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Morningstar Analyst Research: The Week in Stocks

Merger mania drove our research this week.

Big-time mergers were again making news this past week, a la American Airlines-TWA and America Online-Time Warner. So in this week's stock roundup, we compiled a few companies that have been involved in recent mergers or at least have tried to pair off with another firm. Some companies have done well; others, not so well. But in most cases, the jury is still out on what the acquisitions mean for their future.

The links below will take you to some solid analysis on some interesting companies. For those readers who still aren't Premium subscribers, you can sign up for a free trial subscription and read Analyst Reports for the companies below as well as our takes on about 1,000 other stocks and 2,000 funds.

  • America Online  and Time Warner  wrapped up a deal to become one. But can these two media titans really live well together?
  • Fifth Third (FITB) has bought more banks than just about any other company. We speculate on whether it can maintain its winning streak
  • American Airlines' parent, AMR , wants to buy Trans World Airlines . But are regulators going to allow AMR to link up, or will American be alone in its battle against United's parent, UAL (UAL)?
  • WorldCom  has grown fast through acquisitions, but its dreams of buying Sprint  were dashed. We discuss what's next for this telecom.
  • CKE Restaurants  lapped up Hardee's a few years ago. We look at whether the troubled fast-food chain has proven harder to digest than first expected.

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Craig Woker does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.