Cogent Communications Group: Don't Throw In The Towel Yet
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- Following a public backlash, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is backtracking a bit on rule changes (floated last month) that would allow U.S. ISPs to charge content providers for access to a priority "fast lane."
- A new draft of Wheeler's plan seeks comment on whether such arrangements, referred to as "paid prioritization," should be banned. It also states the FCC will scrutinize deals with content providers to make sure non-payers aren't at a disadvantage, prevent ISPs from doing deals with varying terms, and (notably) seek comment on whether broadband should be regulated as a public utility.
- Netflix (NFLX +3.2%), whose bandwidth spend accounts for a sizable portion of its expenses, is higher amid a broader Internet stock rally. The streaming giant has struck direct peering deals with Comcast and Verizon this year, but has also made it clear it's not thrilled with having to make them.
- Cogent (CCOI +2.2%), which provides peering services for Netflix and many others, is also higher. Its shares tumbled after the Netflix-Comcast deal was announced.
Fri, Feb. 28, 2:21 PM
- D.A. Davidson has upgraded Cogent (CCOI +3.3%) to Buy.
- Shares are recouping some of the losses they saw earlier this week in response to Netflix's peering deal with Comcast, which (along with other peering deals being discussed) stands to lower the amount of traffic Netflix hands off to Cogent's network.
Mon, Feb. 24, 6:41 PM
- Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) have confirmed that they, too, are talking with Netflix (NFLX +3.4%) about direct peering deals. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says his company's talks with the streaming giant have been going on for about a year.
- Netflix shares closed the day with strong gains, as analysts argued direct peering deals such as the one just reached with Comcast could end up having a neutral or even positive impact on Netflix's bandwidth costs, given the company will no longer have to pay intermediaries such as Cogent (CCOI -6.8%).
- Dan Rayburn: "It should actually be cheaper for Netflix to buy direct from Comcast, and they also get an SLA, which also improves quality ... While I don’t know the price Comcast is charging Netflix, I can guarantee you it’s at the fair market price for transit."
- Others aren't convinced direct peering deals are a positive. The Washington Post: "Cogent has many competitors. Verizon's FiOS service does not. If companies like Cogent are squeezed out of business, it will make these already powerful network owners even more powerful."
- GigaOm: "These agreements aren’t transparent ... rates could go up over time, and they essentially act as a tax on the Internet."
Oct. 15, 2013, 9:29 AM
- Teradata (TDC) has been cut to Neutral by Credit Suisse and Sterne Agee, and to Equal Weight by Morgan Stanley, following its Q3/2013 warning. Shares -14.9% premarket.
- Dassault (DASTY.PK) has been cut to Underweight by HSBC a day after the company reported weaker-than-expected preliminary Q3 results and cut its full-year guidance. Shares -3.2% in Paris.
- FireEye (FEYE) has received three bullish coverage launches and four neutral ones on underwriter coverage day. Shares +0.6%.
- Texas Instruments (TXN) has been upgraded to Neutral by Susquehanna. Shares +0.5%.
- Cogent (CCOI) has been upgraded to Buy by Citi.
- Veeco (VECO) has been cut to Market Perform by Oppenheimer.
- Marvell (MRVL) has been started at Outperform by Raymond James.
Sep. 18, 2013, 9:40 AM
- Nokia (NOK +3.3%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Credit Suisse after being upgraded by the firm to Neutral two weeks ago. Plenty of other firms have also upgraded (I, II) Nokia since the Microsoft deal was announced.
- ServiceNow (NOW +3.5%) has been upgraded to Overweight by Morgan Stanley.
- Maxwell (MXWL +8.6%) has been upgraded to Overweight by Piper.
- Intuit (INTU -1.5%) has been cut to Underweight by Morgan Stanley.
- AVG (AVG +3.1%) has been started at Buy by Nomura.
- Cogent (CCOI +0.6%) has been started at Outperform by Pac Crest.
- Cognizant (CTSH +2.7%) has been upgraded to Overweight by Barclays.
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