Here it is halfway through 2007 -- basketball and hockey seasons are behind us, and the sleepy summer heat is settling in. That means it's time for a mid-year stock review. Up this time is telecommunications icon AT&T
Investors in AT&T have seen their shares gain 12% since the start of the year -- not too shabby. The recent, major acquisitions and consolidations of the Bellsouth and SBC Communications businesses under the AT&T umbrella have been delivering positive benefits -- or "synergy," as CEOs like to call it. Focus on the core wireless business during this M&A turbulence has kept growth in new wireless subscribers steady, though competitor Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications
While AT&T's "Project Lightspeed" was highly anticipated last year, the new video service via fiber optics is off to a slow start. At the end of the first quarter, AT&T only covered 15 markets with this new high-speed network, lagging behind Verizon's deployment.
But the biggest story in the first half for AT&T is, of course, the eagerly awaited launch of the Apple
To get a peek at what top investors think of AT&T's prospects going forward, we can tap the Motley Fool CAPS database of investor opinions and ratings on the stock. CAPS players currently give the company a four-star rating, which is up from the two-star rating it started with in 2007.
While investors are collectively focusing on the iPhone's potential to pull prized wireless subscribers away from competitors Sprint Nextel
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