22 August, 2007

Merger Mania props up Stocks during Wednesday's Session

North American markets got a lift from the early going Wednesday as merger speculation and deal pondering was afoot. Topping the headlines, reports that TD Ameritrade (AMTD) and E-Trade Financial (ETFC) were talking about merging, and although merger speculation from the online brokerages have seemingly been years in the making the thinking was that its for real this time.

Now TD-Ameri-E-Trade as it should obviously be called, if only for the humor, would instantly become the big player in the online brokerage space leaving Charles Schwab (SCHW) out of luck. Due to synergies involved in merging analysts speculated that the combined $10Billion and $6Billion market cap companies could be worth almost $20Billion together.

Further deal speculation surfaced in the exchanges as Nymex Holdings (NMX) revealed it has been in talks with several players about a buyout, including locally based NYSE Euronext (NYX). Shares of NMX were up 6% on the news. In the casino space MGM Mirage (MGM) shot up 8% as it announced receiving a $5Billion investment from Dubai World in the form of company shares and a stake in Las Vegas projects.

Markets overall finished up over 1% on the day with the Canadian side once again faring slightly better than the neighbours to the south. Canadian markets were fueled by easing of some credit worries with almost all sectors well positive on the day.

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