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ETF Spotlight on Index IQ Merger Arbitrage (NYSEArca: MNA), part of a weekly series.

Assets: $28.2 million

Objective: Tracks the IQ Merger Arbitrage Index

Holdings: Some of the top companies in the ETF are Qwest communications, Allegheny Energy and Sybase, Inc.

What You Should Know

  • The top sectors are energy (32.3%), communications (15.5%), information technology (14.5%) and materials (14.2%)
  • The United States is the primary country in the fund, but Australia and the United Kingdom have small weightings
  • MNA invests in global corporations for which there has been an announcement of a takeover or acquisition
  • Because it doesn’t invest until that point – it doesn’t speculate on deals – it won’t capture the initial big rallies a target’s stock often sees after a takeover announcement

The Latest News

  • Year-over-year, M&A activity has surged 79%
  • CNBC reports that in merger news, the Genzyme (NASDAQ: GENZ) board rejected a $18.5 billion offer that translated into $69 per share of Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE: SNY). [Why Biotech Is Feeling the Winds of Change.]
  • Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) recently bought the wireless unit of German chipmaker  Infineon (NYSE: IFX), for $1.4 billion.
  • BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) is still after Potash (NYSE: POT) for about $12 billion and Reuters reports that word is the sale is focused on nitrogen and phosphates. [6 Ways to Access The Potash Bids With ETFs.]
  • Add to all this activity the fact that S&P 500 corporations are sitting on about $1.8 trillion in cash right now. They’ll be looking to deploy it in one way or another, and M&As may be a way to do it.

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