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This week's major tech stories include a wrap-up of Microsoft and Nintendo from E3 2019 and news that AT&T has cancelled Galaxy Fold preorders.
Today's major tech stories include Verizon's $100 Smart Locator device, Google's Game Builder software and AT&T's cancellation of all Galaxy Fold preorders.
AT&T Inc NYSE:TView full report here! Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is neutral * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for T with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting T. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. ETFs that hold T had net inflows of $9.22 billion over the last one-month. While these are not among the highest inflows of the last year, the rate of inflow is increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Telecommunications Services sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. Credit worthinessCredit default swap | NeutralThe current level displays a neutral indicator. T credit default swap spreads are near their highest levels of the last 3 years, which indicates the market's more negative perception of the company's credit worthiness.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
The U.S. Justice Department is set to decide as early as next week whether to approve the $26.5-billion merger of wireless carriers T-Mobile USA and Sprint Corp, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday. Earlier this week, Dish Network Corp executives met with the Justice Department's antitrust chief Makan Delrahim and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai as part of the government's review of the deal, which could dramatically reshape the U.S. wireless market.
The money was invested to boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses in the state, according to the company.
WarnerMedia, an operating company of AT&T Inc.*, announced today that it has completed the sale-leaseback of its premises at 30 Hudson Yards to a consortium for approximately $2.2 billion. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.
Bloomberg reported in April that Related would buy and lease back the space that AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia had purchased at 30 Hudson Yards, and that Allianz was one of the developer’s potential partners in the deal. Allianz in 2016 bought a 44% stake in neighboring 10 Hudson Yards for $420 million.
Until April, Disney (NYSE:DIS) shares hadn't done much of anything for some time. In fact, the Disney stock price had been rangebound for nearly four full years. Over that period, the equity traded mostly between $100 and $120.Source: Shutterstock One of the key factors keeping a lid on DIS stock was ESPN. Fears about "cord-cutting" began to mount. Moreover, with ESPN networks receiving something like $9 per month per subscriber from cable and satellite operators, the risk to revenue and profits was obvious.Meanwhile, Disney's Cable Networks segment -- driven mostly by ESPN -- generated 46% of the company's total profit in fiscal year 2015. The importance of ESPN to overall profits, and the risks it faced created a serious issue for Disney stock, as I wrote back in 2017. And that issue clearly kept many investors on the sidelines and prevented the Disney stock price from rising.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 DIS stock did break out in April, when the company announced plans for its Disney+ streaming service. Disney stock gained 20% in a matter of weeks. But it has since returned to trading sideways. Even with streaming, ESPN remains an important part of the story here. And it's likely to become a point of investor focus again at some point in the future. ESPN StrugglesCable Networks operating income peaked at $6.79 billion in fiscal 2015. Since then, it has fallen steadily. Profits fell 12% in FY2016, 10% the following year, and 4% in FY2018.The news has been better this fiscal year, with just a 1% decline in the first two quarters. This includes a 2% increase in Q2. Still, the pressure has been significant: the Cable Networks segment alone has lost nearly $1.7 billion in profit over the past fourteen quarters, a 25% decline.Most of the pressure likely is coming from ESPN. The subscriber base for ESPN and ESPN2 has shed 12 million subs since FY2011. The Disney Channel has seen subscriber losses domestically but has grown its international reach by nearly 50% over that stretch. Freeform, a unit of Disney Media Networks, likely contributes a small amount of total revenue.What's worrisome, even with decent results so far this year, is that the pressure is likely to accelerate. ESPN+, the network's streaming option, is priced at just $4.99 per month: that's likely about half the company's affiliate fees from companies such as Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), and DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH). Those affiliate fees are going to be renegotiated in coming years. Furthermore, ESPN faces an uphill battle attempting to get more money out of cable companies dealing with their own subscriber issues.Advertising revenues are falling as well, along with viewership. Cable Networks ad sales dropped 6% in fiscal 2018, per the 10-K. Both revenue streams are at risk, which means ESPN profits are likely to keep declining. ESPN (Still) Matters to the Disney Stock PriceThe good news is that ESPN is less important to Disney than it used to be. While Cable Networks generated 46% of profit in fiscal 2015, three years later the figure was just 33%. With the acquisition of assets from Twenty-First Century Fox, the proportion should shrink even further.Still, ESPN probably will drive something like 20% of total earnings this year, even pro forma for Fox. And those earnings -- as even CEO Bob Iger has admitted -- are going to see pressure in coming years. Disney will increase spending for Disney+ while also losing high-dollar licensing revenue from content it's pulling back from Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX).Continued declines at ESPN will only add further pressure to the bottom line in the meantime. And those pressures matter from a valuation standpoint. Investors are not willing to pay much for media stocks. Valuations at AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX), CBS (NYSE:CBS), and Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA, NASDAQ:VIAB) confirm this point.At 21-times FY2020 earnings-per-share estimates, DIS stock isn't exactly cheap. Given that a quarter of the business probably would be valued at maybe 10-times on their own, that in turn suggests the rest of the business is dearly valued. These segments also need to generate quite a bit of growth.To be sure, the parks and studio segments probably should be highly valued: they're hugely desirable businesses (the ability of Disney's parks to take pricing is astounding). But the implied values on those businesses suggest a limit on Disney's overall multiples. This also places a recurring lid on the Disney stock price. Will DIS Stock Stay Rangebound Again?And so, it seems possible, if not likely, that DIS stock could return to its rangebound ways. Streaming optimism is dominating the story now. It likely will continue to dominate the headlines once Disney+ officially launches later this year.But from there, investor attention probably returns to some of the currently less-covered aspects of the Disney story. Unfortunately, that includes ESPN. As we saw for years, that's not a great thing for DIS stock.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. 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WarnerMedia has named longtime Creative Artists Agency executive Christy Haubegger as executive vice president and chief enterprise inclusion officer.
