21st Century Fox shares jump in anticipation of Comcast bid

This  file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia.  The potential for another media megadeal are sending shares of Comcast, Twenty-First Century Fox and Disney into motion before the opening bell.
  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File, 2017)
This file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. The potential for another media megadeal are sending shares of Comcast, Twenty-First Century Fox and Disney into motion before the opening bell. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File, 2017)
Published June 13 2018
Updated June 13 2018

NEW YORK ó A federal court ruling this week has sent shares of Comcast, Twenty-First Century Fox and Disney into motion, with major media companies potentially on the brink of a bidding war.

Following a Tuesday ruling that cleared the way for AT&Tís $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, almost everyone expects Comcast to make a move for entertainment assets belonging to Twenty-First Century Fox, including the studios behind the "Avatar" movies, "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family."

If that happens Wednesday, as many anticipate, it could come at a cost for Disney, which has already offered $52.4 billion in stock for those assets.

Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox are jumping 9 percent in premarket trading. Shares of Comcast and Disney moved in the other direction, down 3.5 percent and nearly 2 percent, respectively.

Check back for updates.

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