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Liberty Global Shares Rise on Deal Speculation

Vodafone’s sale of Verizon stake could spark Liberty tie-up, analyst says 8/29/2013 04:58:44 PM Eastern

Liberty Global shares rose nearly 4% ($3 each) in early trading Thursday, after Macquarie Equities media analyst Amy Yong speculated the international cable giant could be a target of global phone power Vodafone.

Liberty shares were up as much as 3.9% ($3 per share) Thursday to $79.14 each, before closing at $78.59, up 3.2% or $2.45 per share.

In a research note Thursday, Yong speculated that Vodafone, which is in talks to sell its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon Communications for as much as $130 billion,  could use some of that cash in a deal for Liberty Global.

This isn’t the first time the two international communications giants’ paths have crossed – in June Vodafone outbid Liberty Global for German cable power Kabel Deutschland, offering about $10 billion for the largest MSO in that country.  According to Yong, Vodafone’s thirst for cable assets could lead it to the negotiating table with Liberty Global.

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