AT&T is buying smaller rivals and rolling out faster services -- whether it can afford to or not -- as it nervously contemplates the emergence of a more potent competitor.
Stocks are lower after payroll company ADP estimated that only 119,000 private sector jobs were added in April -- the fewest in 7 months.
Tenet Healthcare is upgraded to 'buy,' and JetBlue is downgraded to 'neutral.'
The company is rumored to be ready to offer $100 billion to take full control, but that bid might be too low.
Cheesecake Factory is upgraded to 'neutral,' and Intuit is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Riverbed is downgraded at 2 firms, and Activision Blizzard is upgraded to 'outperform.'
As AT&T announces an ambitious plan to expand its wireless and fixed broadband networks, smaller rivals see little reason to engage in a spending war.
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