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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we invested more than $625 million in our Washington Metropolitan Area wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. This investment has helped AT&T become the fastest wireless network in Washington D.C., and the nation, according to the second quarter 2019 results from tests taken with Speedtest® and analyzed by Ookla®.
Netflix upped its total this year to 117, but it wasn’t enough to rule the TV awards season this time, as HBO earned the most nominations for a network in a single year.
AT&T Inc's premium cable network HBO scored a record 137 Emmy nominations, topping streaming service Netflix Inc in what has become an annual battle for bragging rights in the contest for television's biggest awards. A large chunk of HBO's tally came from medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones," which received 32 nominations, the highest total for a drama series in a single year.
Internet television network Netflix faces a raft of concerns as it prepares to post results late Wednesday. Wall Street will be looking for commentary on competition and cost controls.
Finally, some good news for AT&T (NYSE:T) shareholders: T stock hit a seven-year low late last year, but it has rallied since. In fact, the AT&T stock price reached a 52-week high last week before a modest pullback.Source: Shutterstock However, I'm not buying the rally. I've long been a skeptic toward AT&T, and I see little reason to change. The merger between Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) could provide some competitive help. But Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) reportedly are entering the market. Plus, AT&T continues to lose share to T-Mobile and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ).Admittedly, a 6% dividend is nice. But AT&T also has some $200 billion in debt. We've seen low-growth, high-debt dividend stocks like Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) cut their payouts in recent years. AT&T's dividend looks safe for now. But if the cellular business stumbles and DirecTV continues to decline, that may change.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe wild card here is WarnerMedia, built through last year's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. WarnerMedia not only adds potential growth, particularly in its HBO and Warner Bros. Entertainment divisions, it gives AT&T control of both content and distribution. That's something media companies increasingly have sought of late. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy But for the AT&T stock price to move higher, the acquisition needs to be a success, and WarnerMedia must grow. The announcement of that unit's plans for a new streaming service casts early doubt on those hopes. The Pricing Problem for HBO MaxWarnerMedia's new service will be called HBO Max, and that alone shows the problem here. WarnerMedia charges $15 per month for HBO Now, the unit's streaming service. The new service will include HBO, along with content from its Turner networks, Warner Bros. studio, and other properties like Looney Tunes.WarnerMedia naturally wants to price its new service in a way that captures the value of the non-HBO properties. But it has a problem. The standard plan from Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) costs $13. Disney (NYSE:DIS) is launching Disney+ in November for $6.99 a month.Thus, HBO Max probably is pricing between $15 and $18, according to reports (AT&T hasn't released an official figure yet). For the approximately 35 million existing subscribers, a shift makes sense. But WarnerMedia is then getting at most just $3 per month in incremental revenue from those subscribers.That incremental revenue -- at most slightly over $1 billion a year -- isn't much. And it isn't even free. WarnerMedia is foregoing an estimated $80 million in annual licensing revenue from Netflix just to reclaim the rights to Friends. It ostensibly will compete with its own TBS and TNT networks, which will lose advertising dollars as cord-cutting accelerates. Any incremental revenue from the current HBO subscriber base and the associated profit, still seems to leave WarnerMedia cannibalizing itself.So, the service must add new subscribers. But here's the exclusive content on HBO Max at its launch next year: HBO, Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, and content from The CW. There are other original series and movies. But is any customer going to pay $18 for that bundle if she's already passed on HBO? How many customers will pay a premium over Disney's and Netflix's cheaper content? Probably very few. The HBO Max Problem for T StockWarnerMedia head John Stankey has said his goal is for the streaming service to reach 70 to 90 million customers. As The Motley Fool pointed out, Disney has targeted 60 million to 90 million within five years. Netflix currently has 60 million U.S. subscribers.Even with an existing HBO base of 35 million, Stankey's goal seems hugely optimistic. There's little reason right now to see