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A late rally pushed U.S. stocks sharply higher at the close as takeover news and rate-cut speculation overshadowed jitters about tighter credit markets. "We think that liquidity is returning to the market after being problematic," said Kevin Cronin, head of investments at Putnam. "We think the Fed's actions last week righted the ship."
Late last year, in his first and last interview with CNBC following the blowup of the cholesterol drug torcetrapib, I asked new Pfizer CEO, Jeff Kindler, how he could go from "selling chicken" at Boston Market (he used to run the chain for McDonald's) to "selling drugs". Based on the subsequent vibe I got, it was clear that some of the Pfizer media relations people at the time didn't like the question.
Pfizer on Wednesday said it named Frank A. D'Amelio, a senior executive of Alcatel-Lucent, as chief financial officer of the drugmaker.
Stocks rallied Friday as investors were encouraged by a cut in discount rates by the Fed. "As long as we can stay out of the woods with further credit problems, we can build from this base and go forward steadily," said James Maguire, Sr., managing director at LaBranche. "I think we've hit the bottom. We might fish around here for a bit, but I'm very confident."
Midwest Air Group, which had been fending off hostile suitor AirTran Holdings, on Friday said it accepted a higher bid of about $450 million from private equity firm TPG Capital and Northwest Airlines.
AirTran Holdings Tuesday raised its offer to buy Midwest Air Group by 3 percent, to about $445 million, in a last-ditch bid to win control of the rival airline.
U.S. billionaire investor Carl Icahn reported on Tuesday that his fund has taken significant stakes in aluminum companies Alcan and Alcoa, which had previously held discussions to merge.
Pequot Capital Management, a large shareholder in Midwest Air Group, said on Tuesday that it has "significant concerns" about the airline's decision to pursue a bid by TPG Capital and Northwest Airlines.
U.S. stocks closed little-changed amid investor concerns that more credit troubles may be down the road. "I think there's still a lot of convincing to do to investors that things are going to work out fairly well," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor's.
Midwest Air Group said it will pursue takeover offer worth roughly $395.5 million from U.S. private equity firm TPG Capital, which includes a passive investment from the U.S. No 5 airline Northwest Airlines.
Global miner Rio Tinto first-half profit fell 6%, hurt by higher costs and unfavorable exchange rates despite selling its copper, iron ore, and other industrial commodities at sharply higher prices.
Australia's Alumina, said on Wednesday its underlying 2006 profit fell 10%, due to higher operating costs and a strong Australian dollar, sending its shares down over 2%.
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Earnings reports and corporate announcements were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Tuesday.
Midwest Air Group said Tuesday it planned to begin talks with would-be acquirer AirTran Holdings and other interested parties, leading to a 13 percent jump in its shares.
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CNBC market reporter Bob Pisani says there are some reasons to expect a sell off in the market today.
BHP Billiton, the world's top miner, reported a series of annual production records on Tuesday, highlighted by a 17% jump in fourth-quarter copper output.
Earnings misses by tech darling Google and Caterpillar, one of the Dow's power drivers, are adding to a wobbly opening on Wall Street. Citigroup though is a bright spot with a better than expected 18 percent profit gain and record revenues from investment banking and overseas business.
Miner BHP Billiton will not launch a $45 billion bid for U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa, The Australian newspaper reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.