What’s the trade as the telecom giants go head-to-head in an all out price war?
Standard & Poors analyst Todd Rosenbluth explained on CNBC’s Closing Bell that his firm upgraded Verizon because it is the industry leader and is best prepared to set pricing standards for the entire wireless carrier complex.
While in agreement that Verizon deserves an upgrade on its growth prospects, customer base and fundamentals, Jeff Macke said the industry could be disrupted substantially if third-place carrier Sprint adopted a “slash and burn” attitude – as reported – and undercut the prices set by Verizon and AT&T . Rosenbluth admitted that there’s a risk that Sprint could play spoiler, but the company is still a big enough player that it doesn’t need to get desperate quite yet, he said. Instead, he believes Sprint will focus on retaining its customers and growing its business in “rational” ways.
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