Verizon Named As Dividend Giant and 4 Telecom Titans Attract Interest

AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) along with Starz Entertainment, LLC, announced that it will launch STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY, for AT&T U-verse® TV subscribers of the STARZ, ENCORE, and MOVIEPLEX premium channels and services. This launch marks Starz Entertainment’s first authenticated online premium service, and it will be offered at no additional monthly charge for STARZ subscribers. The three authenticated online PLAY services will offer a new suite of easy-to-use, online viewing options for AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to use, offering quality original programming and commercial-free movies.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was ranked as a Top 25 ”Dividend Giant” by ETF Channel, as it has a total of $2.05 billion worth of stock that is held by ETFs and higher-than-average ”DividendRank” statistics including a strong 4.66 percent yield, shows the latest Dividend Channel ”DividendRank”report. This report also showed a strong quarterly dividend history at Verizon Communications Inc, along with favorable long-term multi-year growth rates in key fundamental data points.

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Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD): Friday, the Dutch government gained 3.8 billion euros from Vodafone, Royal KPN NV, Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile unit, and Tele2 AB (TEL2B) since these carriers purchased the rights to airwaves carrying signals on faster fourth-generation networks. The U.K. intends to have a similar auction that starting in 2013.

Alcatel-Lucent, S.A. (NYSE:ALU): The French government continues to show concern regarding Alcatel-Lucent’s intentions to use patents as collateral for a $2.1 billion loan due to the fact that the intellectual property may potentially come under the control of foreign banks, says Les Echos newspaper, Reuters reports.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) keeps its Buy rating from equities researchers at Jefferies Group according to a report that was issued on Monday. Now, they give the stock a $21.00 price target.

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