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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Rally; Hillshire Brands To Acquire Pinnacle Foods For $6.6B

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Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded up 0.62 percent to 16,686.00 while the NASDAQ jumped 1.26 percent to 4,123.19. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.74 percent to 1,892.35.

Leading and Lagging Sectors
Basic materials shares jumped about 1.55 percent in Monday's trading. Leading the sector was strength from Thompson Creek Metals Company (NYSE: TC) and Horsehead Holding (NASDAQ: ZINC). In trading on Monday, utilities shares gained by just 0.05 percent.

Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP), down 1.3 percent, and Vectren (NYSE: VVC), off 1 percent.

Top Headline
Hillshire Brands Co (NYSE: HSH) announced its plans to buy Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) for around $6.6 billion including debt. Hillshire will offer $18.00 in cash and 0.50 shares of its common stock for each Pinnacle share.

Equities Trading UP
Tesaro (NASDAQ: TSRO) shares shot up 16.62 percent to $28.00 after the company reported successful primary and secondary endpoints in final Phase 3 trial for rolapitant.

Shares of Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) got a boost, shooting up 15.01 percent to $35.02 after Hillshire Brands Co (NYSE: HSH) announced its plans to buy Pinnacle Foods for around $6.6 billion including debt.

Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares were also up, gaining 7.29 percent to $12.80 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results. Gogo posted a quarterly loss of $16.9 million, or $0.20 per share, versus a year-ago loss of $32.5 million, or $4.77 per share.

Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Core Laboratories NV (NYSE: CLB) were 18.03 percent to $155.01 after the company lowered its forecast for the second quarter and FY14.

Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) shares tumbled 10.11 percent to $14.31 after the company announced a Q1 preliminary loss of $0.10 per share on sales of $160.5 million. The company also reported that it will be unable to file 10Q by May 12th.

The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH) was down, falling 5.66 percent to $34.86 after the company announced its plans to buy Pinnacle Foods.

Commodities
In commodity news, oil traded up 0.60 percent to $100.59, while gold traded up 0.96 percent to $1,300.00.

Silver traded up 2.43 percent Monday to $19.59, while copper rose 2.12 percent to $3.15.

Eurozone
European shares were higher today.

The eurozone's STOXX 600 gained 0.73 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.80 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index climbed 1.52 percent.

Meanwhile, the German DAX jumped 1.27 percent and the French CAC 40 surged 0.23 percent while UK shares rose 0.48 percent.

Economics
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills.

The U.S. Treasury monthly budget report for April will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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