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January 18, 2013
11:51 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon says Sandy’s impact on Q4 results may be significant
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report Q4 earnings before the market open on Tuesday, January 22, 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 52c on revenue of $29.75B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 39c-62c on revenue of $29.35B-$30.2B... LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported Q3 EPS of 64c against estimates for 64c on revenue of $29.01B against estimates for $29B. In the Q3 earnings report, CEO Lowell McAdam commented, "In Q3, Verizon continued to deliver double-digit earnings growth and strong cash generation, and we remain solidly on track to meet our financial objectives for the year.” However on November 2, shortly after Hurricane Sandy landed, the company said the impact from the storm on Q4 operating results “could be significant.” The company’s Northeast network was not restored to pre-storm levels until November 15. At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on December 4, CEO McAdam noted that momentum from Q3 was carrying over into Q4, and that he “felt good” going into 2013... STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q4 earnings report. Negative sentiment came on January 14 when UBS downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing lower profitability due to higher subsidies and indirect channel costs in wireless and increased costs in wireline. UBS lowered its price target to $44 from $48. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares fell approximately 11% following the company's Q3 report. However, in mid-November, the stock mounted a modest rebound, but then dipped again in the first two weeks of this year. In late morning trading ahead of Tuesday's Q4 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.40% to $42.30.
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November 25, 2014
11:58 EDTVZVerizon management to meet with Jefferies
Group luncheon to be held in New York on December 2 hosted by Jefferies.
November 24, 2014
10:38 EDTVZVerizon falls, levels to watch
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10:11 EDTVZVerizon slips after Citi downgrade on spectrum prices, rising competition
Shares of Verizon (VZ) are falling in early trading after Citigroup downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins downgraded Verizon, citing the higher than expected price the company will have to pay for wireless spectrum and the increased price competition it is facing. Prices for spectrum currently being auctioned by the FCC are running 36% above Rollins' estimates, the analyst wrote. The higher than expected cost of spectrum implies that the wireless carriers will have higher costs, the analyst explained. Meanwhile, increased competition over consumer prices among the carriers could prevent them from profiting from increased data consumption, Rollins believes. National wireless carriers' outlook for 2015 is unfavorable, warned the analyst, who trimmed his price target on Verizon to $51 from $53. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The total provision winning bids in the AWS-3 auction rose to about $33B after round 26, which was up 3.23% from the prior round, according to data posted to the FCC website on Friday. Companies believed to be bidding in the auction other than Verizon include AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and U.S. Cellular (USM). This morning, RBC Capital raised its price target on DISH to $81 from $69, citing the current price points of a spectrum auction. The firm views the price points as a conservative valuation proxy for DISH's AWS-4 spectrum holdings. Analysts at Goldman also raised DISH's price target to $96 from $77 to reflect a higher value for the company's spectrum holdings. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Verizon fell 2.2% to $49.12, while DISH Network shares rose 3% to $75.86.
10:00 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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06:37 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Verizon (VZ) to Neutral saying it believes the company's earnings will miss expectations in 2015 due to higher costs of spectrum and slower revenue growth amid rising rate plan competition. Citi lowered its price target for shares to $51 from $53. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on AT&T (T) with a $34 price target.
November 23, 2014
12:26 EDTVZWireless carriers bid up prices at U.S. spectrum auction, WSJ
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November 21, 2014
16:00 EDTVZProvision winning bids in FCC AWS-3 auction hit $33B after round 26
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November 19, 2014
13:10 EDTVZDISH, Globalstar climb as wireless spectrum bids reportedly jump
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07:50 EDTVZVerizon trends look strong, says Oppenheimer
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07:19 EDTVZSpectrum auction positive for DISH, Globalstar, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes the AWS-3 spectrum auction continued on Tuesday with the aggregate value of licenses with bids at $16.4B, up from Monday's $8.9B and compared to the reserve price of $10.6B that the FCC set for the entire auction. The firm views the rise in prices as negative for telecom carriers that are spending more than expected, namely AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), and possibly T-Mobile (TMUS) and US Cellular. It views the prices as positive for independent spectrum owners like DISH (DISH) and Globalstar (GSAT), as well as tower companies American Tower (AMT), SBA Communications (SBAC) and Crown Castle (CCI).

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