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How The Street Responded To AT&T's Mega-Deal For Time Warner

How The Street Responded To AT&T's Mega-Deal For Time Warner|NYSE:TNYSE:TWX

There are at least two things most analysts covering telecomms share in respect to AT&T Inc. T 1.86%'s move to buy Time Warner Inc TWX 2.63%.

The first is about the challenges in getting the regulatory approval given the experience of Comcast Corporation CMCSA 1.08%–NBC deal. However, the New York Times' Jim Stewart gave a 98 percent chance of regulatory approval.

The second is the downgrading of Time Warner and AT&T shares, with most of them now at Neutral/Hold ratings.

The following brokerages have made changes in respect of Time Warner:

  • Credit Suisse downgraded from Buy to a Neutral rating but boosted target price from $90 to $107.50.
  • MKM Partners downgraded from Buy to a Neutral rating.
  • Goldman Sachs remove Time Warner from Conviction Buy List and downgraded to a Neutral.
  • Moffett Nathanson downgraded from Buy to a Neutral rating.
  • Atlantic Equities downgraded from Overweight to Neutral.
  • RNC Capital Markets from Outperform to Sector Perform rating.
  • Evercore ISI Group downgraded from Buy to a Neutral rating.
  • Loop Capital maintains a Buy rating and lifted price objective from $96 to $107.50.

The following brokerages have made changes in respect of AT&T:

  • Cowen & Co. downgraded from Outperform to Market Perform.
  • Drexel Hamilton downgraded from Buy to a Hold rating.
  • Wunderlich maintains Buy rating.

At Last Check ...

  • AT&T was down 1.88 percent at $36.78.
  • Time Warner was down 2.53 percent at $87.22.

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DateFirmActionFromTo
Oct 2016MacquarieUpgradesNeutralOutperform
Aug 2016Argus ResearchMaintainsBuy
Jul 2016Pacific CrestMaintainsOverweight

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