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AT&T’s wireline margins expand slightly in 4Q14
Despite the decline in wireline revenue, the segment’s operating income grew marginally by ~1% year-over-year, or YoY, during 4Q14.
AT&T’s customer base continues modest growth in 4Q14
AT&T’s connected devices increased 21% year-over-year during 4Q14. The company added 1.9 million customers and connections in the fourth quarter.
Investment opportunities in the US telecom industry
Investors that like the US telecom industry’s fundamentals—for example, stable cash flows and high dividend yield—may invest in telecom ETFs.
Why are we seeing more adoption of larger mobile data plans?
Although the Mobile Share accounts for AT&T have tripled from 4.8 million in 2Q13 to 14.6 million in 2Q14, 10 GB or larger data plans have increased by more than five times, from 1.4 million to 7.2 million, during the same period.
Global Wireless Telecom Stocks Surge Ahead in 2015
Telecom stocks in the wireless telecommunications subsector that is part of the SPDR S&P International Telecom Sector ETF (IST) generated impressive average TTM returns of 17.96%.
Must know: Why AT&T’s wireline business continues to decline
In this series, we’ll discuss the main drivers behind AT&T’s wireline business. AT&T’s wireline business is as important for the company as its wireless business.
Will the US Dollar and Inventories Impact Crude Oil Futures?
March US crude oil (DBO) (UWT) futures contracts increased 1.8% to $65.61 per barrel on January 24, 2018.
Strong Demand and Production Cuts Could Impact Crude Oil Futures
US crude oil futures (DWT) (UCO) contracts for March delivery rose 0.96% to $66.14 per barrel on January 26, 2018.
What the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Delay Could Mean
T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint’s (S) merger met with new uncertainty last week when the FCC accused Sprint of subsidy misconduct.
Why T-Mobile Has Partnered with Burger King
T-Mobile is now offering subscribers a free Whopper sandwich. The wireless carrier has partnered with Burger King to reward customers.
Where T-Mobile and Sprint Stocks Might Go from Here
Most of the top institutional investors increased their stakes in T-Mobile. Capital World Investors added 7.7 million shares during the second quarter.
How AT&T Stock Is Placed for the Future
Telecommunications and media giant AT&T (T) stock is trading close to its 52-week high, and it continues to look strong.
What to Expect from American Tower in 2018 amid 5G Rollout
American Tower is likely to continue on a growth trajectory on the back of strategic investments and rapid expansion in emerging markets.
Telefonica Is a Dominant Player in Over 20 Countries
Telefonica SA (TEF SM) is headquartered in Spain and is one of the world’s largest telephone operators reaching more than 350 million customers.
Why AT&T Could See Declining Profitability in Coming Quarters
Around 37,000 AT&T (T) workers started a three-day strike on May 19 after failing to reach an agreement with the wireless carrier (IYZ) over new contracts.
How Verizon’s Dividend Yield Compares to AT&T’s
Telecom stocks (IYZ) have historically been a go-to source for generous dividends.
Telecom and Media Sectors: Weekly Updates for May 22–26
The telecom sector had a poor 1Q17 earnings season and was the worst performer among the ten broad sectors.
Why Some Popular Positions Become Risky
According to Factset data, around 93% of companies in the utilities (JXI) sector and 80% in the telecom (IXP) sector reported revenues below estimates in the second quarter of 2016.
Parker-Hannifin’s 2017 Guidance Suggests Slowdown in Industrials
Parker-Hannifin has guided its fiscal 2017 adjusted EPS at $6.40–$7.10. The midpoint of this range is roughly 4.5% higher than $6.46 in fiscal 2016.
What Sprint Plans for Its Wireless Customer Retention
In fiscal 4Q15, Sprint’s postpaid churn figure was ~1.7%. Verizon had the best retention of postpaid customers, with a postpaid churn of ~0.96% in 1Q16.
