11:50 AM New York – American Energy agreed to acquire oil and gas assets in Texas, Ohio and West Virginia for $4.25 billion. Analog Devices acquired Hittite Microwave for $2 billion. Merck agreed to acquire Idenix for $3.85 billion. Tyson Foods acquire Hillshire Brands in $7.8 billion.
Apple Inc. (AAPL
) increased 0.3% to $92.60 after the stock split 7-for-1 and closed at $645.57 at close on Friday.
American Energy Partners LLP
, the oil and gas explorer agreed to acquire oil and gas assets in Texas, Ohio and West Virginia for $4.25 billion.
Analog Devices, Inc
) climbed 5.6% or $2.96 to $55.64 after the chip-maker said it agreed to buy Hittite Microwave Corp for $78 per share or $2 billion in cash to strengthen its radio frequency and signal conversion chip business.
) plunged 6.8% or $1.70 to $23.26 after the billing software provider said total revenue in the first-quarter ending in April declined 23.5% to $119.1 million.
Net loss in the quarter widened to $16.1 million or 72 cents a diluted share compared to $3.1 million or 14 cents.
Family Dollar Stores, Inc (FDO
) increased $8.68 or 14% after activist investor Carl Icahn and his affiliates acquired 10.7 million shares for about $265 million, according to regulatory filing.
Dollar General Corp (DG
) soared 11% or $6.25 to $64.26 on the speculation that the company may merge with Family Dollar.
Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (IDIX
) surged $16.89 or 233% to $24.12 after Merck agreed to acquire the developer of experimental Hepatitis C drugs for $24.50 a share or about $3.9 billion.
Merck & Co., Inc
) fell 12 cents to $57.73.
NeuStar Inc. (NSR
) dropped 8% to $24.52 after an internal communication that was inadvertently was posted on the Federal Communications Commission website indicated the government agency may transfer a contract with the company to Ericsson AB.
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P
) slipped 1.1% or 31 cents to $26.40 after the propane and related equipment distributor reported total revenue in the third-quarter ending in April soared 19.7% to $722.1 million.
Net income in the quarter rose 1.6% to $44.9 million or 57 cents a diluted share compared to $44.2 million or 56 cents.
Tyson Foods, Inc
) declined 4.6% or $1.86 to $38.26 after the meat producer offered a binding deal to Hillshire Brands Co. outbidding Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, a unit of Brazilian meat producer JBS SA. Tyson offered $63 a share in cash valuing the company at $7.8 billion.
Tyson had previously offered $50 per share that valued Hillshire at $6.8 billion including $500 million in debt.
TravelCenters of America LLC
) surged 8.8% or 72 cents to $8.87 after the travel centers operator stated revenues in the fourth-quarter ending in December rose 0.5% to $1.91 billion.
Net in the quarter swung to profit $11.97 million or 39 cents a diluted share compared to a loss of $2.46 million or 8 cents.