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  • WarnerMedia May Price Its Streaming Service Higher Than Netflix. Why?
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  • AT&T teams up with HPE to accelerate edge computing using AT&T MEC Services
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    AT&T teams up with HPE to accelerate edge computing using AT&T MEC Services

    DALLAS, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* will work with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help businesses harness powerful edge capabilities. The two companies have agreed to a go-to-market program to accelerate business adoption of edge connections and edge computing. AT&T Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) Services enable businesses to take advantage of AT&T cellular coverage – including 5G as it becomes available – as well as new capabilities to manage cellular traffic through virtual network functions.

  • 7 Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy for a Noisy Market
    InvestorPlace15 hours ago

    7 Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy for a Noisy Market

    No matter where you look recently, the concept of stocks to buy in any industry looks risky. For years, poor and worsening relations between the U.S. and China have dominated media headlines. That situation does not appear to have an imminent solution. But several other factors are now weighing on domestic markets.First, the Trump administration threatened tariffs on imported goods on Mexico unless they helped control Central American migration. The two sides reached an agreement, but the underlying relationship is icy. Second, India has hit the U.S. with retaliatory tariffs due to the latter kicking out the former from its preferential-trade program. Finally, an inverting yield curve threatens the markets, including even viable blue-chip stocks.Again, from all angles, this environment looks like an absolute mess. Invariably, if these headwinds come to roost at once, we would face substantial volatility. Still, I'm confident in the longer-term case for blue-chip stocks to buy. No matter how bad the economy gets, companies must still get business done.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 Therefore, I think it pays to pick relevant, "big-ticket" names for your portfolio. Should the worst happen, they'll likely ride the storm better. If not, even better: a rising tide lifts all boats. With that in mind, here are seven blue-chip stocks to buy now: AT&T (T)Source: Shutterstock Let's face facts: giant blue-chip stocks to buy are simply not in vogue anymore. Markets now place more emphasis on nimble organizations that can react to business changes. That's a good quality, particularly if a recession occurs. I still think some wiggle room exists if your name is AT&T (NYSE:T).Is T stock a perfect play? No. I understand the many criticisms that focus on AT&T's massive debt load. At just under $164 billion on the latest read, it's like the gross domestic product of a small nation. I also hear rumblings about its massive and so far disappointing deals, such as DirecTV. Finally, AT&T is hardly what you call a great growth opportunity.Those are all fair points. But it's also important to note that almost every business-related innovation of tomorrow will require 5G technology. With geopolitical tensions with our greatest adversaries in China and Russia, leading in 5G is absolutely critical. Like it or not, this simple fact benefits T stock, and I'm willing to roll with the punches. International Business Machines (IBM)Source: Shutterstock One of the aforementioned innovations that will benefit from the 5G rollout is the cloud; specifically, the mobile-cloud segment. Prior-generation mobile technologies lacked the connectivity speeds to make mobile-cloud apps anything but rudimentary. But once 5G becomes the new standard in wireless internet, it opens up the door for innovators like International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM).I concede that among blue-chip stocks to buy, Big Blue doesn't typically generate excitement. After a strong start to this year, pensive trading has characterized the last few months. Stakeholders of IBM stock are left to wonder if the company's old version is coming back to bite them.Certainly, I sympathize with the hesitation. However, I think it's important to understand that at its core, IBM stock represents viable, big-ticket synergies. IBM is one of the top cloud providers, but it's more than that. The company leads in multiple high-value technologies, such as deep learning, artificial intelligence, and automation.What has set back IBM stock in the past is a lack of cohesion in bringing these synergies together. But key acquisitions, such as the recent Red Hat deal, offers a new vision. Essentially, IBM is laying the groundwork for a comprehensive and scalable solution for cloud applications. We're really talking about IBM 2.0, but the market doesn't realize it yet. Therefore, this is easily one of the stocks to buy right now. ConocoPhillips (COP)Source: Shutterstock So much has changed over the past few decades. One huge development I noticed was in the parking lot of my local Target (NYSE:TGT) store. I noticed rows and rows of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) electric vehicles all waiting to park in a designated area. Initial confusion led to a quick realization: they're waiting their turn to "gas" up.Given the EV revolution, it's hard to imagine spending too much investor dollars on oil giants like ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP). Although COP stock benefits not just from automotive use, demand is demand. Back when EVs were not a thing, oil companies could play fast and loose with their pricing: at the end of the day, we could complain but what good would it do?Now that consumers have alternatives to fossil-fueled cars, it seems blue chips that are levered to traditional energy markets are going to plummet. However, EVs have their own quirks and inefficiencies that obviously don't make it to the dealership brochure. Plus, let's think about what would happen if EV owners had their way.Imagine if millions of EV owners across America decided to charge up their cars in the dead of summer: we're talking wide-scale brownouts and blackouts. And are we likely to upgrade