Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Lower; Halliburton To Acquire Baker Hughes For $34.6 Billion
Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded down 0.06 percent to 17,624.79 while the NASDAQ declined 0.12 percent to 4,682.82. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.08 percent to 2,038.25.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.83 percent. Top losers in the sector included B Communications (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 9.4 percent, and China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA), off 4 percent.
Under the terms of the deal, Halliburton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, or $34.6 billion.
Equities Trading UP
Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FOLD) shares shot up 15.29 percent to $6.56 after the company reported positive Phase 3 Data on cardiac and composite endpoints from Fabry Monotherapy Study.
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG (NASDAQ: DWA) were down 15.26 percent to $22.05. The talks between Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) and DreamWorks Animation have apparently stalled and are unlikely to resume, according to sources reported by WSJ.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INO) shares tumbled 9.91 percent to $9.91. Inovio Pharmaceuticals and Roche (OTC: RHHBY) have terminated their 2013 collaboration, option, and license agreement to co-develop INO-5150.
Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR) was down, falling 9.69 percent to $10.12. Denbury announced its plans to lower its 2015 capital spending by 50%. Credit Suisse downgraded Denbury Resources from Outperform to Neutral and lowered the price target from $19.00 to $16.00.
In commodity news, oil traded down 1.06 percent to $75.02, while gold traded up 0.06 percent to $1,186.30.
Silver traded down 1.19 percent Monday to $16.12, while copper fell 0.36 percent to $3.03.
European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 dropped 0.03 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index surged 0.85 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.07 percent and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.12 percent while UK shares slipped 0.04 percent.
The Empire State manufacturing index rose to 10.16 in November, versus a prior reading of 6.17. However, economists were expecting a reading of 12.00.
US industrial production slipped 0.10% in October, versus economists’ expectations for a 0.20% gain.
The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills.
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