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CHTR

Charter

$370.26

3.36 (0.92%)

, S

Sprint

$8.22

0.02 (0.24%)

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Charter has 'no interest' in buying Sprint, WSJ reports

Charter Communications (CHTR) says it is not interested in buying Sprint (S), with a company spokesman saying that "We understand why a deal is attractive for SoftBank (SFTBF), but Charter has no interest in acquiring Sprint," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an emailed statement. Sprint entered into exclusive talks with Charter and Comcast (CMCSA) in late May about an "array" of deal possibilities, including one that would allow Comcast and Charter to offer wireless service under their own brands using Sprint's network, according to people familiar with the matter, adding that a potential investment in the wireless carrier from the cable companies was "also on the table." While the exclusivity period ended last week, Sprint and SoftBank's Masayoshi Son continued to pursue a full combination with Charter, the sources say. Son, also the chairman of Sprint, may still decide to make a formal offer to acquire Charter anyway, a person familiar with the matter says. Reference Link

CHTR

Charter

$370.26

3.36 (0.92%)

S

Sprint

$8.22

0.02 (0.24%)

SFTBF

SoftBank

$83.10

-0.3825 (-0.46%)

CMCSA

Comcast

$39.52

0.09 (0.23%)

CMCSK

Comcast

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CHTR Charter
$370.26

3.36 (0.92%)

05/10/17
DBAB
05/10/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $32
DBAB
Sell
Viacom downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft downgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Sell after learning Charter (CHTR) re-tiered the company's most popular networks to its TV Gold package, its most expensive video tier, and into its Digi Tier. The analyst expects this to dive more revenue pressure at Viacom and cut his price target for the shares to $32 from $35.
06/01/17
OPCO
06/01/17
INITIATION
OPCO
Perform
Charter initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan initiated Charter with a Perform rating saying free cash flow growth is reflected in valuation.
06/08/17
MOFT
06/08/17
NO CHANGE
MOFT
Charter spectrum values likely falling, says MoffettNathanson
MoffettNathanson said spectrum values are likely falling rather than rising, and investors are likely overestimating what buyers are willing to pay, a negative for current spectrum owners. The firm's analyst said Charter is likely a long-term acquirer, but near-term acquisitions are unlikely given the integrations of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.
06/27/17
JEFF
06/27/17
NO CHANGE
JEFF
Jefferies sees Sprint takeover by Comcast, Charter as less likely
Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack says this morning's Wall Street Journal report exclusive talks between Sprint (S) and Comcast (CMCSA)/Charter (CHTR) is not surprising. He believes the cable operators are looking for better MVNO terms and that an outright acquisition or equity stake is less likely. The report provides an indication of just how far apart Sprint and T-Mobile (TMUS) may be in any discussions, McCormack tells investors in a research note. The exclusive talks may also push T-Mobile closer to DISH (DISH), the analyst adds.
S Sprint
$8.22

0.02 (0.24%)

05/30/17
BTIG
05/30/17
NO CHANGE
BTIG
Verizon shares could rise to $51 but outlook still mixed, says BTIG
BTIg analyst Walter Piecyk believes that Verizon's (VZ) stock can rise to $51. He notes that the company's wireless "margins and churn are still near record levels," while Sprint's (S) CEO expects prices for unlimited data plans to rise. Additionally, the analyst believes that the chances of Verizon making "a large dilutive acquisition" have decreased, while Verizon would benefit from a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile (TMUS). However, the analyst lowered his estimates for Verizon ,and he thinks that the company's dividend could be at risk over the longer term. Moreover, he warns that the stock could come under pressure if the T-Mobile/Sprint merger falls through, while a new , "well-funded" competitor could enter the wireless space. He keeps a Neutral rating on Verizon.
05/30/17
MOFT
05/30/17
NO CHANGE
MOFT
U.S. telecom sector upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MoffettNathanson
MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett upgraded the U.S. telecom sector to Neutral from Sell. As reasons for the upgrade, the analyst cited valuation, lack of near-term negative catalysts, interest rate easing, and a potential merger between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). Other stocks in the sector include Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). The firm today upgraded AT&T to Neutral from Sell.
05/15/17
COWN
05/15/17
NO CHANGE
Target $70
COWN
Outperform
Sprint, T-Mobile merger not a sure thing, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Colby Synesael tells investors the near-term risk in both Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) has increased based on the possibility of a deal not happening, the unclear nature of what the deal structure would look like, and the fact that Sprint does not need a deal like it once did. The analyst does not feel a deal between the two is a sure thing. He believes T-Mobile's fundamentals should continue to create shareholder value, while the embedded M&A premium in Sprint shares has created meaningful risk. Synesael rates Sprint Market Perform with a $6.50 target. T-Mobile is rated Outperform with a $70 price target.
SFTBF SoftBank
$83.10

-0.3825 (-0.46%)

