Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO) in Agreement to Buy Life Technologies Corp. (LIFE) for $13.6 Billion


Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO, $81.50) and Life Technologies Corp. (LIFE, $73.16), makers of laboratory equipment, have agreed to merge operations in early 2014.  The “move could enable the company to slash costs and reap gains from next-generation genetic-sequencing machines,” reports Dow Jones.

Thermo Fisher will pay $76 per share for Life Technologies.  Thermo Fisher is expected to grow earnings 10-11% per year for each of the next three years.

TMO has had a big run-up since it broke past long-term resistance at $65 in January.  Shareholders should use stop-loss orders to protect profits.

LIFE shares have risen enough that shareholders could make more money by selling, and investing in another growth opportunity, vs. holding the shares until the merger.

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