A successful merger between Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) would reduce the number of major wireless carriers from four to three. Will that reduce incentives for the new company to offer the same discounts and services that we’ve seen in recent years?
In this segment fromIndustry Focus, host Vincent Shen is joined by Motley Fool contributor Daniel Kline as they offer up their final thoughts (and doubts) about this $26 billion deal.
A full transcript follows the video.
This video was recorded on May 1, 2018.
Vincent Shen: We have a few more minutes here. I figure we can spend it going into some of the antitrust regulatory concerns and our personal thoughts on this deal. If you’re a betting man, how do you feel about the odds for this deal?
Dan Kline: Well, without getting too political here, I think it happens. The way to get President Trump to be behind something is to appeal to him, to his vanity, to the ways he thinks about things. So is he going to want us to be behind China on 5G? I don’t think so. He likes when a company kowtows to him and says, “Oh, please, we’re going to do it all your way!” This was very smart. Right after they hit send on the press release, Marcelo Claure and John Legere called Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, a Trump appointee and the person who would take the lead, in terms of at least one aspect of the regulatory approval. And they laid it out, and he basically said, “Hey, I said I’d give you a fair shake.” So they’re already starting with a chance.
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The stock market didn’t see much volatility on Friday, with most major benchmarks finishing the session very close to where they had started. Without much in the way of market-moving news on the national or global front, most investors instead paid attention to the cross-currents involved with monthly options expirations. Some other parts of the financial markets were more interesting, with bond yields easing a bit lower after their big upward push earlier in the week and oil prices taking a break from their recent surge. Yet some individual companies suffered from bad news that sent their shares lower. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), GameStop (NYSE:GME), and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.
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An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) debt fell 1.1% against its face value during trading on Tuesday. The debt issue has a 7.5% coupon and is set to mature on April 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $97.63 and was trading at $98.50 last week. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.
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NetEase traded up $3.95, hitting $243.58, during midday trading on Friday, MarketBeat.com reports. The stock had a trading volume of 1,182,914 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,423,698. The firm has a market cap of $31.99 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.63, a PEG ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 0.82. NetEase has a 1-year low of $222.32 and a 1-year high of $377.64.
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