VZ - Verizon Communications Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
55.92
-0.86 (-1.51%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

55.93 +0.01 (0.02%)
After hours: 7:13PM EDT

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Previous Close56.78
Open56.79
Bid55.71 x 800
Ask56.01 x 2200
Day's Range55.62 - 56.91
52 Week Range52.28 - 61.58
Volume12,474,825
Avg. Volume13,061,623
Market Cap231.272B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.51
PE Ratio (TTM)14.60
EPS (TTM)3.83
Earnings DateOct 21, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.41 (4.24%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-07-09
1y Target Est60.09
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  • 3 Stocks to Play in the Face of Continued Economic Unclarity
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    3 Stocks to Play in the Face of Continued Economic Unclarity

    The global economic outlook continues to be a blurry picture with President Trump ordering US companies to search for alternatives to China, and Fed chairman Jerome Powell pledging to act appropriately to sustain the economic expansion.

  • 3 Large-Cap Tech Stocks for Dividend Investors to Buy After Powell Update
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    3 Large-Cap Tech Stocks for Dividend Investors to Buy After Powell Update

    As bond yields slip, we searched using the Zacks Stock Screener for large-cap technology firms that also pay a dividend. Here are 3 of the strong tech stocks that came through our screen this morning...

  • Telecom Carriers Collaborate With States to Thwart Robocalls
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    Telecom Carriers Collaborate With States to Thwart Robocalls

    The move seems to be a major step in a synchronized attack on this perennial problem, as the Congress and the FCC have also embarked on decisive actions to curb unsolicited calls.

  • How a Tampa attorney played a lead role in a billion-dollar Silicon Valley real estate deal
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    How a Tampa attorney played a lead role in a billion-dollar Silicon Valley real estate deal

    Verizon is one of the biggest users and consumers of real estate, and Holland & Knight has one of the largest real estate practices in the country.

  • GlobeNewswire

    Redemption of 4.20% notes due 2046 and termination of listing on the Taipei Exchange

    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) today announced that it will redeem all of the outstanding 4.20% notes due September 22, 2046 (the “Notes”) in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Notes and the related indenture and delist the Notes from the Taipei Exchange on September 22, 2019 (the “Redemption Date”) and that it has caused notice of redemption to be given to each holder of the Notes in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Notes and the related indenture. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018.

  • Nokia Stock: Will There Be a 5G Payoff?
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    Nokia Stock: Will There Be a 5G Payoff?

    When Nokia (NYSE:NOK) last reported its earnings in late July, the shares got a nice boost. But the gains proved ephemeral. Consider that Nokia stock has gone from $5.70 to $5.14.Source: RistoH / Shutterstock.com But of course, disappointment has been common for the company. After all, for the past 15 years, the average return for NOK stock has been essentially 0%.Despite this, I actually think there is an opportunity here. In fact, the latest earnings report should be an encouraging sign that the company's transformation efforts are starting to show progress. In the quarter, revenues rose by a decent 7.2% to 5.69 billion euros, which handily beat the Street estimates. There was also a beat on the bottom line - that is, after adjusting for various good will and non-cash charges.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More NOK even reaffirmed its full-year guidance. The earnings are expected to range from 0.25 euros and 0.29 euros per share in 2019 and 0.37 euros and 0.29 euros per share the following year. All in all, the company is certainly expecting more momentum.And the reason for this? It's the 5G megatrend. Carriers like AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) are ramping up their efforts - and this means buying large amounts of telecom equipment.To get a sense of how strategic 5G is, just look at Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). The company abruptly settled its massive lawsuit against Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) largely because it needs its 5G systems. Let's face it, if AAPL wants to remain a top smartphone marker, it has little choice but to get the max from next-generation networks.So yes, this is very good for NOK. Through is acquisition of Alcatel, the company is one of the world's largest equipment providers for 5G. 5G Timing and NOK StockOK, if the 5G opportunity is so great, why hasn't it done much for NOK stock? Well, it's important to keep in mind that the sales cycles are long in the industry. Before deciding on making large capital investments, telecom operators do quite a bit of due diligence.Next, 5G projects are multi-year endeavors. And they are risky. Even slight issues with execution can derail a project.But the good news for NOK is that next year there will be significant rollouts of 5G networks - and this should provide a nice catalyst for growth.Again, the latest earnings report provided key details on the traction. For example, the company announced 45 commercial 5G deals and nine live networks, such as with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) and Sprint (NYSE:S). Interestingly enough, this is considerably more than rival Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC).Something else: The U.S.-China trade war will likely accelerate growth with NOK. Of course, Huawei has been a big target for President Donald Trump and this has caused quite a bit of disruption for the company. The result is that NOK should have more of an edge when getting new deals. Bottom Line on Nokia StockGranted, it's not easy to be bullish on NOK stock. The company's performance has certainly been choppy.But again, NOK has spent much time making significant changes in its business. Note that through next year, there are expected to be cost reductions of about $700 million euros.Even better, there should be improvement on the top-line as 5G hits critical mass. If anything, the buzz surrounding this technology should gin up lots of excitement.In other words, there's a good bet that NOK stock could finally get out of its funk - and fairly soon.Tom Taulli is the author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post Nokia Stock: Will There Be a 5G Payoff? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • State attorney general, telecom companies pledge to fight robocalls
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    State attorney general, telecom companies pledge to fight robocalls

