NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet's Jim Cramer asks how high the bidding will go for Family Dollar (FDO - Get Report) . Dollar General (DG - Get Report) increased its bid to $80 a share in cash and also promised to close up to 1,500 stores.
Cramer says this move is a rebuttal to Family Dollar's method of stopping the deal, which is to say there is too much overlap compared to Dollar Tree (DLTR - Get Report) , which has very little overlap.
Cramer calls the Dollar Tree deal the "bird in the hand" because he thinks the antitrust review on a Dollar General deal would be very tough. He believes the government would regard these companies as a particular class of stores, unlike Walmart (WMT - Get Report) or Target (TGT - Get Report) , that appeals to the lower middle class and must be protected.
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