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08/23/16
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Square (SQ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel with analyst Scott Devitt saying he now feels more confident in the company's growth and profitability outlook and its competitive position following three quarters of consistent execution. 2. BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with analyst Christopher LaFemina saying he believes fundamentals have "clearly improved," citing supply that has declined in most cases and demand that has stabilized. 3. SoftBank (SFTBF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan with analyst Jun Tanabe citing improved earnings at Sprint (S), the growth in value of its stake in Alibaba (BABA), and the stability of cash flow in its domestic mobile business. 4. Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink with analyst David Larsen saying he believes that the company's core fundamentals are improving "significantly." 5. Westlake Chemical (WLK) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital with analyst Arun Viswanathan saying that the company's merger with Axiall (AXLL) "creates a new way to play chlor-alkali," as well as synergies. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
12/07/16
OPCO
12/07/16
NO CHANGE
Target $70
OPCO
Outperform
T-Mobile price target raised to $70 from $55 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan raised his price target for T-Mobile (TMUS) to $70 from $55 as he views it as the best way to play the deregulatory/technology driven consolidation. The analyst notes that President-Elect Trump met with Masayoshi Son of SoftBank (SFTBF), who agreed to invest $50B in the U.S. Horan believes the meeting will likely be a precursor to a Sprint (S)/T-Mobile/Dish (DISH) merger to create a discounted quad-play service company. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on T-Mobile' shares, and points out that the company has improved its network and taken share from AT&T (T)/Verizon (VZ).
08/23/16
JPMS
08/23/16
UPGRADE
JPMS
Overweight
SoftBank upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Jun Tanabe upgraded SoftBank (SFTBF) to Overweight from Neutral and raised his price target on the stock to Y9,930 from Y6,500, citing improved earnings at Sprint (S), the growth in value of its stake in Alibaba (BABA), and the stability of cash flow in its domestic mobile business.
CMCSA Comcast
$39.52

0.09 (0.23%)

07/26/17
SBSH
07/26/17
NO CHANGE
SBSH
Comcast should acquire Verizon for four reasons, says Citi
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet says Comcast (CMCSA) should acquire Verizon (VZ) for four reasons. Wireless would allow Comcast to extend Internet connectivity beyond the home, the deal would allow the company to push fiber deeper into neighborhoods, Verizon is apt to be the second biggest beneficiary of wireless consolidation, and Comcast could see upside if the tax code changes, Bazinet tells investors in a research note titled "Stars Are Aligning for Comcast + Verizon." The analyst sees the timing for a deal as right given Comcast's history of "trying to acquire assets that have fallen on difficult times" and the potential for a more amendable regulatory landscape under President Trump. Further, 2017 is the first year where Comcast's market capitalization exceeds Verizon's, the analyst adds. He estimates the pro forma combined company would generate $2.1B of annual synergies. Assuming a 20% premium for Verizon's equity, paid via 75% equity and 25% cash, Bazinet estimates Comcast shares would rise to $41. The stock closed yesterday up 28c to $39.75. Bazinet thinks Dish (DISH) could be the biggest loser should Comcast acquire Verizon, and he double downgraded the shares this morning to Sell from Buy.
07/26/17
SBSH
07/26/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $52
SBSH
Sell
Dish downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet double downgraded Dish (DISH) to Sell from Buy and cut his price target for the shares to $52 from $94. The analyst believes Comcast (CMCSA) should acquire Verizon (VZ), and says such a deal would put "significant pressure" on Dish's equity since Verizon is viewed as the most likely Dish suitor.
07/13/17
TDSI
07/13/17
INITIATION
Target $51
TDSI
Buy
Comcast initiated with a Buy at TD Securities
TD Securities analyst Vince Valentini initiated Comcast with a Buy and a $51 price target.
CMCSK Comcast

04/20/17
BTIG
04/20/17
NO CHANGE
BTIG
Comcast should try 'hail mary' Charter acquisition, says BTIG
BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield makes the case that Comcast's (CMCSA) "window for M&A is simply to enticing too ignore" and lays out six potential targets that would "truly be transformative," with his top pick among the group being Charter (CHTR). A combination of Charter with Comcast would have "all of the benefits of the legacy Time Warner Cable deal with even more scale" and even though odds of approval are no better than 50/50, it is worth throwing that "hail-mary," Greenfield tells investors. The other five possible deals that Greenfield makes the case for are Disney (DIS), Verizon (VZ), Netflix (NFLX), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Snap Inc.'s (SNAP) Snapchat.
04/24/17
OPCO
04/24/17
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Sprint, DISH the only assets for sale, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan noted that wireless companies will be allowed to discuss M&A, and says he sees Sprint (S) and possibly DISH (DISH) as the only assets for sale. The analyst believes the most likely outcome is for consolidation around the four major wireless providers, something along the lines of Charter (CHTR)/Sprint, T-Mobile (TMUS)/Comcast (CMCSA; CMCSK), Verizon (VZ)/DISH, with AT&T's (T) position "fairly solidified" with DirectTV/Time Warner (TWX). Further, Horan suspects Sprint will be sold first, most likely to Charter, although T-Mobile is a possibility and could be the controlling company/management and likely paying a premium for Sprint.
04/26/17
FBCO
04/26/17
NO CHANGE
Target $37
FBCO
Outperform
Hulu stake could be for sale this year, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Omar Sheikh notes that Comcast (CMCSA; CMCSK) will be free to sell its 30% stake in Hulu from the end of 2017. The analyst believes there is a $100B domestic revenue opportunity for targeted TV advertising long-term, which vertically integrated networks/distributors will be in a strong position to exploit. Therefore, Sheikh argues that it would make sense for 21st Century Fox (FOX; FOXA) to acquire Comcast's stake in Hulu, if it becomes available, subject to valuation and appropriate programming supply agreements. He reiterates an Outperform rating and $37 price target on 21st Century Fox's shares.
02/03/17
OPCO
02/03/17
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Content/application acquisitions more likely for Verizon, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan says that while he does see a merger with Charter (CHTR) and especially with Comcast (CMCSA) working financially, he believes Verizon (VZ) has its sights set on becoming a platform for digital content/apps monetized with programmatic advertising. This, combined with using wireless technologies to replace wireline broadband, could be "very disruptive to the cable industry," he adds. The analyst sees further acquisitions of content/application companies as more likely for Verizon.

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