Those trying to
guess Buffett's next move
might do well to consider food giants such as
(HSY - Get Report)
(CPB - Get Report)
Brian Sozzi, chief equities analyst at NBG Productions.
Morningstar recently highlighted energy companies
, in addition to retail giant
, medical-products manufacturer
and Los Angeles-based lender
large takeout targets in 2013
earlier in February,
proposed acquisition of a brokerage venture with
could mirror the
size and strategy
of Comcast's deal for NBCUniversal and be yet another large 2013 merger.
For all the excitement over a flurry of February deals and the speculation of where the likes of Berkshire Hathaway will spend its money next, it might simply be wise for the ordinary investor to see a busy Wall Street as added confirmation of rising stock valuations, strengthening corporate earnings and a pickup in the economy.
-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York
For more on M&A speculation, see Morningstar's
11 M&A stock picks for 2013