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Jilted at the altar by Honeywell International Inc., United Technologies Corp. is still a handsome suitor that will recover from the embarrassment and keep searching for attractive partners, analysts said on Monday.

Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies, the world's biggest maker of elevators and air conditioners, saw its dream marriage collapse last Friday when a much bigger rival, General Electric Co., muscled onto the scene and eloped with Honeywell with a dowry billions of dollars sweeter than United Technologies was willing to pay.

GE announced its $43-billion stock acquisition of Honeywell, the biggest deal in GE's 108-year history, late on Sunday, officially ending the short-lived menage a trois among three Dow Industrials component stocks.

United Technologies' unsuccessful wooing of Honeywell sparked talk that the company will now train its sights on Rockwell International Corp (NYSE:ROK - news) -- Honeywell's major rival -- whose shares rose sharply on the speculation.

Spokesmen for both United Technologies and Rockwell International said their companies do not comment on rumors and speculation.

``With 'only' $7 billion in sales and market cap, (Rockwell) is looking downright small and vulnerable,' Salomon Smith Barney wrote in a research report. ``Rockwell is certainly a good second choice for UTX and does not bring anti-trust issues since ROK does avionics and UTX does not.'

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