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HP CEO Enrique Lores joins Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to discuss how HP is faring amid the coronavirus outbreak and what it is doing to support the U.S. front liners.
Hulu co-founder and former chief executive Jason Kilar has been named the new chief executive of WarnerMedia . It's the latest executive reshuffling at the AT&T-owned media giant, which saw its previous CEO, John Stankey, promoted to president and chief operating officer while still holding the media subsidiary's reins. Stankey will remain in those roles, and Kilar will be reporting to him starting on May 1 — right before the launch of WarnerMedia's new streaming service HBO Max.
A sports-free landscape has forced many fans to watch and re-watch highlights from classic Super Bowls and World Series on cable sports channels. It’s prompted some to revisit board games like Strat-O-Matic to simulate unplayed games. And it’s prompted others to look for an alternative -- in this case, esports.
Verizon Communications Inc. shares keep raking in the love as analysts show increasing concern about rival AT&T Inc.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Just weeks from the launch of its all-important HBO Max product, WarnerMedia is getting a new boss straight from the streaming world. Jason Kilar, who ran Hulu in its early days, is set to take over as CEO of AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia division on May 1, the company announced Wednesday. He’ll have oversight of not only the various media networks — HBO, CNN, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Cartoon Network — and the Warner Bros. film studio, but also the product at the center of AT&T’s latest effort to become a dominant force in streaming TV. That’s HBO Max, a $15-a-month app that will serve as the new digital destination for viewers who want to binge on re-runs of “Friends,” relive “Game of Thrones” and have access to new content with the HBO flavor.Kilar, 48, is replacing John Stankey, the longtime AT&T executive who has been juggling two titles: head of WarnerMedia and chief operating officer of the Dallas-based wireless parent company. Killar will report to Stankey, who began his career at one of the Baby Bells and is now considered a top candidate to become AT&T’s next CEO when Randall Stephenson retires. The leadership of the new AT&T is taking shape, though the WarnerMedia gig wasn’t necessarily an easy sell for industry veterans watching the messy integration from afar.Kilar is an interesting choice. Nine years ago, he infamously wrote a memo that read like an obituary for traditional TV, according to Rich Greenfield, an analyst for LightShed Partners, who found a digital copy. “History has shown that incumbents tend to fight trends that challenge established ways and, in the process, lose focus on” customers, Kilar wrote, needling Hulu’s partners at the time (it’s now controlled by Walt Disney Co.). That means HBO, after being led for two years by a wireless executive who knew little about traditional media, will now be led by someone who cares nothing for it. After the Jerry Maguire-like manifesto, one news headline asked if Kilar was trying to get fired; now that kind of thinking has gotten him the top job at a Hollywood giant.Following his time at Hulu, Kilar went on to create a $3-a-month subscription-video service called Vessel. He sold it in 2016 to Verizon Communications Inc., which shut doMn the service days later and put the Vessel team to work on its own go90 mobile-video product. It was part of Verizon’s failed expansion into media, with go90 now also long gone. Kilar’s arrival marks another step on AT&T’s stormy path to become an entertainment juggernaut that can compete with Disney and Netflix Inc. That journey began when AT&T acquired Time Warner in June 2018, after initially facing government resistance and later, skepticism from AT&T’s own shareholders that the megamerger would work. (The company’s last major deal, for the DirecTV satellite service, was already creating enough headaches.) Since then, Stankey has reshuffled the Warner ranks, occasionally creating controversy among employees who weren’t on board with the changes. He told me in an interview last year that he was working to have Warner’s sub-brands work closer together toward a common mission of making HBO Max a success.With most everyone stuck home because of the coronavirus pandemic and binge-watching TV, some have wondered why Stankey hasn’t pushed up the release of HBO Max. Doing so might help it capture more subscribers faster. Although, more time spent watching doesn’t necessarily translate into more money for streaming services, since viewers pay a monthly rate to access an all-you-can-stream buffet of content. The CEO transition may be yet another reason that WarnerMedia is being patient. There’s also tremendous pressure on AT&T to prove it can get this right, not least because it’s saddled with about $180 billion of debt as the U.S. economy hurtles toward a recession.Last fall, I wrote a piece asking, “Is AT&T’s Hollywood plot too far-fetched?” In the coming months, Kilar will help provide the answer. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tara Lachapelle is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the business of entertainment and telecommunications, as well as broader deals. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
In spring 2018, T-Mobile bid to acquire Sprint, seeking greater scale, new wireless spectrum holdings, and cost synergies. The deal finally closed Wednesday.
