Hot Stock Activity Before The Bell March 18th
Global markets have rallied overnight on the news of a G7 currency market intervention to weaken the yen. The Nikkei surged, European markets are in the green, and U.S. futures indicate a positive open.
There’s no resolution to the crisis in Fukushima, so expect those headlines to remain front an center in traders’ minds today. Air strikes in Libya are likely to commence soon, and French officials have described them as imminent.
On a micro level, several small M&A deals have been announced overnight, including General Mills (NYSE:GIS) acquisition of Yoplait and Quest Diagnostics’ (NYSE:DGX) purchase of genetics testing firm Celera (NASDAQ:CRA).
ACQUISITION: General Mills (NYSE:GIS) buys Yoplait for $2.2 billion.
Closing Price: $36.13
ACQUISITION: Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX) buys Celera (NASDAQ:CRA) for $344 million.
Closing Price: $54.20Via CNBC
FUKUSHIMA IMPACT: Six Sony (NYSE:SNE) plants, producing items like lithium-ion batteries, remain shut in the wake of the country’s disaster.
Image: Dan Frommer, Business Insider
Closing Price: $31.40
FUKUSHIMA IMPACT: GE (NYSE:GE) struggling to help plant operators solve reactor crisis; it built two of the reactors at the facility.
Image: TEPCO via Yomiuri
Closing Price: $19.22
Closing Price: $85.41
Closing Price: $11.67
Closing Price: $125.66
PRE-MARKET DROP: Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) shares down in the pre-market.
Closing Price: $27.65
PRE-MARKET SURGE: Celera (NASDAQ:CRA) shares up nearly 30% on takeover news.
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