NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Verizon Communications (VZ) edged higher Thursday after an analyst report noted it's unlikely a bidding war will erupt in its AOL (AOL) deal. Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) fell slightly as the wireless and broadband company approaches its proxy fight next week with Gamco Asset Management. Windstream Holdings (WIN) continued to plunge following its earnings.
Verizon gained 0.48% to close at $49.97 on a day when the Nasdaq Telecommunications Index IXTC fell a slight 0.08% to 279.90.
Earlier in the day, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan said it is "unlikely" Verizon will face a competing bid for its AOL buyout, according to a report in Benzinga. That said, however, the analyst also noted he could not "completely rule out the possibility."
Telephone and Data Systems fell 0.50% to end the session at $29.71.
The company is preparing to hold its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, in which it is asking investors to vote for its slate of four directors and not for the two board members that activist shareholder GAMCO Asset Management is proposing.
The two opposition candidates that GAMCO is proposing are Philip Blazek of biotech company Special Diversified Opportunities and Walter Schenker, who runs hedge fund MAZ Capital Advisors.
Telephone and Data Systems still dropped Thursday, despite its announcement that influential Institutional Shareholder Services and also Glass, Lewis & Co., two firms that advise institutional shareholders how to vote their shares on the proxy, endorsed the company's choice of its four directors.