our infrastructure to accommodate EVs? That's why you should still take a look at COP stock. Southern Co (SO)Source: Shutterstock Speaking of energy-related blue-chip stocks to buy, concerned investors should take a look at Southern Co (NYSE:SO). Logically, if we do have a comprehensive EV revolution, investments like SO stock could jump far higher than they already have.I want to point out that I'm not a fossil-fuel snob. Admittedly, it's a little weird when I see a car silently streak from a standstill to 60 miles per hour. And the cars from the green Formula E racing series sounds like a dog whistle…if I were a dog. But EVs are better for the environment and I get all that jazz.But folks, energy is energy, which requires conversion of a static element to a kinetic force. That process necessarily impacts the environment, but it's something that we all put up with to power our digital lifestyles.For sure, an underlying political factor exists. At some point in the future, fossil-fuel energy may go by the wayside. However, utility firms like Southern Co will very likely be always relevant. They represent an essential cog of our digitalization gear, which is why I like SO stock. Toyota (TM)Source: Shutterstock It's not a perfect comparison, but it's a good starting point for a discussion. On a year-to-date basis, Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) -- an automotive titan among blue-chip stocks to buy -- is up into double-digit territory, albeit slightly. Tesla, however, is staring at a staggering loss of nearly 30%.Of course, TM stock is winning bigly against TSLA, which is supposed to represent the best of American automotive engineering. I don't think this is a fluke. While the two companies differ in their choice of catalysts, they still have the same headwinds. For example, millennials don't really care for car ownership. Second, geopolitical tensions and trade-related conflicts impose significant pain. Thus, one is doing okay while the other is floundering under the same circumstances.Furthermore, after recently looking into the details of EV ownership, I've come to this conclusion: pure EVs are rich people's toys. They're quirky, lose significant capacity under temperature extremes, and for Tesla, they're not very reliable. That really hurts because EVs, with fewer moving parts, should be inherently more reliable than internal-combustion powered vehicles.Now let's consider the implications for TM stock. For decades, Toyota has garnered worldwide accolade for reliability. In fact, many of their cars are what I would call stupid-reliable. Plus, Toyota has the luxury Lexus brand that appeals to the snob.So while autos generally aren't a great play, TM is one of the stocks to buy for the long haul. Boeing (BA)Source: Phillip Capper via FlickrIf you're judging Boeing (NYSE:BA) strictly on the headlines, it's almost impossible not to have serious doubts. When the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 737 Max occurred, the company enjoyed the benefit of the doubt. As a result, BA stock experienced a relatively quick recovery from the Lion Air incident.But when a 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines tumbled out of the sky, we had a horrific pattern. With mounting evidence against Boeing, BA stock had nowhere to go but down. Understandably, shares still haven't recovered from its bearish trajectory because the optics remain terrible. For instance, Boeing's CEO recently admitted mistakes in communicating the company's onboard-safety system that's at the center of the debate.Sadly, that's just the human-tragedy element of this story. BA stock also faces a competitive threat from Airbus (OTCMKTS:EADSY). Airbus offers very similar products with one obvious advantage: their planes don't kill people.Yet I'd still put Boeing on my list of blue-chip stocks to buy. Of course, this is a riskier contrarian play. However, because the airplane-manufacturing industry is so massive, airliners can't just willy-nilly switch producers. Basically, they have to suck it up, which like it or not benefits BA. Aflac (AFL)Source: Shutterstock I've been around the block long enough to know that the best laid plans don't always go your way. That's the primary catalyst driving stocks to buy in the insurance industry. The biggest one on most people's minds is health insurance. But contrary to common assumptions, just having basic medical coverage won't protect you from financial catastrophe. That's where Aflac (NYSE:AFL) comes in.You probably know Aflac from their comical commercials featuring the talking duck. But AFL stock and its underlying entity does serious business, specializing in supplemental insurance. Their website gives a great explanation of one of their products, demonstrating that a broken leg averages costs over $7,100. Traditional health insurance may only cover 60% of that care, leaving you on the hook for nearly $2,900.For most families, they may not have that money laying around to pay off this unexpected bill. Aflac's supplemental coverage, though, would cover most of that cost, leaving only a minor net out-of-pocket expense.The best part about AFL stock is that it's not just about accident coverage; instead, Aflac offers solutions for multiple segments, including critical illnesses and short-term disabilities.And with the labor market having improved significantly over the years, people may want to protect what they've earned. That's why you shouldn't overlook Aflac when considering blue-chip stocks to buy.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long T stock. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Value Stocks That Are Flying Under the Radar * 6 Mouth-Watering Fast Food Stocks for Growth Investors Compare Brokers The post 7 Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy for a Noisy Market appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Dividend stocks, hot this year, may get even hotter thanks to the Federal Reserve
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    DEEP DIVE Dividend stocks, which have performed well this year, may get another boost if the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates. With lower rates, income-seeking investors could use dividend stocks more than ever, and growth investors may also be interested because declining low interest rates prop up prices of higher-yielding stocks.

