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The Dow closed at a record for the third straight session and Nasdaq fell slightly as investors bought selectively ahead of earnings reports and on a steep drop in oil.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold , which is buying mining rival Phelps Dodge for $25.9 billion, Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit fell as a result of lower copper and gold output.
Last November, the copper and gold mining giant Freeport-McMoRan announced it would be acquiring its copper mining competitor, Phelps Dodge, for $25.9 billion in cash and stock. But since the announcement, Freeport’s earnings have come in 13 cents lower than estimates and its takeover is now facing resistance from a hedge fund with a stake in Phelps Dodge.
Lots of corporate headlines are already getting attention ahead of the open. Stocks in the U.S. are lining up to open higher at this point, and earnings will be the big focus. After making gains yesterday, European stocks are mixed with a flattish performance, and Japanese stocks were little changed to the downside.
Financials and techs, two groups that pulled in the money last week, will be out in front of the news this week when earnings season is in full swing. Markets will also be watching key economic data, a parade of Fed speakers and whatever side show goes on when oil markets reopen, after last week's near six percent slide in crude.
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FTC clearance removes at least one obstacle to the proposed combination, which would create the world's largest copper miner. The deal still needs shareholder approval, and there is no certainty the companies will get it.
All the major market indexes finished lower for the day. Volume is likely to be light on Friday ahead of the Christmas holiday.
A hedge fund with a 5.1% stake in Phelps Dodge plans to vote against a proposed $25.9 billion takeover of the mining company by Freeport-McMoRan saying the offer does not fairly value Phelps Dodge.