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Vodafone Group plc (VOD)

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  • Nov. 23, 2011, 7:45 AM
    Though some early data  and commentary has been negative, it's too early to write off Nokia's (NOK) Lumia phones, argues Tero Kuittinen. British carriers Vodafone (VOD) and Orange (FTE) are seeing healthy sales, and Nokia only has to win over Symbian and BlackBerry (RIMM) users to surpass low expectations. Nokia backs up Kuittinen's comments this morning by reporting initial U.K. Lumia 800 sales are "excellent."
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  • Nov. 16, 2011, 10:35 AM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) has a big lead on AT&T (T) when it comes to 4G LTE coverage, and it looks like it  won't be going away anytime soon. Verizon says its LTE coverage will soon reach 179 markets. By contrast, AT&T's LTE coverage will only reach 15 markets by the end of the month. In addition, Verizon will be able to offer the LTE-enabled Galaxy Nexus and Droid Razr to customers.
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  • Nov. 14, 2011, 7:02 AM
    Greece raises €380M from the sale of mobile telephone frequencies to cell phone operators OTE (HLTOY.PK), Vodaphone (VOD), and WInd Hellas (itself with its own debt issues). The government hopes to raise €50B from asset sales in coming years.
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  • Nov. 13, 2011, 8:35 PM
    Barron's gives a plug for Corning (GLW) over the weekend, noting the LCD glassmaker trades for little more than book value, and insiders are buying shares. It's also declaring Vodafone (VOD) a buy on account of its emerging-markets exposure, high dividend yield (6.7%), and 45% stake in Verizon Wireless (VZ), among other factors.
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  • Nov. 10, 2011, 11:11 AM
    China Telecom (CHA) says it will begin selling wireless service in the U.S. early next year, with the goal of targeting Chinese-Americans, students, and those who travel often between the U.S. and China. Given that China Telecom runs an EV-DO 3G network, it might strike a partnership with Sprint (S) or Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD), both of whom also rely on EV-DO.
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  • Nov. 8, 2011, 3:23 AM
    Vodafone (VOD): FH1 EBITDA +2.3% to £7.53B ($12.09B) vs. forecasts of £7.42B. Revenue +4.1% to £23.5B. Earnings boosted by strong growth in India, and robust performances in Germany and Britain, but faced continued tough conditions in Spain and Italy. Raises FY forecast for adjusted operating profit to £11.4-11.8B. (PR .pdf)
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  • Oct. 31, 2011, 11:21 AM
    AT&T (T) plans to begin selling its first 4G LTE phones on Sunday, with one of the two devices a 4G variant of Samsung's Galaxy S II. The phones will allow AT&T to catch up a bit to Verizon (VZ, VOD), which began offering LTE phones earlier this year. But Verizon still has a big lead in LTE network coverage.
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  • Oct. 5, 2011, 8:41 AM
    Research In Motion (RIMM) +2.2% premarket on continued M&A speculation after an article suggests Vodafone (VOD) may be interested in the company. RIM shares rode a roller coaster yesterday, spiking on takeover rumors, then tumbling during Apple's (AAPL) iPhone event, then rebounding to end +2.4%.
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  • Sep. 27, 2011, 11:08 AM
    Sitting on a hoard of cash bigger than Apple and facing slowing domestic subscriber growth, China Mobile (CHL) is coming under pressure to make overseas acquisitions or return capital to shareholders. One possible target: Spain's Telefonica (TEF). "Wow, that's cheap," says a fund manager.
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  • Sep. 24, 2011, 8:15 AM
    It's a crash, all right, but in your run for safety, good luck finding a solvent government that will give you anything but a paltry yield. The answer, CSFB's Andrew Garthwaite says, is in the six safest stocks he knows - big, healthy, high-yielding companies with multinational income: Novartis (NVS), British American Tobacco (BTI), Intel (INTC), Vodafone (VOD), Coca-Cola (KO) and Microsoft (MSFT). (More Investing for Income)
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  • Sep. 22, 2011, 1:26 PM
    Clearwire (CLWR -3%) resumes trading after the stock was briefly halted over reports it was in talks with AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) about 4G LTE network use. Just yesterday, Clearwire's CFO had commented that the company would consider selling some spectrum if the right opportunity presented itself.
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  • Sep. 19, 2011, 9:34 AM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) has caused an uproar by declaring plans to throttle 3G connection speeds for heavy data users still on unlimited plans. This move could be marginally positive for Sprint (S), which has targeted data-hungry smartphone users by continuing to offer unlimited plans, and reportedly will soon offer the iPhone (AAPL).
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  • Sep. 19, 2011, 9:00 AM
    Premarket gainers: GR +22%. TYC +7%. SGMO +3%.
    Losers: JKS -15%. ING -7%. LYG -7%. RBS -7%. BCS -6%. MT -6%. BBVA -5%. CS -5%. SAP -4%. LOGI -4%. RIO -4%. TEF -4%. ALU -4%. FTE -4%. SNY -4%. AMAT -4%. BHP -4%. SDRL -4%. DRYS -4%. TOT -3%. DB -4%. RBS -3%. NOK -3%. BP -3%. C-3 VOD -3%. SI -3%. STD -3%. UBS -3%.
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  • Sep. 16, 2011, 8:19 AM
    AT&T (T) will launch 4G LTE service in 5 cities this weekend, and plans to add 10 more by year's end. But this pales relative to the 102 cities covered by Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) LTE network as of July; and for the time being, AT&T's service, unlike Verizon's, won't support any phones, only modems, tablets, and hotspots.
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  • Sep. 15, 2011, 1:42 PM
    Morningstar’s top 10 dividend stocks, ranked by yield: VOD, LLY, GSK, MRK, PFE, COP, SYY, PM check this, INTC, ABT. The companies are “wide-moated” to survive a difficult economy and boast strong cash positions that make it likely they will be able to continue to pay or raise dividends.
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  • Sep. 13, 2011, 5:04 PM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) stays active in the fast-growing market for contract-free phone plans with a new unlimited $50/month prepaid plan set to launch Thursday at its stores and select retailers. Barclays notes the $50 prepaid offer may be as low as VZ goes, in order to prevent "cannibalization" of existing customers with contracts.
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Company Description
Vodafone Group PLC is engaged in providing voice and data communications services for all types of customers. The Company has presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific region and the United States.