    Twelve major telecommunication companies — including Comcast and AT&T; — have joined with Shapiro to prevent illegal robocalls.

  • Bloomberg

    Phone Companies Strike Deal With States to Fight Robocalls

    (Bloomberg) -- AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and 10 other large phone companies have struck an agreement with 51 attorneys general to enact technology to block robocalls before they reach consumers.The deal, announced Thursday, will help protect consumers from receiving illegal robocalls, and assist law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting bad actors, said North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, who is leading the effort that includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia.Under the deal, the companies will launch the call-blocking technology at no cost to consumers, and make other free anti-robocall devices and apps available to subscribers. “By signing on to these principles, industry leaders are taking new steps to keep your phone from ringing with an unwanted call,” Stein said in a statement.The companies are under pressure to protect consumers against the unwanted calls, which are a top source of complaints with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Across the U.S. there were 48 billion robocalls last year, up from 31 billion in 2017, according to a tally by YouMail Inc., a developer of software that blocks the calls.In July, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US Inc. said they were making progress toward installing technology to authenticate calls so consumers would know if the call is coming from the person supposedly making it. The FCC has demanded the technology be in place by the end of the year.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agreements with the states “align with the FCC’s own anti-robocalling and spoofing efforts,” including the agency’s caller authentication standards.“Few things can bring together policy leaders across the political spectrum like the fight against unwanted robocalls,” Pai said in a statement. “The FCC is committed to working together with Congress, state leaders, and our federal partners to put an end to unwanted robocalls.”Consumers are often duped into answering phone calls because they appear to be from a local number or business.“The bad actors running these deceptive operations will soon have one call left to make: to their lawyers,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in the statement.Companies InvolvedThe other companies signing the agreement are T-Mobile, CenturyLink Inc., Comcast Corp., Sprint Corp., Bandwidth Inc., Charter Communications Inc., Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc., Frontier Communications Corp., U.S. Cellular Corp. and Windstream Holdings Inc.The FCC has demanded that carriers adopt the system to digitally validate phone calls passing through the complex web of networks. The agency also has said that providers may block calls, and cast a preliminary vote to require the digital authentication if carriers fail to install it by year’s end.Several of the top U.S. carriers issued statements in concert with the state attorneys general announcement. While the group on a whole backed the effort, there were few if any new, specific anti-spam call actions or timelines mentioned.“It’s imperative that we stand together on a common set of goals that include stopping callers from hiding their identities, working with other carriers on efforts to trace back illegal calls to the source, and keeping the originators from sending robocalls in the first place," Verizon said in a statement.“The fight against the scourge of illegal robocalls requires all hands on deck, and we welcome and appreciate the support of the state attorneys general,” AT&T said in a statement.(Updates with carriers and FCC comment beginning in seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Erik Larson and Scott Moritz.To contact the reporters on this story: Jonathan Reid in Washington at jreid98@bloomberg.net;Susan Decker in Washington at sdecker1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at jmorgan97@bloomberg.net, ;Keith Perine at kperine2@bloomberg.net, Elizabeth WassermanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • GlobeNewswire

    Verizon joins State Attorneys General in enhanced effort to battle robocalls

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 22, 2019 -- State attorneys general for all 50 states, and for the District of Columbia, announced a new partnership today with the communications.

  • GlobeNewswire

    More Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service in more places with more smartphones

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  • Jeff Clark’s Market Minute: World War 5G
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    Jeff Clark’s Market Minute: World War 5G

