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Despite turmoil overseas, the US economy continues to grow, increasing opportunities for domestically-focused companies.
With the U.S. wireless telecom industry continuously evolving, the companies in the league are fighting it out to stay abreast of competition.
Of the 22 Reuters-surveyed analysts tracking Sprint (S) stock on December 4, 14 (~63%) recommended “hold,” five recommended “sell,” and three recommended “buy.” Their median target price of $6 for the stock implies a 2.6% downside over the next 12 months from its current price of $6.16.
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Following Theresa May’s decision to delay the parliamentary vote scheduled for later today, Brexit and U.S – China trade chatter will be in focus.
The United States and Australia have banned Huawei products from being used to build their 5G networks. According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, the United States has even gone the extra mile to ask friendly countries to shun Huawei products in their 5G network buildout. Huawei is a fierce rival of Ericsson (ERIC) in the telecom equipment vendor market.
On November 30–December 7, the United States Natural Gas ETF (UNG) fell 2.1%, while the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas ETF (BOIL) fell 5.4%. These ETFs track natural gas futures. UNG holds active natural gas futures contracts, while BOIL’s objective is to track twice the daily changes of the Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex.
In my opinion, the single biggest influence on the Aussie and Kiwi at this time is U.S.-China relations. Even a Wall Street Journal article saying the Fed is likely to take a “wait-and-see” approach to future rate hikes failed to bring buyers into the AUD/USD and NZD/USD. Although we’re likely to see periodic rallies tied to oversold conditions or economic data, I don’t think the Australian and New Zealand Dollars will be able to mount a strong rally as long as there is uncertainty over the trade talks.
As of December 4, Sprint’s (S) market capitalization was $25.1 billion, making it the fourth-largest US mobile carrier. In comparison, T-Mobile’s (TMUS) market capitalization was $56.5 billion, Verizon’s (VZ) was $240 billion, and AT&T’s (T) was $223.7 billion.
Sprint (S) closed at $6.16 on December 4. Based on that closing price, Sprint had a market capitalization of $25.1 billion, the lowest among major US mobile carriers. The stock was trading 28.1% above its 52-week low of $4.81 and 6.9% below its 52-week high of $6.62.
Sprint (S) has been continuously spending to enhance its network. In the second quarter of fiscal 2018 (ended in September), Sprint’s cash capital expenditure (excluding leased devices) rose YoY (year-over-year) to $1.3 billion from $0.7 billion, mainly driven by higher spending on Next-Gen Network initiatives.
Following a string of acquisitions, including the $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner, AT&T’s (T) total debt has risen, standing at $183.4 billion as of the end of the third quarter. AT&T is focused on reducing this heavy debt load. AT&T is expecting to generate $26 billion in free cash flow in 2019, an amount it will use to meet its day-to-day expenses, pay dividends as usual, and pay down debt worth as much as $12 billion.
A shift in sentiment towards FED monetary policy and trade war jitters pin back the Greenback as the markets prepare for the next Brexit saga.
The direction of the AUD/USD and NZD/USD this week will likely be determined by investor demand for risk. And this is likely to be controlled by U.S. China relations. There are no major reports from Australia and New Zealand this week.
Grubhub Rival Waitr to Go Public through Merger with Landcadia Pending November 15 Vote There’s still a chance to invest in online food delivery before the real lines show up. Waitr, an online food delivery company that pairs up with full-service restaurants, raised its 2018 revenue forecast for the second time since August thanks […]
According to the WSJ, members of the U.S. Federal Reserve are reportedly debating whether to signal a “wait-and-see” approach after a probable hike to the central bank’s benchmark rate at its December meeting.
Although Sprint (S) has remained the fourth-largest US wireless service provider based on customer count, its cost-cutting initiatives and shift from a traditional subsidy model have paid off. In the first six months of fiscal 2018 (ending March 2019), the company realized ~$200 million in net reductions YoY (year-over-year) in costs of services and selling, general, and administrative expenses.
AT&T (T) is on track to launch a new video streaming service in about a year. The service will be based mostly on the WarnerMedia assets AT&T purchased for $85.4 billion in a transaction that closed in June. At a recent analyst briefing, AT&T provided more details about its upcoming streaming service.