Why CLARCOR Inc.'s Shares Popped 18% Today

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What happened

Shares of filtration company CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE: CLC) jumped as much as 17.7% on Thursday after an announcement the company was being acquired by Parker-Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH) for $4.3 billion. As of 12:10 p.m., shares were still up 16.9% for the day.

So what

Parker-Hannifin will pay $83 per share in cash for CLARCOR in a deal it believes will improve its strategic position in the marketplace. Expected annual synergies of $140 million are also seen to justify the purchase price.

The acquisition will be financed with Parker-Hannifin's cash on hand, as well as new debt, and is expected to close in the first quarter of the company's fiscal year 2018.

Now what

Given that shares of CLARCOR are trading at $82.40 as of this writing, there's not a lot of upside if the acquisition goes through as planned. Investors should consider taking some, or all, of today's gains off the table because betting on a higher offer in the future is really the only upside right now, especially when you consider that the offer is an all-cash one.

It's also possible the deal falls through, which could send shares tumbling, so reducing risk by selling is a wise move today.

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