Mid-Day Market Update: Idenix Pharma Surges On Merck Buyout; Pilgrim's Pride Shares Slide
Midway through trading Monday, the Dow traded up 0.23 percent to 16,963.59 while the NASDAQ surged 0.57 percent to 4,345.98. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.27 percent to 1,954.63.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Technology shares surged around 0.62 percent in today’s trading. Top gainers in the sector included Hittite Microwave (NASDAQ: HITT), up 28.7 percent, and Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), up 7.5 percent. In trading on Monday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.37 percent. Top losers in the sector included Korea Electric Power (NYSE: KEP), and NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).
Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) announced it has submitted a unilaterally binding offer to buy The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH) for $63 per share in cash. The deal is valued at around $8.55 billion, including net debt. Tyson had earlier offered $50 per share for Hillshire. However, Pilgrim's Pride (NASDAQ: PPC) had offered $55 per share for Hillshire.
Equities Trading UP
Idenix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IDIX) shares shot up 232.92 percent to $24.07 after Merck (NYSE: MRK) announced its plans to acquire Idenix for $24.50 per share in cash. Shares of Hittite Microwave (NASDAQ: HITT) got a boost, shooting up 28.75 percent to $77.97 after Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI) announced its plans to buy Hittite Microwave for $78 per share in cash. Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) shares were also up, gaining 13.70 percent to $68.82 after Carl Icahn disclosed a brand-new 9.39% stake in the company.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Comverse (NASDAQ: CNSI) were 6.13 percent to $23.43 on Q1 results. The company reported a Q1 loss of $0.72 per share on revenue of $119.0 million.
Ferrellgas Partners LP (NYSE: FGP) was down, falling 1.35 percent to $26.35 after the company reported weaker-than-expected fiscal third-quarter earnings.
In commodity news, oil traded up 1.48 percent to $104.18, while gold traded up 0.06 percent to $1,253.30.
Silver traded up 0.49 percent Monday to $19.09, while copper fell 0.15 percent to $3.05.
European shares were higher today.
The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.38 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index surged 0.90 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index jumped 0.82 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.21 percent and the French CAC 40 surged 0.17 percent while UK shares gained 0.24 percent.
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills.
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