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The airline industry has seen a wave of potential M&A activity of late. Reports say UAL, the parent of United Airlines, and Continental Airlines are talking merger – though analysts speculate a deal is still far off. Also, AirTran Holdings has made a hostile bid for Midwest Air Group worth $290 million, or $11.25 a share. All this comes just a month after US Airways Group made a hostile bid of its own for Delta Air Lines.
U.S. stocks are taxiing towards a slightly higher opening today as airline takeover activity is set to give the transports a lift. Retail sales data for November could also give the market some direction and provide further clues to the consumer this holiday season. MERGERS AT THE GATE: Our Phil Lebeau is reporting on takeover talks...
U.S. stocks are showing hesitancy ahead of today's Fed announcement with futures pointing to a lower opening. Japanese stocks were higher overnight and European stocks trade lower after initial strength. The U.S. dollar was weaker ahead of the Fed overnight, as the yen slid to a record low against the Euro.
Good morning--it's December 1, 2006--24 days until Christmas--and counting. We're having a busy day so far. U.S. Representative Harold Ford Jr. from Tennessee is guest host on "Squawk Box." He lost that closeU.S. Senate seat race last month to Repbublican Bob Corker.