Will Comcast’s $17B Acquisition Give These Top Institutional Shareholders Something To Watch?

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) raised most of the money to pay for their $17 billion acquisition of a 49% stake in NBC Universal and associated real estate by selling their stake in A&E Network and sales of wireless spectrum to Verizon (NYSE:VZ). Comcast had the option of purchasing the stake from GE (NYSE:GE) in 2014, but elected to bring the deal forward because the opportunity was probably available “at a more meaningful and reasonable price today,” according to Nomura analyst, Michael McCormack.

Will Comcast Corporation’s shareholders increase their holdings? They reported owning a total of 765.005 million shares on 12/31/2012. The shares closed at $37.36 on 12/31/2012.

Here are the ten largest positions in Comcast Corporation at the end of December 31st, 2012.

Vanguard Group Inc. held 108,349,162 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $4,047,924,758. This brought the portfolio total to 0.51%.

State Street Corp. held 98,306,881 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $3,672,745,134. This brought the portfolio total to 0.53%.

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company N.A. held 68,936,088 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $2,575,452,290. This brought the portfolio total to 0.6%.

J.P Morgan Chase & Co. held 39,113,310 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $1,461,273,285. This brought the portfolio total to 0.51%.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. held 30,125,878 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $1,125,502,820. This brought the portfolio total to 0.4%.

Blackrock Fund Advisors held 21,748,109 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $812,509,366. This brought the portfolio total to 0.36%.

Blackrock Group Ltd. held 21,041,508 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $786,110,752. This brought the portfolio total to 0.65%.

Blackrock Advisors LLC. held 20,668,776 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $772,185,484. This brought the portfolio total to 0.81%.

AllianceBernstein L.P. held 18,685,369 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $698,085,397. This brought the portfolio total to 0.84%.

Fisher Asset Management LLC. held 12,074,571 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $451,105,980. This brought the portfolio total to 1.25%.

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