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March 11, 2012
11:57 EDTBRCM, IPAS, T, MERU, WIFI, VZ, QCOM, ARUN, SLTE promises just as many headaches as breakthroughs, Barron's says
The telephone companies are happy because long term evolution, or LTE, not only moves units of phones, but also lets carriers squeeze more bits out of each hertz, Barron's reports. LTE already has deepened the disparity among U.S. carriers. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are far ahead of others. While, Sprint-Nextel (S) is just getting started. The benefits nevertheless are not clear cut. LTE is just at the beginning of the road. As that service fills up, it will require increasing capital investments. Moreover, the true payoff only comes if customers are satisfied, not disappointed. Both AT&T and Verizon now cap how much you can use. As a result, there will be more interest in what's called "WiFi offloading," where customers are bumped from LTE onto the nearest WiFi network. Barron's Technology Trader columnist Tiernan Ray contends that this could mean opportunity for WiFi network operators such as Boingo Wireless (WIFI) and iPass (IPAS). Also for WiFi equipment vendors like Aruba Networks (ARUN) and Meru Networks (MERU). Chip vendors Broadcom (BRCM) andQualcomm (QCOM) are already touting their parts for higher-speed versions of WiFi, called 802.11ac. Reference Link
News For VZ;T;S;WIFI;IPAS;ARUN;MERU;BRCM;QCOM From The Last 14 Days
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June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
10:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTVZVerizon completes acquisition of AOL
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05:41 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
June 22, 2015
17:55 EDTQCOMITC staff supports clearing Samsung, Qualcomm, in NVIDIA case, Bloomberg says
The U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommends that Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) be absolved of patent-infringement accusations brought by Nvidia (NVDA), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
17:42 EDTVZVerizon offers raises to 38K employees
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16:44 EDTVZVerizon names Scott Krohn as Treasurer
Fran Shammo, CFO, Verizon (VZ), announced that Scott Krohn will join Verizon on July 6 as Treasurer, succeeding Matt Ellis, who was previously appointed to lead Finance in Verizon's Operations organization. Before joining Verizon, Krohn VP - Tax and Treasurer at 3M Company (MMM), where for the last three years his areas of focus included capital structure strategy and execution, pension asset management, financial risk management, and more recently tax planning and governance. Prior to this, Krohn worked for almost 15 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held a number of finance leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas, with his most recent roles there focusing on financial strategy and debt capital markets.
09:40 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
06:36 EDTVZArianna Huffington renews contract through 2019, NY Times reports
Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington has renewed her contract for four years, The New York Times reports. Huffington, whose contract had expired this year and had not signed a new one amid uncertainty surrounding the pending acquisition of Huffington Post parent AOL (AOL) by Verizon (VZ), will remain chairwoman, president and editor-in-chief of the publication. In a memo to staff members, Huffington commented that "After all my meetings and conversations with and the Verizon leadership, I am convinced that we will have both the editorial independence and the additional resources that will allow HuffPost to lead the global media platform shift to mobile and video." Reference Link
06:22 EDTVZ, TMicrosoft to offer more Lumia phones through U.S. carriers, Re/code reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will be offering more of its Lumia smartphones through U.S. wireless carriers, Re/code reports. Beginning next week, the company’s Lumia 640 XL smartphone will be available through AT&T (T) for around $250, the report says. The Lumia 735 will begin selling through Verizon (VZ) at around $200, Re/code reports. Reference Link
05:52 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 24, Qualcomm (QCOM) 19 according to iVolatility.
June 18, 2015
10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm calls active
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06:28 EDTVZNYC says Verizon has not lived up to 2008 service delivery promise, WSJ says
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June 17, 2015
12:04 EDTTFCC plans to fine AT&T $100M for misleading customers about unlimited data plans
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June 16, 2015
10:16 EDTQCOMApplied Micro may be more open to takeover, The Deal reports
The addition of hedge fund investor Christopher Zepf to Applied Micro Circuits' (AMCC) board may signal the company has become more open to being acquired, The Deal reports. The company could be an attractive target for Qualcomm (QCOM), industry sources told the website. Reference Link
08:17 EDTTElephant Talk reaches $13.5M global settlement with Grupo Iusacell
Elephant Talk Communications (ETAK) reports it ended its relationship with Grupo Iusacell and agreed to a global settlement worth approximately $13.5M in favor of Elephant Talk, consisting of $12.6M in cash and the remaining balance in exchange for certain obligations of Elephant Talk to Iusacell. The cash payment will be reflected on the company's financial reports for the quarter ended June 30. The termination was to allow for AT&T (T) and Iusacell to ensure consistency of infrastructure suppliers in their businesses, Elephant Talk said.
07:27 EDTVZVerizon CFO: company wants to keep AOL portfolio together, WSJ says
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