    Mike's Note: For the past week, we've featured Jeff Brown's insights on the 5G wireless network rollout. Thanks to his direct connection to Silicon Valley's inner circle, and his decades of experience in the technology sector, Jeff's able to uncover big tech news before it hits the mainstream media.Source: Shutterstock Earlier, he showed us why this tech isn't just an investment megatrend, but a "winner-take-all economic struggle."Read on below as Jeff continues to dive into why deploying this technology is a must-win race for the U.S… and a smart move for our national security…InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBy Jeff Brown, Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorIn the summer of 2018, Boston-based cybersecurity firm Cybereason discovered something troubling… * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More The company exposed a massive international espionage campaign that had hacked into at least 10 major wireless carriers.The hackers wanted to track around 20 high-profile political and military figures - including monitoring their phone calls, texts, and physical locations. It's something right out of a spy movie.This campaign (called Operation Soft Cell) had been going on for years. And based on the data, it appeared to be a nation-state attack - by China.Now, Cybereason didn't release the identities of the targets. It's too dangerous. And while we don't know for sure, prominent Western targets are a safe bet.But all this info was revealed to key U.S. government officials around the same time they started banning 5G tech and networking equipment from China's Huawei and ZTE.And today, I'll share why the ban was a smart move for our national security - and what it means for investors… The Next Generation of Wireless TechYou see, I've been tracking the 5G space very closely. It's the next evolution of wireless networks. And these new networks are going live on a weekly - and sometimes, daily - basis.On average, 5G will deliver mobile speeds 100 times faster than the 4G networks we connect to today. And having the fastest possible communications network on the planet is critical for economic growth and strength…Consider this: The economic impact of 5G will be in the range of three to five times more than the 4G wireless buildout.With 5G, as much as $275 billion will be invested by U.S. wireless carriers. Roughly three million jobs will be created in the U.S. And we can expect approximately $500 billion in GDP growth, too.At an industry level, expect $200 billion invested per year through 2025.So it's no wonder President Trump is eager to push the 5G wireless buildout forward.In fact, early last year, the current administration "threatened" to build out its own national 5G network if wireless carriers couldn't get it done. And my suspicion is that it was a warning.The White House was saying, "Get out there and build these 5G networks quickly - or we'll do it for you." It was lighting a fire under private companies involved in the 5G buildout.And it worked…Verizon just launched 5G in four more U.S. cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. So President Trump and America's senators will now have access to blazing-fast 5G.Now, some of us might be thinking that this early 5G coverage launch in D.C. isn't a coincidence. And we'd be absolutely right…Putting 5G tech in the hands of busy policymakers demonstrates progress. After all, the president has made his intentions on 5G very clear. In April, he said:The race to 5G is a race America must win, and it's a race, frankly, that our great companies are now involved in. We've given them the incentive they need. It's a race that we will win.And America winning this 5G race could be a matter of national security… Wireless World WarHere's what I mean by that: Countries leading the way in deploying 5G networks will have a competitive advantage over others.And the tech companies in these "first-mover" countries will be the first to develop the hardware and software enabling these 5G wireless services.Now, the fear is that China will set the 5G precedent. It'd leave America dependent on Chinese 5G infrastructure. The U.S. would be vulnerable to further cyber-spying.That's why Cybereason's discovery of Operation Soft Cell was alarming. And it's why the government further determined equipment from Huawei and ZTE was a security threat.Now, given the scale and origin of the operation, the ban looks like a smart move.Plus, the president is now insistent on getting America's 5G networks built out quickly - by American and European firms.And for investors, here's the bottom line…Behind the scenes, the world's top superpowers - the U.S. and China - are waging a war for 5G supremacy.So 5G is an unstoppable trend. And companies providing the necessary tech for these 5G networks will benefit.American Tower (NYSE:AMT) is one of these wireless communications infrastructure companies. It builds and maintains communications infrastructure like cell towers.It was instrumental in the 4G buildout that started in 2011. And it's also heavily involved in erecting and maintaining the towers used in the 5G buildout.Right now, investors should be looking at companies like American Tower that provide critical network infrastructure. These key 5G stocks will soar.Keep this trend on your radar. I expect 5G to be the best investing opportunity of the next decade.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorP.S. Investors who miss the 5G boom will regret it for the rest of their lives. I expect key 5G stocks to soar as much as 10x - perhaps higher. 99% of investors will miss this chance. I encourage you not to be one of them.That's why I'm hosting the 5G Investment Summit tonight at 8 p.m. ET. I'll reveal my stock-picking method for finding the fastest-moving 5G stocks. I'll even give you the name of my No. 1 5G company to add to your watchlist.I haven't revealed this research anywhere else. And the only way to claim it is by signing up right here. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post Jeff Clark's Market Minute: World War 5G appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Trump Incentivizes Top Wireless Carriers to Build America’s 5G Network
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    Trump Incentivizes Top Wireless Carriers to Build America’s 5G Network

