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TDS Shares Rise After Update on Lead-Covered Cables

By Will Feuer


Shares of Telephone and Data Systems were up 10%, recovering some of the stock's recent losses, after the telecommunications company said it has located about 10 miles of lead-covered cables across its network.

The stock climbed to $7.70 a share from its Monday close of $7.00.

Other telecom companies rose too as the sector tries to find its footing after a series of downgrades by Wall Street analysts that were sparked by a Wall Street Journal investigation revealing that U.S. phone companies have left behind a network of cables covered in toxic lead.

Shares of AT&T, which closed Monday at their lowest level since 1993, rose 2.2% in morning trading. Verizon stock climbed 3.7%, while Frontier Communications shares rose 4.7%.

TDS late Monday said in a news release that it is "identifying next steps to address the very limited amount of lead cabling it estimates is in its network." The company said it strives to follow all applicable laws where it provides service.

Verizon and AT&T report quarterly results next week. Analysts said they expect the companies to address the matter of lead-covered cables.


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July 18, 2023 10:05 ET (14:05 GMT)

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