Thursday, May 13, 1999

The Dow and the S&P 500 finish with records, lashed on by IBM's stellar performance.
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Markets

Helped by gains in the bonds, the stock market finished the day in positive territory, with most shares in the black. But tech stocks, buffeted by afternoon selling, ultimately didn't participate in the move.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

gained 107.39 to 11,107.76, driven by a surging

IBM

(IBM) - Get Report

. Big Blue climbed 19 1/2, or 9%, to 245 on the day, after a raft of analysts came out with positive comments on the company following yesterday's annual analyst meeting.

The

S&P 500

closed at 1367.56, up 3.56.

The

Nasdaq Composite

lost 24.46 to 2582.08, hit hard by that late selling in tech. It had been up as many as 24 points.

The

Russell 2000

added 1.58 to close at 450.84.

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index fell 15.21 to 641.70.

Helped by weaker-than-expected prints on April

retail sales

and the April

Producer Price Index

, the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 1 1/32 to 92 29/32, dropping the yield to 5.75%.

Major European indices finished higher, with the Paris

CAC

gaining 1.4% and London's

FTSE

picking up about 1.8%; Frankfurt's

Dax

was closed for a holiday. Asian markets were mixed, with Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

rising 40.7 to 13,053.67 and Tokyo's

Nikkei

off 96.11 to 16,851.25.

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Companies

The

Justice Department

filed an antitrust suit against

AMR

(AMR)

unit

American Airlines

, charging that the air carrier used anticompetitive practices to drive smaller airlines from its Dallas hub. The suit comes after about two years of discussions between AMR and Justice officials on the matter.

Food concern

ConAgra

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set plans to cut 7,000 jobs and take at least $810 million in pretax charges over the next three years.

Cyprus Amax Minerals

(CYM)

set plans to sell its remaining coal mining operations to Germany's

RAG International Mining

for about $1.1 billion in cash and debt assumption.

Johnson & Johnson

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and biotechnology firm

Centocor

(CNTO)

have suspended their merger talks, according to

CNBC

,

The New York Times

and

The Wall Street Journal

, which cited snags over price and Centocor's co-marketing relationship with

Eli Lilly

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Shares of

Matrix Pharmaceutical

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are rocketing after it announced yesterday that its injectable gel cancer treatment, IntraDose, was given fast-track review by the

Food and Drug Administration

. The stock was lately up 4, or 142%, to 6 3/4.

Nortel Networks

(NT)

unveiled details of the three-year restructuring plan announced in January. The plan includes selling to contractors most of its circuit board assembly plants, electromechanical subsystems and manufacturing operations as well as a large portion of its repair business.

Oxford Health Plans

(OXHP)

named CEO

Norman Payson

to replace

Fred Nazem

as the company's chairman. Nazem will remain on the board.

Atlanta-based utility firm

Southern

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said it is looking at "several" unsolicited offers for its 49%-owned, U.K.-based

South Western Electricity Board

.

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Tech

IBM's incredible run isn't over yet, according to

Merrill Lynch

, which today reiterated its buy rating and raised its price target for the stock to 270. Yesterday CEO

Louis Gerstner

told analysts that e-commerce accounts for about one-quarter of the company's revenue. IBM was lately up 16 1/8, or 7.2%, to 241 5/8.

Web portal

Lycos

(LCOS)

said it expects third-quarter earnings to match analysts' estimates of a loss of 3 cents a share. The company is due to report May 18.

Revealing its softest side yet,

Sears

(S) - Get Report

today launches a

Web site to sell appliances online.

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here.

General News

The

Labor Department

released its

producer price index

, which increased 0.5% for April, 0.1 percentage point lower than forecasted and up from the previous month's 0.2% rate. The core rate, which excludes food and energy costs, increased 0.1%, in line with expectations and unchanged from last month. The agency also released figures showing

initial jobless claims

at 303,000 for the week ended May 8, essentially matching expectations and unchanged from the previous week.

The Yugoslav army appears to be beginning a slow withdrawal from Kosovo, as foreign reporters watched about 120 Yugoslav troops leaving the province in a convoy of trucks and buses. Yugoslav Gen.

Vladimir Lazarevic

told reporters that continuing

NATO

attacks are responsible for the slow withdrawal pace.

The Russian

Duma

today began impeachment hearings against President

Boris Yeltsin

.

International

Not naming names, U.K. food group

Hillsdown Holdings

said it is in merger discussions with a number of companies.

South Korea is putting $2.5 billion into

Korea First Bank

to keep the bank afloat after a delay in the government's negotiations to sell it to

Newbridge Capital

.

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Elsewhere

Gene Sarazen

, one of just four men ever to win each of golf's four major tournaments, died today from complications of pneumonia at a hospital in Naples, Fla. He was 97.

Rib-tickling as the prospect may have been,

"Tokyo" Joe

is not going public. Joe Park, the founder of the

Societe Anonyme

daytrading Web site who was recently subpoenaed by the

Securities and Exchange Commission

for

alleged pump-and-dump practices, yesterday confirmed that an email announcing his IPO plans circulated by Societe members Tuesday is nothing more than a hoax by one of his subscribers.

A group led by

Ted Leonsis

, president of

America Online

(AOL)

unit

AOL Studios

, agreed to spend more than $200 million for the

NHL's

Washington Capitals

and minority stakes in the

NBA's

Washington Wizards

and

MCI Center

arena. Meanwhile, billionaire

Richard Jacobs

announced that he is putting the

Cleveland Indians

baseball team, which he bought in December 1986, up for sale.

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