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An attorney for the state attorneys general who filed a lawsuit in hopes of stopping T-Mobile's $26 billion merger with Sprint told the judge on Monday that an Oct. 7 trial may not be possible. In a letter to Judge Victor Marrero on Monday, attorney Glenn Pomerantz said that in exchange for the expedited October 7 trial date, the states had been promised materials on a settlement between the Justice Department and the companies by June 28. "Plaintiff states engaged in discussions yesterday with defendants regarding the appropriate trial date and pre-trial schedule and continue to confer with defendants," Pomerantz wrote in his letter.
(Bloomberg) -- Makan Delrahim, the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust chief, is trying to shape a deal combining T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. that he can pitch as a win for consumers. Here’s how he may do it.If the $26.5 billion deal is approved, it’s likely to include conditions that give satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. enough airwaves, prepaid customers and network access to emerge as a new national wireless competitor.That would allow T-Mobile and financially struggling Sprint to merge and create a stronger No. 3 rival to AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. Dish’s role would satisfy the government’s longstanding demand that there be four national mobile-service companies remaining.“The right deal could be a genuine win for consumers, and if Delrahim structures it right, the facts and history will stand by him,” said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst with New Street Research LLC.The Justice Department is nearing a final decision. While the broad outline of an accord has been established, key issues are still being debated -- including possible limits on Dish’s ambitions as a wireless carrier. The company owns billions of dollars in unused airwaves that could be tapped to create an even more formidable competitor if it’s free to obtain sufficient outside investment to build its own network, according to people familiar with the matter.Under that broad outline, Sprint’s airwaves would land in more financially stable hands. The No. 4 U.S. carrier has the most mobile-phone spectrum in the U.S. but has limited ability to build a network given its years of losses and financial constraints. Combining with No. 3 T-Mobile would solve those problems.Opponents LurkEven if Delrahim gives his blessing, he’ll still have to convince opponents that consumers won’t see higher prices and fewer choices. One point he’ll likely to highlight is that the deal provides a path to putting Dish’s trove of airwaves to work. The department declined to comment.Skeptics point out that the track record for competitors created by divestitures has been dismal. French communications firm Iliad SA became Italy’s fourth carrier last year after buying assets divested by two larger rivals that merged. Iliad had an initial surge in subscriber growth, followed by a slowdown across the sector.“The premise that this deal will be good for everyone may be a little overly optimistic,” said Phil Berenbroick of Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington. “It’s obvious how harmful they think the deal is if they have to create a remedy as extravagant as this.”New KidThe shift to wireless will be a challenge for Dish, which is better known as the second-largest U.S. satellite TV provider. Dish has no experience selling phones or operating a mobile service. As part of the deal taking shape, the company would take over fewer than 9 million prepaid customers from Sprint to get its wireless business started. But that’s a tiny runway to competing against incumbent carriers with 10 times more subscribers.The future looks better for T-Mobile. With Sprint’s spectrum, it will have nearly twice the wireless capacity of any other carrier. The company’s cost per gigabyte, a measure of how expensive it is to deliver service, will be cut in half, Chaplin said.“If that isn’t a recipe for lower prices and share gains, I don’t know what is,” he said.Judgment DayThe merger has already won a nod from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, provided the combined company divests its Boost prepaid business, freezes prices and deploys a 5G network that would cover 99% of the U.S. population within six years.If the Justice Department approves, T-Mobile and Sprint would gain an important ally as they fight a lawsuit challenging the merger brought in June by 13 states and the District of Columbia. The states argue the tie-up will harm competition and lead to higher prices.Chaplin said investors may provide a crucial clue when the Justice Department announces its now-expected approval.“Watch what happens to the stock price of AT&T and Verizon on the day the deal is announced,” he said. “That will be the best litmus test of whether the deal is good for consumers, or not. If their stock prices fall, it is probably a good deal for consumers.”\--With assistance from Todd Shields.To contact the reporters on this story: Scott Moritz in New York at firstname.lastname@example.org;David McLaughlin in Washington at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Nick Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org, Rob GolumFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
T-Mobile has reported a small decline in the number of government datarequests it receives, according to its latest transparency report, quietlypublished this week
Collaboration between tech firms is likely to serve as a major landmark in the 5G history of the country, and sow the seeds for delivering the state-of-the-art technology beyond urban areas.
