Thursday, November 09, 2006


According to the WSJ’s „Tracking the Numbers” column, leveraged buyouts of tech co’s are picking up steam and there may be more deals on the horizon. The list of attractive candidates isn't long, according to a study to be released today by Fitch Ratings. Fitch says possible buyout candidates include CA (CA) and Convergys (CVG).

Barron’s Online “Inside Scoop” section reports that Lone Pine Capital is prospecting for gains in Southwestern Energy (SWN). The hedge fund reported it purchased nearly 8.58m shares of Southwestern, or a 5.1% stake. Lone Pine did not disclose the prices or when the transactions were conducted. However, the firm held no Southwestern shares in the 2Q ended June 30. The fund is Southwestern's 2nd-largest shareholder. Ben Silverman, of, says what is particularly interesting about Lone Pine is the firm has been an "aggressive buyer" that sold off its energy positions in the 2Q.

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