    Chris' note: There's a lot of excitement building around my colleague Jeff Brown's 5G summit. It kicks off tonight. And there's still time to secure your slot. Just follow this link and add your name to the guest list.Source: Shutterstock For today's dispatch, we're handing the reins over to Jeff. Below, he digs into why 5G is not only an unstoppable investment trend, but also a matter of national security. In fact, as you'll see, 5G is on President Trump's radar right now as a top national security priority…Last summer, a Boston-based cybersecurity firm called Cybereason discovered something disturbing…InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIt was a massive espionage campaign targeting at least 10 major wireless carriers around the world.The hackers were tracking about 20 political and military targets. They were collecting data from these carriers about the targets' phone calls, texts, and physical locations.It's right out of a spy movie. * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More This campaign - dubbed Operation Soft Cell - had been going on since 2012. And Cybereason says all the evidence points to the culprit being a hacker crew working for Chinese intelligence.Now, we don't know who the Chinese spies were targeting. That's still top-secret information.But what's clear is that key Trump administration officials got wind of this campaign around the same time they started banning 5G networking equipment from two Chinese firms: Huawei (pronounced "wah-way") and ZTE.Today, I'll show you why the ban was a smart move for our national security. I'll also show you some of the specific ways you can profit from the 5G boom.Next-Generation TechI've been tracking the 5G space for my readers since 2017.It's the next evolution of the wireless networks that connect your smartphone to the internet. These new networks are going live on a weekly - and sometimes daily - basis.On average, 5G will deliver speeds 100 times faster than the 4G networks we use today.And having the fastest possible communications network on the planet is critical for our economy.That's why U.S. wireless carriers will invest as much as $275 billion in 5G networks. This will create about 3 million jobs for Americans. And 5G will add about $500 billion to U.S. economic output.At an industry level, expect $200 billion invested every year through 2025.That's why 5G has gained an influential supporter…Trump Is Backing 5G TechPresident Trump is eager to speed up the 5G wireless build-out.Early last year, his administration threatened to build its own national 5G network if wireless carriers couldn't get it done.My suspicion is that it was a warning.The White House was telling Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T), and T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS), "Get out there and build these 5G networks quickly - or we'll do it for you."In other words, it was lighting a fire under private companies involved in the 5G build-out.And it worked…Verizon just launched 5G in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. So President Trump and America's senators will now have access to blazing-fast 5G.Now, you may be thinking this early 5G coverage launch in D.C. isn't a coincidence. And you'd be right…But putting 5G tech in the hands of policymakers demonstrates progress. After all, the president has made his intentions on 5G clear. In April, he said:The race to 5G is a race America must win, and it's a race, frankly, that our great companies are now involved in. We've given them the incentive they need. It's a race that we will win.And the president is right…Wireless World WarCountries leading the deployment of 5G networks will have a competitive advantage over their rivals.And the tech companies in these first-mover countries will be the first to develop and sell the hardware and software for 5G wireless services.Remember, new technologies such as self-driving cars and fleets of remote trucks depend on the data speeds 5G brings.Now, the fear is that China will take the lead. That would leave the U.S. dependent on Chinese 5G infrastructure. We'd be vulnerable to more cyber spying from Chinese spies.That's why the president wants the country's 5G network built out quickly. And it's why he wants it to be built by U.S. and European firms.As I've been showing you, 5G is an unstoppable trend. And companies providing the necessary tech for these 5G networks will benefit.What to Do NowI've been recommending my readers look at companies that provide critical network infrastructure.Take American Tower (NYSE:AMT). I put it on my readers' radars in July 2018.AMT builds and maintains wireless network infrastructure such as cell towers.The firm played a key role in the 4G build-out that started in 2011. Today, it's also involved in putting up the towers used in the 5G build-out.And it's been a great stock to own.But that was just the first phase of the 5G boom.My research shows that the third and final phase is going to be the most profitable by far.During the 4G era, individual stocks soared 868%, 1,745%, and even 3,200%. I believe the biggest winners during the final phase of the 5G boom could soar even higher with time.I'll be revealing full details of my market "script" for 5G today, August 22 at 8 p.m. ET.That's when I'm hosting my free 5G investment summit, The Final Phase of the 5G Boom.I'll show you why the final phase I've identified is set to be so profitable. And I'll give you my checklist for picking the best 5G stocks. I'll even give you the name of my No. 1 5G watchlist company.I hope to see you there. You can save your spot here.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech Investor More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post Trump Incentivizes Top Wireless Carriers to Build Americaa€™s 5G Network appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Telecom Stock Roundup: Verizon-AT&T TV Strategies, Qualcomm's Patent Deal & More
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    Telecom Stock Roundup: Verizon-AT&T TV Strategies, Qualcomm's Patent Deal & More

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  • 5G Stocks To Invest In Span Chipmakers Marvell And Xilinx, Apple, Keysight
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    5G Stocks To Invest In Span Chipmakers Marvell And Xilinx, Apple, Keysight

    It's early days in the 5G wireless networks build-out. What 5G stocks will get a boost? The top 5G stocks in which to invest include chipmakers, network gear and fiber-optics makers.

