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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.
News For VZ;TMUS From The Last 14 Days
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April 17, 2015
12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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06:17 EDTVZVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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April 14, 2015
10:51 EDTTMUSGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTVZUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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07:16 EDTVZTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
April 8, 2015
06:06 EDTTMUSSoftbank downsizing Silicon Valley presence, WSJ reports
SoftBank (SFTBF) has reduced its presence in Silicon Valley, relocating some employees to Japan and subsidiary Sprint's (S) headquarters in Kansas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move to downsize comes after Sprint's failed bid to acquire T-Mobile US (TMUS) last year. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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09:35 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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April 6, 2015
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; April 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 51c to 24.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA VZ TWTR BIDU RIG NFLX AMZN KO PBR according to Track Data.
10:01 EDTVZWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
06:45 EDTVZQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.
April 5, 2015
08:43 EDTVZAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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