A Mega-Merger Defies Market Turmoil


The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino and industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Isaac and Brendan discuss a major acquisition announced by Eaton. The industrial giant proposed a $11.8 billion bid for electrical equipment maker Cooper Industries in an attempt to broaden the company's capabilities in the energy and power markets. The bid sent shares of Cooper soaring over 25% during Monday's trading and marks the third-largest proposed merger of 2012. Large industrial conglomerates such as Eaton are seeking to consolidate their offerings in the electrical power arena and are willing to take on debt to establish a global brand. Watch the video below to find out whether Isaac believes this merger makes sense.

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