Two Media Plays to Consider Now

Activist investors can often point to undervalued companies that need to make a few major changes in order to unlock tremendous value.

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  • That’s why the recent purchase by activist investor Nelson Peltz is attracting attention. The latest undervalued find is a company in the media space that also has some legacy operations. Any transformation there that improves profitability could score a huge win for shareholders.

    The company? Comcast (CMCSA). Owner of a cable network, over the past decade the company has transformed with the acquisition of properties such as NBCUniversal to become a content giant as well. Peltz has taken a 0.4 percent stake, which could quickly be scaled up into a big enough size to clamor for board seats as well.

    The opportunity here is a bit reminiscent of that in AT&T (T), the telephone giant that has also expanded into the entertainment space in recent years with a series of acquisitions. The company is better noted for its high dividend yield.

    Action to take: Investors should consider buying AT&T for its dividend, and buying call options on Comcast for a move higher should Peltz convince the company to do something to raise the share price. The January 2021 $50 calls, trading for around $1.30, look attractive for a potential jump higher.

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