Dresser-Rand +12.5% as Siemens said to prepare takeover bid

Dresser-Rand (DRC +12.5%) maintains strong gains following a report overnight that Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY -1.9%) is preparing an offer to buy out the oilfield equipment maker and has opened up talks following its unsuccessful bid to buy Alstom’s energy assets earlier this year.

Siemens has “huge” firepower to pursue deals toward expanding its energy assets, CEO Joe Kaeser had said after coming up short on Alstom.

“Strategically it would be a good fit, it would fill some gaps in the portfolio and improve Siemens's position in North America,” Commerzbank analysts say.

Shares have held up despite some notes of caution throughout the day; DRC s not viewed as a “motivated” seller now, a J.P. Morgan analyst says, and Raymond James believes a takeover is unlikely.

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