Cash-rich companies are in excellent financial position to increase their dividends, buy back their own shares, make prudent acquisitions of weaker competitors, and invest in research and development. Their stock could also be worth more than the price indicates because so much money is stashed in the company safe. Here's a closer look at some famous 'big dogs' in cash
Although the merger partners have been lavish with claims about 'global reach,' most of the attention on the merger has been on financials and management structure. The merging lines have had little to say about details that matter most to customers
If regulators approve the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, it will create the world's largest carrier. Although it's early, many experts agree that there will probably be a push for higher fares.
By now you've seen the news that Continental and United airlines have agreed to merge. This isn't a done deal yet as this merger will get a close look by the Departments of Justice and Transportation, and anti-trust concerns could derail it. But most industry mavens believe the climate is right for this merger. And, I'd bet that the fallout for consumers will be more negative than positive
Whether or not you're personally convinced that the recession is just about over, those in the big-buck mergers-and-acquisitions game are believers. 'It's all a sign you can't keep a good capitalist down and eventually greed will overcome fear,' said James Paulsen, chief investment officer for Wells Capital Management, Minneapolis. People are saying, 'Gee, not only are we not going to have a depression, but it looks like we're actually going to have a recovery.'
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