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Shares of Time Warner Cable spiked about 4 percent in late-day trading Friday on a rumor that Charter Communications was considering a bid by year’s end to acquire the company.
Charter already made a play for the large cable operator and was rebuffed, though it is considering returning to the bargaining table undeterred, according to a Reuters report that cites “people familiar with the matter.”
Charter is about one-quarter owned by John Malone‘s Liberty Media, and the telecommunications mogul has been eyeing ways to expand his cable empire.
Charter’s market cap, though, was at $14 billion on Friday compared with Time Warner Cable’s $35 billion.
Shares of Time Warner Cable traded for a small gain most of the day, then spiked about 4 percent an hour ahead of the closing bell. At the end of the trading session, shares were up 3 percent to $123.56.
On Thursday, Time Warner Cable reported losing 306,000 TV subscribers in the most recent quarter, with many defections blamed on the monthlong blackout of CBS owed to a carriage dispute. The company also lost 128,000 voice subscribers and 24,000 high-speed Internet subs.
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