Concerns that antitrust issues would scuttle or delay Northrop Grumman's ( NOC) acquisition of TRW ( TRW) were put to rest Tuesday when the companies reached a consent decree with the government. News reports overnight suggested concerns about the combined company's potential dominance of electronic satellite technology would push back the deal's competition. But Northrop announced the consent decree before the market opened Tuesday, saying the acquisition would be allowed to close pending shareholder votes scheduled for Dec. 11. Northrop said the consent decree doesn't require any asset sales and will preserve competition in the electronic satellite payload sector. TRW closed Monday down 82 cents at $50.90. Northrop Grumman lost $1.06 to $95.35.