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Chicago, IL – August 6, 2012 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include AT&T Inc. (T - Analyst Report), Nextwave Wireless Inc. , Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ - Analyst Report), Apple Inc. (AAPL - Analyst Report) and Google Inc. (GOOG - Analyst Report).
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Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:
AT&T to Buy Nextwave
AT&T Inc. (T - Analyst Report) will acquire Nextwave Wireless Inc. , which holds unused Wireless Communications Service (WCS) spectrums to be used for broadband deployment. The company will pay $600 million in cash; the greater part of which will go towards paying off Nextwave’s debt.
The purchase of spectrum will boost AT&T’s capacity and provide services at a much higher speed, thereby driving data revenues and boosting its competitive position against its major rival Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ - Analyst Report). The growing popularity of Apple Inc.’s (AAPL - Analyst Report) iPhone and Google Inc.’s (GOOG - Analyst Report) Android-based smartphones, as well as online mobile video streaming, cloud computing and video conferencing services, is driving mobile data traffic by leaps and bounds.
Despite the significant investments made by AT&T in network upgrade and efficiency, data demand will likely outstrip supply in the short term, causing dropped connections, rising prices and lousy services.
The deal, pending approvals from various U.S. regulatory bodies, is expected to close by the end of the year. AT&T faced a bitter experience in acquiring spectrums last year after it failed to acquire T-Mobile USA. The company’s hope of becoming the largest U.S. wireless carrier was shattered when the deal was unsuccessful.
We are currently maintaining our long-term Neutral recommendation on AT&T. The stock retains a Zacks #3 (Hold) Rank for the short term (1–3 months).
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