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Markets Tumble; AbbVie Raises Offer For Shire

By: Benzinga
Posted: 7/8/2014 10:43:00 AM
Referenced Stocks: CAMT;EIX;FE;FSC;MIC

Following the market opening Tuesday, the Dow traded down 0.56 percent to 16,929.52 while the NASDAQ tumbled 0.89 percent to 4,411.91. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.52 percent to 1,967.36.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Utilities shares rose 0.19 percent in today's trading. Top gainers in the sector included Edison International (NYSE: EIX ), up 1.2 percent, and FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE ), up 1.2 percent.

In trading on Tuesday, technology shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.83 percent. Top decliners in the sector included Camtek (NASDAQ: CAMT ), down 11.9 percent, and Bitauto Holdings (NYSE: BITA ), off 5.6 percent.

Top Headline

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV ) lifted its offer to buy Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG ) to 30.1 billion pounds ($51.3 billion).

The latest offer for Shire is approximately an 11 percent increase from the previous bid. The new offer stands at £22.44 cash and 0.8568 AbbVie shares for each Shire share, or £51.15 total.

Equities Trading UP

Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC (NYSE: MIC ) shares shot up 11.03 percent to $67.92 after the company agreed to acquire the remaining 50% of International-Matex Tank Terminals for $910 million in cash and $115 million in newly issued stock. It also raised its quarterly dividend from $0.9375 to $0.95 per share.

Shares of Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN ) got a boost, shooting up 2.95 percent to $6.64. B Riley upgraded Groupon from Neutral to Buy and raised the price target from $6.00 to $9.50.

Fifth Street Finance (NASDAQ: FSC ) shares were also up, gaining 1.20 percent to $10.09 after the company lifted its monthly dividend by 10% to 9.17 cents per share versus 8.33 cents per share.

Equities Trading DOWN

Shares of The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM ) were down 4.97 percent to $31.04. Analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded Fresh Market from Neutral to Sell.

SeaDrill (NYSE: SDRL ) shares tumbled 4.19 percent to $37.94. Seadrill launched $1 billion 2019 convertible bond concurrently with a voluntary incentive payment offer to convert the existing $650 million 3.375% 2017 convertible bond.

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV ) was down, falling 1.99 percent to $56.26 after the company lifted its offer for Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG ) to 30.1 billion pounds ($51.3 billion).


In commodity news, oil traded down 0.03 percent to $103.50, while gold traded up 0.48 percent to $1,323.30.

Silver traded up 0.74 percent Tuesday to $21.17, while copper rose 0.63 percent to $3.28.


European shares today.

The eurozone's STOXX 600 fell 0.61 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index dropped 1.03 percent, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index declined 1.53 percent.

Meanwhile, the German DAX slipped 0.51 percent and the French CAC 40 fell 0.64 percent while UK shares tumbled 0.59 percent.


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined 1.6 points to 95 in June.

The ICSC-Goldman Store Sales Index gained 1.7% in the week ended Saturday versus the earlier week.

The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index declined 1.2% in the first five weeks of June versus May.

Data on consumer credit for May will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills and 3-year notes.

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