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Jim Cramer Says Stimulus Critical for AT&T

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Trying to gauge what's next for AT&T  (T) - Get AT&T Inc. Report? Street Lightning's Jim Cramer said it's all about paying your phone bill. 

AT&T said adjusted earnings for the three months ending in June was pegged at 83 cents per share, down 6.75% from the same period last year and 4 cents ahead of the Street consensus forecast. Group revenues, AT&T said, fell 8.9% from last year to $41.billion, just shy of analysts' estimates of $41.1 billion.

AT&T said it had around 36.3 million customers logged for its newly-launched HBO Max service (including legacy HBO subscribers) after adding around 3 million over the second quarter. That figure, however, is down from 34.6 million at the end of last year. Postpaid mobile phone subscribers, however, fell by 151,000 against market forecasts of additions totaling around 7,000.

“Our solid execution and focus in a challenging environment delivered significant progress in the quarter, most notably the successful launch of HBO Max, resilient free cash flow and a strengthened balance sheet,” said new CEO John Stankey. “Our resilient cash from operations continues to support investments in growth areas, dividend payments, and debt retirement."

"We are aggressively working opportunities to sharpen our focus, transform our operations, and continue investing in growth areas, with the customer at the center of everything we do,” he added. 

Cramer said further federal stimulus will be critical for the stock going forward, as thee number of consumers defaulting on their phone bills increases.

You can follow Jim Cramer and Katherine Ross on Twitter at @JimCramer and @byKatherineRoss. Read more from Katherine Ross here. 

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