HBO Max outperforming those streaming rivals simply from a content standpoint. DirecTV Now subscriber numbers already are plunging, which bodes poorly for the new service. Execution, meanwhile, has been poor from the jump.Stankey originally publicly floated a three-tier pricing structure which, as CNBC reported, had barely been discussed with other senior executives. That concept was axed later. The Hollywood Reporter detailed the confusing rollout (and the questionable logo) of the service, closing by asking, "what the h-- is HBO Max, really?" That's a question WarnerMedia hasn't yet answered less than a year from the launch. AT&T Has Yet to Address the Cord-cutting CrisisAnd a failed streaming service is a big problem for T stock. It undercuts the entire rationale for combining AT&T with DirecTV and Time Warner. It very well may lead to declining earnings overall, as the mobile business stays sideways, profitable landline revenues continue to fall, and DirecTV and Turner both suffer from cord cutting. Without streaming driving growth, AT&T simply looks like a group of challenged business. Even worse, the company carries a debt load that is literally historic in its size.Particularly with the AT&T stock price back at the highs, investors are betting on some sort of success in streaming. Right now, I don't think that success is on the way. And I believe that, once again, T stock will give back its gains.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post Streaming Already Looks Like a Problem for AT&T Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Growing demand for E-Series meters, ORION Cellular endpoints and BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics managed solution is likely to translate into higher second-quarter 2019 revenues for Badger Meter (BMI).
[Editor's note: "4 Internet of Things Stocks That Will Connect Investors to Profit" was previously published in January 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.]As the reach of wireless expands, the Internet of Things -- or IoT -- promises to become one of the more robust niches in tech over the next few years. As such, Internet of Things stocks should prosper along with the industry.Semiconductor firms play an essential role in the growth of the IoT industry. However, due in large part to factors not related to IoT, many of the best semiconductor stocks have seen their values drop dramatically in recent months.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip While this may put off some investors, many Internet of Things stocks now trade at valuations so low that they could become the best stocks in tech once a recovery begins. With low valuations, a potential for growth, and their critical roles in IoT, these four stocks appear well positioned to benefit investors: AT&T (T)AT&T (NYSE:T) stands in a uniquely strong position in the 5G market. Assuming T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) succeeds in acquiring Sprint (NYSE:S), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T, and T-Mobile will form a "Big Three" of wireless. Given the tens of billions in cost it takes to build a 5G network, the market will likely not see new entrants. Hence, most IoT devices will eventually run on services provided by one of these firms.I chose AT&T primarily because it maintains the lowest forward P/E ratio -- 9.3 -- and has the largest dividend yield -- currently 6% -- among the three.To a degree, T stock has become cheap for a reason. Unlike its other major peers, it has taken on tens of billions in debt to acquire a sizable media content library. Investor skepticism about this move likely explains the lower P/E ratio.Admittedly, I do not know if this strategy will succeed. What I do know is that AT&T can sell the content library if that business line fails. Also, with the oligopoly forming in the nascent 5G industry, chances of failure in that niche are near zero. Hence, I feel okay with collecting a 6% dividend while waiting for this approach to play out. Once AT&T finds their path to success, the P/E ratio should catch up to that of its peers. Due primarily to its 5G network, AT&T should eventually become one of the more successful Internet of Things stocks. NXP Semiconductor (NXPI)NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) takes its place among Internet of Things stocks on many levels. The firm's work in chips for automotive, consumer, and industrial applications means IoT plays a critical role in the company's products. Through IoT, it connects devices ranging from cars to health monitors to drones.As a result, NXPI stock appears more immune to the chip glut that has hurt profit growth for many semiconductor companies. However, despite this immunity, the market has punished NXPI stock. It fell for most of 2018, losing over 35% of its value since hitting its all-time high in February. Granted, the failed takeover attempt by Qualcomm hurt the stock as well. However, with a forward P/E of 10.8, Wall Street values it as if it were being hit by the chip glut. