Vodafone (VOD) +2.6% after The Sunday Times reports the carrier is "leaning towards making a...

|About: Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)|By:, SA News Editor

Vodafone (VOD) +2.6% after The Sunday Times reports the carrier is "leaning towards making a clean break" with Verizon (VZ), and that a Verizon Wireless deal could happen by summer. Talks are said to be "fluid and free-form," with Verizon shareholders standing in the way of a full-blown merger out of concerns about Vodafone's European ops. The paper also claims Vodafone execs have privately told investors they can "mitigate or eliminate" Vodafone's capital gains tax bill. (previous)