Companies who have a bright outlook on the economy still have an array of venutre opportunity left to consider buying. General Electric (GE) still owns a near 50% stake in a $29 billion partnership with Comcast (CMCSA) on its NBCUniversal venture. Additionally there is American Tower's (AMT) $428 million joint venture with South African tower operator MTN to manage mobile phone towers in Ghana, and Hasbro's (HAS - Get Report) $300 million T.V. partnership with Discovery Communications (DISCA - Get Report) among many others.
Depending on your view of what the Dow's surge to 12,000 last week and this week's MF Global bankruptcy means for the economy, there may be more partnerships to be bought in coming quarters, especially in businesses more resilient to short term market swings.
-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York