AT&T Stung Investors by Spinning Off Warner Bros. Discovery


‘s April decision to parcel out its big interest in

Warner Bros. Discovery

to all shareholders, rather than giving them the option of receiving an equivalent amount of the phone company’s stock, has turned out to be a bad move for investors. Warner stock has dropped sharply.

AT&T shares (ticker: T), which ended Tuesday at $18.02, are down just 1% since the spinoff on April 8, topping the returns of those of rival

Verizon Communications

(VZ) and the

S&P 500

index. But that calculation doesn’t factor in the Warner stock (WBD) received by AT&T holders.