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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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February 7, 2016
16:38 EDTVZVerizon makes Go90 data free, responds to net neutrality criticism, Re/code says
Verizon has exempted its Go90 video platform from counting against data caps for Verizon subscribers, reports Re/code. In response to questions of whether the policy violates net neutrality principles, a company spokesperson told the publication, "Go90 has decided to take advantage of Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 service... an open, non-exclusive service available to other content providers on a non-discriminatory basis. Any interested content provider can use FreeBee Data 360 to expand their audiences." Reference Link
February 5, 2016
06:49 EDTVZApple, Amazon, Google, Verizon in mix to bid for NFL stream rights, Variety says
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06:23 EDTVZ20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AT&T (T) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Abaxis (ABAX) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GCP Applied Technologies (GCP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... IDEXX (IDXX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nexvet Biopharma (NVET) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... PetMed Express (PETS) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... SeaWorld (SEAS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Seattle Genetics (SGEN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... VCA Inc. (WOOF) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Verizon (VZ) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Zoetis (ZTS) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse.
06:28 EDTVZNews Corp not interested in Yahoo acquisition, Business Insider says
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06:27 EDTVZSequans and Verizon announce LTE CAT M chipset acceleration for IoT
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05:49 EDTVZVerizon initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson
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February 3, 2016
18:41 EDTVZYahoo hires Qatalyst to advise on strategic alternatives, Re/code says
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14:09 EDTVZBain, TPG among PE firms weighing bid for Yahoo core, FT reports
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13:37 EDTVZComcast to be possible bidder for wireless airwaves, Bloomberg says
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08:42 EDTVZSynchronoss says recently entered into JV with Verizon
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06:27 EDTVZPiper's Munster says Yahoo growth to remain challenged for years
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Yahoo's (YHOO) core business "seems even more challenged than before" following the company's Q4 results. Yahoo's fundamental growth challenges "will remain for multiple years," Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note where he cut his price target for the shares to $31 from $39. He keeps an Overweight rating on Yahoo, however, pointing out that the shares still trade below a fully taxed value for both its Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan (YAHOY) stakes. The current share price seems to imply zero value for the core business, which is unfair given Verizon's (VZ) $4.4B acquisition of AOL last year, Munster contends. He believes Alibaba still provides upside to the story. Yahoo is trading down 51c to $28.55 in pre-market trading following its Q4 results.
February 2, 2016
06:26 EDTVZStifel cuts Twitter to Sell after noting Yahoo has significantly more users
Stifel analyst Scott Devitt downgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Sell from Hold after "materially lowering" his forward estimates for the company. Twitter is a product that has "never fully developed into a sustainable public company," Devitt tells investors in a research note. To those that believe the microblog's 320M active user base is significant, the analyst points out that Yahoo (YHOO) still reports 1B monthly active users across its network and AOL's final public disclosure last year prior to its acquisition by Verizon (VZ) still showed nearly 200M unique visitors. Twitter will be challenged to reach its near- and long-term financial expectations, the analyst contends. Devitt points out that Facebook (FB) continues to generate over two times as much advertising revenue per monthly active user in the U.S. as Twitter. He has a $14 price target for the shares. Twitter closed yesterday up $1.10 to $17.90 after The Information reported that Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog operator.
06:20 EDTVZYahoo investors waiting on explicit sale signals, Re/code says
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05:42 EDTVZVerizon introduces 'Free View' for FiOS TV
Verizon announces: "You're thinking about ordering a premium channel such as HBO, SHOWTIME or STARZ. Like any smart consumer, you want to try the product out first before purchasing. No problem, right? Not necessarily - unless of course you're a Fios TV customer. This week, we're launching Free View on Fios TV, an exclusive new feature that lets customers activate their own 48 hour premium channel preview right from their TV. With the click of the remote, Customers can choose which channel they want to preview for free, whenever they want the 48 hour window to start. The Free View content is viewable anywhere whether it's at home on live TV or on demand, or on the go with the Fios Mobile App. Free previews of premium TV channels are common, but the timing of them has never been the customer's choice. With Free View on Fios TV, Customers now schedule a preview at their convenience, when it fits into their schedule. Customers can activate one 48-hour preview of each premium channel once per year."
January 31, 2016
13:47 EDTVZYahoo delay in seeking sale could force proxy fight, Barron's says
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January 28, 2016
16:40 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of America's bellwether corporations and oil prices, which approached $34 a barrel. The market was unable to hold its opening gains and eventually crossed into negative territory. Before the losses became too big the averages reversed and moved back across the flat line. With oil holding onto its gains and closing above $33 a barrel, the averages closed in positive territory ahead of the next barrage of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% to $109.11 after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. Facebook management made only one mention of macro concerns for the business in 2016, significantly different than Apple's (AAPL) earnings call on Tuesday night, Munster pointed out... Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded 4.7% to $61.08 after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... Under Armour (UA), which had similarly been the focus of concern recently for some bearish analysts, posted better than expected results on the top and bottom line and backed its fiscal year revenue forecast, proving its doubters wrong and sending its share rocketing up 22.5% to $84.00. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Intrexon (XON), Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS), which gained a respective 10%, 7.6% and 1.4% as the ongoing Zika virus scare brought attention to the companies' efforts fighting the illness. Also higher were SolarCity (SCTY), Sunrun (RUN) and Vivint Solar (VSLR), with the solar stocks jumping 8.5%, 20.5% and 3.6%, respectively, after the California Public Utilities Commission approved new net-metering rules. Meanwhile, Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) rose 12.2% to $74.44 after announcing commercial availability of its Bendeka injection in partnership with Teva (TEVA). Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which lost 3.2% to $28.75 despite a pre-market spike after SpringOwl Asset Management urged the company to seek an investment from a strategic partner. The news was also followed by reports that CEO Marissa Mayer has started restructuring efforts with an "invest/maintain/kill" list, as well as news that Verizon (VZ) denied a report that it had bid for the company's core Internet business. Also lower were OSI Systems (OSIS), Qualcomm (QCOM) and eBay (EBAY), which fell a respective 31.8%, 8.3% and 12.5% following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 125.18, or 0.79%, to 16,069.64, the Nasdaq gained 38.51, or 0.86%, to 4,506.68, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.41, or 0.55%, to 1,893.36.
06:56 EDTVZVerizon denies report of bidding on Yahoo core business, CTFN says
Verizon (VZ) spokesperson for Bob Varettoni said the New York Post "was wrong" in reporting on January 23 that the telecom company made an offer to acquire Yahoo's (YHOO) Internet search business, reported CTFN. Varettoni told the publication: "The rumor's false...We've made no offer to acquire Yahoo." Reference Link
06:30 EDTVZYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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05:44 EDTVZSpringOwl calls for Yahoo, Viacom to seek partners, Reuters reports
SpringOwl Asset Management, which holds undisclosed stakes in Yahoo (YHOO) and Viacom (VIA), is urging the boards of both companies to seek investments from strategic partner, Reuters reports, citing an article that is set to be published today. SpringOwl managing director Eric Jackson says that "Although some shareholders of both Yahoo and Viacom think that a simple sale or break-up of both companies is the best way to create value for shareholders, we believe that both companies could benefit from their own version of the 'Buffett Convert,'" and that while stakes of investors would be diluted if an outside investor steps in, but "they would still be better off because their shares would likely get re-rated upwards substantially with this new partner sitting around the board table." Jackson believes Yahoo should seek outside investment from Liberty Media (LMCA), Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T), while Viacom would benefit from Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN) or AMC Entertainment (AMC). Reference Link
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