Financial Stocks Solidly Lower Near Bell; American Safety Shareholders Approve Fairfax Buyout


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Financial stocks have given back narrow gains earlier today with the NYSE Financial Sector Index now down 0.5% while the S&P Financial 100 Index is off about 0.3%.

In company news, American Safety Insurance is down less than 0.1% at $30.14 a share after its shareholders today overwhelmingly voted to accept a $30.25-per-share buyout offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd (FFH.TO).

The $306-million deal by the Canadian insurer, announced June 3, still requires additional regulatory approvals and is slated to close early in Q4. FFH.TO is down 0.1% at $435.03 a share in late Toronto trading.

In other sector news,

(+) CHMG, Declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share, payable Oct. 1 to shareholders of record on Sept. 17.

(-) BAM, Agrees to pay $905 mln to American International Group ( AIG ) to scrap a set of agreements on interest-rate derivatives, also ending a four-year legal fight in federal court over the rate swaps.

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