Top Five Weekend Stock Stories - Feb. 23

Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly:

1. Intuit (INTU) is nearing a deal to buy Credit Karma for about $7B in cash and stock, The Wall Street Journal's Cara Lombardo and Dana Cimilluca wrote, citing people familiar with the matter. The maker of TurboTax could announce a deal to buy privately held Credit Karma by Monday, assuming talks don't fall apart, the people said. Credit Karma was valued at roughly $4B in a private share sale about two years ago, the authors noted.

2. Boeing (BA) has confirmed it found debris that could pose potential safety risks in the fuel tanks of several 737 Max aircraft that are in storage and waiting to be delivered to airlines, according to Reuters. Boeing officials called the findings "absolutely unacceptable," the report noted.

3. Intelsat's stock (I) could again become a casualty in a 5G showdown among hedge-fund managers, satellite operators, and the federal government, Alexandra Scaggs wrote in this week's edition of Barron's. The company's satellites transmit television signals over the so-called C-band, which is considered to be prime for fifth-generation, or 5G, service, with regulators wanting to clear out 60% of it for use by wireless companies, the author noted. A consortium of satellite operators called the C-Band Alliance volunteered to sell the spectrum privately in a plan that could have brought Intelsat as much as $24B, but the problem is that a private sale would require the Federal Communications Commission to give satellite operators the ability to sell rights they do not currently have, in the regulator's view, the author added.

4. ViacomCBS (VIAC) subsidiary Paramount's "Sonic the Hedgehog" stayed at number one, grossing another $26.3M in its second weekend in theaters and bringing its total to $106.6M. Overseas, the movie earned $38.3M in 56 markets. "Sonic the Hedgehog" sports an A CinemaScore and a 63% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

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