Publish date:

Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Inflation fears fuel flight from growth and tech. Finova Capital names a prez, and Intel plans to buy Dialogic.

Markets

Investors didn't need another reason to stay out of this volatile, trendless market. But they got one anyway today, in the form of a too-hot-to-handle

National Association of Purchasing Management

index (see below). Ensuing inflation fears sent money out of growth and technology and into cyclicals and transports.

The

Nasdaq Composite Index

plummeted 57.93 to 2412.59; the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

added 36.52 to 10,596.26; the

S&P 500

lost 7.51 to 1294.33; the smallish-cap

Russell 2000

shed 1.20 to 437.48; and

TheStreet.com Internet Sector

index scurried down 23.78 to 556.86.

The big European indices finished mixed, with France's

CAC

and Germany's

Dax

losing 0.8% and 0.9%, respectively, while the London

FTSE

closed up about 0.4%. In Brazil, the volatile

Bovespa

was off about 0.3% at in afternoon trading.

Asian markets were strong overnight. Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

added 216.44, or 1.8%, to finish at 12,363.56, while Tokyo's

Nikkei

advanced 296.85, or 1.8%, to 16,408.50 on rumors, since downplayed, that Prime Minister

Keizo Obuchi

was planning to eliminate Japan's consumption tax.

More markets action and news is available in

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Markets section.

Companies

AmSouth Bancorp

(ASO)

, Alabama's third-largest bank, is buying Nashville, Tenn.-based regional bank holding company

First American

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for about $6.3 billion in stock.

The staff of the

Federal Trade Commission

will recommend that the full commission block

Barnes & Noble's

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$600 million acquisition of book distributor

Ingram Book Group

on antitrust grounds, according to a wide array of reports citing people close to the case.

Specialty chemical makers

Crompton & Knowles

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and

Witco

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announced plans to merge. Under the deal, Crompton & Knowles shareholders would own 55% of the resulting company.

Finova Capital

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named Matthew Breyne president and COO. Breyne, previously an executive vice president, was also elected to Finova's board.

Canadian funeral home and cemetery operator

Loewen

(LWN)

has filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. and Canada and is seeking to reorganize its debt.

Entertainment promoter

SFX Entertainment

(SFXE)

agreed to buy most of the assets of Broadway theater company

Livent

for cash, deferred payment rights and SFX warrants. Terms weren't disclosed, though a number of reports estimate the deal's value at more than $100 million.

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Stock News section.

Tech

America Online

(AOL)

set plans to buy Internet music delivery companies

Spinner Networks

and

Nullsoft

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for about $400 million.

American Greetings

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has formed a new Internet subsidiary -- americangreetings.com -- out of its electronic marketing division. American Greetings also said part of the unit may be spun off later this year.

Salomon Smith Barney

raised

Apple

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to buy from neutral and upped its 12-month price target to 55 from 42.

E*Trade

(EGRP)

agreed to buy online bank

Telebanc Financial

(TBFC)

for about $1.8 billion in stock.

Intel

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set plans to buy telecom equipment maker

Dialogic

(DLGC)

in a $780 million cash tender offer.

Merrill Lynch

(MER)

set plans to launch an online trading business by the end of the year. Merrill said it will offer its customers two options: Internet trading for $29.95 a pop, or unlimited online trading for a $1,500 minimum annual fee.

TSC

covered the move in

a story this morning.

Qwest Communications International

(QWST)

and a group of investment funds will sink $251 million into wireless Internet service provider

Advanced Radio Telecom

(ARTT)

. Qwest itself will receive a 19% stake for $90 million.

More tech news and commentary is available in

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Tech Stocks section.

General News

The

National Association of Purchasing Management

released its monthly

Purchasing Managers' Index

, which came in at 55.2 in May, besting economists' expectations of 53.3 and up from April's 52.8 reading. An index reading above 50 signals expansion in the manufacturing sector.

Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic sent a letter to German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer accepting the general principles for a Kosovo peace accord -- "including the presence of

United Nations

troops" -- set by the

Group of Eight

, according to the private

Beta

news agency. But U.K. Defense Secretary George Robertson said Yugoslavia must also agree to the inclusion of

NATO

troops in a peacekeeping force. Meanwhile, the alliance continued its escalated bombing campaign.

International

Continuing to divest itself of nonpharmaceutical interests ahead of its $22 billion merger with

Rhone-Poulenc

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,

Hoechst

(HOE)

set plans to sell part of its 45% stake in specialty chemical maker

Clariant

.

More international news and commentary is available in

TSC's

International section.

Elsewhere

Canada's last representative in the

NHL

playoffs was eliminated last night when the

Buffalo Sabres

defeated the

Toronto Maple Leafs

4-2 to take the Eastern Conference championship in five games. The Sabres will play either the

Colorado Avalanche

or the

Dallas Stars

for the Stanley Cup.

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