Verizon (VZ) deploys advanced tech support in a U.S.-based naval hospital ship to aid health care professionals with seamless network connectivity amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Goldman Sachs analyst Brett Feldman made some changes to his positioning on telecommunications stocks Wednesday, elevating Verizon Communications Inc. shares to Goldman's 'conviction list' while dropping Comcast Corp. and Altice USA Inc. from the list. He also downgraded shares of CenturyLink Inc. and Intelsat SA to sell from neutral. On Verizon, he said that the stock offers "the most attractive combination of total return and risk owing to its stable wireless business, well-covered dividend (4.6% yield) and strong balance sheet." He worries about "cord-cutting, advertising and [small-and medium-sized business] exposure" for Comcast and Altice USA but kept buy ratings on those stocks even while removing them from the conviction list. Feldman is concerned that the COVID-19 outbreak could put additional pressure on CenturyLink's wireline business and thus its earnings, and he has a more downbeat view on Intelsat due to the company's cruise-ship, aviation, and traditional media exposure.
In the latest trading session, Verizon Communications (VZ) closed at $53.73, marking a -1.9% move from the previous day.
President Donald Trump spoke with the heads of AT&T, Comcast and other companies on Tuesday as more Americans were using the internet under the coronavirus pandemic, and a bipartisan consensus appeared to be emerging on boosting U.S. infrastructure.
Phone companies used to be the ultimate defensive stocks, but recent diversification and changes in business models have made them more sensitive to economic cycles, Nomura’s Jeffrey Kvaal says.
President Donald Trump is holding a call with seven of the biggest U.S. internet and mobile phone providers on Tuesday to talk about how the networks are holding up as tens of millions of Americans work from home. The Federal Communications Commission has said U.S. networks are performing well and has granted temporary access to additional spectrum blocks to help providers manage traffic. AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Charter Communications Inc, Comcast, Altice USA , T-Mobile and Sprint Corp are expected to take part in the call.
Verizon announced today that it’s immediately implementing a significantly enhanced compensation plan for the company’s dedicated employees who must deploy outside their homes to meet critical customer needs. “Now, more than ever, our networks must remain operational as we continue to provide essential services to healthcare workers and facilities, first responders, schools, businesses, and families,” said Christy Pambianchi, Verizon’s Chief Human Resources Officer. As part of the company’s “Essential On-Site Services Pay” program, eligible retail employees will receive an increase in their base hourly rate when working in a corporate-owned retail location.
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Verizon will expand Pay It Forward Live, the weekly streaming entertainment series that includes music, gaming, comedy and more in support of small businesses affected by COVID-19, with its first gaming event on Tuesday, March 31. Marshmello and FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill will go head to head in Fortnite during the 45-minute event which will stream live at 8:00 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on Twitch, Twitter @verizon, Yahoo Entertainment and on Fios Channel 501. The duo will not only play, but also surprise some of their favorite local businesses, engage with viewers, and create small-business-themed in-game experiences - all while encouraging viewers to support local businesses in their own communities and to use the hashtag #PayitForwardLIVE to unlock funds from Verizon to support small businesses on both Twitch and Twitter.
Over the weekend, Verizon worked with the US Navy to deliver connectivity for the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort, a Navy medical treatment facility that includes 1,000 hospital beds, 12 operating rooms, radiology capabilities and a pharmacy. Verizon was able to quickly enable connectivity via a secure, dedicated circuit, which allows the medical community to remain in sync with each other and patients and to support critical IT capabilities to staff.
