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February 25, 2014
07:03 EDTVZVerizon upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Verizon to Overweight after resuming coverage of the stock and raised its price target for shares to $57 from $54. The firm views the risk/reward on shares as very attractive.
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July 21, 2014
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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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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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.
08:03 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
July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTVZStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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07:21 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpaid net adds better than expected, says JPMorgan
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July 10, 2014
16:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
15:11 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpay net adds beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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13:44 EDTVZVerizon CEO says added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2
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13:40 EDTVZVerizon CEO calls Q2 'strong,' says not interested in satellite company
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13:16 EDTVZVerizon CEO says not interested in buying satellite company
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