The price of natural gas hit another year high, closing up 16 cents at $3.48 per 1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil lost 2 cents to $3.14 per gallon. Wholesale gasoline was unchanged at $2.92 per gallon.
The Olive Garden parent has been quiet on the dealmaking front since Jeff Smith's hedge fund took over the board and forced change in 2014.
Eatery chain Bravo Brio Restaurants may be faced with a director-election proxy battle as soon as Friday if it doesn't accept director candidates offered up by a disgruntled investor.
The sausage maker's planned acquisition of Pineland Farms Potato Company indicates a push to sell more side dishes.