Investors Give Acquirers a Boost in 2012

When ConAgra Foods Inc. said on Nov. 27 it would buy Ralcorp Holdings Inc. for $6.7 billion, ConAgra’s stock climbed 4.7 percent. Similarly, when M&T Bank Corp. agreed to buy Hudson City Bancorp for about $4.3 billion Aug. 27, M&T shares shot up 4.6 percent the day of the announcement.

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