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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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July 2, 2015
08:08 EDTVZSpherix issues litigation update in patent case against Verizon
Spherix announced a litigation update. In the matter of Spherix Incorporated v. Verizon Services Corp. et al., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Court issued a Markman Order interpreting certain key claims in favor of the Defendants on the one patent at issue in the case. In light of the Court's Markman decision on the one patent, the Court also granted the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. The other 20 patents being asserted by Spherix in other cases were not affected by the ruling. The patent infringement claims being brought in the second suit filed against Verizon were not affected and that case against Verizon continues.
July 1, 2015
17:20 EDTTMUST-Mobile initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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17:18 EDTVZVerizon initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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15:23 EDTTMUSDISH's Ergen awaits AT&T-DirecTV approval before more T-Mobile talks, FBN says
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June 30, 2015
13:38 EDTVZMicrosoft display exit shows discipline, but impact negligible, says Jefferies
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08:22 EDTVZMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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June 28, 2015
14:50 EDTVZSome AOL investors to seek higher price from Verizon in court, WSJ says
Certain AOL investors including Brigade Capital and Verition have opted not to sell their holdings to Verizon for $50 per share and will instead seek a higher price through an appraisal process, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The report notes that the dissenting firms hold roughly 5% of AOL. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
18:07 EDTVZHuff Post network 'almost definitely' launching on Verizon service, Variety says
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16:42 EDTTMUS, VZFCC Chairman outlines changes to future spectrum auctions
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14:13 EDTVZVerizon's HuffPo to launch 24-hour online video network, Hollywood Reporter says
The Huffington Post plans to launch a 24-hour online video network featuring live programming, original series and other video, HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington told staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The website, whose parent AOL was recently acquired by Verizon, will also establish film and television divisions, the report noted. Reference Link
13:16 EDTTMUST-Mobile unveils ‘JUMP! On Demand’
In a press release earlier T-Mobile said, "The company kicked things off in a big way by amping up Un-carrier 2.0, its groundbreaking JUMP! program, and introducing the industry’s lowest monthly cost to get an iPhone 6 when you trade-in your smartphone. With T-Mobile’s new JUMP! On Demand, one low monthly phone payment covers the cost of a new smartphone and gives you the freedom to swap it for a new one absolutely anytime you like … at no extra cost. Which means you don’t pay a penny to walk out the door with your new smartphone today–not even sales tax, with qualifying credit. No fees to upgrade whenever you want, no waiting and no worries about paying off your old phone when you upgrade." “While the carriers are breaking every promise they’ve ever made with their knock-off upgrade programs, we’re racing full speed ahead, making one of our most popular moves even better,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “JUMP! On Demand is the best way to get a new smartphone whenever you want. Zero out the door. Zero at upgrade. Zero fees. Zero wait. Zero BS.” Shares of T-Mobile are up 1.52% to $39.63 in afternoon trading.
08:35 EDTVZVerizon and Scripps Networks sign licensing agreement
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05:13 EDTVZVerizon repair crews working to keep customers connected in Mid-Atlantic
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June 23, 2015
19:31 EDTVZ, TMUST-Mobile petitions FCC to deny certain AT&T spectrum licenses
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18:00 EDTVZS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
16:29 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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08:42 EDTVZVerizon completes acquisition of AOL
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June 22, 2015
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.
15:04 EDTTMUST-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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