  • The Battle for 5G Supremacy
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    The Battle for 5G Supremacy

    Mike's Note: As we've shown you for the past week, our friend and colleague Jeff Brown has his ear to the ground on what he's calling the biggest technological leap - and money-making opportunity - of the next decade: the rollout of 5G networks.Source: Shutterstock And as Jeff shows below, this is more than just a profitable investment trend. Read on to find out how the race to build 5G networks is a matter of national security… and why it's a must-win race for the United States…By Jeff Brown, Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorInvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe United States and China are locked in a winner-take-all economic struggle. * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More And no, I'm not talking about the ongoing trade negotiations. It's something else.Whoever wins will be the economic powerhouse of the next decade. The stakes are that high.Let me tell you what I mean… Hostile TakeoverLast year, we almost saw a merger between technology firms Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). Had it gone through, it would have been the largest tech deal to date.Broadcom had been pursuing Qualcomm since November 2017. It initially offered an unsolicited bid of $103 billion to acquire controlling interest of Qualcomm.Qualcomm resisted. So Broadcom took another route.It initiated a hostile takeover of Qualcomm. That's when an acquiring company attempts to bypass its target's board and purchases a controlling interest in the company directly from shareholders. Very often, this means offering to buy shares at a premium.At $117 billion, the new bid for Qualcomm would have represented the largest technology merger in history.But then the White House stepped in… President Trump blocked the merger. The president said that "credible evidence" suggested that the takeover would pose a risk to U.S. national security.The official details are classified. But I believe I know why the White House took this unprecedented step.At the heart of the president's decision to block the merger is fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology.And here's why that's important… The Coming Wave of 5GWhen you connect to the internet on your computer, smartphone, or smart TV, a vast physical communications infrastructure makes that connection possible.And over the years, our wireless networks - and the infrastructure that supports them - have evolved.It all started in the 1980s with first-generation (1G) networks. Compared to what's possible today, it didn't allow much. You could only place voice calls - there was no layer for carrying other types of data. And you had to use one of those brick-sized cell phones Gordon Gekko yaps into in the movie Wall Street.But from then on, a new network generation went live roughly every 10 years. Each provided faster download speeds and more applications. The most recent one, 4G, went live around 2011.Now we're shifting to the fifth generation of wireless networks - 5G. And it represents the largest leap in wireless technology to date. A Leap ForwardThe current 4G networks are a disappointment.The developers that built the 4G network thought it would deliver average download speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps). But in reality, many people see much lower speeds.[Megabits per second, or Mbps, is a common measurement for internet connection and download speeds. For example, to stream a high-definition video from Netflix, you need a download speed of at least 5 Mbps.]At the time of writing, the U.S. has an average download speed of about 16 Mbps with LTE connections. According to a 2018 OpenSignal report, we're in 62nd place, behind Romania (at 28 Mbps) and Finland (at 26.6 Mbps). Even Dracula and the reindeers have internet speeds faster than most Americans.But with 5G, the peak speed jumps to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). One gigabit is 1,000 megabits. So at peak speed, 5G will be 1,000 times faster than the average 4G connection we have today.Even if we just assume that average 5G speeds would be 10% of their potential, we're still looking at 1,000 Mbps. That means that average 5G speeds will be 100 times faster than what we have today.With that kind of speed, you'll be able to download a two-hour movie in 10 seconds. Dropped phone calls and slow-loading web pages will be a thing of the past.Plus, some previously "sci-fi" tech will finally become a reality. Technologies like self-driving cars, virtual reality, and holographic