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Another big day in Europe, driven by some remarkable earnings.
are all on the move.
Think about it; that means you have two financial service companies, a food company, a defense company and a chemical company, all with big capitalizations, all on the prowl.
Could one of our investment banks or insurers be stolen by Allianz or Axa? I don't see why not.
How about the food companies, like
, that's struggling with a lack of respect? How about
? They all seem natural for a hook-up with Nestle.
lacks a partner; how about BAE? And there are so many chemical companies in the need of consolidation, I have to believe that BASF might want one; don't forget that the
unit is for sale.
All of these earnings reports are happening in
. It is no trick that these European reports tend to be better than the ones U.S. companies deliver. They benefit from better yield curves, a better tone of business, a better business climate and better sales to central Europe and other places we still don't have our teeth into the way we should.
Look for rumors involving all of these companies because they, too, fear the antitrust, pro-consumer agenda of the Democrats. No wonder those markets are, once again, beating the performance of our own markets.
When you see this kind of outperformance in Europe, you should think
, because that's who is going to capture the lion's share of what is looking like a pro-corporate revolution on the Continent. ... When you're assessing the promise in these stocks, remember to use all the tools at your disposal, including
TheStreet.com Ratings Screener. Because
bad buys won't become takeovers.
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