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  • Jan. 25, 2011, 11:33 AM

    Nokia (NOK) is -4.3% on expectation it will report yet more handset market share loss in Q4. It faces rivals like Apple (AAPL +0.3%) on one side, and low cost Asian vendors at the other. "It is caught in a pincer movement," notes Strategy Analytics, which predicts Nokia's Q4 market share will be about 33%, down from 2009 Q4's 39%.

    | Jan. 25, 2011, 11:33 AM
  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:44 AM

    Sources says Apple (AAPL -0.7%) has selected Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Pegatron to produce 'at least' 10M iPhone 5 units. Given Apple will probably also use Foxconn (FXCNY.PK) to produce the device, the initial batch of the model could be much bigger. Pegatron is trying to fulfill its existing 12M to 15M iPhone 4 order.

    | Jan. 25, 2011, 9:44 AM
  • Jan. 25, 2011, 8:12 AM
    Sources claim the iPhone (AAPL -0.2%) and iPad will get a 'near-field communication' boost to let customers make mobile purchases. This is a no-brainer, given the boom in mobile transactions. It could also cut out middlemen like PayPal (EBAY) and lower Apple's transaction costs.
    | Jan. 25, 2011, 8:12 AM
  • Jan. 25, 2011, 6:43 AM
    Verizon Communications (VZ): Q4 EPS of $0.54 misses by $0.01. Revenue of $26.39B (-2.6% Y/Y) misses by $0.09B. (PR)
    | Jan. 25, 2011, 6:43 AM
  • Jan. 25, 2011, 12:05 AM
    Notable earnings before Tuesday's open: AKS, BHI, BTU, COH, DD, DGX, EAT, EMC, ERIC, GLW, HOG, JNJ, KEY, KMB, MMM, NEE, RF, TLAB, VZ, X
    | Jan. 25, 2011, 12:05 AM
  • Jan. 24, 2011, 2:27 PM

    A Baird survey says 11% of Verizon (VZ +0.3%) feature phone users will buy the new iPhone (AAPL), and another 18% claim a purchase is probable. A quarter of Verizon smartphone users will probably switch, too. This may dampen 2011 earnings - which Baird estimates will be $2.10/share, below the average of $2.21/share.

    | Jan. 24, 2011, 2:27 PM
  • Jan. 24, 2011, 12:08 PM

    Research In Motion (RIMM +1.1%) hopes to fend of the iPhone (AAPL +2.2%) by offering software to let BlackBerry users segregate personal info from work apps like email. This will further differentiate BlackBerry from Apple and Android (GOOG -0.4%) phones, which are used professionally and privately without proper security.

    | Jan. 24, 2011, 12:08 PM
  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:00 PM

    Research in Motion (RIMM -1.3%) hopes offering more enterprise-class tools that provide security and compliance will end CIO flirtation with the iPhone (AAPL -1.2%). It will offer a BlackBerry client for SharePoint (MSFT -0.8%), and middleware for app integration and to manage cloud-based mobile devices.

    | Jan. 21, 2011, 2:00 PM
  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:53 AM

    Verizon (VZ +1.1%) will report a pre-tax charge of $600M for 2010 because of changes in its pension accounting method. The new policy, similar to one adopted by AT&T (T +0.3%), means it recognizes pension plan gains and losses in the year they happen. This "effectively moves $20.2B worth of future losses into the past," notes one observer.

    | Jan. 21, 2011, 9:53 AM
  • Jan. 21, 2011, 7:55 AM
    Verizon (VZ) asks a federal appeals court to overturn the FCC's net neutrality rules. The lawsuit is the first of several challenges expected to be filed. At the other end of the spectrum, public interest groups continue to insist net neutrality doesn't go far enough.
    | Jan. 21, 2011, 7:55 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:01 AM
    T-Mobile (DTEGY.PK) will boost sales by $3B by 2014 and is mulling partnerships to access enough spectrum to build a next-gen wireless network. The carrier has trailed rivals who benefitted from 3G networks. It plans to rebound with new data plans and LTE services, while reducing 2011's churn rate to 2%, down from 2.4% in Q3 2010.
    | Jan. 20, 2011, 11:01 AM
  • Jan. 20, 2011, 9:46 AM

    Sources say Nokia (NOK +1.2%) nixed the rumored U.S. launch of its X7 smartphone on the AT&T (T +0.1%) network, for reasons that are unclear. Nokia needs to beef up its smartphone presence in the U.S. where it lags. Nevertheless, Nokia states it's "working hard with our U.S. carrier partners."

    | Jan. 20, 2011, 9:46 AM
  • Jan. 19, 2011, 9:21 AM

    The Q1 iPhone (AAPL) surge clearly won't help struggling Nokia (NOK -1.3%), which is expected to see continued profit decline. Apple's "stellar" quarter shows smartphone demand - but Apple's strength also will hurt "others struggling to gain traction in an extremely competitive and over supplied high-tier segment," says CCS Insight.

    | Jan. 19, 2011, 9:21 AM
  • Jan. 19, 2011, 8:28 AM

    With all the excitement around Apple's (AAPL +1.9%) Q1 numbers, analysts "blew their chance" to grill executives for hints about CEO Steve Jobs and the future. And COO Tim Cook answered one product road map query with: "I don’t want to let anyone know about our magic because I don’t want anyone copying it."

    | Jan. 19, 2011, 8:28 AM
  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:23 PM

    Clearwire's (CLWR +2.4%) directors elect John Stanton as the new chairman, replacing Craig McCaw, who abruptly resigned last month. An industry veteran, Stanton has been a company director since 2008. Earlier this month, the board also appointed former CEO of Clearwire Benjamin Wolff as director to fill McCaw's empty slot.

    | Jan. 18, 2011, 1:23 PM
  • Jan. 18, 2011, 11:47 AM

    AT&T's (T -0.1%) pension accounting changes won't affect cash flow, notes an upbeat Gimme Credit, reiterating an Outperform rating on company bonds due in 2019. And this summer, AT&T may benefit from the next-gen iPhone (AAPL), which Verizon (VZ -1.7%) will probably delay introducing.

    | Jan. 18, 2011, 11:47 AM
Company Description
Verizon Communications Inc is a provider of communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. Its two segments are Wireless and Wireline.