  • What’s in Store for Sprint Stock?
    InvestorPlace16 hours ago

    What’s in Store for Sprint Stock?

    On Friday, Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile U.S. (NASDAQ:TMUS) stocks jumped higher on reports that the Department of Justice would give the green light to their merger. Sprint stock rallied toward $7. TMUS stock initially ripped higher too, although it's cooled off already. Both stocks moved higher on Tuesday on news that Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) could be involved in the asset sale that's needed to get the deal done.Source: Shutterstock Many investors are wondering what Sprint stock price and T-Mobile stock will do going forward. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half The argument for a Sprint/T-Mobile tie-up is that the new entity will be better able to compete with Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T). For ages, VZ and T have had a tight grip over the wireless sector. Because of their dominance, it's easy to see why a stronger third player in the telecom space would benefit consumers. That said, one can see why going from four competitors to three is worrisome to regulators.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut the Justice Department wants to be more certain that the deal will benefit consumers. For that reason, Sprint is looking to offload its Boost Mobile prepaid business. There were rumors that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) may be interested in Boost, which temporarily sank the stocks of wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon. However, Boost now looks to be going to Dish rather than Amazon. Now that we're on the cusp of a Sprint-T-Mobile deal, what's likely to happen to the companies going forward? Sprint and T-MobileWhile it's hard to imagine a tie-up between S and TMUS hurting consumers, that doesn't mean it's been easy for them to get the deal approved. For instance, ten state attorneys general have opposed the deal, filing a lawsuit against it. That lawsuit should be headed to pretrial soon, where the plaintiffs will look to convince a judge to grant a temporary restraining order. If they succeed, the deal will be pushed back by another several months. Good grief.However, that lawsuit could be scrapped if the Department of Justice gives the deal the green light, according to recent reports. To get that approval, S and T-Mobile will need to shed several assets that will allow a fourth competitor to emerge in the wireless carrier space. The duo has since approached Dish, Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) and Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS) about buying their Boost Mobile business.Current reports now suggest Dish is close to paying $6 billion for the assets that Sprint and TMUS need to unload to get their merger approved. Those assets are expected to include Boost Mobile, as well as spectrum.At the time the deal was announced -- now more than a year ago -- it was valued at $26.5 billion. The all-stock transaction is based on pricing from April 2018, with 0.10256 shares of T-Mobile being swapped for each share of Sprint, or 9.75 shares of Sprint for each share of T-Mobile. At the time, it valued Sprint stock at $6.62 per share.T-Mobile will be the name of the combined company if the deal is complete. T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will hold a 42% stake in the combined entity, while Sprint parent company SoftBank (OTCMKTS:SFTBY) will hold a 27% stake. Trading Sprint Stock Click to EnlargeBased on each investor receiving .10256 shares of TMUS for every 9.75 shares of S stock they own, Sprint stock would currently be valued at around $7.70 per share, provided the deal goes through.On the surface, that level is the point to which S stock can rise. That level is also above short-term range resistance near $7.20. Worth noting is that Sprint stock price is now over this level too, near $7.40, after the Dish news. On the downside, $6.60 has buoyed Sprint stock. However, make no mistake about this setup now: It is very much a binary event. Either the deal gets done or it doesn't. If it does, S stock can instantly rise. If it doesn't, Sprint stock will get hammered.While investors can make a case for owning TMUS stock without a deal, Sprint really needs this acquisition to go through. Both companies want this deal to get done, but one of them really needs it, and that's Sprint.So while investors can map out upside and downside levels, they won't matter. All that matters now is whether the deal gains approval. If it does, then the next consideration is T-Mobile's share price. That will determine Sprint's share price, since it's an all-stock deal.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long T, AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post What's in Store for Sprint Stock? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Is AT&T Attractive at Its Current Price?
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  • Huawei’s Troubles Are a Big Opportunity for Ericsson and Nokia

