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Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999

Stocks open higher; Philip Morris gets slammed; MCI WorldCom and EDS make a deal.


Stocks were mixed at midmorning, as technology and Internet issues held onto early big gains. Blue-chips, meanwhile, were hanging around break-even.

European bourses were trading up at midday, while Asian markets ended higher, as Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

gained 70.47 to 9146.80. Markets in Tokyo, Taiwan and China were closed for holidays.

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A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that will force

American Airlines'


pilots back to work.


(C) - Get Citigroup Inc. Report

confirmed its plans to move its credit-card business from


to rival


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Federated Department Stores


is acquiring direct marketer



in a $1.7 billion.

Real estate investment trust

Patriot American Hospitality

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plans to give up its REIT status in connection with restructuring the company is negotiating with two rival bidders, according to

The Wall Street Journal.

That's a lot a


miles -- a California jury ordered

Philip Morris

(MO) - Get Altria Group Inc Report

to pay a total of $51.5 million in punitive and compensatory damages to a smoker with inoperable cancer.

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(CNET) - Get ZW Data Action Technologies Inc Report

posted third-quarter earnings of 18 cents a share, blowing away Street estimates of 10 cents a share, and announced a 2-for-1 stock split.

Electronic Data Systems



MCI WorldCom


will exchange 13,000 employees and $17 billion worth of assets. EDS is buying MCI WorldCom's information technology services unit, and will receive a 10-year outsourcing contract for MCI WorldCom's software development and maintenance services business. In turn, MCI WorldCom will get a 10-year contract for EDS' voice and data communications services business.

Nextel Communications


is selling its 2,000 communications towers to

SpectraSite Communications

for $560 million.

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General News

Fed Chairman

Alan Greenspan

testifies today before the

House Banking Committee

on the issue of how to revamp the 1933

Glass-Steagall Act

, which put sharp barriers between the banking, brokerage and insurance industries.

Rhode Island's

John Chafee


James Jeffords

of Vermont and

Arlen Specter

of Pennsylvania in the ranks of Republican senators who said they will not vote to convict

President Clinton

on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury.

U.S. warplanes once again fired on several air defense installations in Northern Iraq.



Bank of England

said that the U.K.'s 1999 growth rate may be as low as 0.5%.

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New Zealand's parliament votes today on an Animal Welfare Bill that would give chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas such fundamental rights as the right to life and freedom from cruel and unusual treatment.

Chimps are currently slaughtered for food in parts of Africa and kept for experiments in parts of the U.S.

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