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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 3, 2016
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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