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Analyst forecasts indicate otherwise. For 2019, on average, they predict 10% profit growth. They think NXPI will see double-digit profit increases in 2020 as well. Moreover, as 5G networks launch in earnest in 2020, and self-driving cars take to the roads, IoT should take off exponentially. This should propel NXPI stock to more gains. With a market cap of $28.3 billion, its story has only just begun. Once the market notices the continued profit growth of NXPI, I doubt the P/E will remain so low for long. Qualcomm (QCOM)In recent years, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) seems better known for its failed attempt to take over NXP or its court battles with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). However, Qualcomm has led the way in connectivity for decades. That has helped to make QCOM one of the leading Internet of Things stocks.Even without 5G, Qualcomm has already shipped over 1 billion IoT devices. The firm offers turnkey IoT solutions. Also, its latest 5G-compatible Snapdragon processor will further strengthen its IoT presence.IoT could also lead a recovery in long-suffering QCOM stock. QCOM has lost one-third of its value since reaching a multi-year high in 2014.Years of pain have taken its forward P/E to about 14.75. But analysts forecast a return of profit growth next year, as they expect its profit to increase by 35%. Forecasts also indicate double-digit earnings increase will continue after 2020.Investors should also take QCOM seriously as a dividend stock. It has hiked its payout for eight straight years. The company will pay $2.48 per share this year, amounting to a yield of nearly 3.3%. Even if the stock languishes, stockholders earn a decent return while they wait for a recovery. Hence, with a low valuation and a recovery in profits forecast, QCOM could become one of the more lucrative IoT stocks. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS)At first glance, Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) may not stand out from other Internet of Things stocks. Like most IoT players, SWKS specializes in chips designed for RF and mobile communications. Its IoT chips appear in smartphones, wearables, appliances, medical devices, and many other areas. SWKS also provides IoT in the world's industrial and wireless infrastructure.Despite decades of trading history, IoT has put SWKS stock on the map. It traded in the single-digits for years after the dot-com bubble burst. However, it had risen as much as 28-fold from its 2009 low before pulling back in 2018.Like most of its peers, SWKS suffered as a chip shortage quickly became an oversupply situation. SWKS stock has fallen 20% from its 52-week high. Like other Internet of Things stocks, the decline appears overdone. Thanks to the dropoff, SWKS stock trades at just 12 times the consensus forward earnings estimate. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Profits also appear positioned to recover once the industry works off the glut in available chips. For next year, Wall Street analysts, on average, forecast profit growth of 6.8%. They also believe those increases will reach the double-digits in future years. The move to 5G should ensure this growth continues. With few companies offering such a value proposition at so low of a P/E ratio, SWKS should see increased interest from investors in the near future.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post 4 Internet of Things Stocks That Will Connect Investors to Profit appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Netflix's (NFLX) second-quarter 2019 results are likely to be driven by subscriber growth despite intensifying competition and price hikes.
ARMONK, N.Y. and DALLAS, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AT&T (NYSE:T) today announced a multi-year strategic alliance. Under the agreement AT&T Communications will use IBM's expertise to modernize AT&T Business Solutions' internal software applications, enabling migrations to the IBM Cloud. In addition, IBM will provide infrastructure to support AT&T Business's applications.
Skyworks (SWKS) is expected to get hurt by softness in Chinese market. Moreover, unit decline across mobile business is likely to impact the third-quarter results.
AT&T;’s WarnerMedia segment is planning job cuts from its ad sales unit as the company continues to reorganize the businesses it acquired.
The US tech company said on Tuesday that it had signed a multiyear contract with AT&T worth “billions of dollars” for a range of cloud and other technologies that included the Red Hat products, though it would not provide more precise details. Ginni Rometty, the IBM chief executive who has gambled on Red Hat reviving growth after years of contraction, claimed the contract was an early sign that the strategy was working. IBM bought the open source software company, best known for its support of the Linux operating system, to build out a software platform for customers to move their computing workloads between their own data centres and the cloud — known as hybrid cloud service — and to manage workloads spread between different cloud computing providers.
