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European equity markets looked set to extend losses next week as stocks teetered at inflated price levels with little on the corporate and economic calendar to act as a positive catalyst.
General Electric and Pearson said on Thursday they will not pursue a joint offer for publisher Dow Jones, removing a potential challenge to a $5-billion bid by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
A potential rival bid to Rupert Murdoch's lofty $5 billion offer to buy Dow Jones & Co. Inc. will have to surmount major hurdles of its own to succeed, even though investors are warming up to it.
Stocks closed slightly lower as investors focused on rising oil prices and fluctuating interest rates. "Prices for crude oil are not really moving up as much as they are being pulled up by gasoline," said Stephen Schork, editor of The Schork Report. "Specifically, there's the persistent fear in the market that there is not going to enough gasoline to get us through the season."
General Electric and Pearson may challenge News Corp.'s $5 billion bid for Dow Jones & Co. with a plan that could let Dow Jones's controlling Bancroft family keep an interest in the company, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal reported on their Web sites.
Shares in Pearson, publisher of the Financial Times, were lower in early trading Monday following weekend reports that the company might bid for Dow Jones.
Financial Times owner Pearson has approached US conglomerate General Electric about a joint bid for Dow Jones, owner of the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed sources close to the talks.
Pearson, the publisher of the Financial Times, is seeking partners for a possible bid for Dow Jones, which publishes the FT's main rival, the Wall Street Journal, the Journal reported on its Web site Friday.
Financial Times publisher Pearson is looking for partners to make a bid for Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Don't expect News Corp. to give up easily, Cramer says.