By Brian Stelter, CNN
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday night that AT&T (T, Fortune 500) has approached DirecTV (DTV, Fortune 500), the largest satellite TV distributor in the United States, about a possible acquisition. The Los Angeles Times reported that "exploratory talks" are underway.
Shares of DirecTV surged nearly 6% in early trading Thursday on the reports. The stock closed up about 3%.
A pairing of DirecTV's roughly 20 million TV subscribers with AT&T u-Verse's 5.7 million subscribers would rank No. 2 behind the combinedComcast (CMCSA, Fortune 500) and Time Warner Cable (TWC, Fortune 500), which is expected to end up with almost 30 million subscribers if the merger receives government approval.
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