Great American Financial Resources


was leaping 15% after

American Financial Group,

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, which owns about 81% of the Cincinnati-based life insurer, made a $23.50-a-share cash bid for the stock it doesn't already own. Great American was gaining $3.29 to $24.98. American Financial was slipping 12 cents to $36.24.

Amtrust Financial Services

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a New York-based insurer, was higher after full-year income from continuing operations rose to $48.9 million, or 86 cents a share. Fourth-quarter per-share earnings were 29 cents, 11 cents better than estimates. Amtrust's stock was adding 39 cents, or 3.7%, to $11.04.

Dollar Financial


slid on word stockholder Leonard Green & Partners will sell about 5.5 million Dollar shares for $153.5 million, slashing its holdings to less than 1% from 23%. The sale was made pursuant to Dollar's Dec. 21 shelf filing. Shares of the Pennsylvania-based lender were down $2.01, or 6.9%, to $27.34.


( NMX) sank after the commodities exchange filed for a periodic offering of an indeterminate number of shares. Its stock was off $3.55, or 2.5%, to $137.23.