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Financial stocks have well above their worst levels of Friday trading but were still broadly lower today, with the NYSE Financial Sector Index dropping over 0.4% and the S&P Financial 100 Index falling nearly 1.0%.
In company news, Realty Income Corp ( O ) declined Friday after the retail real estate investment trust today priced a $468.8 million public offering of 10 million shares of its common stock at $46.88 each, a 1% discount to yesterday's closing price for the stock.
Net proceeds are slated to repay outstanding debt owed under the company's $2.0 billion unsecured revolving credit facility as well as funding other general corporate activities, including potential acquisitions.
O shares were down more than 2% at $46.21 apiece, earlier sliding to a session low of $45.65 a share.
In other sector news,
(+) HME, (+0.4%) Shareholders late Thursday vote to approve its acquisition by Lone Star Funds, which is paying $75.23 in cash for each HME share. The deal is expected to close next Wednesday, Oct. 7.
(-) BKMU, (-5.4%) Cut to Market Perform from Outperform in a downgrade today by the Hovde Group.
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