|Bid||31.00 x 1100|
|Ask||33.35 x 1000|
|Day's Range||31.69 - 32.20|
|52 Week Range||23.22 - 44.66|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.44|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||11.66|
|Earnings Date||Nov 5, 2019 - Nov 11, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||43.28|
Some news just came out that could be another obstacle facing Sprint (NYSE:S) in its ongoing merger saga with T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS). Oregon just joined the multi-state lawsuit to block the merger, and Texas joined the suit earlier this month. 16 states are now part of the suit which alleges that the new combined company would be anticompetitive.Source: BrandonKleinVideo / Shutterstock.com The Department of Justice announced that it had reached an agreement which would allow the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint to move forward. As part of the agreement, DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) will buy some of Sprints assets. The DOJ said that without these actions by DISH the merger could "substantially harm competition." The idea behind this thinking is that afterwards there will be four companies and the competition between them will prevent anticompetitive practices. Despite this, the states decided to pursue their lawsuits because they believe that the deal will ultimately lead to higher prices for consumers. * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill Wall Street isn't sure whether or not this deal will close. 18 firms follow Sprint stock on a research basis. 14 of them have hold ratings on the stock while three firms have sell ratings on it. The average target price is $6.50, which is below current levels.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThere is one buy recommendation on Sprint stock. The analysts at UBS believe the deal will close. They recently upgraded S stock from hold to buy and put a $10 price target on it. Though the upgrade was before the news about Oregon joining the lawsuit came out, it does not seem to have changed their opinion. Sprint's Earnings ReviewSprint just reported a net loss of $111 million, or a loss of 3 cents a share. This was in line with estimates, but well below last year's net income of $176 million or 4 cents a share. Revenues dropped from $8.44 billion to $8.14 billion. This was slightly above estimates of $8 billion. The company also announced that had lost 120,000 subscribers which was less than the loss of 150,000 that analysts were expecting.Overall, the Street seems to be slightly bullish on the numbers, but some analysts believe at this point the earnings do not really matter and will not influence the Sprint stock price. The question now for Sprint shareholders is if and when the deal will be closed.Don't hold your breath, because it isn't going to happen anytime soon. The court date just got pushed back from October to December. This means that the deal will almost certainly not close this year, unless by some chance all the suits are settled before then. What's Next for Sprint Stock?Sprint stock rallied up to the $8 level when UBS upgraded it, but news of additional lawsuits knocked it back down. There is support at $6.50. This was the top of the range from September through June and is also the average target price of the firms that cover it.It is currently consolidating, or trading sideways around the $6.80 level. S stock will probably continue to do so until there is some more clarity with regards to the outcome of the lawsuit.At the time of this writing Mark Putrino did not hold any positions in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post Sprint Faces Another Obstacle as Oregon Joins Lawsuit Against Merger appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Recent news about the merger between Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) reminded me why I don't like gambling on such events. As you know, the S stock price received a massive boost in the middle of the spring season. That was when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai expressed his support for the merger.Source: Shutterstock Moreover, the proposed union between the third and fourth largest U.S. telecoms cleared additional hurdles. Late last month, the U.S. Department of Justice declared that the two companies can move ahead with their merger. Combined with Pai's show of support, Sprint stock skyrocketed upon the positive news.However, it wasn't a complete loss for opponents of the move, who claimed that it would impede competitiveness. This criticism was especially relevant for rural customers, who may be vulnerable to onerous price increases. To address this issue, the DOJ required the merged company to spin off various assets to create a Sprint replacement.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFurthermore, Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) will buyout these assets, including Sprint's prepaid wireless business. The satellite-TV provider will also acquire several of Sprint's wireless airwaves. Theoretically, this should help deliver mobile-internet access to rural residents. But despite this concession, many Democrats are not satisfied with the terms. Several of the left's presidential hopefuls requested that the FCC attain a public response to the merger before approving it. Citing the familiar argument about antitrust concerns, Democrats worried about negative consumer impact. Naturally, this is a distraction for S stock.But in this particular case, I believe the geopolitical implications overwhelmingly favor the merger. Thus, I wouldn't have too much anxiety about Sprint stock. S Stock Is One of the Trade War's Few BeneficiariesIn normal circumstances, I believe the Democrats' concerns would carry much more weight. They might even be enough to disrupt the bullish trajectory of the S stock price. And when it comes to the telecom industry, greater concerns exist. Right now, we have four major telecom companies. With the merger, we'd have three, making for a sizable 25% loss. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential Put another way, post-merger, we'd be one company short of a duopolistic industry. At that point, consumers will have very little choice, thus bolstering the Democrats' argument.However, the narrative behind Sprint stock doesn't just involve competitive concerns. Rather, we have geopolitical ones as well. As I've argued a countless number of times, we're in the middle of a tech cold war. While China is technically an economic partner, they've made no bones about our underlying adversarial relationship.Let's remind ourselves that the biggest reason we're locked in a trade war is China's campaign of intellectual property theft. They want to catch up and later exceed our technological prowess. Obviously, the U.S. federal government will do everything to subvert China's plans.And that benefits S stock because part of winning in tech is winning in crucial sub-segments like 5G. With a successful rollout, 5G facilitates other innovations, such as artificial intelligence and automated transportation networks. Furthermore, in order to achieve this rollout, you must have strong telecom firms with appropriate know-how and capacity. Sprint has never really lacked in the former attribute. However, it's the latter that has inspired in part the merger proposition.Thus, here's the reality for Sprint stock. The U.S. can either have two relevant telecom names, and two hobbled ones. Or, all three can be vigorous rivals, competing not only for American customers but also American interests. The Sign of the TimesAs I mentioned back in June, Pai mentioned President Donald Trump when voicing his support of the merger. Specifically, Pai stated that 5G is a top priority for the White House. Back then, I said it was one of the smartest things Trump has ever uttered. I stand by that comment even more so today. That's because the Trump administration badly needs America's technological base to run in tip-top shape.According to a Wall Street Journal editorial, Trump is losing the trade war. As evidence, the president has increasingly ratcheted up the pressure on China, but without yielding substantive concessions. But because of the pressure, the domestic economy is showing fissures.With geopolitical events not working in the White House's favor, Trump must secure what he can. Plus, you have the combination of the FCC and the DOJ already greenlighting the merger. Therefore, the Democrats' opposition is nothing but noise for Sprint stock.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Geopolitics Favor Sprint Stock Despite Antitrust Concerns appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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The candidates want the Federal Communications Commission to seek public comment on T-Mobile's proposed Sprint takeover, effectively delaying the deal.
A group of Democratic senators led by 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobucher penned a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to issue an additional public comment period on the Sprint/T-Mobile merger.
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U.S. Representative David Cicilline urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday to give the public the chance to comment on a draft order that would grant agency approval to the $26 billion merger of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp. Consumer advocacy groups have raised concerns that the merger could raise the cost of wireless services.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed a formal order approving the merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc.
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When looking for new investment ideas, following corporate insider activity can provide valuable insights. A large buy from someone with in depth knowledge of the company might indicate that a stock is set to outperform. Insider buys can also impact share prices. After two directors purchased shares of Cars.com Inc. (CARS) on August 13, the stock surged 3%. We used all of the above strategies to find 3 hot services stocks insiders are buying. Red Rock Resorts Inc. (RRR)Red Rock Resorts is a gaming, management and development company. It’s best known for operating casinos in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. On August 8 and 9, Directors Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta III purchased 760,000 shares of RRR at an average price of 18.61 per share. They now own 66% of the company, with the buy costing more than $14 million. The buy sent shares up 2%. The purchase comes shortly after the company reported a second quarter revenue beat combined with an earnings miss on August 6. Despite mixed results from its second quarter, management maintains that its newly renovated Palms casino is on track to generate a strong high-single-digit return next year. Mutual fund manager, Ron Baron, sees the casino as an important catalyst for the company. “Its Palms casino should generate more cash flow, which we expect Red Rock to use to pay down debt and reduce leverage,” he explained. Carlo Santarelli, a five-star analyst according to TipRanks, agrees that RRR’s Palms casino could drive continuous long-term growth for the company. On August 12, the Deutsche Bank analyst reiterated his Buy rating and $24 price target. He thinks share prices could jump 23% over the next twelve months.The rest of the Street is cautiously optimistic about RRR. It has a ‘Moderate Buy’ analyst consensus and a $28 average price target, suggesting 42% upside potential. Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) Caesars is a gaming hotel and casino corporation that operates more than 50 properties as well as seven golf courses.Following a disappointing earnings release on August 5, hedge fund guru, Carl Icahn, increased his stake in the company by 15 million shares, making him a 17% owner. At an average share price of $8.45, the buy set him back $126.8 million. Despite posting a greater loss than analysts originally predicted, revenue did increase 5% from the prior-year quarter to reach $2 billion. Management highlighted Centaur as well as the strength of its Las Vegas hotel and food and beverage businesses as the key drivers of revenue growth. CZR is also expecting to get a boost after its $17 billion merger with Eldorado Resorts (ERI) is finalized.“As we work toward successful completion of the proposed merger with Eldorado Resorts, the management team and I remain focused on improving the company's operations and financial profile through incremental revenue opportunities and operating efficiencies,” CEO Tony Rodio added. It should be noted that Icahn pushed the company to oust former CEO Mark Frissora and replace him with the more deal-oriented Rodio. Santarelli, who also covers CZR, agrees that its strong fundamentals and prospects from its ERI merger make it a compelling buy. On August 7, he maintained his Buy rating and $13 price target. The price target implies share prices could gain 12% over the next twelve months. CZR has a ‘Moderate Buy’ analyst consensus and an average price target of $12, indicating 7% upside potential. Dish Network (DISH) The TV provider has struggled in the past to compete with streaming platforms such as Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu that have threatened its core business. However, it has made significant progress in its efforts to compete with its Sling TV service that allows customers to stream live TV channels. Corporate insiders believe that these efforts will ultimately pay off. From August 5-7, DISH’s Chairman and co-founder, Charles Ergen, bought 500,005 shares at an average price of $31.28 per share. The $15.7 million purchase cemented his standing as a more than 10% owner of the company as well as sent shares soaring by 4%. While DISH reported on July 29 that its second quarter saw a loss of 31,000 subscribers, Ergen sees potential coming from its foray into the wireless business. On July 24, the company announced that it will acquire $5 billion worth of assets from T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). The assets include both the Boost Mobile segment of the business and spectrum assets. CEO Erik Carlson explained, “The wireless deal set us in a clear course to become a fourth wireless providers of the nation, and it’s going to happen quickly. I’m confident in our grafted fundamentals and I'm certainly confident in our ability to execute.”Five-star analyst, Colby Synesael, believes that this acquisition can give DISH the advantage it needs to compete. On July 30, he reiterated his Buy rating and raised the price target from $57 to $58. This move suggests that share prices could increase by a whopping 80% over the next twelve months. The Cowen & Co. analyst boasts an 82% success rate and gets an average return of 18% per rating.The TV provider is one of the riskier stocks on our list. It has a ‘Hold’ analyst consensus and a $37 average price target, suggesting 15% upside potential.
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Dish chairman Charles Ergen recently bought 500,005 DISH shares for $16 billion. In contrast, Jeff Bezos sold $1.8 billion of Amazon shares in late July.
Oregon has joined a multistate lawsuit to block the merger of U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp, the New York attorney general's office, which is leading the lawsuit along with California, said on Monday. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia are now seeking to stop the merger, which the states argue is anticompetitive and will cost their residents more than $4.5 billion annually. "Oregon’s addition to our lawsuit keeps our momentum going, and ensures that there isn't a single region of this country that doesn't oppose this anticompetitive megamerger," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
Conventional wisdom says that insiders and 10% owners really only buy shares of a company for one reason: they believe the stock price will rise and they want to profit. DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ: DISH) board chair Charles Ergen purchased about 500,000 shares of this pay TV provider throughout last week.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Corporation (SATS) ("EchoStar") announced today details for the anticipated completion of the spin-off and subsequent merger of its BSS Business, which was announced May 20, 2019. EchoStar has set a record date of August 19, 2019 (the "Record Date") for the spin-off of that portion of its EchoStar Satellite Services business that manages, markets and provides (i) broadcast satellite services primarily to DISH Network Corporation (DISH) ("DISH"), Dish Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. and their respective subsidiaries and (ii) telemetry, tracking and control services to satellites owned by DISH and a portion of EchoStar's other businesses, and certain related assets and operations (the "BSS Business").
Dish Network stock (DISH) surged nearly 4% on Thursday after chairman Charlie Ergen announced that he bought around half a million shares for $15.7 million.
Dish Network stock has lost a quarter of its value in recent weeks but the company’s founder and now chairman bought millions of dollars in shares this week.
Dish is still among the leading pay-TV providers in the US. T-Mobile is concerned that Dish could become a tough challenger in the wireless marketplace.