|Bid||77.00 x 800|
|Ask||77.35 x 3200|
|Day's Range||75.63 - 77.45|
|52 Week Range||55.23 - 80.93|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.74|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||21.22|
|Earnings Date||Jul 30, 2019 - Aug 5, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||82.53|
Why There's Still Uncertainty around Sprint and T-Mobile Merger(Continued from Prior Part)T-Mobile and Sprint mergerThe merger of telecom rivals T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S) was announced on April 29, 2018, but it’s facing difficulty due to
Why There's Still Uncertainty around Sprint and T-Mobile Merger(Continued from Prior Part)MergerT-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S) have decided to merge to expand their 5G network and grow their customer base amid declining postpaid phone subscribers
Why There's Still Uncertainty around Sprint and T-Mobile MergerShare price movementThe stock price of Sprint (S), the fourth-largest US wireless carrier, jumped 4.2% to $6.95 on Thursday after its merger with rival T-Mobile US (TMUS) moved closer to
The T-Mobile–Sprint Merger: Latest Updates(Continued from Prior Part)T-Mobile’s capital expendituresT-Mobile (TMUS), the third-largest US wireless carrier, has been continuously investing in capex to improve its network. In the first quarter,
The T-Mobile–Sprint Merger: Latest Updates(Continued from Prior Part)T-Mobile’s equipment revenuesMobile operators break down their wireless sales into equipment and service revenues. Wireless equipment revenues include handset and tablet sales,
The T-Mobile–Sprint Merger: Latest UpdatesT-Mobile to merge with SprintT-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S) have been trying to merge for years to compete with larger wireless carriers like AT&T (T). On May 20, T-Mobile issued a set of six
Until all of the negative trade news is fully baked into the stock market, investors need to remain cautious, Jim Cramer warned his Mad Money viewers Thursday. Other markets, like oil and U.S. Treasuries are already assuming the worst, Cramer said, but so far stocks have not followed suit. Neither side is feeling overly compelled to compromise, Cramer said, and for the first time, our government is willing to take action against bad actors like Huawei.
Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion purchase of rival Sprint Corp, bringing the megamerger one step closer to completion. The commission voted 3-2 to approve the deal, it said in a statement. The companies are still awaiting approval from the Justice Department's Antitrust Division and two other state commissions, for California and Hawaii.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in January 2019. It has been republished to reflect the current market sentiment for, what we believe, are long-tail investment ideas.]With the trade war raging, investors can't be blamed for wanting to play some defense. Even when the markets are having one of their green days lately, volatility has been looming. As such, people are buying some more stable stocks, such as the phone companies.Telecom stocks are known for their conservative nature. Even during bear markets and recessions, people tend to keep paying for their phones and internet connections. As such, telecom stocks are a solid place to take shelter during volatile market storms. The fact that most telecoms are dividend stocks, sometimes yielding excess of 5%, only adds to the appeal.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend With all that in mind, what telecom stocks are looking good as we head deeper into 2019? Telecom Stocks To Buy Now: T-Mobile (TMUS)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified)Let's start off with the telecom stocks to buy in the United States. Unfortunately, Verizon (NYSE:VZ) has run up recently and is no longer a strong value at this price. Meanwhile, AT&T (NYSE:T) has bet the farm on content with the Time Warner deal and is not a good choice for risk-averse telecom investors.That leaves us with T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint (NYSE:S). For years now, there has been talk about how the two need to merge to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. It appears that the deal is finally coming to fruition now.On Monday, FCC head Ajit Pai said that: "In light of the significant commitments made by T-Mobile and Sprint as well as the facts in the record to date, I believe that this transaction is in the public interest and intend to recommend to my colleagues that the FCC approve it." The deal is far from a sure thing. There is talk that the DOJ still has misgivings about the potential merger. But in general, the odds now appear to favor the government approving the long-discussed merger.Both T-Mobile and Sprint have struggled to achieve the sort of profitability that the larger two telecom players have obtained. However, combining T-Mobile's nearly 60 million subscribers with Sprint's 40 million would take the company to 100 million, overtaking AT&T to become number two player in the country. T-Mobile believes it can achieve a whopping $6 billion in yearly cost synergies out of the deal, giving it plenty of funds for robust 5G deployment along with, hopefully, dividends and perhaps a share buyback.TMUS stock looks expensive on a standalone basis now, but once it gets Sprint integrated, the company should be a huge profit generator. Telus (TU)Source: Shutterstock Vancouver, Canada-based Telus (NYSE:TU) is a strong choice for yield-seeking telecom investors. The company pays a 4.5% dividend and is gaining market share in its home country. It's supported by solid organic business growth. Telus sported 9.2 million paying subscribers at the end of 2018. That's a gain of around 200,000 subs since the end of 2017 and an increase of half a million since 2016. Telus has benefited from some of the lowest customer churn in the North American telecom industry, keeping customer acquisition costs in line while growing the user base.Telus stock has been off to a good start in 2019. Shares are up 13% year to date. But don't let the recent strength scare you off. Over the past five years, TU stock has consistently traded between $30 and $40, so the $37 share price is pretty muted. Why hasn't TU stock broken out to new highs yet?For one thing, there has been tons of talk about the Canadian "housing bubble" popping. Home prices, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver, have surged in recent years. Government action to cool the market has led to a reversal in prices. This could lead to a recession. Canadian housing data in 2019 is looking particularly ugly so far.Oil prices have been pretty spotty as well, and the Canadian government has taken some anti-oil measures that have led to job losses and economic slowdown in that key industry. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors That said, telecom stocks hold up during recessions. People keep using their phones regardless. With that 4.5% dividend yield and selling at less than 12x forward earnings, TU stock is a buy on any weakness. China Unicom (CHU)Source: Maher Najm via FlickrIt's no secret that the ongoing U.S.-China trade war has put a hex on Chinese stocks. While most of the focus has gone to beaten-down Chinese tech companies, that's not the only place where we can go bargain shopping.For example, look at China Unicom (NYSE:CHU), a leading Chinese mobile carrier. CHU stock started the year at $10.50. It rallied to as far as $13.50 in March as U.S.-China relations were looking up. Now, however, the stock has slumped back to $10.50 as American investors don't want anything to do with Chinese shares.That said, the company, as of its recent semi-annual results, is posting strong numbers despite concerns about the Chinese economy. Its service revenue grew by 8.3%, for example, which was more than double the pace of the industry overall. EBITDA and free cash flow both grew by 5%. For a telecom companies these are fine numbers indeed, especially in a so-so economy.Prior to the trade war, China Unicom stock was trading around $14. Just a couple months ago, it almost reached that level again. From the current $10.50 share price, it's not hard to see a path to 25-30% gains later this year once the trade war is resolved.There's also the possibility that China Unicom may pair up with China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) to combine the second and third largest players in the Chinese market. With the rollout of expensive nationwide 5G networks on the way, this would help the two smaller players stay competitive and save money to compete against behemoth China Mobile (NYSE:CHL). In any case, don't overlook the Chinese mobile carriers as a way to play a fast-growing telecom market with huge mobile data demand.The trade war drama is a negative. Additionally, the FCC has already blocked China Mobile's bid to offer service in the U.S. on national security grounds, adding another question mark for the industry. Tension is high, but this won't drag on forever, and when it ends, CHU stock will make gains. Telefonica (TEF)Source: Shutterstock It was a rotten, no-good year for emerging markets in 2018. If anything, 2019 has gotten off to a worse start. China is dragging down emerging markets around the globe, and the strong U.S. dollar is another headwind. Europe's economy is struggling as well. Hence, Spain's Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) put in an underwhelming performance.Telefonica derives 24% of its business from Spain, 14% from Germany and 13% from the U.K., with most of the rest coming from assorted countries in Latin America. These economies have largely been mediocre to bad in recent years.However, with sustained underperformance comes opportunity. Economic activity tends to revert, and there have been some recent signs of life in various Telefonica markets, notably Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. The company's operating income has quietly rebounded from just 3.5 billion Euros in 2015 to 5.5 billion in 2016 and 6.8 billion Euros in 2017 before a slight dip recently due to currency swings and restructuring charges. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential TEF stock has slid a bit in 2019 thanks to the weakness in emerging markets. The current $8 share price is just 5% or so above 52-week lows. That's also way down from the $15 level where it generally traded between 2012 and 2015. Regardless, profitability has been picking up and the company is one of the most widely diversified telecoms out there. It wouldn't take much for TEF stock to catch a bid. Additionally, it has historically paid extremely generous dividends and currently offers a 5% yield. Telecom Stocks To Buy Now: BT Group (BT)Source: Shutterstock For many American investors, BT Group (NYSE:BT) is overshadowed by the U.K's other telecom giant, Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). But don't sleep on BT. The $25 billion market cap BT Group has a rather impressive business of its own. And besides, Vodafone, with its recent dividend cut, has some problems at the moment.Turning to BT, it has its mobile business, enterprise division, international subsidiaries and so on. But its crown jewel is Openreach, which controls the phone cables and telecom pipes across Britain. This gives it an effective monopoly over the so-called last mile of connectivity. The British government was considering making BT divest this most powerful asset, but so far, it appears the worst of the regulatory storm has passed.Despite that, BT stock is down from more than $30 a share a few years ago to just $13 now. Much of this has been due to Brexit concerns. Businesses in particular have spent less in preparation for a potential slowdown in the British economy. BT's Italian subsidiary also was hit with an accounting scandal.Regardless, the selling is way overdone, as the company remains strongly profitable and has maintained its greater than 6% dividend yield despite the share price decline. The stock fell another 10% on its recent earnings report, setting up a dip-buying opportunity. From the low $13's, where the stock currently trades, Goldman Sachs sees nearly 50% upside. That, plus the dividend, would be a nice return indeed.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned TEF, BT, and VOD stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
C Spire dropped out of a coalition of groups and companies opposed to the proposed merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc.
