Sprint, T-Mobile slide as reports cast doubts on merger


Shares of Sprint and T-Mobile have tumbled as several news reports cast doubt on a long-expected deal between the two wireless carriers. The Nikkei Asian Review kicked off by reporting from Japan that Sprint's owner, Japan's SoftBank, plans to break off deal negotiations with T-Mobile's parent company, Germany's Deutsche Telekom, over disagreements about who would control the combined company. The Wall Street Journal reported later Monday that SoftBank is "abandoning" deal efforts . Bloomberg reported that deal talks have "hit a serious snag." The stories relied on information from unidentified people. Sprint, T-Mobile and SoftBank did not respond to questions from The Associated Press. Sprint's stock slumped 9.3 percent Monday. T-Mobile shares dropped 5.4 percent. U.S. regulators' concerns thwarted the companies' previous deal effort in 2014.