    Huawei’s Troubles Are a Big Opportunity for Ericsson and Nokia

    (Bloomberg) -- Over the past two decades, China’s Huawei Technologies Co. has come to dominate the global telecom equipment market, winning contracts with a mix of sophisticated technology and attractive prices. Its rise squeezed Europe’s Nokia Oyj and Ericsson AB, which responded by cutting jobs and making acquisitions. Now, with Huawei at the center of a U.S.-China trade war, the tide is turning.Nokia and Ericsson—fierce rivals themselves—have recently wrested notable long-term deals from Huawei to build 5G wireless networks, to enable everything from autonomous cars to robot surgery. Analysts say more could come their way as Huawei grapples with a U.S. export ban and restrictions from other governments concerned that its equipment could enable Chinese espionage.“Huawei will, for the foreseeable future, face a broader cloud of suspicion,” said John Butler, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in New York. “Nokia and Ericsson are well positioned to benefit.”In May, the European companies both won 5G contracts from SoftBank Group Corp.’s Japanese telecom unit, replacing Huawei and Chinese peer ZTE Corp. Ericsson signed a similar pact in March with Denmark’s biggest phone company, TDC A/S, which had worked with Huawei since 2013 to modernize and manage its network.Other carriers, expecting government curbs on Huawei, have started removing its equipment from sensitive parts of their systems. BT Group Plc is taking Huawei out of its network core, and Vodafone Group Plc has suspended core equipment purchases from Huawei for its European networks. Deutsche Telekom AG, which has Huawei throughout its 4G system, is re-evaluating its purchasing strategy.Nokia and Ericsson are Europe’s final survivors of a merciless winnowing of more than a half-dozen telecom equipment providersAs dozens of phone companies—including those in Canada, Germany and France—plan to choose 5G suppliers in the coming months, Cisco Systems Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are also vying for deals. But the key beneficiaries of Huawei’s difficulties are likely to be the two Europeans, which compete directly with the Chinese company in supplying radio-access network equipment.Since last year, the Trump administration has pushed allies to bar Huawei from 5G, citing risks about state spying—allegations the company has denied. The move in May to block Huawei’s access to U.S. suppliers escalated the campaign. The company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, now predicts the U.S. sanctions will cut its revenue by $30 billion over the coming two years.Outside the U.S., security concerns have led Australia, Japan and Taiwan to bar Huawei from 5G systems. The Chinese company also risks losing meaningful work in Europe and emerging markets where countries could follow with their own limits, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.Publicly, executives from Nokia and Ericsson have been careful not to come off as critical of Huawei. Both manufacture in China and sell gear to Chinese phone carriers, and Nokia has a big research and development presence there. Nokia says it has already been forced to shift some of its supply chain away from China to reduce the impact of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.QuicktakeHow Huawei Became a Target for GovernmentsInstead of piling on Huawei, the European carriers have trumpeted their 5G successes, each using slightly different metrics. Ericsson claims it has the most publicly announced 5G contracts—21—while Nokia says it has raked in more commercial 5G deals than any other vendor (42). Huawei says it has signed 46 5G contracts. A spokesman for Huawei declined to comment further about its position relative to rivals.Ericsson is “first with 5G,” after building high-speed networks for companies such as AT&T Inc., Swisscom AG in Switzerland and Australia’s