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U.S. Stocks Struggle with Iraq in Backdrop


Author: Nichole Harper
ticker.com
Last Update: 11:27 AM ET June 13 2014

11:05 AM New York – Stocks on Wall Street struggled after Iraq violence lifted oil price and supply disruption worries. Priceline agreed to acquire OpenTable for $2.6 billion. Producer prices in May fell unexpectedly.

Stocks on Wall Street struggled on stretched valuations and rising violence in Iraq. Oil price spiked again and producer price index declined unexpectedly in May.

S&P 500 index declined 0.48 to 1,929.49 and the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 5.67 to 4,303.18.

Priceline Group Inc (PCLN) agreed to acquire OpenTable Inc. (OPEN) for $2.6 billion in cash.

The online travel group offered $103 a share, 46% premium from to OpenTable’s closing price.

More than 15 million diners use OpenTable every month at 31,000 restaurants across the nation according to the company’s web site and increasingly reservations are done using mobile devices.

OpenTable Inc soared 47% to $103.52 and Priceline Group declined 0.8% to 1,216.63.

Other internet stocks also advanced after the deal and the recently listed GrubHub advanced 5.6% or $1.90 to $35.55.

OpenTable listed its stock in May 2009 and the company headquarter is located in San Francisco. The online reservation company is expected to generate $226 million in revenues this year.

OpenTable’s revenues in 2013 increased to $190 million from $160 million in 2012 and earnings rose to $33.38 million from $24 million in the period. Earnings per share jumped to $1.39 in 2013 from $1.03 in 2012.

Wholesale Prices Fall Unexpectedly

Producer Price Index for final demand declined 0.2% in May after rising 0.6% in April, the Labor Department said today in Washington.

The increase in April was the largest in eighteen months and prices declined after rising for four months in a row.

The producer prices declined unexpectedly and the series has been volatile in recent years. The department restructured its PPI series at the beginning of the year to expand to services and construction.

The report on Friday suggests that the price increase are moderating but labor markets are tightening and wage inflation are expected build in the months ahead.

From a year ago month in May, producer prices increased 2% after rising at 2.1% in April.

Core PPI that excluding food and energy from a year ago month in May increased at a pace of 2% from 1.9% in the period through April.

Asian Markets

Bank of Japan kept its monthly stimulus plan and lifted its assessment of foreign economies. The central bank will continue to print money at historic pace of 60 trillion yen to 70 trillion yen.

Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and policy makers are striving to boost inflation above 2%.

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