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Mon, 25 Mar 2019
14:30:15 +0000
Verizon Stock: Analysts’ Recommendations
How’s Verizon Financially Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Analysts’ recommendations According to data compiled by Reuters, as of March 20, 18 of the 30 analysts covering Verizon (VZ) stock recommended a “hold,” while 12
Mon, 25 Mar 2019
13:00:17 +0000
How’s Verizon’s Valuation in March?
How’s Verizon Financially Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Verizon’s scaleAt the end of the trading session on March 21, Verizon (VZ) was the largest US mobile operator by market capitalization at $238.3 billion, followed by
Mon, 25 Mar 2019
11:31:28 +0000
Verizon’s Stock Performance in 2019
How’s Verizon Financially Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Shareholder returns and stock trendsOn March 20, Verizon’s (VZ) closing price was $57.67 per share. Based on the closing price, Verizon has a market capitalization of
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
19:23:36 +0000
Guggenheim: T-Mobile Home Broadband Aimed At Boosting Sprint Merger, Not A Threat To Cable
T-Mobile said in a press release Thursday that it is starting an invitation-only pilot project to run broadband internet with unlimited LTE data to up to 50,000 homes this year in rural and underserved areas. The company said it was “laying the foundation for the New T-Mobile’s plans to disrupt the home broadband market.” Eventually, the company says, it will offer wireless home 5G internet.
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
17:05:02 +0000
Analyzing Verizon’s Revenue Trend
How’s Verizon Financially Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Verizon’s revenue trendIn fiscal 2018, Verizon Communications’ (VZ) total operating revenues rose ~3.8% YoY (year-over-year) to $130.9 billion from $126 billion in
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
15:31:28 +0000
How Have Verizon’s Earnings Been Trending?
How’s Verizon Financially Positioned in March?Verizon’s earnings trendIn fiscal 2018, Verizon Communications’ (VZ) adjusted net income and diluted EPS were $19.5 billion and $4.71, respectively—compared to $15.3 billion and $3.74 in fiscal
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
11:30:41 +0000
Why T-Mobile Delayed Its 5G Launch Plan
The Latest Updates from the Telecom Sector(Continued from Prior Part)Only portions of T-Mobile’s 5G network launch to be delayed Although T-Mobile (TMUS) is underway with 5G network buildout, the operator’s progress on this front is being slowed
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
18:16:46 +0000
Combes talks to FCC about challenges for a stand-alone Sprint
Sprint CEO Michel Combes met with the FCC to discuss "the financial, network and scale challenges Sprint faces."
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
13:40:54 +0000
Sprint Stock Isn’t Worth a Gamble for the T-Mobile Merger
Over the past few months, the telecommunications industry has enjoyed a lift in attention, and for good reason. With Verizon (NYSE:VZ) leading the 5G high-speed network rollout, the new technology has strong implications for everyone. That includes relative bit-player Sprint (NYSE:S). As T-Mobile US (NASDAQ:TMUS) makes its case for buying out S stock, how should investors react?Source: Shutterstock On the surface, the merger appears to make economic and logical sense, if only because T-Mobile CEO John Legere is constantly fighting on the campaign trail. With his quirky mannerism and even quirkier fashion-sense, Legere cuts a controversial figure. Nevertheless, you can't fault the guy for his ambitiousness.Legere has faced a circus of attention from legislators and committees. Some of the questioning, in my opinion, borders on the ridiculous. For example, Democratic Representative Hank Johnson criticized T-Mobile executives for spending $195,000 at one of President Trump's hotels. The implication was that Legere was subtly attempting to curry favor in his quest for Sprint stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsPersonally, I view that inference as a stretch. Consistently, the media has focused the spotlight on Trump's possible collusion with Russia. The last thing anyone needs in this environment is more attention. * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter That said, Legere has redirected the media's glare to a positive direction. Throughout telecom's version of the Spanish Inquisition, Legere emphasized the benefits of a T-Mobile-Sprint merger. Primarily, a combined entity would upend the duopoly of Verizon and AT&T (NYSE:T). The TMUS head rightfully points out that three strong competitors are better than two contenders and two afterthoughts.If all opposing politicians have are silly or irrelevant questions, then T-Mobile has a clear shot at acquiring Sprint stock. Unfortunately, nothing is ever that easy. Tough Questions Plague S Stock and the Proposed MergerFrom combing through various articles on the web, the consensus appears that Legere has a compelling argument. Therefore, the legal greenlight for the merger is an inevitability. But I can't help looking at the S stock price.Although shares are up over 9% this year, the journey has been a choppy one. Based on current levels, the S stock price hasn't moved at all since late summer of 2016. And the fact that it lost steam in recent trades does nothing to bolster confidence in a possible merger.On the other hand, both Verizon and AT&T are doing what they usually do: trudging along while paying their shareholders generous dividends.But I'm getting more concerned when I consider the arguments against T-Mobile's buyout of Sprint stock. While Legere emphasizes the broader argument that the merger will benefit society, that logic doesn't hold up well. For