Telstra Corp., said Chief Technology Officer Erik Ekudden. “You see that in some markets that we are attracting more customers.”Nokia is winning 5G deals “quite handsomely,” Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri told Bloomberg TV on June 10.While Suri said more carriers are likely to swap out Huawei gear in countries that have announced restrictions, the situation is less clear in Europe. “We don’t know yet the impact of specific operator plans,” he said in an interview. “We also don’t know where this geopolitical thing will end up.”Nokia and Ericsson are Europe’s final survivors of a merciless winnowing of more than a half-dozen telecom equipment providers. Bloated costs, a cyclical marketplace, cash-strapped customers, and the relentless rise of Huawei—aided by access to generous Chinese state financing—helped push the likes of Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp. and Germany’s Siemens AG out of the industry.Nokia paid some $2 billion in 2013 to buy Siemens out of a joint venture established to compete against Ericsson and Huawei. Then in 2015, it spent another almost $18 billion acquiring Alcatel-Lucent to broaden its product offering after pushing through more than 25,000 job cuts in the preceding three years. Still, Huawei’s share of the $33 billion of sales in the global mobile infrastructure market surged to 31% in 2018 from 13% in 2010, IHS Markit data show.Huawei, despite its troubles, remains a potent rival. Many phone companies in Europe deem its base stations, switches and routers technologically superior. Fully excluding Huawei and ZTE from 5G would raise radio-access network costs for European phone companies by 40%, or 55 billion euros ($62 billion), the GSMA industry group predicts in an unpublished report seen by Bloomberg. Nokia and Ericsson would have to almost double production to absorb Huawei and ZTE’s business in Europe and could struggle to meet demand, the GSMA report says.Quicktake5G and EspionageBengt Nordstrom, CEO of telecom consultancy Northstream AB, says the situation is perilous for everyone in the industry, as vendors’ budgets could be hit if Huawei faces greater restrictions. “Many component suppliers are already in a tough situation,” Nordstrom said. “They need to spend a lot of money on research, and that means they need access to the entire global market.”For carriers, swapping vendors isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. It takes about two years to plan and implement such a technology shift and install the new equipment, Nordstrom said.Both Nokia and Ericsson are working to make it easier for carriers to switch. Nokia has developed what it calls a “thin layer” of its 4G technology to connect to a new 5G system, allowing a carrier to avoid a wholesale swap of another supplier’s equipment. Ericsson also has a solution to allow a carrier to swap out only a portion of existing infrastructure, and says it can make some areas work side-by-side with Ericsson’s 5G gear.Nokia and Ericsson can agree on one thing: Claims of Huawei’s technological superiority are overblown. They note that they’re involved in the latest networks in the U.S., where carriers are rolling out 5G faster than the Europeans.“We compete quite favorably with Huawei,” Suri said, “with or without the current security concerns.”(Updates to add Nokia and Ericsson production estimate in sixth-last paragraph. An earlier version of the story corrected the ninth paragraph to reflect that Telstra Corp. is an Australian company.)\--With assistance from Caroline Hyde, Kati Pohjanpalo and Angelina Rascouet.To contact the authors of this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.netNiclas Rolander in Stockholm at nrolander@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at rpenty@bloomberg.net, David RocksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • AT&T Stock’s TV-Driven Turbulence Will Be Worth It
    InvestorPlace2 days ago

