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June 24, 2014
09:05 EDTVZ, VMWVerizon and VMware expand relationship
Verizon (VZ) Enterprise Solutions and VMware (VMW) announced an expansion of their strategic relationship to include mobile security and enterprise mobility management solutions. Verizon will now provide its enterprise clients in the U.S. greater choice by offering the AirWatch by VMware Enterprise Mobility Management Platform as part of Verizon's mobile device management portfolio for on premise deployments.
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July 22, 2014
06:56 EDTVMWElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
06:37 EDTVZVerizon backs FY14 investments of $16.5B-$17B
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.
06:35 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 adjusted EPS 91c, consensus 90c
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July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
15:30 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
14:30 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon CEO says 1.4M postpaid subscribers added in Q2
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 7:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 90c on revenue of $31.12B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 86c-93c on revenue of $30.84B-$31.35B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 84c against estimates for 87c on revenue of $30.8B against estimates for $30.7B. For Q1, the company reported adding 549,000 net retail connections, including 539,000 net retail postpaid connections. It reported retail postpaid churn of 1.07%, 103.3M total retail connections, and 97.3M total retail postpaid connections. Consumer ARPU was up 11.3% year over year. It reported 98,000 FiOS Internet and 57,000 FiOS Video net additions in the quarter. Verizon said it continued 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. On July 10, during an interview on CNBC, CEO Lowell McAdam said the company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. McAdam added that Q2 churn was "very good" with margins consistent with the past several quarters. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q2 earnings report. On May 22, Verizon was initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein with a price target of $57. On July 1, Verizon was initiated with a Buy at BTIG and a price target of $60. On July 18, Oppenheimer added Verizon to its Triple Play list. The firm said its Triple Play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions, and have an attractive technical profile. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares have gained approximately 10% following the company's Q1 report. However, over the past twelve months, they are up only about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizonís shares are flat.
12:56 EDTVZVerizon launches rewards program for wireless customers
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12:10 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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06:27 EDTVMWElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
15:42 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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08:38 EDTVZVerizon added to Triple Play list at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer added Verizon (VZ) to its Triple Play list. The firm says its triple play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions and have an attractive technical profile. The firm removed Riverbed (RVBD) from the list after it downgraded that stock.
05:57 EDTVZLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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July 17, 2014
11:01 EDTVZVerizon Wireless, ControlTec announce partnership
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July 16, 2014
14:03 EDTVZNetflix submits FCC comments on proposed Net Neutrality rules
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13:05 EDTVZVerizon, Comcast, AT&T viwed as 'logical' Time Warner bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:42 EDTVZTime Warner said to see Verizon,Comcast, AT&T as logical bidders, Bloomberg says
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July 15, 2014
09:41 EDTVZU.S. Treasury Secretary Lew to visit Verizon
Treasury Secretary Lew delivers remarks on cybersecurity and highlights the important role of telecommunications companies in supporting the financial system, as well as touring Verizon's facilities in Ashburn, Virginia on July 15 at 3:15 pm.
08:53 EDTVMWVMware announces partnerships with China Telecom, Softbank
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08:03 EDTVZPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
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