Back in late May, yours truly suggested the 5G opportunity Nokia (NYSE:NOK) has ahead of it made NOK stock a buy. The 37 commercial 5G contracts Nokia had inked at the time was lighting the path ahead for Finland's telecom-tech giant, despite the fact that NOK was still facing its share of headaches.Source: Shutterstock In the meantime, the figure has been ramped up to 42 contracts. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond But that early-June news did nothing to bolster beaten-down Nokia stock. However, a rebound of NOK stock may be in the works. The comeback is just going to take some time to pan out, as NOK does indeed appear to have become a "show me first" stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe show is coming. Setting the StageOne of the 42 5G deals that NOK has received was with Taiwan Star Telecom, which is growing its existing network to prepare for 5G service. It was the "off the shelf," complete nature of Nokia's portfolio that made NOK the easy choice for TST.China Mobile (NYSE CHL) confirmed at last month's Mobile World Congress that it would be the first to utilize Nokia's Massive MIMO solution, laying the ground work for its 5G network. China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) announced on Wednesday that Nokia's optical fronthaul hardware would help usher in its foray into 5G. Sprint (NYSE:S), T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) and BT Group (NYSE:BT) are all also tapping Nokia for help on the 5G front.Given NOK's confirmed 5G contracts, CEO Rajeev Suri's June comment that his company wins "two-thirds of the time" when competing with rival Ericsson (NYSE:ERIC) for new business isn't a tough idea to believe. His company is making new deals at a pace Ericsson has somehow been unable to keep up with.But that just hasn't mattered to investors, who ultimately dictate the price of NOK stock. Slow Moving, But Not That SlowWhen Nokia's CEO, Suri, commented in May that "5G is not the future anymore. It is here, and Nokia is leading it. We are winning deals and rolling out some of the world's first 5G networks" he didn't necessarily mean that NOK was literally in the process of rolling out 5G networks.For that matter, he didn't mean that it would launch the networks during that week or month. It can take several weeks -- if not months -- just to put the new hardware in place and put it into operation. In some cases, the installations called for by inked contracts likely aren't even scheduled to happen until next year.Revenue from such deals can't be booked yet, of course, and none has been. NOK made that point in conjunction with its Q1 report, and Suri reiterated it last month. The publicly available details of those contracts are minimal, at best; NOK doesn't divulge the specifics of deals it makes, nor should it.With 42 contracts in hand, however, analysts and investors alike are arguably underestimating how much revenue is in its pipeline for the latter part of this year and all of next year.Meanwhile, NOK will sign additional 5G deals, which aren't factored into most analysts' estimates.Analysts' alarmingly anemic average estimates for NOK adds further credence to that theory. They've estimated that its revenue will drop by 3%, and only recover by about as much in 2020. The following year's revenue growth outlook is only marginally better. Earnings per share is projected to improve at a faster clip, but still modestly, and still not rapidly until 2021. Click to EnlargeIt's going to take some time for Nokia's 5G opportunity to bear fruit, but it may not take nearly as much time as the pros are suggesting. The Bottom Line on NOK StockSo far, NOK has gotten little to no credit for its newly-won contracts, as investors struggle to get past the company's disappointing first -quarter results. Unfortunately, the upcoming second -quarter results may be equally disappointing.Any Q2 trouble may already be more than priced into Nokia stock, though.Whatever's in the cards, from Q3 on, the telecom technology giant is far better positioned to top revenue and earnings estimates than most investors appear to believe. The weakness of Nokia stock since April is still a dip worth buying if you can stomach a few quarters of volatility.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Buy for Less Than Book * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * The 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond The post Seriously, Nokia's 5G Portfolio Makes NOK Stock Worth a Shot appeared first on InvestorPlace.
