Mid-Day Market Update: NASDAQ Drops 0.8%; Susser Shares Surge On Acquisition News
Midway through trading Monday, the Dow traded up 0.27 percent to 16,405.23 while the NASDAQ declined 0.80 percent to 4,042.85. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.05 percent to 1,862.56.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.83 percent in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included China Telecom Corp. (NYSE: CHA), Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (NYSE: TKC), and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (NYSE: CHU). In trading on Monday, basic materials shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.75 percent.
Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) announced its plans to buy Furiex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: FURX) for up to $1.46 billion. Forest will pay around $95 per share, or around $1.1 billion in cash. Forest Labs will also pay up to $30 per share, or around $360 million in a contingent value right. The deal is projected to close in the second or third quarter of 2014.
Equities Trading UP
Susser Holdings (NYSE: SUSS) shares shot up 36.36 percent to $77.76 after Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) announced its plans to acquire Susser Holdings in a deal valued at around $1.8 billion.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU) were 9.62 percent to $23.48 after the company reported FQ3 results. New Oriental's quarterly net income surged 50.2% y/y to US$42.1 million versus US$28.0 million.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.17 percent to $100.43, while gold traded down 0.47 percent to $1,294.70.
Silver traded down 0.78 percent Monday to $19.57, while copper fell 0.05 percent to $3.09.
European shares were higher today.
The Spanish Ibex Index surged 0.10 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index rose 0.65 percent.
Meanwhile, the German DAX surged 0.35 percent and the French CAC 40 rose 0.30 percent while U.K. shares gained 0.30 percent.
The pending home sales index increased 3.4% to a reading of 97.4 in March from 94.2 in February, the National Association of Realtors said. However, economists were expecting a 1% gain.
The Dallas Fed general business activity index rose to 11.70 in April, versus a prior reading of 4.90. However, economists were expecting a reading of 6.00.
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