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November 24, 2014
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).
November 13, 2014
07:52 EDTVZVerizon plans to cut 1K jobs via buyouts, Bloomberg says
Verizon plans to cut about 1,000 jobs, which would represent less than 1% of its workforce, through buyout offers by the end of the year, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the plan. Reference Link
November 12, 2014
14:05 EDTVZVerizon enters multi-year research pact with Georgia Institute of Technology
Verizon Wireless announced that it has entered into a multi-year research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology intended to foster development of new technology solutions in multiple categories within the Internet of Things, including telematics, wearables, and LTE network enhancements.
13:42 EDTVZFCC chairman reported comments positive, says Wells Fargo
After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, according to several media reports, said that he was looking for a more nuanced solution to the net neutrality issue than the one suggested by the president, Wells Fargo says Wheeler's comments were positive for the telecom sector. The firm thinks the comments suggest that the agency may be open to regulating Internet service providers under Section 706 rather than Title II. Wells believes that any clarity o nthe issue would remove an overhang on telecom stocks it covers. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are both telecom companies that are also Internet service providers.
12:56 EDTVZFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:08 EDTVZVerizon in settlement with Maryland AG over 'misleading offers'
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10:20 EDTVZVerizon CFO says over-the-top mobile different than OTT on TV
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo says mobile video viewers want different types, lengths of video content.
10:10 EDTVZVerizon CFO sees tablets as 'huge opportunity,' growth engine in next 2 years
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10:02 EDTVZVerizon CFO says company has always operated under open Internet policy
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:09 EDTVZBoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:26 EDTVZCable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:24 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the marketís drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internetís success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributorís third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analystsí consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:06 EDTVZVerizon says utility Internet regulation would 'threaten great harm'
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09:45 EDTVZObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTVZObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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07:11 EDTVZOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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