When it comes to finding great dividends, the telecoms can't be beat. Thanks to their stable demand and fixed operating costs, the major telecommunication providers have long been able to provide their investors with a steady income and high yields. That's certainly been true for giants AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) over the last decade or so. And, as a result, both VZ and T stock have become staples of many retirees' portfolios.Source: Shutterstock However, growth at both AT&T and Verizon has slowed in recent years. Wireless saturation is near 100% and upstarts like T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) have driven down prices for wireless and data plans. That hit T & VZ right in their wallets. To compensate for that, each telecom took a similar, yet different path to finding future growth.The question now is: which of the two major telecom stocks -- AT&T or Verizon -- makes more sense for your portfolio today?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips VZ & T Stock Make Some Big MovesThese days, investors can't think of Verizon or AT&T as strictly old-fashioned telecoms. It's no secret that landline usage has fallen off the map. Meanwhile, new wireless subscriber growth has basically flatlined. At this point, everyone has a smartphone and perhaps a secondary device hooked up to wireless networks. Moreover, thanks to fungibility among carriers and price wars, consumers are able to switch with ease. Because of this, the major U.S. telecoms like T and VZ have had to look elsewhere for growth. * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown For AT&T, that meant becoming a media powerhouse. Cable television provider Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) set the trend when it purchased NBCUniversal. T followed a similar playbook by adding exposure to cable with its buyout of DirecTV. These gave the ability to offer triple-play services as well as wireless service to its consumers. Like CMCSA, AT&T then added content origination with its mega-sized buyout of Time Warner. This acquisition gave T ownership of HBO, Turner Broadcasting as well as Warner Bros. entire movie catalog. The idea was that AT&T could now bundle original content with its own private network of mobile/wireless video and satellite services.Verizon is playing in the same sandbox, albeit it's building a different castle. VZ decided to go hard into web properties. This included buying AOL and Yahoo. The idea was that the firm could become a major player in digital advertising and the mobile web. The firm also beefed its other tech operations with Telogis and Fleetmatics Group. These cloud operations allowed businesses to take advantage of fleet operations software that can be used on VZ's wide and high-speed wireless networks. Not What VZ Stock & T Stock Bargained ForAs you can see, the shift in both AT&T and Verizon was designed to offer tangential services using their huge networks. T was setting itself to be an all-in-one media and content provider. It would make the movies and then distribute them over its satellite and mobile video operations. And there would be some exclusivity in that. AT&T recently unveiled its plans for its own streaming service to accomplish this goal. VZ went hard into the lucrative world of digital advertising, data mining and cloud services.Unfortunately, neither operation has proved too fruitful for either T or VZ.The combination of AOL and Yahoo is basically worthless for Verizon. At the end of last year, the firm wrote down the goodwill of the deals by just under half -- or a whopping a $4.6 billion. And the hits kept coming. Verizon Media showed a big 7.2% decline in year-over-year revenues. The company specifically blamed lower ad revenues for the dip.Things haven't been great for AT&T either. It turns out providing cable services is just as sticky as providing wireless ones. People continue to cut the cord at a fevered pace and adopt streaming instead. That's hurt DirecTV in a big way. The firm has lost nearly 1.3 million video subscribers over the last two quarters. It's streaming service -- DirecTV Now -- has lost nearly 20% of its total net subscribers in the last 6 months. This is a huge issue if your entire M.O. was getting people to watch your produced, movies and T.V. shows on your exclusive networks. The firm continues to bleed traditional cable subscribers -- via its U-Verse business -- as well.So, neither transition is working out the way AT&T and Verizon planned. To make matters worse, both stocks are now heavily indebted because of the buyouts, mergers and plans to change their business model. At the end of March, T had more than $169 billion in debt on its balance sheet. Verizon is doing a tad better at $113 billion. That's a major problem for both stocks if these efforts don't pan out. Should You Buy T Stock or VZ Stock?Given the struggles at both AT&T and Verizon, neither one makes a compelling purchase right now. Those debt loads are pretty scary considering the assets used to make them aren't performing as planned. Honestly, I'd be worried about their dividends -- the reason why people buy them in the first place -- if things don't improve.But if I had to make the decision today, I'd most likely go with Verizon. The firm has at least acknowledged that its move in advertising was a poor choice and has removed the Band-Aid on these operations. The write-downs, layoffs and cost-cutting efforts will make it much easier for the firm to bounce back. And these brands -- like Tech Crunch and the Huff Po -- are valuable to someone, if it decides to sell them. Meanwhile, it's gone gung-ho on its 5G network services. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Monster Growth in the Second Half of 2019 On the flip side, AT&T has decided to double-down on its problems -- launching four different streaming services in a bid to regain customers.In the end, both major telecoms have plenty of warts and may not be big buys at all. But if investors were looking at them both, VZ stock gets the slight nod over T stock.At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any stock mentioned. The post Stock Showdown: AT&T Stock and Verizon Are Both Risky Plays appeared first on InvestorPlace.
