AT&T-DirecTV Merger Announcement Fast Approaching

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A potential deal between AT&T Inc. and DirecTV is getting close, with some saying an agreement could be reached in two weeks, or even sooner.

The proposed takeover could put a value of almost $50 billion on DirecTV. The two companies are discussing a price for DirecTV in the low to mid-nineties per share, sources told the Wall Street Journal. At $95 per share, DirecTV would be valued at nearly $48 billion.

Any deal between the two would likely involved a mix of cash and AT&T stock, with AT&T paying a premium to DirecTV’s share price.

But there is no guarantee the two companies will come to an agreement in the near future – they’ve come close before, but price issues got in the way. Other similar deals have been challenged by regulators or opposed by others in the industry, such as a past DirecTV and Dish Network Corp. attempts at merging and the more current Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. deal that is pending.

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