Communications services companies were more or less flat as investors hedged their bets on the outlook for deals in the sector.
ViacomCBS agreed to sell book publisher Simon & Schuster to German media giant Bertelsmann SE for almost $2.18 billion, ViacomCBS said Wednesday, in a deal that would create a publishing behemoth accounting for about a third of all books sold in the U.S.
Bertelsmann already owns Penguin Random House, the largest publisher of books in the U.S., and will now add Simon & Schuster, which is the third largest, behind News Corp.'s HarperCollins Publishers.
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