Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Shire To Acquire ViroPharma For $4.2B


Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded up 0.13 percent to 15,781.64 while the NASDAQ surged 0.06 percent to 3,921.71. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.09 percent to 1,772.17.

Top Headline Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG ) announced its plans to buy ViroPharma (NASDAQ: VPHM ) for $4.2 billion.

Shire will pay $50 per share in cash for ViroPharma, representing a 27 percent premium to ViroPharma's closing price on Friday.

Equities Trading UP ViroPharma (NASDAQ: VPHM ) shot up 25.44 percent to $49.40 after the company agreed to be acquired by Shire (NASDAQ: SHPG ) for $50 per share.

Shares of Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO ) got a boost, shooting up 16.91 percent to $21.92 after the company reported upbeat Q3 results and raised its FY13 revenue forecast.

Grifols SA (NASDAQ: GRFS ) was also up, gaining 5.97 percent to $31.75 after the company announced its plans to acquire Novartis' (NYSE: NVS ) diagnostic business for $1.7 billion.

Equities Trading DOWN Shares of Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM ) were down 4.36 percent to $29.43 after Nomura downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral.

CDW (NASDAQ: CDW ) shares tumbled 3.66 percent to $22.11 after the company announced the commencement of a public offering of 15,000,000 shares of its common stock by selling stockholders.

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ) was down, falling 2.95 percent to $40.42 after surging more than 70 percent on its NYSE debut. Twitter priced its IPO at $26 per share. Analysts at Sterne Agee initiated coverage on shares of Twitter with a Neutral rating.

Commodities In commodity news, oil traded down 0.24 percent to $94.37, while gold traded down 0.18 percent to $1,282.30.

Silver traded up 0.25 percent Monday to $21.37, while copper fell 0.06 percent to $3.25.

Eurozone European shares were higher today. The Spanish Ibex Index gained 0.53 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index rose 0.48 percent. Meanwhile, the German DAX gained 0.26 percent and the French CAC 40 surged 0.52 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.30 percent.

Economics On the economics calendar Monday, there is no important data due out.

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Referenced Stocks: GRFS , NVS , SHPG , TTM , VPHM


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