No economic data today but it is quadruple witching expiration, the quarterly S&P rebalancing, and we are approaching the end of the quarter. The good news: for all the worries, the S&P 500 is up 1.02% for the quarter (as of yesterday). The bad news: without the big gains in energy, the index would be down 0.05%. Energy is the biggest sector gainer, up 9.8%.
U.S. private investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) won competition clearance from the European Commission on Wednesday to buy audio equipment maker Harman International Industries for some $8 billion.
Audio-equipment maker Harman International Industries said on Thursday it would be acquired by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Goldman Sachs' private equity arm for about $8 billion.