• Sprint Story About Time-Value of Money

    By Dana Blankenhorn - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, T, S

    Earlier this month Sprint-Nextel became Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), with Softbank completing its acquisition of 72% of the shares at $7.65/each.

    The remaining shares are now worth under $6, following announcement of yet-another loss, yet Deutsche Bank has a “buy” rating on the stock. 

    Are they crazy? Let's find out.

    Sprint's Strategy and Assets

    What Sprint has now that it didn't have before is a more »

  • Your Cell Phone Isn't Free

    By Reuben Brewer - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, T, TMUS

    Everyone knows you have to pay for cell service, but an odd quirk of the U.S. telecom industry has left many believing that cell phones should be either heavily discounted or free. Only those phones have to be paid for, and that has long meant higher monthly cell phone bills. This dynamic could be changing.

    A Stalled Technology

    Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) first iPhone was a major advance. And more »

  • How Is Big Blue Stacking Up?

    By Wes Patoka - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: T, HPQ, IBM

    International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) just reported earnings last week, and there were a few surprises within the report. IBM had a major charge of $1 billion for workforce re-balancing charges that reduced Big Blue's earnings outlook for the year from $16.90 per share to $16.25 per share. But how did all of IBM’s operating units stack up?

    The good – software and services

    IBM’s software more »

  • AT&T and Verizon: The Results Are In

    By Wes Patoka - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, VZ

    AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) just reported 2Q earnings, and these two telecommunication giants are telling similar stories to us all.

    Costs are half of the equation

    AT&T reported that the expenses associated with higher smartphone selections by its customers drove net income down 2.1% this quarter. However, the higher revenue for each smartphone should offset the increased costs over time.

    Rising revenue is more »

  • 3 Telecom Stocks For Attractive Dividends

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, VZ, VOD, WIN

    Note: This article initially stated Windstream had cut their dividend, they didn't. This article has been amended.

    The telecommunication industry is a in a constant state of flux with broadband and wireless technologies radically transforming the industry dynamics. The US alone has a wireless penetration rate of 95%, with telecom companies eager to capitalize on these high growth figures. 

    In this battle of technology, three companies emerge to the more »

  • Which of these 3 Phone Firms Should You Avoid?

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, VZ

    Telecommunications is a tricky field with high operating expenses that can leave companies drowning in red ink. While providing service to phone users may appear as easy as allowing them to access a network, technological advancements and servicing new markets continually require a lot of capital. 

    Out of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) and AT&T (NYSE: T), Sprint has a very different balance sheet than the more »

  • China Mobile Gets the Best of Both Worlds

    By Ryan Gilbert - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, CHL, VZ

    AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) are the biggest telecommunications players this side of the Pacific. Previous years of investment and development in new technologies have paid off in a big way. The phone and telephone providers are paying out huge 4-5% dividends and have promising leads to keep growing revenue in the future.

    These two companies pale in growth and value to China Mobile (NYSE: CHLmore »)

  • A Smartphone Play You Would Regret Missing

    By Harsh Chauhan - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, T, S, TQNT

    If TriQuint Semiconductor’s (NASDAQ: TQNT) second-quarter report was a litmus test, then the company passed it with flying colors. After a string of disappointments over the past year or so, TriQuint had promised investors that it would deliver a profitable year in 2013 when it released its first-quarter results three months back, which were terrible to say the least.

    So, TriQuint needed to call for a solid outlook this more »

  • Will T-Mobile “Jump” Over Competitors?

    By Evan Buck - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, TMUS, VZ

    T-Mobile US (NYSE: TMUS), the “un-carrier” cell phone company, has just announced an interesting temporary plan to allow qualified customers to buy a new phone with zero money down. This comes after T-Mobile rolled out the new “JUMP” (just upgrade my phone) program, which supposedly gives customers more flexibility in trading in their old phone for a new phone.

    Will T-Mobile’s unorthodox tactics make the company “JUMP” over its more »

  • Telecom's Big Three: Room for Growth?

    By Bill Edson - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, VZ

    The 'Big Three' of the wireless carrier world, AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Sprint (NYSE: S)have each in turn fallen from the media's graces this year. 

    Last month, Verizon customers were fuming over the recent revelation that the company was dutifully turning over customer phone records in compliance with government orders. It was also reported that AT&T's second-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings per share more »

  • Be Wary of These Stocks With Weak Dividend Growth

    By Justin Pope - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: T, TR, WM

    When it comes to how I construct my portfolio, I seek companies that increase their dividends over time. As a dividend growth investor, I want to avoid companies that are not growing dividends at a rate above inflation. I also want to avoid those that are slowing down dividend growth.

