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AT&T, DirecTV appear optimistic deal soon will be approved
AT&T, DirecTV appear optimistic deal soon will be approved

AT&T and DirecTV appear increasingly optimistic that their $48.5-billion marriage soon will win the blessing of federal regulators. On Friday, the two companies agreed to extend their merger agreement, which had been scheduled to expire Monday. "Each of AT&T and DirecTV has elected to extend the ... 'termination date' of the merger agreement for a short period of time to facilitate obtaining final regulatory approval required to close the merger," AT&T said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The merger agreement was signed May 18, 2014.  At that time, the companies did not anticipate such a lengthy review by the Federal Communications...

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