said it still expects to report fourth-quarter earnings of 56 cents to 58 cents a share.
The San Antonio, Texas, telecommunications company said it was responding to news reports of rumors that it wouldn't achieve its fourth-quarter earnings view. Analysts expect the company to earn 58 cents a share for the quarter, according to
First Call/Thomson Financial
. The company earned 54 cents in the year-ago period.
Shares of SBC closed down $2.75, or 5%, to $52.19 in
New York Stock Exchange