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April 24, 2014
10:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:26 EDTVZVerizon says preparing to participate in spectrum auctions
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09:09 EDTVZVerizon says will be 'rationale and deliberate' in terms of pricing
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07:37 EDTVZVerizon says Q1 EPS 91c if Verizon Wireless owned for entire quarter
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07:35 EDTVZVerizon reiterates guidance of increases in wireless, wireline EBITDA
Verizon continues to target consolidated top-line growth of 4% and adjusted consolidated EBITDA margin expansion in 2014, with positive contributions to profitable growth from both wireless and wireline. In wireless, pricing under Verizon Edge had minimal impact on first-quarter 2014 ARPA and EBITDA margin, the company said. "Continued Edge adoption will likely have a greater impact on service revenue growth in subsequent quarters, as service revenues shift to equipment revenues," it stated. Verizon reiterates guidance of increases in wireless and wireline EBITDA and EBITDA margin in 2014.
07:33 EDTVZVerizon reports Q1 adjusted EPS 84c, consensus 87c
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06:47 EDTTAT&T downgraded to Long-Term Buy from Buy at Hilliard Lyons
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April 23, 2014
16:57 EDTTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:55 EDTT, VZNew FCC proposal to let ISPs charge for special access, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new "net neutrality" rules on Thursday that would block Internet service providers from discriminating against specific websites, but would allow providers to charge content companies for preferential treatment of their traffic, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the proposal. Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings had been outspoken in the past in his opposition of the FCC's previous net neutrality rules. Broadband ISPs include Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), and AT&T (T). Reference Link
15:37 EDTT, VZFCC to propose to let ISPs charge content companies for special access, DJ says
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15:35 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:21 EDTVZVerizon April weekly volatility up into Q1 and outlook
Verizon April weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, June is at 14, July and October is at 13; compared to 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results.
13:18 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Jefferies sees upside to 2014 consensus estimates for Verizon
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, April 24, 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 earnings per share of 87c on revenue of $30.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 82c-92c on revenue of $30.33B-$31.05B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 66c against estimates for 65c on revenue of $31.07B against estimates for $31.02B. For Q4, the company reported Wireless Retail Customers up 4.7% to 102.8M; Wireless Retail Postpaid Church 0.96%; 126,000 FiOS Internet and 92,000 Video net additions in Q4. On February 21, the company completed the acquisition of Vodafone's (VOD) 45% interest in Verizon Wireless. The transaction is immediately accretive to Verizon's earnings per share by approximately 10%. On March 7, Verizon's board authorized the corporation to repurchase up to 100M shares of its common stock. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q1 earnings report. Negative sentiment came on January 22 when Pacific Crest downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, as it expected the company's margins to be pressured by increased competition. Research firm Jefferies has been positive on Verizon throughout the quarter. On February 20, Jefferies said Verizon should be bought following recent pullback The firm attributed the recent weakness in part to technical pressures into the Vodafone/Verizon Wireless transaction and said negative sentiment on the name was overdone. Jefferies kept a Buy rating on the stock with a $55 price target. On April 17, Jefferies said the 2014 consensus estimates for Verizon had upside given the better than expected equipment installment plans market. The firm sees 17% upside to its year-end price target of $55 and it kept a Buy rating on Verizon. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares have traded sideways in a narrow range following the company's Q4 report. However, over the past twelve months, they are down about 9%. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q1 report, Verizonís shares are down 0.9%.
12:51 EDTVZ, TOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:21 EDTVZ, TAT&T slumps after failing to raise profit guidance
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09:34 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD NFLX TSLA VZ MU WFM AMGN
09:16 EDTTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:54 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; T YUM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; AT&T (T) 16, Yum! Brands (YUM) 29 according to iVolatility.
April 22, 2014
19:09 EDTTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:18 EDTTAT&T says had best revenue growth in more than two years during Q1
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16:57 EDTTAT&T sees $1.2B of integration costs from Leap acquisition over next two years
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16:33 EDTTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:30 EDTTAT&T raises FY14 revenue growth view to 4% or greater
Prior view was growth of 2%-3%. FY14 consensus $132.24B.
16:08 EDTTAT&T added more than 1M subs in Q1
AT&T added more than 1M subscribers in the first quarter, with year-over-year improvements in every category. Total wireless subscribers increased by 1,062,000 in the quarter, led by 625,000 postpaid net adds and 693,000 connected device net adds. This was the strongest first-quarter postpaid growth in five years. These gains were offset somewhat by a net loss of 50,000 prepaid subscribers, due to declines in session-based tablets, and a net loss of 206,000 reseller subscribers, primarily due to losses in low-revenue 2G subscriber accounts. Prepaid net adds include first-quarter results from Leap Wireless only after AT&T acquired the company on March 13. Postpaid net adds include 311,000 smartphones. Total branded smartphone net adds (both postpaid and prepaid) were 566,000. Total branded tablet net adds were 313,000.
16:07 EDTTAT&T reports Q1 postpaid net adds of 625,000
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16:05 EDTTAT&T reports Q1 wireless revenue up 7% versus year ago period
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16:04 EDTTAT&T reports Q1 free cash flow $3B, cash from operations $8.8B
16:03 EDTTAT&T sees FY14 adjusted EPS growth in the mid-single digit range
Consensus $2.71. Sees FY14 consolidated revenue growth of 4% or greater, consensus $132.24B. Sees FY14 CapEx in $21B range. Sees FY14 Free cash flow in the $11B range, which anticipates strong AT&T Next take rates and Leap costs.
