Shares of telecommunications companies rose as trades sought out defensive sectors in light of geopolitical shocks and mixed earnings reports.
AT&T ticked down after The Wall Street Journal reported that the government review of its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner has reached an advanced stage, quelling concerns that the Trump administration might block a deal that is fraught with business risk for AT&T.
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Separately, Reuters reported the telecom giant is considering a sale of its Digital Life home-security unit.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
August 18, 2017 17:31 ET (21:31 GMT)