AT&T plans to post its second-quarter results on July 24. Before we dive into its estimates, let’s recap its first-quarter performance.
T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp expect to extend a July 29 deadline to complete their $26-billion merger, according to two sources close to the deal. T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to a series of deal concessions, including to sell the prepaid brand Boost, to gain merger approval, but they still need a green light from the U.S. Department of Justice. The parties are haggling over restrictions over who can buy the divested assets if they are sold in the future, with T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom seeking to prevent them from going to a cable or technology company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The two carriers are wrestling with a deal about how to handle assets divested to Dish Network as part of the $26.5 billion merger, according to a Thursday report.
T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to a series of deal concessions, including to sell the prepaid brand Boost, to gain merger approval, but they still need a green light from the U.S. Department of Justice. The parties are haggling over restrictions over who can buy the divested assets if they are sold in the future, with T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom seeking to prevent them from going to a cable or technology company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The Justice Department has indicated that it wants the new competitor to be strong enough to compete with the industry giants, which would be Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Inc and T-Mobile if this merger goes through.
While Qualcomm (QCOM) will have the freedom to adopt a range of technologies for Internet-connected cars, AT&T (T) will mark the debut of streaming service with HBO Max in spring 2020.
T-Mobile US Inc. shares are on track for their highest close since July 20, 2007, following an announcement that the telecommunications stock will replace Red Hat in the S&P 500 index at the open on Monday, July 15. Shares are up 3.2% in Wednesday trading. Citi Research analyst Michael Rollins said that the S&P 500 addition is "a potentially positive catalyst for T-Mobile shares that could broaden investor investor." He calls the stock his top pick in wireless regardless of whether the company's deal for Sprint Corp. gains approval. Shares are up 23% so far this year, while the S&P 500 has gained 19%.
T-Mobile news for Wednesday about the wireless company joining the S&P 500 has TMUS stock up.Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified)T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) is joining the S&P 500 thanks to a couple of different changes. The first change is that the index has relaxed some of its rules, which allows TMUS to join it.The rule change is that companies no longer have to have 50% of their shares in the hands of public investors. That is good t-Mobile news as only has 37% of its outstanding shares belonging to public investors, reports Barron's.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe other reason that T-Mobile is able to join the S&P 500 is that a new spot has opened up on the index. This spot was previously held by Red Hat. However, that company is no longer on the public market after being acquired by IBM (NYSE:IBM).The T-Mobile news about is joining the S&P 500 is actually a little ahead of its debut on the index. TMUS won't be officially replacing Red Hat on the index until next week, Yahoo Finance notes. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 While T-Mobile is joining the S&P 500, there's no guarantee it will be a part of the index for long. This is due to the company currently attempting a merger with rival wireless company Sprint (NYSE:S).Following the T-Mobile news about the company joining the S&P 500, TMUS stock was up 4% as of Wednesday afternoon. The stock is also up 15% since the start of the year. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Buy on College Students' Radars * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 * The S&P 500's 5 Best Highest-Yielding Dividend Stocks As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.The post T-Mobile News: TMUS Stock Joins S&P 500 Index appeared first on InvestorPlace.
T-Mobile, Tesla, Marriott, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Caliva are the companies to watch.
