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Eastman Kodak, GSI Commerce: Small-Cap Winners

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) --A slew of deal news was driving a small-cap rally Monday. GSI Commerce (GSIC) was a prominent gainer among small-cap stocks Monday, after eBay (EBAY) said it will acquire the company for $2.4 billion or $29.25 per share. Shares were rising 50.3% to $29.14.

Shares of ambulance and fire protection services provider Rural/Metro (RURL) was also gaining on deal news, after private equity firm Warburg Pincus said it would buy the company for $438.2 million, or $17.25 per share, in cash. The acquisition is expected to be completed in June, pending shareholder approval.

Shares were gaining 36.6% to $17.15 per share.

Shares of electronics company Spectrum Control (SPEC) jumped nearly 40% to $19.61 after API Technologies said it will acquire the company for $262 million, or $20 per share.

Shares of Eastman Kodak (EK) were up 11.5% to $3.79 on unusually high volumes, with more than 40 million shares changing hands in forenoon trading. A U.S. International Trade Commission said after the market close on Friday that it would review its patent-infringement claim against Apple (AAPL) and Research in Motion (RIMM). Investors are betting that the review could increase the odds of a settlement that could be in the tune of $1 billion, Bloomberg reported.

Shares of stem-cell researcher Aastrom Biosciences (ASTM) were soaring nearly 14% to $2.51 after Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on the stock with a buy.

Shares of solar companies found favor after the anti-nuclear Greens party in Germany won in a key regional election on Sunday. The preliminary results suggest that the opposition party composed of the Greens and their Social Democratic Party allies, could garner a narrow majority in the state legislature, which could prompt a shift in Germany's nuclear power policy.

The news sent stocks of solar companies, seen as a safer clean energy alternative, soaring. Shares of GT Solar (SOLR) were up 6.5%, while shares of Yingli Energy (YGE) and LDK Solar (LDK) were up nearly 5% each.

--Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York

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