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Mid-Day Market Update: Headwaters Surges On Acquisition News; Cubic Shares Slide

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Midway through trading Monday, the Dow traded up 0.24 percent to 18,912.55 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.58 percent to 5,352.62. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.49 percent to 2,192.59.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Monday, energy shares gained by 2.2 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN), and Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: AREX).

In trading on Monday, healthcare shares rose by just 0.05 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ACOR), down 6 percent, and Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), down 5 percent.

Top Headline

Lifelock Inc (NYSE: LOCK) agreed to be acquired by Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) for $2.3 billion.

Symantec will pay $24 for each LifeLock share, representing a 15.7 percent premium over its closing price on Friday.

Equities Trading UP

Headwaters Inc (NYSE: HW) shares shot up 17 percent to $23.47 after Australia's Boral Ltd agreed to buy Headwaters for $2.6 billion.

Shares of Lifelock Inc (NYSE: LOCK) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $23.90 after the company agreed to be acquired by Symantec for $2.3 billion.

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) shares were also up, gaining 11 percent to $8.05 after MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: MTSI) agreed to buy Applied Micro for about $770 million.


Equities Trading DOWN

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) shares dropped 14 percent to $57.83 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and reported that its Donnie Smith is stepping down as CEO.

Shares of Live Ventures Inc (NASDAQ: LIVE) were down 9 percent to $2.56. Live Ventures reported Q4 preliminary earnings of $0.30 per share on revenue of $19 million.

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) was down, falling around 10 percent to $44.35. Cubic reported Q4 GAAP loss of $0.29 per share on sales of $406.6 million.


Commodities


In commodity news, oil traded up 3.41 percent to $47.94 while gold traded up 0.42 percent to $1,213.80.

Silver traded down 0.25 percent Monday to $16.68, while copper rose 2.10 percent to $2.53.

Eurozone

European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.27 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.05 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.36 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.10 percent, and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.59 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.05 percent.

Economics

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to -0.08 for October, versus September reading of -0.23.

 

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