Summary: Despite reporting weak earnings yesterday, shares of French telecom equipment company Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, the company it is in the midst of buying, each rose sharply yesterday. Although Lucent reported flat earnings, its main wireless business managed results that came in above consensus. The upcoming acquisition seems to be what sparked the stocks to rise as Alcatel officials stated they were still on track to complete the $11 billion deal by year's end. The move is expected to save $1.7 billion a year for the new company which will have Alcatel at the helm. Alcatel posted a 42% drop in its third-quarter net income from the year earlier period, and blamed the decline on falling sales of its mobile network equipment, despite revenue rising 1.4%. Lucent reported earnings of $0.7 a share, the same as the year earlier period, and above the consensus estimate of $0.5 cents a share posted by Thomson Financial. Revenue rose 5 percent at the company. In trading yesterday, Lucent shares rose 6.4% while Alcatel shares closed the day up 7.15%.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Alcatel (ALA), Lucent (LU), Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) • Broadband HOLDRS (NYSE:BDH)
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