Friday, October 13, 2017

AT&T: Pay-TV Problems Mount

AT&T warned on Q3 results due to hurricanes.
The company provided a secondary nugget that the pay-TV business faced even greater cord-cutting pressure.
Investors should expect 2018 EPS cuts.
Hidden within a warning for Q3 earnings, AT&T (T) detailed more weakness in the pay-TV segment. My research previously warned investors of troubles ahead as the NFL protests would only further hit a segment in decline.

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Citigroup: Don't Fight Capital Returns Tailwinds

Citigroup reported solid Q3 results.
Capital returns provided strong tailwinds for the stock.
Citigroup offers the best yield in the large financial sector.
Prior to the open, Citigroup (C) reported another quarter of solid earnings, backing up my long-held investment thesis that the financial was a huge value. During the quarter, the large financial ramped up capital returns, providing a large tailwind that the market keeps fighting.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Facebook: Does The Platform Really Face A Real Russian Threat?

Facebook provided Congress with data on Russian accounts that advertised on the platform.
The scope and impact of the Russian ads are very minimal.
The costs of additional ad reviewers is easily absorbed by the platform.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) continues to face government and potentially regulatory pressure from allowing Russian ads that attempted to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. The stock has struggled to gain momentum in the last couple of months, making one question whether trouble is looming ahead.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Twitter: Seasonal Trends

Twitter introduced the concept of seasonal trends due to flat sequential MAUs in Q2.
Signs emerge that some minor seasonal trends do exist.
DAUs remain the key metric.
The big issue with the Q2 earnings report that sent Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) back down towards the yearly lows was weak user growth. The social media company had made decent progress in reviving user growth, and the market wasn't pleased with the flat sequential MAUs.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Frontier: Reverse Split Fears Overblown

Frontier Communications completed a reverse split on Monday.
The stock has been absolutely beat up due to this move and a dividend cut.
The market needs to focus back on cash flows.
Back in May, my thought was that Frontier Communications (FTR) was attractively priced below $1.50. My major concern in owning the telecom stock was a lingering shakeout from the dividend cut and reverse split that has the stock hitting new lows now.
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