Boost Mobile founder Peter Adderton says the details of a Boost divestiture will dictate his interest in buying back the business in a Sprint-T-Mobile deal. Adderton said he was in favor or a merger because Sprint won't be able to compete against AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile without a tie-up. Boost Mobile founder Peter Adderton said he might buy back the prepaid wireless company if Sprint S divests the unit to merge with T-Mobile.
The $26 billion deal to unite Sprint and T-Mobile secured the backing of the head of the FCC, but high hurdles remain to the deal securing final regulatory approval.
CenturyLink's (CTL) strong network capabilities include around 450,000 global route miles of fiber, with services in more than 60 countries and more than 150,000 on-net buildings.
My InvestorPlace colleague Luke Lango recently laid out a compelling argument why AT&T (NYSE:T) is too cheap to ignore. Never a fan of AT&T, I've given his case the fair consideration it deserves. Lango's good at what he does and if he thinks AT&T stock is ready to pop, I ought to at least consider his argument.Source: Shutterstock In a nutshell, Lango views the pending green light of the merger between T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint (NYSE:S) as excellent news for AT&T because it removes a major price cutter from the wireless equation; a headwind that's weighed on T stock for some time. He goes on to say that AT&T's mobility business generates 40% of the company's revenue and 50% of its EBITDA. With one less competitor to deal with, it's likely that its EBITDA margins will move higher in the future due to less discounting in the mobility marketplace.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend Higher margins and revenue combined with dirt cheap financial metrics, and you've got the makings of a good value stock. For example, Lango points out it's got a 6.3% dividend yield, three times the average dividend yield for the market itself. In other words, you're getting paid handsomely to wait for T stock's revival. Also, its forward P/E and P/CF are both well below the market averages and its historical five-year average, making it hard to deny there's unlocked value in AT&T stock. What About Debt?Value isn't just about higher margins, less competitive headwinds, etc. It's also about the strength of the balance sheet. If I'm looking at two companies and one has a forward P/E and P/CF of 20 and 8, respectively, and the other has a forward P/E and P/CF of 15 and 6; based on a value supposition, I'm going to go for the latter stock every day of the week.However, if the latter stock's net debt was $168.9 billion in the most recent quarter or 71% of its market cap, and the former stock's net debt was $111.3 billion or 45% of its market cap, the extra leverage of the latter's stock makes the former a better value on a relative basis due to its superior balance sheet. The latter stock in this example is AT&T and the former is Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ). The forward P/E and P/CF aren't those of the two wireless carriers. They were merely meant to illustrate why valuation metrics based on price don't always tell the entire story.The real metrics, according to Morningstar, are as follows:AT&T Forward P/E = 9.0Verizon Forward P/E = 12.5AT&T P/CF = 5.0Verizon P/CF = 7.1 The question for investors interested in AT&T stock is whether the 28% discount on the forward P/E and 30% discount on P/CF is worth it given AT&T uses significantly more leverage to generate its earnings and cash flow. Furthermore, Verizon currently yields 4.1%, which isn't bad for a company that utilizes far less leverage to pay for these dividends. Getting back to Lango's argument about the merger removing the discounting headwind from AT&T's sails, the same effect would apply to Verizon. AT&T might generate more free cash flow than Verizon, but it does it at the expense of the balance sheet. Furthermore, AT&T's cash flow as a percentage of revenue is virtually the same as Verizon's, which means it's not doing a better job generating cash flow than its biggest competitor. Is AT&T Stock Too Cheap to Ignore?If you're looking for less risk, Verizon is the better stock to buy.Sure, AT&T might have paid down $538 million in net debt (repayment less issuance) in the first quarter, but that's a drop in the bucket for a company with $169 billion in net debt. If you're an AT&T investor, you better hope that interest rates don't move higher, because if they do, it's in a whole heap of trouble. Value sometimes comes at a price. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post AT&T Stock Looks Cheap Right Now, but Verizon Clearly Is a Better Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to remain unaffected by the Huawei ban, while T-Mobile (TMUS) is leaving no stone unturned to win regulatory clearance for its merger with Sprint (S).
What’s the news: T-Mobile will match or beat your eligible wireless discount when you switch. Plus, score a smartphone on us or our best smartphone deal ever this year – buy any of the new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones and get up to $900 off a second one of equal or lesser value, which means you could get an S10 or S10e on us. Why it matters: Roughly 30% of wireless customers with discounts stay put because of that deal.