instance, a combined entity would almost surely lead to job losses, particularly the high-paying kind.The counterargument is that this reinvigorated telecom firm will make inroads to rural communities, boosting both connectivity and job growth. If anything, Fox Business has bought into this narrative as well, I suspect, as rural residents.However, the idea that this merger will close the digital divide isn't entirely convincing. For one thing, the buyout will take many years to complete. During that time, rural residents must settle for less-than-stellar internet speeds. In addition, unless the T-Mobile-Sprint entity encounters competition, it has no incentive to reduce prices.On top of that, consolidation in telecom risks depressing prices in major markets, and therefore, wages. Ironically, opposing Democrats have adopted the stereotypical Republican playbook by supporting the status quo in the telecom industry. Complicated Nature Hurts Sprint StockI don't necessarily like giving my thoughts about high-level mergers. With so many gears involved, it's difficult to predict the deal's trajectory with any confidence. * 7 5G Stocks to Buy as the Race for Spectrum Tightens But with S stock, you're also talking about telecom. This is one of the most important, if not the most important sector. As we head toward true 5G integration, telecoms will touch virtually every area of our lives. From automated technologies to artificial intelligence to healthcare, this industry will lever unprecedented influence.As such, lawmakers and regulatory agencies will go over the proposed deal with a fine comb. And when they're satisfied with the results, they'll do it again. Just when you think you're through the door, an appeals process could undo everything.I believe that's the reason why Sprint stock has looked so unconvincing lately. In my opinion, this is far from a done deal. If you're speculating purely on the merger, you may want to take a breather or two.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto was long AT&T. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post Sprint Stock Isn't Worth a Gamble for the T-Mobile Merger appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
13:00:42 +0000
What Is AT&T Seeking to Achieve with WarnerMedia Shakeup?
The Latest Updates from the Telecom Sector(Continued from Prior Part)AT&T reorganizes WarnerMedia unit AT&T (T) recently reorganized its WarnerMedia division in a move that seems to be aimed at cutting costs and allowing for more investments
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
12:00:00 +0000
Sprint to Provide Free Unlimited 4G LTE Data for Veterans Affairs Telehealth Patients
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of military Veterans' health care, Sprint (NYSE:S) is now providing unlimited high-speed wireless data at no charge when they connect over the Sprint Network with their VA providers through the VA's telehealth application, VA Video Connect.  This service is available to Sprint customers who are military Veterans, caregivers and family members of Veterans, or clinicians/technicians supporting Veteran healthcare.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
11:32:10 +0000
Sprint Divests Overland Campus as T-Mobile Merger Looms
The Latest Updates from the Telecom Sector(Continued from Prior Part)Sprint selling its headquarters campus Sprint (S) is selling its Overland Park headquarters in a reorganization drive ahead of its planned merger with T-Mobile (TMUS). The company
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
11:30:16 +0000
What Do Sprint’s Technical Indicators Suggest?
How's Sprint Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Sprint’s moving averagesIn this part, we’ll discuss Sprint’s (S) technical indicators compared to its peers in the telecom space. Recently, Sprint went above its 20-day and 100-day
Wed, 20 Mar 2019
16:01:00 +0000
Sprint Curiosity™ IoT Estimation Tool Gives Businesses Simplified IoT Data Pricing
New Curiosity™ IoT Estimation Tool Revolutionizes IoT Project Planning by Providing Customized Pricing Estimates for IoT Data Services OVERLAND PARK, Kan. , March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: ...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019
14:30:17 +0000
Sprint Stock: Analysts’ Recommendations
How's Sprint Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Analysts’ recommendationsAccording to data compiled by Reuters, as of March 15, Sprint (S) stock was rated as a “hold” by 13 of the 20 analysts covering the stock. Three analysts
Wed, 20 Mar 2019
13:00:16 +0000
Analyzing Sprint’s Valuation in March
How's Sprint Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Sprint’s scale As of March 15, Sprint’s (S) market capitalization was $26.1 billion. Sprint is the fourth-largest US wireless carrier in terms of market capitalization. AT&T (T) had
Wed, 20 Mar 2019
11:31:28 +0000
Sprint’s Stock Performance in 2019
How's Sprint Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Shareholder returns and stock trends On March 15, Sprint’s (S) closing price was $6.39 per share. Based on the closing price, Sprint has a market capitalization of $26.1 billion—the
Tue, 19 Mar 2019
20:16:09 +0000
Deutsche Telekom International Finance B.V. -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Deutsche Telekom AG
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Deutsche Telekom AG and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.
Tue, 19 Mar 2019
16:40:03 +0000
How’s Sprint Getting Ready for 5G?
How's Sprint Positioned in March?(Continued from Prior Part)Sprint’s mobile 5GSprint (S), the fourth-largest wireless service provider in the United States, plans to launch its commercial mobile 5G service this year. The company stated that its

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