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2010 Breakout Story: CKE

On Friday, private equity shop Thomas H. Lee Partners inked a deal to buy CKE Restaurants , the owners of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. for $619 million in cash.

The offer values the company at $11.05 a share, a premium of 24 percent over CKE's Thursday closing price of $8.91 and shows private equity's continued appetite for the fast-food business.

What's the trade?

It seems like CKE wants to go higher, says Guy Adami, but I wouldn’t rush out and buy CKE here even though the deal does give CKE until April to solicit other offers. However, I do think the trade is long rival Jack-In-The Box.


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Grasso Owns (BAC); Seymour Owns (AAPL), (BAC), (F), (INTC), (PBR), (TSL)

For Tim Seymour:
Seygem Asset Management Owns (POT)

For Joe Terranova
Terranova Works For (VRTS)
Terranova Is Chief Market Strategist Of Virtus Investment Partners, Ltd.
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (CLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DLR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (EXR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (IGE)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLY)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DBV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLP)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (SKT)

For Steve Grasso
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (ABX)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (BAC)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own Gold
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (SDS)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Own (TOL)
Stuart Frankel And Its Partners Are Short (QQQQ)

For Whitney Tilson
Funds Managed By Whitney Tilson Owned (BRK.A), (BRK.B) On 2/25/10

Tilson Owned (BRK.A), (BRK.B) On 2/25/10

For Dennis Garwtman
Funds Managed By Gartman Are Short S&P 500
Funds Managed By Gartman Are Short Euro
Funds Managed By Gartman Are Short Yen
Funds Managed By Gartman Are Short Steel
Funds Managed By Gartman Are Long Gold
Funds Managed By Gartman Are Long Natural Gas
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Short Yen, Are Long Canadian Dollar, Are Long Australian Dollar
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Short (NUE)
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Short (SPY)
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Short S&P 500
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Long Gold
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Short British Pound
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Long Australian Dollar
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Long Canadian Dollar
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman Are Short Euro

For Mike Khouw
Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Is A Market Maker In (SPY)

For Brian Kelly
Kanundrum Capital Owns (DB)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (CS)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (C)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (JPM)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (GLD)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (GDXJ)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (BRCM)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (QCOM)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (VMW)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (ELX)
Kanundrum Capital Owns (QLGC)
Kanundrum Capital Is Long U.S. Dollar
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (GS)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (JWN)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Euro
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Japanese Yen
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Swiss Franc
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Singapore Dollar

Other Relevant Disclosures:
Terranova Owned (QCOM) On 2/1/10
Najarian Owned (PFE) On 2/2/10


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