With Q2's Netflix earnings just around the corner, here's what you can expect from the online streaming giant and the broader streaming space.
Reexamination of the notorious Atlanta Child Murders isarepoised to reemerge in the mainstream on two of the most-popular TV outlets.
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) reports its second-quarter earnings on Wednesday after the bell. Since the last report, investors now have more insight as to the competitive situation currently faced by holders of NFLX stock.The move by Disney (NYSE:DIS) to take full control of Hulu leaves Netflix with a competitor on more fronts. Moreover, a new attitude toward content development shows increasing caution.Source: Shutterstock For now, this has had little effect on NFLX stock as it trades near all-time highs. Still, with the competitive landscape changing for the worse, one has to wonder if NFLX can continue to achieve new highs.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy Given this uncertainty, investors should consider staying out of Netflix stock going into earnings. Watch for Both Earnings and GuidanceWall Street predicts the video streaming service will report earnings of 56 cents per share. If this number holds, it will represent a 34% decline from the same quarter last year. NFLX earned 85 cents per share in the second quarter of 2018. However, investors need to know that one-time charges affected profits in this quarter. For revenues, analysts forecast an increase of 26.3%, assuming that number meets the predicted $4.93 billion. The company brought in $3.91 billion in the same quarter last year.However, investors should also pay attention to forward guidance, primarily because its business environment will quickly become more competitive. As a result, events seem to signal retrenchment at Netflix. The company will soon lose content from Disney as Disney+ launches on November 12. With Hulu, the competition from Disney will now affect Netflix with both child and adult-oriented programming. Waning Euphoria Could Hurt Netflix StockMoreover, Netflix has decided to pull back on its own content development, or at least become more selective. From a financial point of view, one might see this as a positive for Netflix. This makes it less likely the company will fund more expensive flops. Understandably, the company wants to avoid repeating a $200 million mistake like "Marco Polo," or the $115 million disappointment that was "Triple Frontier."However, the unbridled optimism helped to take Netflix stock to its trailing price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 104. Analysts expect average annual earnings growth of 49% per year for the next five years. This has helped elevate the PE ratio. However, with less optimism to fuel a higher multiple, NFLX stock could easily see multiple compression as a result.The dominance Netflix enjoyed in the streaming industry also influenced the multiple. The moves by Disney threaten that industry leadership. Also, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), and AT&T's (NYSE:T) WarnerMedia have rolled out appealing alternatives. Further, products such as the streaming box offered by Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) allow viewers to easily switch between streaming services.Also, the NFLX stock price may have reached an inflection point. NFLX recovered quickly from the December slump. However, it had twice pulled back when the price approached $400 per share. With the current price of around $365 per share, this could leave little room for growth. The Bottom Line on NFLX StockBoth the price action and the competitive developments in recent months could bode poorly for NFLX stock. For most of the decade, NFLX surged higher as it displaced both video stores and increasingly, cable and satellite TV to dominate the streaming industry.Companies like Disney, Comcast, and AT&T have responded with alternative streaming services. Also, the increasingly cautious attitude on content development could help to kill the euphoria that drove NFLX stock to triple-digit PE ratios.At Netflix's current price, investors must also contend with the inability for NFLX stock to stay above $400 per share. Not only must the company beat earnings and revenue estimates, but it must also impress Wall Street by issuing more positive guidance. Given these conditions, investors may have to worry as much about beating multiple compression as they do about exceeding estimates.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post Time to Turn Cautious on Netflix Stock as Company Announces Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Healthy demand for core 5G technology and equipment will likely drive Ericsson's (ERIC) Q2 revenues. However, unfavorable mix between coverage & capacity and services is expected to weigh on margins.
Microsoft's (MSFT) robust execution and better-than-expected demand from customers for hybrid cloud offerings is likely to act as another tailwind.