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  • Jul. 31, 2012, 6:17 PM

    AT&T (T) director Scott Ford, who was added to the board a month ago, has bought 55K shares at a price of $37.43. CEO Randall Stephenson recently sold 220K shares obtained through stock options.

    | Jul. 31, 2012, 6:17 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 31, 2012, 5:10 PM
    As part of a settlement with the FCC, Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) has agreed to stop blocking its customers from downloading tethering and mobile hotspot apps from Android Market. The settlement threatens Verizon's lucrative hotspot and 4G modem subscriptions. A similar deal with AT&T (T) could soon follow. Apple has thus far blocked tethering/hotspot apps from the App Store at the request of carriers.
    | Jul. 31, 2012, 5:10 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 30, 2012, 7:12 PM
    In spite of growing 4G deployments, Infonetics forecasts global mobile capex will be roughly flat from 2012 to 2016. One reason: AT&T and Verizon have been steadily reducing their capex/revenue ratio, even if growth is harmed. Also, European carriers, struggling with macro and debt woes, have become 4G laggards. In the crosshairs, assuming data traffic doesn't force carriers to spend more, are infrastructure vendors such as Ericsson (ERIC), Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), and Nokia Siemens (NOK, SI).
    | Jul. 30, 2012, 7:12 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 27, 2012, 4:53 PM

    AT&T (T) continues its strategy of boosting near-term EPS by making huge stock buybacks and keeping capex down. Ma Bell just added 300M shares (5.2% of outstanding shares) to its stock buyback program. The company repurchased 75.8M shares in Q2, and 67.7M in Q1 - those purchases were a big reason why AT&T beat Q2 EPS estimates in spite of a revenue miss. T +1.2% AH. (PR)

    | Jul. 27, 2012, 4:53 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 27, 2012, 1:23 PM

    Like Sprint, MetroPCS (PCS +4.7%) is rising on an upgrade a day after soaring thanks to a positive earnings report. Deutsche's reasons for lifting PCS to Buy: it thinks new 4G devices can produce a "sharper than anticipated return" to subscriber and ARPU growth; it believes the company has several "strategic alternatives," such as spectrum deals and a buyout; and shares trade at a 30% discount to larger peers. Leap Wireless (LEAP +7.5%) is also rallying.

    | Jul. 27, 2012, 1:23 PM
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 10:41 AM

    MetroPCS (PCS +33.3%) soars after delivering a Q2 report that beat depressed expectations. The discount carrier lost 186K subs during the quarter and saw churn rise 30 bps to 3.4%, but the Street was already expecting such figures. But it might not have expected MetroPCS' ARPU to edge higher to $40.62, its cost per gross addition to fall $44 Q/Q to $191, or its adjusted EBITDA to increase $215M Q/Q to $477M. LEAP +9.1% in sympathy. (PR)

    | Jul. 26, 2012, 10:41 AM
  • Jul. 24, 2012, 11:01 AM
    AT&T (T -1.9%), which has had a strong 2012 run-up, has turned negative following a mixed Q2 report. While the wireless division saw higher margins, rising ARPUs, and lower churn to go with 1.3M net adds (320K postpaid), wireline revenue fell 0.8% Y/Y, and U-Verse subscriber adds slipped from Q1 levels. Also, smartphone sales fell 7% Q/Q to 5.1M (iPhones -14% to 3.7M) - positive for near-term margins, but negative for long-term growth - and EPS was boosted by $2.5B worth of buybacks.
    | Jul. 24, 2012, 11:01 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 24, 2012, 7:43 AM

    More on AT&T (T): Earnings +10% Y/Y. Wireless operating income margin 30.3% from 26.9% last year. Wireless EBITDA service margin 45% from 41.1% last year. 5.1M smartphone sales, 3.7M iPhone activations. 61.9% of postpaid subscribers have smartphones, from 49.9% last year. Shares +1.5% premarket. (PR)

    | Jul. 24, 2012, 7:43 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 24, 2012, 7:31 AM
    AT&T (T): Q2 EPS of $0.66 beats by $0.03. Revenue of $31.6B (+0.3% Y/Y) misses by $100M. (PR)
    | Jul. 24, 2012, 7:31 AM
  • Jul. 24, 2012, 12:05 AM

    Notable earnings before Tuesday’s open: AME, APD, BIIB, BTU, CNC, COL, DD, DLPH, EMC, GNTX, ITW, LMT, LXK, MO, NXPI, PCAR, RAI, RF, SAP, SNV, SPG, T, UA, UPS, VMED, WHR, WU

    | Jul. 24, 2012, 12:05 AM
  • Jul. 23, 2012, 5:30 PM

    Notable earnings before Tuesday’s open: AME, APD, BIIB, BTU, CNC, COL, DD, DLPH, EMC, GNTX, ITW, LMT, LXK, MO, NXPI, PCAR, RAI, RF, SAP, SNV, SPG, T, UA, UPS, VMED, WHR, WU

    | Jul. 23, 2012, 5:30 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 23, 2012, 1:15 PM

    Privately-owned patent troll NTP has reached licensing deals with 13 tech and telecom companies: the list includes Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), and Samsung (SSNLF.PK). Terms haven't been disclosed; NTP reached a $612.5M settlement with Research In Motion in '06.

    | Jul. 23, 2012, 1:15 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 23, 2012, 11:38 AM

    AT&T (T) has reached 3-year deals with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) that cover over 18,700 employees. The CWA claims the deals, which include annual wage and pension increases, don't feature any major concessions on its part. A deal was reached with 8,800 CWA workers in April (PR)

    | Jul. 23, 2012, 11:38 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 23, 2012, 11:19 AM

    News Corp. (NWS) names its 18 month old education unit Amplify, which will focus on kindergarten up through high school, and provide digital products and services. Amplify is joining up with AT&T (T), using its 4G mobile tablet technology to introduce new products through tests in schools during the next academic year.

    | Jul. 23, 2012, 11:19 AM
  • Jul. 20, 2012, 10:27 AM

    Viacom (VIAB +0.8%) will get more than $600M/year from DirecTV (DTV -0.3%) in programming fees under their new seven-year agreement, up at least 20% from the previous terms, Bloomberg reports. The deal, which ended a 10-day blackout for the satellite TV service’s 20M U.S. viewers, was announced this morning without giving terms.

    | Jul. 20, 2012, 10:27 AM
  • Jul. 20, 2012, 7:11 AM

    DirecTV (DTV) agrees to restore Viacom's (VIA) networks to its 20M U.S. subscribers after a programming blackout that lasted more than a week. Financial details of the agreement weren't disclosed. (PR)

    | Jul. 20, 2012, 7:11 AM
Company Description
AT&T Inc, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in the United States and internationally. The Company has three reportable segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other.