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M & A wrap: Plan B for ING

December 28, 2011

Dutch financial services group ING Group has scrapped plans for a separate trade sale of its Belgian insurance business, worth 500 to 750 million euros, a person familiar with the deal said on Wednesday.

Sears “has been a mismanaged asset,” Gregory Melich, an analyst at International Strategy & Investment, said in a Bloomberg Television interview yesterday. “A lot of traditional department stores have reinvigorated themselves through merchandising, through changing their locations; you think of Macy’s. You haven’t seen that from Sears.” Yesterday the largest U.S. department store chain reported that it would close as many as 120 locations after same-store sales fell 5.2 percent in the eight weeks ended Dec. 25.

Whirlpool investors–already burned by a sagging stock in 2011–aren’t spending time trying to figure out what the impact of Sears’ planned store closings will be. They’re just bailing out, reports the Wall Street Journal. As Whirlpool has seen weak demand of its own this year, investors are seemingly done for now in waiting for turnaround signs. Shares are off 7 percent today to $47.57, pushing Whirlpool’s stock price down more than 46 percent for 2011.

Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext have extended the deadline for completion of their planned merger to March 31 next year as they seek to convince European regulators to back the $9 billion deal.

Deal Book asks, how do you go from being one of the country’s most-renowned and respected business leaders to landing on the list of the Worst C.E.O.’s of 2011? Sydney Finkelstein, professor of strategy and leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and author of “Why Smart Executives Fail” presents his list of the worst C.E.O.’s of 2011.

 

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