Stocks bounced back nicely today after yesterday's drubbing, led by a reinvigorated technology sector, which pushed the
Nasdaq Composite Index
up 60.49 to 2679.68. Semiconductors were particularly hot, with the
Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index
closing up 5.5%.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
gained 115.88 to 10,979.04, and the
moved up 15.10 to 1362.86. The small-cap
surged 3.61 to 446.48, and
TheStreet.com Internet Sector
index edged up 6.29 to 570.81.
Volume was moderate.
The 30-year Treasury bond gained 11/32 to 89 18/32, its yield falling to 6.010%.
The big European indices finished higher, paced by the London
, which gained more than 1%.
Asian markets went both ways overnight, as Hong Kong's
added 208.57, or 1.6%, to 13,075.09, while Tokyo's
dropped 28.62 to 17,462.72.
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Cooper Tire & Rubber
set plans to buy plastic- and rubber-products maker
for $584 million, or $36.50 a Standard Products share. Cooper, which will also assume $173 million in debt, said it will pay Standard Products shareholders in either stock and cash or all in cash.
is buying the cable TV assets of
for $2.7 billion in cash.
yesterday set plans to sell 43 radio stations in nine markets to
for $821.5 million in cash. This morning
analyst Lee Westerfield downgraded Sinclair to attractive from buy.
posted second-quarter earnings from continuing operations of 50 cents a share, beating the 16-analyst
consensus of 45 cents a share and up from the previous year's 41 cents.
set plans for a two-for-one stock split, to be distributed on September 9 to shareholders of record on August 19.
posted second-quarter earnings of 2 cents a diluted share, a penny higher than the 20-analyst view and up from a loss of $1.67 share a year ago. Excluding charges, the company would have lost 4 cents a share in the year-ago period.
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inked a deal whereby GTE will provide AOL members high-speed ADSL Internet service. Upgrading to the as-yet-unavailable service is expected to cost AOL members about $20 extra each month.
(CMDX:Nasdaq) gained 10 3/4, or 71.7%, to 25 3/4 in its trading debut after being priced at $15 a share by lead underwriter
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
. Chemdex operates an online catalog of life science research products.
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U.S. warplanes dropped laser-guided bombs on defense sites in northern Iraq after coming under Iraqi antiaircraft fire, according to the U.S. European Command.
Taiwan has detained Economic Ministry employee Luo Chih-hao on suspicion that he gave classified information to China that could enable it to sabotage Taiwan's infrastructure. The espionage allegedly took place when Luo was a secretary to former Transport Minister Tsay Jaw-yang, who left that office last year.
Bank of Montreal
Chairman Matthew Barrett its chief executive. Barrett will join Barclays in October.
will pay more than $5 billion to
for the 40% of U.K. mobile phone firm
that it doesn't already own. BT said that most of the payment would be in cash, with Cellnet shareholders also able to opt for a loan-note alternative.
U.K. household products firm
Reckitt & Colman
set plans to buy Dutch rival
for about $3.2 billion. Reckitt shareholders will hold 59.1% of the new company, to be called
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is set to testify. The R&B singer has written a book titled
Takin' Back My Name
as a sort of rebuttal to
What's Love Got to Do With It?
biography-cum-film, which, among other things, accused her ex-husband of spousal abuse. "That movie gave me high notoriety. It did me no good," Turner said. "Now people see Tina as a woman scorned. Women, when they get mad, they turn on you."
Who says 1960s-style activism is dead?
concertgoer Spencer Parker provided the quote of the generation yesterday when he was asked if the rioting at the festival might have had something to do with high food and beverage prices. "When it first started, there was something to it," the 18-year-old conceded. "It has a little bit of meaning when you pay $4 for a pretzel."