Markets

The

S&P 500

futures finished their early session about 5.5 over fair value, indicating a positive U.S. open.

Euro-frenzied European bourses surged at the open, while London's

FTSE

was trading down.

In Asia, Japan's

Nikkei 225

plunged 426.28 to 13,415.89, and Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

shed 242.87 to 9805.71. For more markets action and news, click

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Companies

Bell Atlantic

(

(BEL)

BEL:NYSE) has confirmed that it is in talks to buy

AirTouch Communications

(

(ATI) - Get Report

ATI:NYSE), its partner in joint venture

PrimeCo Personal Communications

.

DaimlerChrysler

(

(DCX)

DCX:NYSE) is delaying the consolidation of its two financial services arms,

Chrysler Financial

and

Debis

, without setting a new target date.

Objections from the

Federal Trade Commission

have killed

Imperial Chemical Industries'

(

(ICI)

ICI:NYSE ADR) plan to sell its

Tioxide

business to

DuPont

(

(DD) - Get Report

DD:NYSE) and

NL Industries

(

(NL) - Get Report

NL:NYSE).

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International

International trading of the

euro

has begun worldwide.

Dresdner Bank

chairman Bernhard Walter said the company is still looking to acquire a U.S. bank and plans to list on the

New York Stock Exchange

this summer.

German media company

Kirch Group

has restructured into three holding companies, thus splitting its broadcasting, investment and pay-TV operations.

For more international news and commentary, click

here.

Tech

Intel

(

(INTC) - Get Report

INTC:Nasdaq) has introduced two new Celeron chips running at 366 and 400 megahertz.

Connecticut hired

Electronic Data Systems

(

(EDS)

EDS:NYSE) to help the state privatize its information technology initiative in the first such contract for any state.

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here.

General News

In a spirited speech to his Cabinet on Sunday,

Saddam Hussein

said that Iraq will continue to regard U.S. and U.K. patrolling of the no-fly zones as a violation of Iraqi airspace.

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv reopens today after closing last week in response to terrorist threats.

Elsewhere

The final issue of

The Chattanooga Times

hits newsstands today. The paper's merger with cross-town rival

Chattanooga Free Press

leaves only 52 U.S. cities with more than one daily newspaper.