projection will all operate over high-speed 5G connections. The applications are endless.5G is a game-changer because of all the technological innovation it will bring about. It'll be responsible for $12 trillion worth of new goods and services by 2035. That's about 70% of America's total GDP in 2018.And here's why the government considers the completion of 5G a matter of national security… Matter of National SecurityCountries that lead the way in deploying these networks will have a competitive economic advantage over other countries. And the technology companies in these "first-mover" countries will be the first to develop the hardware and software enabling these 5G wireless services.Right now, the government's fear is that China will set the 5G precedent.For context, Chinese company Huawei supplies the infrastructure and support for more than half of the 537 4G networks around the world. And suspicions have abounded for years about the company using its technology to spy on U.S. network traffic. And since 2018, tensions are reaching new highs.This led to Huawei being banned for a time from the U.S. and several other Western markets over spying concerns.The U.S. government sees it as an imperative that U.S. wireless networks are built out quickly - with U.S. and European technology - to ensure that the country's networks are less likely to fall victim to foreign espionage.That's why the Trump administration blocked the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger.You see, while Broadcom recently stated its intention to bring most of its business back to the U.S., the bulk of its business is still based in Singapore. And while Singapore is its own country, it's heavily controlled by Chinese Singaporeans.The concern was that Broadcom would force Qualcomm to cut back on its research and development into 5G, letting Huawei fill the void and making U.S. wireless networks vulnerable to cyberspying.This isn't wild speculation, either.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a government agency that oversees foreign investment in American companies, addressed this issue. It specifically mentioned the threat posed by Huawei in the 5G space when officially recommending the blocking of the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger.The Trump administration even threatened to take things one step further… Nationalized InfrastructureIn January 2018, leaked White House documents showed that the U.S. government was considering nationalizing the 5G network build-out - in other words, seizing control of wireless networks from AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), and other service providers… and putting them in the hands of the government.I had a hunch at the time that this was just a warning… a way to light a fire under the U.S. companies involved in the 5G build-out.The Trump administration was saying, "Get out there and build these 5G networks quickly, or we'll do it for you."And I was right. Trump has since said he opposes nationalizing the U.S. 5G network.But sending a warning was a very smart move by the administration. And it worked.Verizon and AT&T - along with T-Mobile and Sprint, which are in the process of merging - are already building out 5G networks in dozens of cities around the country.The hope is to have the U.S. regain leadership in wireless network deployments, which will stimulate even stronger leadership in wireless network technology.If the U.S. fails, the government fears that America would be dependent on Chinese technology to make use of 5G. That would give China an enormous amount of leverage over the U.S.Not to mention, 5G is expected to create more than $12 trillion in wealth. Whoever sets the 5G precedent will be the economic powerhouse for the foreseeable future.This is a race the United States must win at all costs.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorP.S. The 5G race is far from over… In fact, it's just getting into full swing.That's why I'm hosting the 5G Investment Summit today, August 22 at 8 p.m. ET. I'll show you why investing alongside the 5G rollout is a once-in-a-decade opportunity. Key 5G stocks will soar 10X at least. I'll reveal how I spot these winners. And I'll even give you the name of my favorite 5G company on my watchlist. Reserve your spot here. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post The Battle for 5G Supremacy appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • All You Need to Know About Verizon (VZ) Rating Upgrade to Buy
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    All You Need to Know About Verizon (VZ) Rating Upgrade to Buy