Sprint’s Losses Expected to Be Even Worse in Fiscal 3Q15
Sprint (S) will report its results for fiscal 3Q15 (calendar 4Q15) on January 26, 2016. Analysts anticipate Sprint’s losses to expand year-over-year during fiscal 3Q15.
Spate of Acquisitions Transformed AT&T’s Revenue Mix in 2015
During 3Q15, AT&T’s revenue and operating income totaled ~$39.1 billion and ~$5.9 billion, respectively.
AT&T Discusses Its 2016 Capital Expenditure
AT&T’s capital expenditure has fallen significantly in 9M15. During the period, capex fell approximately 18.1% YoY (year-over-year) to ~$13.9 billion.
Update on AT&T’s Cost Synergies after Its DIRECTV Acquisition
During the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, AT&T’s chief executive officer talked about the cost synergies from the DIRECTV acquisition.
IYZ Sees -$143.8 Million in Fund Outflows in the Trailing 12 Months
The IYZ ETF generated investor returns of 4.3% in the trailing-12-month period, 5.2% in the trailing-one-month period, and 7.9% in the trailing three years.
Bundled Services Spark Network Upgrades in Europe
Subscriptions to bundled services are expected to increase considerably in the next few years. Growth in broadband connections has been crucial to the success of bundled services.
Global Telecom Companies Are Growing Rapidly in 2015
Global telecom firms continue to grow from strength to strength in 2015. Positive market trends in mobile broadband, cloud computing, and big data management have ensured steady growth.
CEO Claure Plans to Harness Sprint Capacity Spectrum Holdings
Sprint plans to implement a considerable densification program to harness its capacity spectrum holdings, making capital expenditures of ~$5 billion in fiscal 2015.
Coatue Management Exits Its Position in Level 3 Communications
In 4Q14, Coatue Management exited its position in Level 3 Communications. Coatue sold 3,122,406 shares of Level 3. It represented 1.46% of the fund’s 3Q14 portfolio.
Verizon’s Wireless Revenues Grew in 4Q14
Verizon (VZ) reported its 4Q14 results on January 22, 2015. We’ll analyze the company’s quarterly performance while focusing on Verizon’s wireless revenues.
Sprint’s Promotions Attracted New Customers in Fiscal 3Q14
After the launch of Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 6 in September 2014, Sprint initiated a series of promotional plans to attract new customers to its network.
Sprint’s Postpaid Phone Gross Additions Increased
Sprint’s postpaid phone gross additions increased by 20% YoY during fiscal 3Q14. Its prime customer base in the segment also increased YoY during the quarter.
Sprint’s Gross Additions Increased in Fiscal 3Q14
Sprint reported its fiscal 3Q14 results on February 5, 2015. It’s one of the four national wireless carriers in the US. It witnessed high sales volume during the quarter.
AT&T’s Next adoption rate grows during 4Q14
AT&T’s Next adoption rate increased throughout 2014. In 4Q14, 58% of AT&T’s customers used the Next plan.
Mobile Share Value accounts drive AT&T’s data billings in 4Q14
The number of AT&T’s Mobile Share Value accounts more than doubled in 2014, growing by a significant 156% year-over-year at the end of 4Q14.
Why Sprint’s churn rate remains the worst in the industry
Sprint’s churn rate at 2.09% is the worst in the industry. AT&T’s is (T) the best. Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) take the second and third spots, respectively, among major telecom players in the U.S.
Why Verizon’s More Everything plan is becoming popular
More Everything is a plan where you get unlimited calling minutes, unlimited local and international messaging, shareable data for up to ten devices per account, mobile hot spot, and 25 gigabytes of Verizon cloud storage.
Why adoption of Verizon’s Edge program increased at a slow rate
During the conference call to announce the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) earnings, Verizon’s management mentioned that Edge adoption has increased from 13% in 1Q14 to 18% in 2Q14.
Why is the quality of the 4G network so important for Verizon?
Verizon continues to invest heavily in building its 4G LTE coverage and adding capacity for its existing coverage. Its capex spending increased from $3.6 billion in Q1 2013 to $4.2 billion in Q1 2014.