T-Mobile and Comcast rose and oil prices surged early Wednesday, as stocks rallied on dovish rate cut views from Fed chief Powell.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Players beware when Charlie Ergen holds all the cards. As T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. continue to fight in Washington for their long-awaited merger, the wily satellite-TV billionaire is the companies’ best hope for getting the deal through. Unless, of course, he walks away.Ergen, the 66-year-old chairman and co-founder of Dish Network Corp., has a reputation for being an finicky dealmaker, with a tendency to upset merger processes and then drop out. The former professional poker player would say he’s simply not afraid to fold his cards – or alienate his peers. Case in point: A few years ago, Ergen offered to buy both Sprint and Clearwire, which then turned into a bidding war against Sprint for Clearwire, a collection of wireless-spectrum assets. Ergen ultimately gave up on both pursuits, but not before driving Sprint to pay about 70% more than it initially bid. Sprint got Ergened. Back to present day, and what do you know: Sprint’s fate pretty much rests in Ergen’s hands, as the U.S. Department of Justice determines whether to approve or reject its $59 billion takeover by T-Mobile. Makan Delrahim, the DOJ’s head of antitrust, reportedly wants the companies to divest assets that could be used to create a new viable fourth competitor as a check on the industry’s pricing power. So Ergen, who had been among the merger’s biggest opponents, is now ostensibly ready to be the deal’s savior by acquiring those assets and committing to morphing Dish into a full-fledged wireless carrier. Maybe. Over the years, Ergen had gamed the government auction system to scoop up Dish’s own valuable spectrum licenses, which have a use-it-or-lose-it provision with nearing deadlines. Taking on the scraps from the T-Mobile-Sprint deal could ease that pressure and help Ergen make good on his promises to build a network. But if unnamed sources cited by the New York Post are to be believed, Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile’s parent, is insisting it will only hand those assets to Dish if it vows not to sell more than a 5% stake in itself to a third party such as Google or Amazon.com Inc., which are two giant would-be threats to the industry.It makes sense that T-Mobile’s side would be worried about Dish teaming up with one of those deeper-pocketed companies, as I wrote last month. And agreeing not to do so certainly isn’t in Dish’s best interests. Ergen has said he needs a partner for Dish’s network build-out, which presumably would entail some sort of shared ownership.For that reason, Ergen could just walk away once again. Without him, there may be no T-Mobile-Sprint merger. After all, 13 states and the District of Columbia have sued to block the deal in a trial that may start in October. No deal could also mean T-Mobile turns to Dish to fulfill its spectrum needs.“Charlie is very hard to understand and predict,” billionaire dealmaker John Malone, owner of the Liberty media assets and director emeritus at Charter Communications Inc., said of Ergen a few years ago. “He’s very creative, but he’s a poker player.” (Ironically, Fox Business Network reported that because some at T-Mobile and Sprint are skeptical of Ergen’s dealings with the DOJ, they’re “praying” Charter and Malone will bid for the divested assets.)John Legere, T-Mobile’s outspoken and genial CEO, has been an ideal pitchman for the deal, smoothly handling inquisitions by Congress over the past year and constantly using his highly followed social media channels to promote the merger. But his style may be no match for Ergen’s whimsy. At the end of Legere’s latest episode of “Slow Cooker Sunday” this week – where he demonstrated recipes for Cajun corn on the cob and lemon feta drumsticks – the magenta-apron-wearing executive took a moment to make a wish. I think I know what it was. This may be the week that finally yields a decision from the DOJ, and what that decision will be is still anyone’s guess. But what I can say for certain is something I’ve said many times before: Good luck betting against Charlie Ergen. To contact the author of this story: Tara Lachapelle at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tara Lachapelle is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., media and telecommunications. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
As part of the sale-leaseback agreement, Sprint Corporation (S) will relocate from 11 buildings, it presently occupies, to four surrounding buildings on the campus.
U.S. stock futures fall as investors prep for an appearance from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell before Congress; Levi Strauss slides on indications that sales likely will slow in the second half of the year; T-Mobile will replace Red Hat in the S&P; 500; New York hosts ticker tape parade for U.S. women's soccer team.
IBM owned Red Hat will be replaced by T-Mobile in the S&P 500 index. Theresa May's cabinet has been warned by the prime minister's de facto deputy that there is a "real risk" of the United Kingdom breaking up in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
T-Mobile, Tesla, Marriott, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Caliva are the companies to watch.