Mid-Day Market Update: Oil Futures Drop; Hertz Global Shares Jump

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Midway through trading Tuesday, the Dow traded up 0.31 percent to 16,555.15 while the NASDAQ surged 0.42 percent to 4,171.82. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.34 percent to 1,847.36.

Top Headline Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) announced its plans to buy the flow improver business of Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX ) for about $1.4 billion of stock.

Equities Trading UP Shares of Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE: HTZ ) got a boost, shooting up 9.19 percent to $28.29 after the company adopted one-year shareholder rights plan.

Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX ) shot up 3.09 percent to $77.03 after Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) announced its plans to buy the flow improver business of Phillips 66 for about $1.4 billion of stock.

Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ: MRVL ) was also up, gaining 5.31 percent to $14.49 after KKR & Co LLP reported a 6.8% stake in the company.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Silver Standard Resources (NASDAQ: SSRI ) were down 1.92 percent to $6.89. Silver futures tumbled 3.29% to trade at $18.97 an ounce.

Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE ) tumbled 0.97 percent to $42.13 after analysts at Benchmark downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold and lowered the target price from $49 to $46.

Mechel OAO (NYSE: MTL ) was down, falling 2.25 percent to $2.52 after the company appointed Senior Vice-President for Economics and Management Oleg Korzhov as its Chief Executive Officer.

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded down 0.71 percent to $98.59, while gold traded up 0.47 percent to $1,209.40.

Silver traded up 0.20 percent Tuesday to $19.66, while copper rose 0.59 percent to $3.40.

Eurozone European shares were higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.15 percent, the French CAC 40 rose 0.47 percent and U.K. shares gained 0.26 percent.

Economics The ICSC-Goldman Sachs store sales index rose 1% in the week ended Saturday versus the earlier week.

The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index gained 4.5% in the fourth week of December, versus a 3.9% rise in the earlier week.

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index gained 13.6% in the year ended October.

The Chicago PMI fell to 59.10 in December, versus a prior reading of 63.00. However, economists were expecting a reading of 61.00.

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index surged to 78.10 in December, versus a prior reading of 70.40. However, economists were expecting a reading of 76.00.

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