    Let's look at some companies that I would be cautious investing in long term. We will inspect valuation metrics more »

  • Not a Big Leap, But Still Important

    By Reuben Brewer - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: T, LEAP, VZ

    After getting shot down in its attempt to buy T-Mobile, AT&T (NYSE: T) has been forced toward smaller deals to satisfy its spectrum needs. The proposed purchase of Leap Wireless (NASDAQ: LEAP) is expensive, but a good fit.

    Getting Bigger

    The bigger you are in the telecom space, the better. AT&T and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) are so large that they have an effective duopoly in U.S. cell more »

  • AT&T and Sirius XM Working to Convert Nissan Cars Into Smartphones On Wheels

    By Rajesh Marwah - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: T, GM, NSANY.PK, SIRI

    The future of a driver-less car remains uncertain. However, automakers are working in alliance with other companies to give their buyers a driver-less experience. The second largest US wireless operator AT&T (NYSE: T) joined forces with Sirius XM (NASDAQ: SIRI) and entered into a deal to work on an Onstar-like telematics system for Nissan (NASDAQOTH: NSANY.PK) cars. The telecom provider would give mobile connectivity to Sirius XM telematics system more »

  • Dow vs. DAX: Where are the Best Dividends?

    By John Bromels - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: T, ^DJI, DVY, DIA, VZ

    In a recent post, I concluded that the blue-chip stocks on Germany's DAX index offered a slightly better value than those on the Dow (DJINDICES: ^DJI), strictly from a P/E standpoint. I did not, however, factor in one of the biggest appeals to a blue-chip investor: dividends.

    There are lots of opportunities to invest in Dow dividends, from the generic SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEMKT: DIAmore »)

  • 4 Attractive Stocks After Earnings on Wednesday

    By Brian Nichols - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, T, FBC, F

    Regardless of post-earnings stock reactions, these four companies announced numbers that any shareholder should appreciate, and in my opinion, all four are a “Buy.”

    Finally! A Good Quarter

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported Q3 earnings after the bell on Tuesday, and near 6% gains were accumulated on Wednesday. The company beat expectations with revenue growth of 1% year-over-year, and made mention of several new product launches.

    While the quarter has been more »

  • How Do These Phone Companies Line Up?

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, VZ

    Making the decision about which phone company is best for you to invest in depends on a few factors. First, it is important that the company is able to attractively price its services. Second, the firm needs to offer quality connectivity. Third, the company needs to be innovative. Let's see where these three businesses line up.

    Sprint finishes takeover

    Now that Sprint (NYSE: S) has finished its nearly $22 more »

  • How Will This Acquisition Saga End?

    By Brian Nichols - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: T, DISH, LEAP, VZ

    Many on Wall Street had thought that Leap Wireless (NASDAQ: LEAP) could become the next Clearwire, and start an all-out bidding war in the quest for spectrum. However, there is now reason to believe that Leap investors could have the most to lose.

    A look back

    On July 16, I wrote an article “Should You Buy on This Opening Bid?”, in regards to AT&T’s (NYSE: T) opening bid more »

  • T-Mobile US Could Reward Shareholders With a "Jump" Over Competition

    By Chris Katje - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: T, TMUS, VZ

    America’s fourth largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS), is shaking up the phone industry with its new Jump device upgrade program. Company CEO John Legere sent cringes through the telecom industry with this statement:

    At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price. That’s 730 days of waiting. 730 more »

  • In This Telecom, Yield Is Everything!

    By Matthew Frankel - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: T, CHL, VZ

    After the tremendous gains during the first five months of 2013, I had to re-think some of my favorite dividend stocks. Some became so highly priced that the dividend yield shrunk too much to make an investment worthwhile. A great example of this is AT&T (NYSE: T), which rose to as high as $39 at its peak, at which point its dividend yield had dropped to 4.6%. Now more »

  • Leap Makes a Leap For the Sky

    By usman iftikhar - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: T, LEAP, TMUS

    This week, one of the stocks made a jump out of nowhere. After being sold below $8 for more than a year Leap Wireless International (NASDAQ: LEAP) rocketed up to $17 in a matter of just 3 days. This excitement in the investors to buy leap wireless was raised by the recent offer made by AT&T (NYSE: T)the second largest player in the U.S. wireless market, to more »

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