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Sprint Corporation (S)

  • May 30, 2013, 9:13 AM
    Premarket gainers: NVE +22%. CLWR +20%. MY +15%. CLSN +13%. HSOL +12%. CPST +10%. EXPR +9%. LXRX +8%. BLDP +8%. VRNG +7%. RSOL +6%. WFR +6%. AMRN +6%. FSLR +6%. ALU +6%. EMC +6%. STP +5%. HIMX +5%. OCZ +5%.
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  • May 29, 2013, 11:56 PM
    Dish (DISH) raises its offer for Clearwire (CLWR) to $4.40/share in cash, easily trumping Sprint's (S) revised $3.40/share bid. Clearwire +21.6% AH to $4.23. The 4G carrier's minority shareholders are set to vote on Sprint's offer on Friday.
  • May 29, 2013, 4:50 AM
    Sprint (S) and SoftBank (SFTBF.PK) have reportedly received U.S. national security clearance for the Japanese company's $20.1B acquisition of Sprint. As part of the deal, the government will be able to veto purchases of new equipment and it will establish a small oversight committee. The approval comes amid continued fears about cyber-espionage from China, with Dish (DISH), which is also trying to acquire Sprint, ramping up the scare-mongering.
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  • May 23, 2013, 10:28 PM
    DISH moves closer to getting financing for its $25.5B bid for Sprint (S), receiving signed commitment letters from 5 banks for $9B, reports the WSJ. Dish hasn't yet paid commitment fees as Charlie Ergen is waiting for Sprint's board to declare Dish's offer potentially superior to SoftBank's (SFTBF.PK) $20.1B bid. Earlier, Dish responded to SoftBank's touting of the benefits of it gaining control of Sprint.
  • May 23, 2013, 3:49 PM
    Getting the go-ahead from the CA Public Utilities Commission, Sprint (S) and SoftBank (SFTBF.PK) announce they've received all necessary state regulatory approvals for their transaction (Softbank's purchase of a majority stake in Sprint). Next up is the FCC and a government panel which reviews foreign investments. DISH has yet to win these state approvals, maybe giving an edge to SoftBank which can promise a speedier and more certain closing.
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  • May 23, 2013, 11:02 AM
    Dish Network (DISH -1.4%) warns the Committee on Foreign Investment review of the proposed SoftBank (SFTBF.PK)-Sprint (S +0.1%) transaction highlights the serious national security risks the deal could pose. In particular, the company points to the potential use of Chinese-manufactured equipment on a foreign-controlled Clearwire network.
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  • May 22, 2013, 9:28 AM
    Clearwire (CLWR) says it board of directors recommends shareholders approve the Sprint (S) offer to buy the company for $3.40 per share. A voting date is set for May 31.
  • May 21, 2013, 3:52 PM
    Clearwire (CLWR +4%) reschedules its special shareholder meeting to May 31, so as to give investors time to weigh Sprint's (S) new $3.40/share offer. Crest Financial says it still isn't satisfied, arguing Clearwire's spectrum deserves a higher price tag. Shares are currently at $3.39, a penny below the offer price.
  • May 21, 2013, 9:09 AM
    Sprint (S) raises its offer for Clearwire (CLWR) to $3.40/share ahead of today's shareholder vote on a $2.97/share offer, which was widely expected to be shot down. The revised offer, which trumps Dish's (DISH) $3.30/share bid and has been sent to Clearwire's board for review, is said to have the support of Comcast, Intel, and Bright House, who collectively own 26% of Clearwire shares not held by Sprint. Nonetheless, Clearwire +6.1% to $3.46, above the offer price. Sprint +1.1%. (previous)
  • May 21, 2013, 9:02 AM
    Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) are halted with news pending. Sources are saying a higher offer from Sprint (S) is in the works.
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  • May 21, 2013, 6:47 AM
    Dish Network (DISH) can talk to Sprint (S) and look at its books after Softbank (SFTBF.PK) agreed to a waiver. Softbank thinks its offer to buy the company is superior and sees the move as a step forward toward closing a deal to acquire Sprint before July 1.
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  • May 20, 2013, 4:11 PM
    Dish (DISH -0.7%) has made a $2B bid for bankrupt Lightsquared's spectrum even though the FCC hasn't yet approved its use due to GPS interference concerns, Bloomberg reports. The report comes with Sprint (S) and Clearwire (CLWR) continuing to play hard-to-get in the wake of Dish's offers for the companies, and a day before Clearwire shareholders vote on a Sprint offer many think will get shot down, at least if it isn't raised from a current $2.97/share.
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  • May 20, 2013, 2:56 PM
    Sprint (S) acquires app developer/distributor Handmark, which has been around since the pre-iPhone era. Handmark runs an app store and (through its OneLouder unit) has developed a slew of iOS/Android apps, many of which have strong social media components. Sprint says the deal will strengthen its Pinsight Media+ targeted mobile ad platform; it comes a few months after Sprint struck a mobile ad partnership with Telefonica, and a couple weeks after a mobile content/ad deal was reached with Time.
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  • May 18, 2013, 6:23 PM
    32% of Q1 U.S. smartphone sales involved prepaid phones, up from 21% a year ago, says NPD. That trend could spell trouble for AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD), whose recent growth has been heavily tied to selling costly postpaid data plans. With 72% and 61% of the carriers' postpaid bases now respectively on smartphones, they face pressure to gain prepaid buyers without cannibalizing postpaid subs. Cannibalization fears have led AT&T and Verizon to make their prepaid plans 3G-only; Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) offer 4G. A mix shift towards unsubsidized prepaid phones could also be a challenge for Apple (AAPL), estimated to have just 8% of the Q1 U.S. prepaid smartphone market (though that's up 4x Y/Y).
  • May 18, 2013, 9:15 AM
    Leon Cooperman and partner Steve Einhorn keep it simple: Stocks (VTI) are cheap relative to interest rates and inflation. The guy who bought T-bills (SHY) has migrated to T-bonds (TLT), the guy who bought T-bonds has moved to investment grade corporates (LQD), the guy who bought IG is now in high-yield (HYG, JNK), and so on (glasses clink in the FOMC board room). Their largest position is Sprint Nextel (S) - as fans of Masayoshi Son and long-time owners of DISH, the duo like seeing two industry titans both wanting the same asset. New Citigroup (C) management should be able to double ROE over the next 2-3 years, and Transocean (RIG) sells for a significant discount to asset value.
  • May 17, 2013, 1:38 PM
    "There's no way" Sprint's (S) attempt to buy Clearwire (CLWR +0.6%) succeeds without a higher bid, says Taran Asset Management's Chris Gleason, one of many institutional Clearwire investors planning to vote against Sprint's $2.97/share offer at Tuesday's meeting. Reuters has uncovered investors holding 31% of Clearwire's public (non-Sprint-owned) shares who oppose the current deal; Sprint needs a majority of public shares to be voted in favor. Clearwire is trading 10% above Sprint's offer price, and 1% below Dish's $3.30/share offer price. (previous)
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Sprint Corp is a communications company offering wireless and wireline communications products and services to individual consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers.