Updating Motorola Inc., C.R. Bard Inc., and Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.

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MOTOROLA INC. $23 (New York symbol MOT) had to stop shipping its popular Razr mobile phone due to a problem with a component. Most of the phones were still in the inventory of two leading mobile service providers, so the delay will have little impact on sales. Buy. C.R. BARD INC. $68 (New York symbol BCR) has agreed to buy privately held Venetec International Inc. for $166 million. That’s equal to 52% of the $321.1 million or $2.97 a share that Bard earned in 2005 before unusual items. Venetec makes devices that hold catheters, tubes that doctors use to inject drugs into a patient, in place. These devices replace tapes and sutures, which can come loose and raise the risk of infection. Bard is a leading supplier of catheters, so this acquisition looks like a good fit. Buy. ANHEUSER-BUSCH COMPANIES INC. $43 (New York symbol BUD) has agreed to distribute Tiger, the flagship brand of Singapore’s Asia Pacific Breweries, in the United…

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