    Verizon (VZ) has been upgraded to a Zacks Rank 2 (Buy), reflecting growing optimism about the company's earnings prospects. This might drive the stock higher in the near term.

  • Cable Firms Shrug Off Video Losses By Playing The Broadband Card
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  • For 5G Stocks, the Race Just Heated Up Big Time
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    For 5G Stocks, the Race Just Heated Up Big Time

    Lately it's hard to get away from all the trade-war headlines. In the meantime, many investors are missing the other "trade war" -- the one involving 5G stocks.And there's been some interesting developments there that I'd like to call to your attention today.Pretty much all the big mobile carriers, from AT&T (NYSE:T) to Verizon (NYSE:VZ), are racing to roll out their own network with the superfast 5G technology. Overseas, Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) has been rolling out 5G across Europe and, soon, New Zealand.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut before you can use a 5G network, you've got to have a 5G phone. And really, that race is between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung, and Huawei. * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill Apple is expected to introduce 5G next year -- with a 5G iPhone, plus a 5G MacBook. (Yes, a MacBook with cellular service!)Samsung has them beat. It got there in April, with the Galaxy S10 5G.Now, Huawei is pulling into second place in the 5G race. On Friday, it began selling its Mate 20 X 5G phone at home in China.Source: Huawei Huawei was no household name here in the United States until it got caught in the trade war. You may recall that in May, the U.S. government "blacklisted" Huawei. Once the 90-day grace period is up, American firms will no longer be allowed to even supply parts for Huawei phones.But there's a reason U.S. companies (and everyone else) are eager to do business in China:China has over 1.4 billion people. In other words, nearly one-fifth of humanity lives there. Not only is China the largest country by population… it's also the second-largest economy.And that economy is booming -- I've seen it with my own eyes. I was just in China this spring, and quickly reported back in Investment Opportunities about the opportunity I saw there. Skyscrapers are cropping up as fast as weeds in your yard. Most importantly, there remains a huge, untapped market of potential customers for smart devices. And those customers will want 5G.The World's Biggest Investor in 5GThe story here is much bigger than a Huawei phone. 5G is central to the country's "Made in China 2025" plan. But even in the current five-year plan (2015 to 2020), China set aside $400 billion for 5G investment. (That's roughly equivalent to the entire market cap of Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), the "Amazon of China.")When Deloitte ran those numbers through 2018, it found that China had outspent the United States by $24 billion on 5G infrastructure.As a result, China will be a huge testing ground for: * Super-fast smartphones from Huawei, running on 5G networks from China's state-owned mobile providers, like China Mobile (NYSE:CHL). * Smart highways. Speaking of China Mobile, that company is working on smart toll stations, plus traffic-tracking devices powered by artificial intelligence, which will help the country implement autonomous vehicles. * In addition to self-driving cars, there'll be self-driving buses. In the city of Zhengzhou - roughly 450 miles southwest of Beijing, where I stayed in May - the bus company Yutong is already testing electric buses that are autonomous… and avoid collisions by communicating via 5G. * Smart streetlamps. Yes, even the streetlamps will connect to the 5G network. The lamps will be automatically adjusted, depending on the time of day and the weather conditions (making them more energy-efficient).The possibilities are pretty much endless.But they're just that -- possibilities -- until you have the right hardware.That's true of any tech trend. It was true in the 1990s, when Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) provided the "plumbing" that got all our homes and businesses connected to the internet. It was true in the 2000s, when Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) provided the chips that made the first iPhones work. (And they're still in the iPhones of today, for that matter.)Here's the key with 5G: All of those devices need to be powered.That's why any investor needs to be on the lookout for the next big breakthrough in battery technology. It's an innovation that will have multi-trillion-dollar economic implications:Think of a world with self-driving electric cars that have massive ranges. Think of an iPhone that needs charging just once per month. Think of mass adoption of clean solar and wind energy. Think of airplanes that run on batteries. Think of the eventual demise of the oil and gas industry.This is where we're headed -- but there are some serious limitations to the current technology! Lithium-ion batteries are too bulky, without enough battery life, and with too many safety concerns, not to mention the fact that key materials are in short supply. That's why I believe the next big battery breakthrough will go down as one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century.I've spent an enormous amount of time studying the battery industry. I can tell you this mega innovation isn't a matter of "if," it's a matter of "when." Click here for my presentation with the results of my research. That way, you can get in on this trend BEFORE the world catches on.Insiders are already calling this potential new battery a "paradigm shift" in energy technology. Forbes calls it simply: "The battery that could change the world."Folks who get in on this breakthrough now, BEFORE it's rolled out on a mass scale, will have the chance to be a part of perhaps the single largest legal creation of wealth in the last 25 years.I can share with you what I've learned and show you how to profit. Click here to learn more.Matthew McCall left Wall Street to actually help investors -- by getting them into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA) and +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), just to name a few. Click here to see what Matt has up his sleeve now. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post For 5G Stocks, the Race Just Heated Up Big Time appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Trump Blocks Tech Merger to Stimulate 5G Leadership
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    Trump Blocks Tech Merger to Stimulate 5G Leadership

