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Caveat Emptor

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Expert Perspective by Grahall’s OmniMedia Editorial Board

Kevin Crowley’s July 12th article in Bloomberg announcing the planned acquisition of Hewitt Associates by Aon (Aon to Purchase Hewitt for $4.9 Billion in Cash, Stock) sparked a lively conversation amongst our Editorial Board members.  Aon is, as Crowley says: “…the world’s largest insurance broker” and Hewitt “…provides payroll and consulting services to 3,000 clients.” 

Upon the announcement, Aon’s shares initially dropped by 10% but both Aon’s and Hewitt’s stock prices are up slightly for the week.  For Aon, this result might be based on the strength of an upgraded rating from “hold” to “buy” by Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Jay Cohen. 

But other than some possible anxiety on the part of Aon shareholders, what does this acquisition suggest? 
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