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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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December 9, 2014
12:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:38 EDTVZVerizon CFO Shammo says not interested in doing large international M&A deal
CFO Fran Shammo sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend up, sees wireline CapEx continuing to trend down. Says does not believe wireless CapEx will decline. Shammo commented that ""The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Says dividend policy "very important." Says doesn't see share buybacks until balance sheet is delevered.
10:28 EDTTMUS, VZVerizon drops after warning about promotional impact on profits
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10:27 EDTVZVerizon CFO says would sell towers for 'right price, right terms'
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10:23 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:17 EDTVZVerizon CFO Shammo says sees promotional pricing 'settling down' in 2015
Says Q4 has been a "pretty exciting" period, says seeing increase in activations, but seeing some increase in churn as well. Says has seen high volume in Q4 sales. Says continues to see strong momentum for wireless customer growth in Q4. Sees promotional pricing "settling down" in 2015. Shammo says social media, press has built this up as a price war; says rival's half-priced promotion "not as dramatic" as it looks. Says tablets a "tremendous" growth area for industry. Says streaming TV to mobile to begin in mid-2015. Says that over time, company believes can increase margins. Comments made at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference. Verizon shares are down 3.8% to $47.04 in morning trading.
09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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07:40 EDTVZVerizon competition increased, company should be able to respond, says Canaccord
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07:32 EDTVZUBS to hold a conference
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06:32 EDTTMUSCitigroup calls on DISH to split into two companies
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06:15 EDTVZVerizon downgraded at RW Baird
As previously reported, Baird downgraded Verizon to Neutral from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares citing last night's negative pre-announcement due to increasing competitive concerns, margin pressures, higher churn, and full valuation. Price target lowered to $50 from $54.
06:01 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTTMUS, VZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:05 EDTVZVerizon sees Q4 impacts of promotional offers will pressure wireless EBITDA, EPS
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16:02 EDTTMUST-Mobile files to sell 17.4M mandatory convertible preferred stock
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10:22 EDTTMUST-Mobile management to meet with Wells Fargo
Meeting with Vice President Paellmann to be held in New York on December 11 hosted by Wells Fargo.
December 4, 2014
08:10 EDTVZDuPont Fabros and Verizon expand relationship with Virginia data center
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05:23 EDTVZVerizon, Cox reavh agreement to restore Fox 25 to FiOS TV
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December 3, 2014
08:10 EDTVZDISH downgraded to Sell with $67 target at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded DISH (DISH) to Sell from Hold saying it sees only a 30% chance of all the company's spectrum getting monetized in 2015. Further, Wunderlich believes spectrum owned by Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) is worth more than DISH's spectrum, making auction valuation extrapolations "tricky." The firm raised its price target for DISH shares to $67 from $60.
08:07 EDTVZVerizon to distribute Ride TV
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