NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Small-caps were soaring Monday after a renewal in deal activity spurred stocks. Shares of OptionsXpress ( OXPS) were climbing 15% to $17.69 after Charles Schwab ( SCHW) said it will buy the online retail brokerage in an all-stock transaction worth $1 billion. Shareholders will be offered 1.02 shares of Schwab's stock for every share held, valuing OptionsExpress at $17.91 per share. Shares of Leap Wireless ( LEAP) were leaping 12% to $13.64 on the back of heightened deal buzz following the AT&T ( T) - T-Mobile deal announced over the weekend. Speculation that Sprint Nextel ( S) might gobble up smaller players to compete with the merged entity was driving the stock. Verigy ( VRGY), a manufacturer of semiconductor testing equipment, was ahead by 9.6% at $13.98 after it said that a $908 million offer it received from Japan's Advantest was superior to a pending deal with LTX-Credence.
Globalstar ( GSAT), a provider of mobile, satellite voice and data services, was among the biggest gainers Monday, after the FCC (Federal Communications Committee) granted it the authority to operate second generation satellites within the United States. The stock was gaining nearly 30% to $1.35 per share. Shares of YRC Worldwide ( YRCW) were attracting unusual interest, surging 13.5% to $2.13 on volumes more than double its three-month average. The trucking company warned last week that it failed to get pension funds to sign off on its restructuring plan, a move that will potentially prompt its lenders to rule that it is in default and force it into bankruptcy. Negotiations are still underway. Rite Aid ( RAD) was another stock gaining on unusual volume activity. Shares were up 8.6% at $1.06 per share. Shares of drug maker Curis ( CRIS) were gaining after it announced that a mid-stage trial of a skin-cancer treatment it is studying with Roche's Genentech unit had been successful in shrinking tumors. The stock was climbing 11.6% to $3.27. Uranium mining company Denison Mines ( DNN) was gaining after it announced an increase in the resource estimate of its Hairhan deposit in Mongolia. Uranium contained in the Indicated Resources increased 151% and in Inferred Resources increased 67% over the resources reported previously. The stock had been under pressure over concerns about the nuclear power plant crisis in Japan. --Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Shanthi Bharatwaj. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/shavenk. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.
optionsXpress Holdings (NYSE:OXPS) is trading at unusually high volume Monday with 4.4 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 4.2 times its average daily volume and trading down 24 cents (-2%).