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Deep Dive: AT&T, even without Time Warner, beats Verizon as a dividend stock

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Comparisons are being made between AT&T’s and Verizon’s growth strategy, but there really is no comparison.

AT&T is being much more aggressive, and while investors wait for the company’s long-term moves to play out, its stock has a higher dividend yield that is better supported by cash flow.

AT&T Inc. T, -0.03% has agreed to acquire Time Warner Inc. TWX, -0.94% for $85.4 billion, half in AT&T stock and the rest in cash. AT&T expects the merger to be completed by the end of 2017. There will be regulatory hurdles.

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