Earlier in the year the CEO of AT&T (T), Edward Whitacre, made remarks about how Google was getting a free ride on the network his company created and should be made to pay higher usage fees. Google (GOOG) was predictably troubled by the comments, since under their current operational model AT&T could do a number of things to disrupt their service and profitability.
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The tactic Google appears to be taking to remove it’s vulnerabilities to AT&T’s service is an interesting one. They are planning to participate in the upcoming auction for the 700-MHz radio spectrum currently used by analog television. Google CEO Eric Schmidt sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin saying the company will commit $4.6 billion to the auction.
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Now couple this news with the recent deal between Sprint (S) and Google and there may be a wider trend emerging. In a recent article, the AP characterized the deal like this, ” Sprint announced it is working with Google Inc. to bring WiMAX mobile Internet customers search, interactive communications and social networking tools though a new mobile portal.”
If Google gets the 700-MHz spectrum will WiFi be as ubiquitous as conventional television is now? Will you finally be able to get a cell signal in your parking garage’s elevator? Well if the answer to those questions is yes, we may not find out for a while because there appears to be considerable groundwork to be done before TV stations are removed and some new service is provided on the bandwidth.
Verizon Posts Profit:
Verizon Communications (VZ) reported a 4.5% increase in second quarter income on Monday. Experts believe the news was fueled by wireless and broadband growth. The company also made an announcement stating they will be buying Rural Cellular Corp. (RCCC), a company delivering service to 700,000 customers in smaller markets, for $2.67 billion in cash and assumed debt.
Verizon has been relying lately on its wireless division to offset a decline in its traditional phone business. News reports stated the company added 1.3 million wireless customers during the quarter.
Verizon has also been expanding its fiber-optic network to tap into growth in Internet traffic and has plans to offer an on-demand television service. In the quarter, Verizon gained 288,000 broadband customers and 167,000 fiber-TV subscribers.
Looking at this news from an option trading perspective:
Google, Sprint and Verizon all seemed poised for long-term market share and profit growth. This may make them good candidates for a covered call trading strategy. Now, let’s turn to the PowerOptions search engine and see what kind of trades it returns.
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|Google Inc.||GOOG||516.11||GOPIV||07 SEP 520.0 (54)||19.1||3.7||3.8||4.6|
|AT&T Corp.||T||39.77||TIH||07 SEP 40.0 (54)||1.4||3.5||3.6||4.2|
|Google Inc.||GOOG||516.11||GOPIU||07 SEP 510.0 (54)||24.5||4.7||3.7||3.7|
|Sprint Nextel Corp.||S||20.93||SID||07 SEP 20.0 (54)||1.6||7.6||3.5||3.5|
|Google Inc.||GOOG||516.11||GOPIO||07 SEP 500.0 (54)||31||6||3.1||3.1|
|Verizon Wireless||VZ||41.51||VZIV||07 SEP 42.5 (54)||1.15||2.8||2.8||5.3|
These trades offer between 2.8 and 7.6% downside protection and between 3.1 and 5.3% potential profit.
Competitors for GOOG include: Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), IAC Search & Media, Inc. (private), MSN (private), Convera Corp. (CNVR), DivX Inc. (DIVX), eBay Inc. (EBAY), Infospace Inc. (INSP), Marchex Inc. (MCHX), MIVA Inc. (MIVA), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), and Travelzoo Inc. (TZOO).
Competitors for T include: Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q), Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), BellSouth Corp. (BLS), Broadwing Corp. (BWNG), Cincinnati Bell Inc. (CBB), Cbeyond Inc. (CBEY), CenturyTel Inc. (CTL), Citizens Utilities Co. (CZN), Earthlink Inc. (ELNK), Embarq Corp. (EQ), Equinix Inc. (EQIX), Fairpoint Comms. Inc. (FRP), FiberTower Corp. (FTWR), Global Crossing Ltd. (GLBC), Internap Network Services Corp. (INAP), IPass Inc. (IPAS), Iowa Telecom. Svs. Inc. (IWA), Level 3 Comm. Inc. (LVLT), Talk America Hldgs. Inc. (TALK), Telephone & Data Systems Inc. (TDS), TNS Inc. (TNS), Time Warner Telecom Inc. (TWTC), and Windstream Corp. (WIN).
Competitors for S include: AT&T Mobility LLC (private), Cellco Partnership (private), T-Mobile USA, Inc. (private), ALLTEL Corp. (AT), Broadwing Corp. (BWNG), Cincinnati Bell Inc. (CBB), US LEC Corp. (CLEC), Dobson Comms. Corp. (DCEL), Leap Wireless Intl. Inc. (LEAP), Philippine Long Dist. Tele. Co. (PHI), Qwest Comm. Intl. (Q), AT&T Corp. (T), United States Cellular Corp. (USM), and Verizon Wireless (VZ).
Competitors for VZ include: AT&T Inc. (T), Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q), Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), Broadwing Corp. (BWNG), Cincinnati Bell Inc. (CBB), US LEC Corp. (CLEC), Commonwealth Telephone Entpr. Inc. (CTCO), Citizens Utilities Co. (CZN), Embarq Corp. (EQ), FiberTower Corp. (FTWR), Global Crossing Ltd. (GLBC), Internap Network Services Corp. (INAP), IPass Inc. (IPAS), RCN Corp. (RCNI), Talk America Hldgs. Inc. (TALK), Telephone & Data Systems Inc. (TDS), TNS Inc. (TNS), Time Warner Telecom Inc. (TWTC), and Windstream Corp. (WIN).
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