Time Warner shareholders OK Comcast deal

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable said Thursday its shareholders approved its acquisition by Comcast Corp., clearing another hurdle for the $45 billion deal.

In February, Comcast said it agreed to buy rival Time Warner in an all-stock deal. The deal will make Comcast, which also owns NBCUniversal, a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes.

The news comes a day after Comcast shareholders approved the deal, which is still awaiting clearance from regulators.

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Time Warner Cable has about 11.4 million high-speed data subscribers in 29 states nationwide.

New York-based Time Warner’s shares fell $3.50, or 2.4 percent, to $143.78 in midday trading. Comcast shares fell $1.15 to $53.62 amid a broad sell-off in stocks.

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