Updated from 11:37 a.m. EDT

Shares of

Information Holdings

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were among Monday's top gainers after electronic publisher



agreed to purchase it for $441 million in cash.

A Thomson subsidiary will acquire all of Information Holdings' stock for about $28 a share in a transaction that will cut Thomson's earnings by 1 cent a share during 2004 and 2005. The deal comes a little more than a month after Information Holdings disclosed that it was evaluating strategic alternatives, including the possible sale or recapitalization of the company. Shares of Information Holdings traded up $1.13, or 4.3%, to $27.57.

Shares of



rose after its board approved a merger agreement that would take the company private. Edelbrock's chief, O. Victor Edelbrock, and his affiliates plan to buy all of the company's outstanding shares for $16.75 a share in cash. The price represents a 13.1% premium over Friday's closing price of $14.81. Shares of Edelbrock traded up $1.59, or 10.7%, to $16.40.

Apparel maker



rose after it announced it would buy

Exclusively Misook

, a womenswear maker, for about $30 million. Additional payments would be required if specified earnings targets are achieved over a five-year period. Misook is expected to contribute $35 million in sales and 12 cents to 15 cents a share in earnings to Hartmarx's results during fiscal 2005. Shares of Hartmarx traded up 35 cents, or 5.6%, to $6.65.

Shares of


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lost air after the company said that it plans to sell $150 million in convertible notes. It also said that it expects to grant initial purchasers a 30-day option to buy another $50 million in notes. Goodyear intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes. Shares of Goodyear traded down 59 cents, or 6%, to $9.26.

Altria Group

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rose after a federal judge said she would allow an appeals court to review an earlier decision that might enable the U.S. government to force tobacco companies to disgorge profits they had earned in the past. The judge presided over the government's $280 billion racketeering suit against big tobacco companies, which included Altria's Philip Morris USA unit. Shares of Altria traded up $1.80, or 3.8%, to $49.60.


volume leaders included

General Electric

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, up 13 cents to $32.31;



, down 5 cents to $3.75;


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, up 24 cents to $34.06;

Watson Pharmaceuticals


, down $4.80 to $27.49; and



, unchanged at $4.74.


volume leaders included


(MSFT) - Get Report

, down 29 cents to $28.28;

Taser International


, up 85 cents to $42.94;


(INTC) - Get Report

, down 40 cents to $27.38;


(ORCL) - Get Report

, down 17 cents to $11.63; and


(CSCO) - Get Report

, down 13 cents to $23.30.