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July 29, 2014
09:22 EDTT, WIN, FTR, VZ, CTLWindstream worth at least $15/share after spinoff news, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer its "best guess" has Windstream (WIN) worth at least $15 per share under the REIT structure announced today, and potentially as much as $18. The firm says it has seen the REIT data centers and towers trade 30%-40% higher than non-REITs by avoiding taxes. It expects CenturyLink (CTL), Frontier (FTR) Windstream to trade up significantly on today's news, and it believes the development has implications for all infrastructure companies. Opco says every network stock it covers is roughly 20% undervalued given Windstream's news, and it sees opportunities with competitive local exchange carriers and wireless as well. Shares of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are trading higher in the pre-market.
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July 21, 2015
07:38 EDTVZVerizon sees higher revenue growth rate in Q3 than in Q2
Consensus $32.87B. Verizon said regarding consolidated revenue outlook, "Verizon expects a higher year-over-year growth rate in third-quarter 2015 than in second-quarter 2015," noting that the estimate excludes revenue from AOL.
07:36 EDTVZVerizon says portion of AOL results immaterial to end of Q2
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07:35 EDTVZVerizon backs FY15 capex view of $17.5B-$18B
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07:32 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.01
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July 20, 2015
15:01 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, 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 earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTT, VZFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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10:04 EDTVZ, TU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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10:00 EDTFTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:11 EDTFTRFrontier Communications upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Frontier Communications to Buy saying the pending Verizon (VZ) transaction provides "ample" dividend support and may be underappreciated by the market. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $6 from $7.50 to reflect the dilutive impact of the recent financing.
July 15, 2015
06:52 EDTTFCC ruling on AT&T-DirecTV deal could come as soon as today, CTFN says
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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTTOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
10:07 EDTVZVerizon announces new content partnership with VICE
Verizon announced a new content partnership that will bring VICE Media's content to Verizon's mobile video platform, launching later this year. The multi-year partnership will see a broad selection of VICE digital content, including original domestic and international programming produced exclusively for Verizon, all through a mobile-first video offering. The content offering will also include a curated selection of original videos from across VICE's digital channels covering a range of categories.
09:35 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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July 13, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; July 13, 2015
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12:19 EDTWINOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a last minute deal was struck to provide new aid to Greece and hopefully prevent its exit from the eurozone currency union. With Greece apparently off the table as a risk for the time being, investors will now be looking forward to the earnings season, which will begin in earnest this week, beginning with reports from some big banks and a number of tech giants. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In Europe, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to European demands for immediate action to qualify for up to $95B of financial assistance. The summit pact averted a worst-case scenario, but only established the basis for negotiations and the Greek parliament now has until Wednesday to pass into law key creditor demands. Greek banks, which have been closed for two weeks as the saga has unfolded, will stay closed until Wednesday, at least. In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. In the U.S., the monthly budget statement for June is due at 2 pm EDT. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Marathon Petroleum (MPC) advanced nearly 9% after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a unit-for-unit transaction plus a one-time cash payment to MarkWest unitholders. The deal implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B, as of the close of trading on July 10. MarkWest surged over 11.5% higher after the news, while MPLX units slid 16%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC), which jumped 56% after the company announced preliminary top-line results from its Phase 3 studies of its non-steroidal topical anti-inflammatory treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in children and adults. In two studies, crisaborole achieved statistically significant results on all primary and secondary endpoints and Wedbush raised Anacor's price target to $190 afterward, saying it sees the drug's sales reaching $2B in 2020. Also higher was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which was among the Macau levered stocks that advanced after Macau Business indicated that an official in the territory said the government there might let casinos keep their smoking rooms. Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 15% after cutting its fiscal 2015 earnings guidance, citing its recent decision to accelerate its planned merchandise transition at Justice and to incorporate lower than expected top-line performance at Justice and dressbarn. Also lower were shares of Windstream (WIN), which fell 6% after UBS downgraded the stock to sell, saying the company's declining revenue and EBITDA trends will continue to weigh on shares. The firm cut its price target on the stock to $5 from $11.50. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 187.10, or 1.05%, to 17,947.51, the Nasdaq was up 66.37, or 1.33%, to 5,064.07, and the S&P 500 was up 18.92, or 0.91%, to 2,095.54.
10:21 EDTWINOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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06:21 EDTWINWindstream downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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