    Chris' note: What do self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality have in common? There's one piece of bleeding-edge technology that unites them all…Source: Shutterstock Regular readers know I'm talking about 5G. It's one of the biggest trends on Jeff Brown's radar.Jeff is our go-to tech expert here at The Daily Cut. And this Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m. ET, he's hosting a free 5G investment summit.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs you'll see, we're about to enter what Jeff calls the "Final Phase of the 5G Boom." If he's right, folks have a real shot at watching a series of small investments return 500%… 1,000%… and more. If you're serious about profiting from the 5G boom, you'll want to reserve your spot right here.But you don't have to wait until Thursday to learn more about 5G… and why Jeff believes it will be the most important tech trend over the next decade. Below, he shows why 5G is central to a global battle America must win. And the economic impact will be huge…The United States and China are locked in a winner-take-all economic struggle.And no, I'm not talking about the ongoing trade negotiations. It's something else.Whoever wins will be the economic powerhouse of the next decade. The stakes are that high.Let me show you what I mean…Hostile TakeoverLast year, we almost saw a merger between technology firms Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). Had it gone through, it would have been the largest tech deal to date.Broadcom had been pursuing Qualcomm since November 2017. It initially offered an unsolicited bid of $103 billion to acquire controlling interest of Qualcomm.Qualcomm resisted. So Broadcom took another route.It initiated a hostile takeover of Qualcomm. That's when an acquiring company attempts to bypass its target's board and purchases a controlling interest in the company directly from shareholders. Very often, this means offering to buy shares at a premium.At $117 billion, the new bid for Qualcomm would have represented the largest technology merger in history.But then the White House stepped in… President Trump blocked the merger. The president said that "credible evidence" suggested that the takeover would pose a risk to U.S. national security.The official details are classified. But I believe I know why the White House took this unprecedented step.At the heart of the president's decision to block the merger is fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology.And here's why that's important…The Coming Wave of 5GWhen you connect to the internet on your computer, smartphone, or smart TV, a vast physical communications infrastructure makes that connection possible.And over the years, our wireless networks - and the infrastructure that supports them - have evolved.It all started in the 1980s with first-generation (1G) networks. Compared to what's possible today, 1G didn't allow much. You could only place voice calls - there was no layer for carrying other types of data. And you had to use one of those brick-sized cell phones Gordon Gekko yaps into in the movie Wall Street.But from then on, a new network generation went live roughly every 10 years. Each provided faster download speeds and more applications. The most recent one, 4G, went live around 2011.Now we're shifting to the fifth generation of wireless networks - 5G. And it represents the largest leap in wireless technology to date.A Leap ForwardThe current 4G networks are a disappointment. They're much slower than what the original developers thought the networks would deliver.Worst of all, the U.S. is in 62nd place when it comes to download speeds. That's going by a 2018 OpenSignal report.But with 5G, it's a different story. At peak speed, 5G will be almost 1,000 times faster than the average 4G connection we have today.We'll be going from an average of 16 megabits per second with current LTE connections… to 10 gigabits per second. (One gigabit is 1,000 megabits.)Even if we assume average 5G speeds will be 10% of their potential, we'd be looking at 1,000 megabits per second. That's almost 100 times faster than what we have today.With that kind of speed, you'll be able to download a two-hour movie in 10 seconds. Dropped phone calls and slow-loading web pages will be a thing of the past.Plus, some previously "sci-fi" tech will finally become a reality. Technologies like self-driving cars, virtual reality, and holographic projection will all operate over high-speed 5G connections. The applications are endless.5G is a game-changer because of all the technological innovation it will bring about. It'll be responsible for $12 trillion worth of new goods and services by 2035. That's about 70% of America's total GDP in 2018.And here's why the government considers the completion of 5G a matter of national security…Matter of National SecurityCountries that lead the way in deploying these networks will have a competitive economic advantage over other countries. And the technology companies in these "first-mover" countries will be the first to develop the hardware and software enabling these 5G wireless services.Right now, our government's fear is that China will set the 5G precedent.For context, Chinese company Huawei supplies the infrastructure and support for more than half of the 537 4G networks around the world. Suspicions have abounded for years about the company using its technology to spy on U.S. network traffic. And since 2018, tensions are reaching new highs.This led to Huawei being banned for a time from the U.S. and several other Western markets over spying concerns.The U.S. government sees it as an imperative that U.S. wireless networks are built out quickly - with U.S. and European technology - to ensure that the country's networks are less likely to fall victim to foreign espionage.That's why the Trump administration blocked the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger.While Broadcom recently stated its intention to bring most of its business back to the U.S., the bulk of its business is still based in Singapore. And while Singapore is its own country, it's heavily controlled by Chinese Singaporeans.The concern was that Broadcom would force Qualcomm to cut back on its 5G research and development, letting Huawei fill the void and making U.S. wireless networks vulnerable to cyberspying.This isn't wild speculation, either.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is a government agency that oversees foreign investment in American companies. It officially recommended blocking the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger. And it specifically mentioned the threat Huawei posed in the 5G space.The Trump administration even threatened to take things one step further…Nationalized InfrastructureIn January 2018, leaked White House documents showed that the U.S. government was considering nationalizing the 5G network build-out.In other words, it wanted to seize control of wireless networks from AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), and other service providers… and put them in the hands of the government.I had a hunch at the time that this was just a warning… a way to light a fire under the U.S. companies involved in the 5G build-out.The Trump administration was saying, "Get out there and build these 5G networks quickly, or we'll do it for you."And I was right. Trump has since said he opposes nationalizing the U.S. 5G network.But sending a warning was a very smart move by the administration. And it worked.Verizon and AT&T are already building out 5G networks in dozens of cities around the country. So are T-Mobile and Sprint, which are in the process of merging.The hope is for the U.S. to regain leadership in wireless network deployments. This will stimulate even stronger leadership in wireless network technology.If the U.S. fails, the government fears that America would depend on Chinese 5G technology. That would give China an enormous amount of leverage over the U.S.And remember, 5G is expected to create more than $12 trillion in wealth. Whoever sets the 5G precedent will be the economic powerhouse for the foreseeable future.This is a race the United States must win at all costs.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech InvestorP.S. The 5G race isn't over yet… That's why this Thursday I'm hosting a free 5G investment summit, The Final Phase of the 5G Boom.Key 5G stocks will soar 10X at least. And on August 22 at 8 p.m. ET, I'll show you how I spot these winners. I'll even give you the name of the top 5G company on my watchlist. If you're serious about investing in the 5G boom, you'll want to reserve your spot here. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Trump Blocks Tech Merger to Stimulate 5G Leadership appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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