Nod for Disney's $73.1B Acquisition of Fox Entertainment

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NEW YORK (AP) — Disney's  (DIS) $71.3 billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox's  (FOXA) entertainment division is one step closer after shareholders approves the deal Friday.

The tie-up brings together Marvel's X-Men and Avengers franchises and creates an entertainment behemoth in the digital streaming era. The shareholder vote caps a saga that began in , when Disney made its first offer for part of Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate. It kicked off a bidding war with Comcast  (CMCSA), which dropped out last week focus on attempted buyout of the European pay-TV operator Sky.

The Fox deal will help Disney compete with technology players like Amazon  (AMZN) and Netflix  (NFLX). The agreement is not expected to close for several months and still requires regulatory approvals.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AMZN Inc. 1,919.65 23.45 1.24 3,986,123 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 112.75 0.63 0.56 4,326,595 Trade
NFLX Netflix Inc. 337.49 -3.82 -1.12 5,805,182 Trade
FOXA Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. 45.48 0.16 0.35 6,625,958 Trade
CMCSA Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock 35.39 0.35 1.00 10,478,965 Trade


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