in the worldís quickest growing smartphone market, according to Bloomberg, citing a company statement from Piramal. Reference Link
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