Shares of telecommunications companies fell amid bets Verizon Communications' stumbles would set the tone for earnings season. Competition among wireless providers has intensified in recent quarters, with T-Mobile US and others poaching customers by slashing prices on data offerings.
The U.K. government's decision to hold snap parliamentary elections in June will delay by a month the regulatory-review process for 21st Century Fox's $15 billion bid to buy the 61% of U.K. pay-television giant Sky that it doesn't already own.
-By Rob Curran, firstname.lastname@example.org
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
April 21, 2017 17:41 ET (21:41 GMT)