Publish date:

Monday, June 28, 1999

Indices gain new vim and vigor in late afternoon trading; Olivetti's brass takes over at Telecom Italia; E-Loan's IPO price range goes up.

Markets

Major indices continued to rally into the afternoon's home stretch, with an intraday lurch downward turning back into across-the-board outperformance. The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

and the

S&P 500

remained hot, joined by a resurgent

Nasdaq Composite Index

and

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index.

Among less-than-major indices, the

Dow Jones Transportation Average

remained the standout, lately up 2.3% behind

AMR

(AMR)

and

FDX

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.

The big European indices finished mixed, with London's

FTSE

down 0.5%, the Paris

CAC

up 1.1% and Germany's

Xetra Dax

also up 1.1%.

Asian markets improved overnight, as Tokyo's

Nikkei

rose 174.06, or 1%, to 17,610.58. Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

moved up 55.78, or 0.4%, to 13,840.29.

More markets news and commentary is available in

TSC's

Markets section.

Companies

Avnet

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is acquiring

Marshall Industries

(MI)

for roughly $648 million.

Bear Stearns

(BSC)

today paid a $5 million fine and $20 million in restitution to settle a

Securities and Exchange Commission

investigation of its relationship with defunct and indicted correspondent firm,

A.R. Baron

, according to a filing today. Bear said the fine won't have any material effect on its business or financial condition.

Goldman Sachs

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is pondering a $6.3 billion bid for Anglo-American fund manager

Amvescap

(AVZ)

, the

Financial Mail on Sunday

reported.

Greenbrier

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warned that earnings for its fiscal third quarter ended May 31 will range from 42 cents to 44 cents a share. The current five-analyst

First Call

consensus estimate calls for Greenbrier to earn 49 cents.

Louisiana-Pacific

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agreed to acquire

Le Groupe Forex

of Canada for $408 million.

Citing continued soft demand for metalworking tools and plastics processing equipment in Europe and North America,

Milacron

(MZ)

said second-quarter earnings will be down about 10% from the 45 cents a share reported in the second quarter a year ago. The current 10-analyst consensus estimate calls for earnings of 50 cents. The company added it projects results in the second half of the year to show gradual improvement.

Planet Hollywood

(PHL)

President and COO William Baumhauer, brought in less than a year ago to turn around the theme restaurateur's flagging fortunes, abruptly resigned. The once-highflying stock was up 1/8 to 13/16 on the news.

Walgreen

(WAG)

posted fiscal third-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share, beating the 17-analyst estimate by a penny and up from the year-ago 13 cents.

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Wisconsin Energy

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agreed to acquire

Wicor

(WIC)

for roughly $1.3 billion in cash and stock. The transaction will be accounted for as a purchase and is expected to be accretive to earnings during calendar year 2001.

More news on companies and stocks is available in

TSC's

Stock News section.

Tech

Boeing

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has chosen

Dell

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as its worldwide corporate standard for desktop and notebook personal computers, associated PC peripherals and selected services over the next three years, Dell announced.

Goldman Sachs

boosted

E-Loan's

IPO price range to $12 to $14 a share from $9 to $11. The online mortgage provider's stock is expected to be priced this evening for trading tomorrow.

IBM

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and

Rational Software

(RATL)

set a pact to jointly develop and market software that will help customers accelerate the development and deployment of e-business applications.

More tech news and commentary is available in

TSC's

Tech Stocks section.

General News

President Clinton

announced that the federal budget surplus for fiscal 1999 is projected to be $99 billion, with a surplus of $142 billion projected for fiscal 2000. Excluding Social Security funds, next year's surplus is seen coming in at $5 billion. Clinton said the U.S. can be completely out of debt by 2013 based on the new calculations.

International

France's

Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux

agreed to acquire

Nalco Chemical

(NLC)

of the U.S. for about $4.1 billion, or $53 a share.

Olivetti

CEO Roberto Colaninno was named chairman and CEO of

Telecom Italia

(TI)

as Olivetti completed its takeover of the fourth-largest telecom company in Europe. Olivetti beat out

Deutsche Telekom

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in a battle for Telecom Italia.

Over the weekend, the

Nihon Keizai Shimbun

reported that the vice finance minister for international affairs,

Eisuke Sakakibara

, will step down in July to be replaced by

Haruhiko Kuroda

, currently director general of the

Ministry of Finance's

international bureau. The move is hardly unexpected: Sakakibara was to have left the post last summer, but stayed on due to the economic crisis rocking Asia. Still, there will be something of a readjustment process for U.S. policy-makers. Because they were colleagues at

Harvard

, Sakakibara and

Treasury

Secretary-designate

Lawrence Summers

had good rapport.

More international news and commentary is available in

TSC's

International section.

Elsewhere

"Hello, Senator Clinton. No, not you...."

The New Yorker

reports that President Clinton may be considering a run for the

Senate

from Arkansas in 2002.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

, of course, is close to announcing a run for the Senate from New York in 2000. Should both Clintons win and take office, the U.S. would officially move into the postsatire era. Get your snarkiness in now.

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Staff Reporter Brian Louis and Senior Writer Justin Lahart contributed to this report

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