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January 17, 2014
14:06 EDTTMUS, VZEarnings Preview: Analyst sentiment positive on Verizon ahead of Q4 report
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, January 21, 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 EPS of 65c on revenue of $31.03B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 61c-70c on revenue of $30.7B-$31.33B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 77c against estimates for 74c on revenue of $30.28B against estimates for $30.16B. Verizon reported Q3 wireless retail customers increased 5.5% to 101.2M, with wireless retail postpaid churn of 0.97%. On the company’s Q3 earnings conference call, CFO Fran Shammo said he expected the business spending environment in Q4 to be similar to Q3. He added that in the short-term, he thought wireless growth could continue at an 8% pace, but over the long-term that was, "probably a high aspiration.” On November 12 at the Wells Fargo Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Shammo said the company was “right on target” to close the Verizon Wireless deal sometime in Q1. On January 6, T-Mobile (TMUS) agreed to acquire 700 MHz A-Block spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless for $2.365B, and transfer certain AWS and PCS spectrum licenses. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q4 earnings report. On October 18, Deutsche Bank upgraded Verizon to a Buy from Hold citing wireless operating momentum and valuation. Deutsche raised its price target on shares to $56 from $49. On December 16, Macquarie upgraded Verizon to Outperform from Neutral. On December 19, Verizon was assumed with a Buy at Jefferies. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares are trading modestly lower versus three months ago, but are higher by approximately 15% over the past twelve months. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's earnings report, Verizon’s shares are flat.
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November 14, 2014
16:58 EDTTMUSThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
November 13, 2014
09:04 EDTTMUSSwitching to T-Mobile remains elevated, says Pacific Crest
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07:52 EDTVZVerizon plans to cut 1K jobs via buyouts, Bloomberg says
Verizon plans to cut about 1,000 jobs, which would represent less than 1% of its workforce, through buyout offers by the end of the year, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the plan. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
14:05 EDTVZVerizon enters multi-year research pact with Georgia Institute of Technology
Verizon Wireless announced that it has entered into a multi-year research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology intended to foster development of new technology solutions in multiple categories within the Internet of Things, including telematics, wearables, and LTE network enhancements.
13:42 EDTVZFCC chairman reported comments positive, says Wells Fargo
After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, according to several media reports, said that he was looking for a more nuanced solution to the net neutrality issue than the one suggested by the president, Wells Fargo says Wheeler's comments were positive for the telecom sector. The firm thinks the comments suggest that the agency may be open to regulating Internet service providers under Section 706 rather than Title II. Wells believes that any clarity o nthe issue would remove an overhang on telecom stocks it covers. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are both telecom companies that are also Internet service providers.
12:56 EDTVZFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:08 EDTVZVerizon in settlement with Maryland AG over 'misleading offers'
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10:20 EDTVZVerizon CFO says over-the-top mobile different than OTT on TV
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo says mobile video viewers want different types, lengths of video content.
10:10 EDTVZVerizon CFO sees tablets as 'huge opportunity,' growth engine in next 2 years
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10:02 EDTVZVerizon CFO says company has always operated under open Internet policy
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November 11, 2014
06:45 EDTTMUSGermany may reduce Deutsche Telekom stake, Reuters says
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:57 EDTTMUSWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
14:09 EDTVZBoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:26 EDTVZCable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:24 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the market’s drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributor’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:06 EDTVZVerizon says utility Internet regulation would 'threaten great harm'
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09:45 EDTVZObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTVZObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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07:11 EDTVZ, TMUSOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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