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Wall Street Analysts Reflect on AT&T-Time Warner Ruling, Assess Implications Outside Tech, Media

By BenZinga
Capital Markets

A U.S. District Court approved AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)’s purchase of Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX) Tuesday and advised the Justice Department not to seek a stay of the ruling.

The results were celebrated by stocks involved in and distantly peripheral to the case — and left analysts generally more bullish on corporate America.

What It Means For AT&T

KeyBanc expects AT&T investor focus to shift from the firm’s struggles in wireless, wireline and entertainment toward positive Time-Warner synergies.

“Longer term, the opportunity for AT&T to improve TWX’s ad monetization by integrating data could provide additional synergy, but we are in the very early stages of targeted advertising for AT&T,” KeyBanc analysts wrote in an note.

Notably, analysts seemed least interested in the effects on AT&T’s thesis and instead emphasized broader sector implications.

Implications For Media

To Morgan Stanley, the approval serves as formal recognition that tech platforms — Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG),, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) — are disrupting ...

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