The bears pushed back, again, lengthening what has become some very indecisive action for stocks. The S&P 500's modest 0.28% slide wasn't terrifying, but it did represent another failed effort to crawl back above its key 50-day moving average line.Source: Allan Ajifo via Wikimedia (Modified)Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) led the way, tumbling almost 11% in response to reports that it has been found in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. Sprint (NYSE:S) wasn't far behind though, with its 7.6% setback after the Department of Justice recommended its impending merger with T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) be blocked.While not nearly as many, there were a handful of winners on Wednesday. Chief among them was Target (NYSE:TGT). Shares of the retailer rallied almost 8% yesterday on the heels of an encouraging Q1 print.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy None of those names are especially compelling trading prospects headed into today's session, however. Rather, it's the stock charts of Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ:CDNS), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) and Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) that are worth the closer looks. Under Armour (UAA)Athletic apparel company Under Armour is a well-known brand, but years of expensive decisions caught up with the company in 2016. Nervous investors finally expressed their concern with a steep selloff.Under Armour finally started to work on its issues in 2017, and investors responded accordingly. That is, UAA stock began to rise again. A technical ceiling has taken shape in the meantime though, and while it's a clear problem, it's also a clear potential catalyst if it can be hurdled. And, the stock is catching a pretty healthy tailwind. Click to Enlarge * The technical ceiling in question is around $24.60, near where UAA has topped out several times since the middle of last year. That line is plotted in blue on both stock charts. * Although it hasn't been able to break above $24.60 yet, UAA has left behind a trail of higher lows. The most recent low was made by a push up and off the white 200-day moving average line, highlighted on the daily chart. * The tide is bullish, but there's a gap from last week that needs to be filled, and for Under Armour shares, volatility is the norm. Any breakout may not take shape straightaway. Cadence Design Systems (CDNS)Monday's tumble from Cadence Design Systems shares could have been chalked up as an effort to close the bullish gap left behind in April. Generally speaking, the market doesn't like to leave gaps unfilled. That selloff was a good start to that effort, even if it didn't actually touch that all-important April 22 low of $64.27.The gap still hasn't been filled either, as CDNS bounced a bit on Tuesday, and Wednesday's lull wasn't terribly devastating. The tendency to fill in gaps, however, may have done some other technical damage to Cadence Design Systems that will lead to more downside anyway. * The 7 Best Penny Stocks to Buy Click to Enlarge * The chief damage done is the move below the 50-day moving average line, plotted in purple on both stock charts. That line appears to be something of a technical ceiling now. * Underscoring the way the tide has turned is the volume surges behind Monday's and Wednesday's selloffs. * Zooming out to the weekly chart it's easy to see just how overbought CDNS was as of last month, and how vulnerable it was and still is to profit-taking. Shares rallied 70% from their December low to their early May high. Nordstrom (JWN)At first glance, Wednesday's big stumble from Nordstrom would be alarming. It has been one of the bigger victims of the so-called retail apocalypse, and shares have been underperforming for years. A disappointing Q1 only underscores that worry.Yet, a closer look at yesterday's 9.2% setback -- and the lead into it -- suggests that sharp loss may actually be something of a capitulation that ultimately turns into a buying opportunity. Click to Enlarge * Wednesday's bar was a doji, where the open and close are in the middle of the bar. This indicates that an equilibrium between the buyers and the sellers was met. The volume spike yesterday is also something often seen at key pivot points. * On the weekly chart, we can see JWN hit a new multi-year low, falling under 2016's low of just under $35. In many cases, traders are waiting to see prior lows met or exceeded before stepping back in. * Also on the weekly chart, it's clear that the RSI line doesn't stay in an oversold state for very long.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Thursday: Nordstrom, Cadence Design Systems and Under Armour appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, is still open to T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion acquisition of smaller rival Sprint Corp, CNBC reported on Thursday. Reuters reported on ...
"Once you build a tower, you can just add another antenna to it when you pick up a new client, so the margins are terrific," he says.
Boost Mobile founder Peter Adderton joins "Squawk Alley" to discuss the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. and his willingness to buy Boost Mobile if Sprint divests from the company.
FCC chair Ajit Pai has given the T-Mobile-Sprint merger his blessing, but the deal still needs approval from the Justice Department. According to a Reuters report from Wednesday, the DOJ support is not guaranteed. The "Squawk on the Street" team discusses.
FCC chair Ajit Pai has given the T-Mobile-Sprint merger his blessing, but the deal still needs approval from the Justice Department. According to a Reuters report from Wednesday, the DOJ support is not guaranteed. NYTimes media reporter Ed Lee and Gigi Sohn, distinguished fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law and Policy, join "Squawk Box" to discuss.