16:01 EDTTAT&T reports Q1 adjusted EPS 71c, consensus 70c
Reports Q1 revenue $32.5B, consensus $32.44B.
15:32 EDTTNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:02 EDTT, VZBofA/Merrill's telecom analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:42 EDTTAT&T fiber build an incremental positive for Calix, says UBS
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09:07 EDTTAT&T, Chernin create venture to acquire, invest in, launch online video business
AT&T and The Chernin Group, which manages and invests in media businesses around the world, announced the formation of a venture to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services. The Chernin Group and AT&T have committed over $500M in funding to the venture. Further financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. This alliance positions AT&T and The Chernin Group to take advantage of the rapid growth of online video and OTT video services, with each party bringing significant and complementary strengths. The strategic goal of this initiative will be to invest in advertising and subscription VOD channels as well as streaming services.
09:06 EDTTAT&T, Chernin create venture to acquire, invest in, launch online video business
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08:01 EDTVZJacobs Engineering to acquire Verizon's FNS subsidiary
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07:16 EDTVZ, TiPhone sales could be hurt by fading phone subsidies, WSJ reports
Sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhones may be further pressured as carriers make faster progress in transitioning customers away from subsidies, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. wireless carriers like T-Mobile US (TMUS) and AT&T (T) have been having more success than expected in moving customers to non-subsidy plans, a transition that could harm sales of expensive handsets such as the iPhone. Reference Link
07:10 EDTTNetflix blames AT&T for below-average streaming speeds, Bloomberg says
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April 21, 2014
15:13 EDTTAT&T April weekly volatility at 25 into Q1 and outlook
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13:12 EDTTEarnings Preview: AT&T sentiment mixed ahead of Q1 report
AT&T (T) is expected to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Tuesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 70c on revenue of $32.41B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-74c on revenue of $31.96B-$33.24B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 53c against estimates for 50c, on revenue of $33.2B against estimates for $33.06B. Q4 postpaid churn was reported at 1.11%. AT&T reported the following in Q4: more than 500,000 branded smartphone net adds, including postpaid and prepaid; wireless operating income $1.4B; total postpaid ARPU up 2.1%; net increase in total wireless subscribers 809,000; connected device adds 398,000. On its Q4 earnings report, the company forecast FY14 adjusted EPS growth in the mid-single digits compared to a consensus at the time of $2.67. It expected FY14 revenue growth of 2%-3%, compared to the then consensus of $131.12B. On March 31, the board of AT&T authorized the repurchase of up to 300M shares, representing approximately 6% of AT&T common shares outstanding, with no expiration date. Due to the large share buyback program, The New York times noted that AT&T would be less likely to make a bid for Vodafone (VOD), something that had been speculated throughout the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q1 earnings report. On February 11, Drexel Hamilton initiated AT&T with a Buy rating and price target of $40. On March 25, HSBC downgraded AT&T to Neutral from Overweight based on expectations for increased industry price competition and a peak margin expansion. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $35 from $39. PRICE ACTION: AT&Tís shares are up approximately 6% since the company's Q4 report, but are down about 6% from year ago levels. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q1 report, AT&Tís shares are trading near the flat line.
12:06 EDTTAT&T to expand GigaPower web service to up to 100 cities
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April 20, 2014
17:11 EDTT, VZVerizon, AT&T may be limited in upcoming spectrum auction, WSJ says
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April 17, 2014
07:54 EDTVZVerizon 2014 consensus estimates have upside, says Jefferies
Jefferies sees upside to the 2014 consensus estimates for Verizon given the better than expected equipment installment plans market. The firm sees 17% upside to its year-end price target of $55 and it keeps a Buy rating on Verizon.
07:46 EDTTAT&T to possibly sit out of U.S. spectrum auction, Reuters says
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April 16, 2014
11:08 EDTTAT&T, Volvo partner for in-car wireless connectivity
AT&T and Volvo Cars have entered into a new multi-year agreement to enable future Volvo vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with high speed wireless connectivity. AT&T is scheduled to power Volvo's US 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. Volvo customers in the U.S. and Canada will also have access to Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and an emergency crash notification service. Volvo plans to enable cars with AT&T on-board for sale this summer. As a telematics leader, AT&T already provides a variety of vehicle solutions to automobile manufacturers around the world. Volvo's solution incorporates AT&T's Single SIM platform to provide coverage in the U.S. and Canada. The Single SIM, along with a world-class service management platform, AT&T Control Center powered by Jasper Wireless, arms Volvo with the ability to manage wireless device deployment and operations across markets with advanced diagnostic tools and smart alerting.
April 15, 2014
13:49 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Analysts optimistic on Intel ahead of Q1 report
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April 14, 2014
09:10 EDTT, VZT-Mobile CEO starts petition for consumers to call on peers to end overages
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09:05 EDTVZ, TT-Mobile abolishes consumer overages, challenges other providers to follow suit
T-Mobile (TMUS) announced a campaign to eliminate overage penalties, one of the most reviled wireless industry practices. While abolishing overages for all customers on T-Mobile consumer plans, its CEO has also laid down a challenge to the nation's largest carriers, AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S), to do the same.
07:06 EDTVZU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
April 11, 2014
09:19 EDTVZANADIGICS ships AWC6383 dual-band ProVantage PA to Samsung
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07:26 EDTT, VZTime Warner struggling to force Dodgers network on pay-TV players, LAT say
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April 10, 2014
06:29 EDTTAT&T in talks to bring ultrafast internet to North Carolina, WSJ reports
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