    AT&T Stock’s TV-Driven Turbulence Will Be Worth It

    There's no denying telecom giant AT&T (NYSE:T) has painted itself into a corner on the television front. But the owners of T stock can at least cheer the fact that, if nothing else, AT&T's video business should start to deliver better profit margins beginning next year.Source: Shutterstock That's coming at a price, of course. Subscribers of DirecTV Now , a streaming version of the satellite TV service, are cancelling in droves. Over the course of the past two reported quarters, the company has lost 1.3 million video customers. About 350,000 of those former subscribers unwilling to pay the recently-upped rates. AT&T's upcoming introduction of a Time Warner-streaming product may only fuel more DirecTV cancellations. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less Whatever's in the cards, however, it's quite clear that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is finally willing to swallow the much-needed bitter pill.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Dropping Dead WeightAT&T once assumed that using loss-leader cable-television packages to attract consumers into its ecosystem would ultimately position the company to cross-sell those customers more profitable products like broadband service and even wireless service.That's not how things panned out, though. Often sold at a promotional price point that was likely to be less than AT&T's procurement costs, the DirecTV experiment that began back in 2015 never turned into the cash cow (or even the marketing hook) it was supposed to be.A little company called Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) played a role in that disappointment as well.And, while what the future holds still isn't entirely clear now that Time Warner is part of the AT&T family, the owners of T stock can count on the future not looking like the past. Stephenson, AT&T's CEO, explained the situation at an investor conference hosted by JP Morgan last month:"This is going to be a year of just cleaning up the video business. And we've been hard at work on content agreements and getting content agreements done in a way that gives us sustainability and profitability in this business. But the other element to give you sustainable profitability is cleaning up the customer base. Because we have a number of customers on our rolls that are very low-ARPU (average revenue per user) customers and we don't see any line of sight to getting them to a profitable level. And so as these customers' contracts or whatnot are coming up, there are many who are opting to just leave…"Those lower ARPU customers aren't entirely gone, though. Analysts and investors alike are anticipating another net loss of DirecTV customers for the current quarter.But that may actually help T stock The Price War Is Cooling OffSending any customer into a rival's arms feels like a step in the wrong direction,. But there's a growing realization among most industry players tha any sort of video package has to be profitable on its own.MultiChannel News' Daniel Frankel noted in March that "The new normal (price) for (subscription TV providers) is about to be at least $50 a month."That jibes with the $50 to $60 price range AT&T's Stephenson suggested felt right in December. While that's still more than Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) charges per month for access to a cable alternative called YouTube TV, YouTube TV is also believed to be losing money. Hulu, mostly owned by Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), asks $45 per month for access to live broadcasts, but it, too, remains unprofitable largely because of the steep expenses associated with live television. But archived, on-demand content is relatively cheap.It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect rival subscription TV players to also start ratcheting their rates up now that there's no "early market share" to secure.As for a non-broadcast streaming service from T, the planned platform from Time Warner will handle those duties.The hinted monthly price of between $16 and $17 per month for the Time Warner offering would make AT&T's option pricier than Netflix's basic package. In fact, at that price point, AT&T's service would be among the most expensive online, on-demand options. It would be an incredibly robust offering though, so it would have a chance to draw a big enough crowd to enable it to actually operate in the black.The typical on-demand price point for online video also seems to be stabilizing somewhere between $12 and $20 for a reason. That's where companies can have a shot at operating in the black but still remain competitive. The Bottom Line on T StockAT&T's television business is still a moving target. Odds are good that the company will continue to bleed TV customers through the end of the year, as the lower-ARPU crowd balks at price increases and finds other options. And, with the Time Warner service not expected to come online until late this year or early next year, the remainder of 2019 could prove frustrating for the owners of AT&T stock.Don't sweat it though. These are growing pains that represents progress along the learning curve. Sustainability is finally becoming a reality, although it's out of necessity.AT&T's rivals are even starting to embrace this reality too, as are investors in T stock who would now rather see healthier profit margins than big-time revenue. That's especially true, given the company's plans this year to pay down the lion's share of the $40 billion worth of debt it took on in order to complete the Time Warner acquisition.Just don't be surprised if the transition proves to be an erratic one for AT&T stock price.As of this writing, James Brumley held a long position in AT&T. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Red-Hot IPO Stocks to Buy for the Long Run * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less * 4 Dow Jones Stocks Ready to Rise Compare Brokers The post AT&T Stock's TV-Driven Turbulence Will Be Worth It appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • GuruFocus.com2 days ago

    AT&T Is a Buy Due to Strong Cash Flow and 6% Dividend Yield

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  • MarketWatch2 days ago

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    Facebook, Federal Reserve, MoneyGram, E-Cigarettes - 5 Things You Must Know

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  • Markit2 days ago

    See what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about AT&T Inc.

    AT&T Inc NYSE:TView full report here! Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is neutral * ETFs holding this stock are seeing positive inflows * 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 | PositiveETF activity is positive. Over the last month, ETFs holding T are favorable, with net inflows of $12.19 billion. Additionally, the rate of inflows 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 score@ihsmarkit.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.