PHOENIX, June 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $375 million in our Phoenix area wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. In 2018, AT&T made nearly 400 wireless network upgrades in the Phoenix area. "We're always looking for new opportunities to enhance coverage for our customers and FirstNet subscribers," said Toni Morales Broberg, president of AT&T Arizona.
PHOENIX, June 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $525 million in our Arizona wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. In 2018, AT&T made 540 wireless network upgrades in Arizona.
It seems like forever ago, but the average 12-month certificate of deposit (CD) used to yield well more than 5%.In fact, prior to the tech wreck of 2000 - and the start of two decades of experimental monetary policy by the Federal Reserve - 5% would have been considered low. It wasn't usual to see CD yields over 10% in the 1980s. Those were the days!It's unlikely that we'll ever see 10% CD rates again in our lifetimes. Even 5% would seem like a stretch in a world in which the average 12-month CD still yields less than 1% after more than three years of Fed rate hikes.It's important to remember, though, that the high yields of the past came at a time of much higher inflation. At today's lower inflation rates, even a 3% yield allows you to stay well ahead of inflation. You're not getting rich quick at that yield, but it's respectable. And importantly, it can be done safely.Today, we're going to look at five safe ways to pocket a yield of at least 3%. While you might want to push for a higher return on your long-term investment portfolio, you can consider these as options for your cash savings that you might need in the next one to five years. SEE ALSO: 33 Ways to Get Higher Yields (Up to 12%!)
“Godzilla” (distributed by AT&T Inc.'s (NYSE: T) Warner Bros.) — You gain a new appreciation for actors who have to handle an exchange like, “So, you want to make Godzilla our pet?” “NO, we will be his.” — You get to see what some of the “Game of Thrones” cast are doing now. Like the rattling coffee cup that signals the approach of Godzilla or the Star Trek Stumble (everybody sort of throws themselves around when the ship is hit by something) — You learn things. For instance, there are 17 titans (the movie’s term for Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, etc.) stored around the world in places like Angor Wat, Skull Island and — wait for it — Stone Mountain! I kid you not.
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News of Samsung Galaxy Fold orders canceled is spreading after a delay to its release date.Source: Samsung The recent news has wireless company AT&T (NYSE:T) canceling the preorders made by its customers for the smartphone. According to AT&T, customers will be allowed to preorder the Galaxy Fold again once a new release date is announced by Samsung.Samsung Galaxy Fold orders canceled comes after issues with the device were discovered by early reviewers. This includes it breaking after only a few days of use. Samsung delayed the release date on the news, but hasn't announced when the device will be coming out.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsLuckily, AT&T customers that have preordered the Samsung Galaxy Fold will receive a full refund. They will also be given a $100 AT&T promotion card to help make up for the issue.Samsung Galaxy Fold orders cancelled news doesn't just come from AT&T. Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) also canceled preorder as well. Even Samsung is canceling preorders of the device in light of the recent issues, reports The Verge. * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 So when exactly can customers expect the Samsung Galaxy Fold to come out? We really don't know. Samsung said in late April that it would announced a new release date in the "coming weeks." However, that is a large window for it to make an announcement. If things don't go well with resolving the issues the device has, we might now see it come out until late this year. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure * 6 Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Big Thing As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.Compare Brokers The post Samsung Galaxy Fold Orders Canceled Over Technical Issues appeared first on InvestorPlace.
AT&T has cancelled early orders for the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Tom's Guide first reported the cancellation, noting that AT&T said the Galaxy Fold would be available again to order as soon as Samsung announces a new launch date. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to launch on April 26.
The acquisition of Cheddar perfectly complements Altice's (ATUS) hyperlocal and global news offerings, while Ciena's (CIEN) second-quarter fiscal 2019 earnings improve year over year.
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New Big Tech antitrust probes prompt a look at Microsoft and others whose valuations suffered after the commencing of antitrust lawsuits.