Electrical component maker Cooper Industries (CBE) is showing off some solid performance of its own in 2012. So far this year, shares have climbed more than 25%. And statistically speaking, that relative strength is likely to carry over into the second half of the year.
Cooper isn't going to be Cooper for long -- the firm is getting acquired by Eaton (ETN) for $72 per share. But the combined firm should have some attractive characteristics in the power management industry, particularly for Cooper shareholders. After all, the deal gives CBE owners claim to a combination of stock and $39.15 per share in cash. That stake in new Eaton and cold hard cash offers a nice combination of equity (to take advantage of the bounce in stocks) and risk-free (the cash portion).The biggest industrial merger of 2012 is slated to close sometime in the second half of the year. With rising analyst sentiment in CBE combined with the terms of the merger, we're betting on shares this week.