T-Mobile stock has a new outlook with the Sprint merger closing finally near. Here is what fundamental and technical analysis says about buying TMUS stock amid the coronavirus market correction.
This article is a part of InvestorPlace.com's Best ETFs for 2020 contest. Todd Shriber's pick for the contest is the Communication Services SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLC).Growth, internet, social media and streaming entertainment stocks haven't been immune to the madness induced by the coronavirus from China. All of this has put considerable strain on the Communication Services SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLC). But the bright side is that the XLC ETF now looks like it could be one of 2020's more credible rebound opportunities.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSome stocks and ETFs -- think airlines, energy and travel and leisure -- have been rightfully punished at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but XLC's 15.47% month-to-date decline could prove to be a quintessential case of the baby being thrown out with the bath water.As it is, XLC is outperforming the S&P 500 this month and on a year-to-date basis, potentially showing the fund and its components will take on leadership roles if and when stocks rebound. Still a Lot to Like About XLCIn terms of acting as an investment play against the coronavirus, the $6.26 billion XLC is a mixed bag. Notable is the fact that the ETF features Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) as one of its top holdings (6.42% weight) and that stock has been a standout this year, jumping 12.18% as investors are embracing stay at home ideas in the face of COVID-19. * 7 Strong Stocks to Buy to Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Conversely, Dow Jones components Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) -- two other big-name XLC constituents -- are wilting against the coronavirus backdrop. Yes, Disney has a burgeoning streaming service, but the stock is being punished as investors ponder how long it will take for movie theater and theme park visits to return to normal after the coronavirus passes. Likewise, Verizon is betraying its defensive reputation and is merely performing less poorly than the broader market.Now, let's examine Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), two stocks that combine for roughly for 42% of the XLC ETF. Alphabet is outpacing the S&P 500 this year, while Facebook is slightly trailing the benchmark equity gauge. Both names are lower this year because investors are concerned about what becomes of internet advertising spending in a recession.The concern is relevant, but reasons remain to embrace XLC's top two holdings. One is cash, something there's a newfound premium on the current climate. Alphabet and Facebook have cash. Lots of it.At the end of 2019, Alphabet had $119.67 billion in cash on hand, while Facebook had $54.85 billion. In volatile times, cash can be a buffer and it's a quality trait at a time when investors are eagerly embracing quality stocks. For those considering XLC, it's clear the ETF is home to some cash-rich companies and none of its marquee holdings will be asking Uncle Sam for a bailout anytime soon. Is XLC Still One of the Best ETFs for 2020?There's no sugarcoating the fact that XLC is off to a rough start this year, but that's true of basically every other traditional sector ETF out there, too. And while some companies and industries are facing near zero revenue scenarios for the first quarter of this year, that's not going to be the case for Alphabet and Facebook.Add up the cash positions of those companies and selloffs that are likely cases of too much too fast, and there's a recipe for XLC to perk up later this year.Todd Shriber has been an InvestorPlace contributor since 2014. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * America's Richest ZIP Code Holds Wealth Gap Secret * 10 Stocks to Buy That Will Benefit From Coronavirus Mayhem * 5 Bank Stocks to Buy Now Because This Isn't 2008 Again * 12 Stocks to Buy That Are Already Positive The post Best ETFs for 2020: Communication Services SPDR Fund Is a Rebound Play appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Retiree shareholders at Verizon (NYSE:VZ) will present two proposals at this year’s annual meeting in an effort to rein in runaway executive compensation. One proposal would require shareholder approval of any Verizon “Golden Parachute” plan (Item #8) that pays out severance or termination payouts that are equal to or greater than 300% of an executive officer’s base salary plus target short-term bonus. For example, Verizon discloses in the proxy statement that if CEO Hans Vestberg is terminated without cause, he could receive an estimated $39 million in termination payments, nearly seven times his 2019 base salary plus short-term bonus.
While AT&T (T) withdraws plans to repurchase stock worth $4 billion due to coronavirus, Verizon (VZ) is collaborating with first responders to provide seamless network connectivity.