Analyst reaction to GE's $3.3B purchase of Lufkin (LUFK) is decidedly mixed, with some calling...

|By:, SA News Editor

Analyst reaction to GE's $3.3B purchase of Lufkin (LUFK) is decidedly mixed, with some calling the price "stunning" while others believe the premium is worth it since GE is paying for growth prospects; LUFK’s revenue rose 37% in 2012. But GE does not have a history of driving hard bargains; after years of decent but not big returns from its energy spending spree, shareholders might want to temper their optimism.