NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. equity markets are finding themselves in the green, after opening Thursday morning solidly in negative territory. TheStreet's Jonathan Marino reports today's top headlines.
The deal represents a $23 per share premium to Time Warner Cable's stock price, bringing the takeover deal to roughly $158.82 per share.
He added that Comcast will sell some of Time Warner Cable's assets to sway regulatory approval. The asset shedding would result in Comcast losing about 3 million customers, leaving it with a net gain of 8 million customers from the deal.
In economic news, Marino added that January retail sales fell more than economists had expected, down 0.4%. Without the auto figures included, January retail sales were flat for the month.
Weekly jobless claims rose 8,000 to 399,000, vs. economists' expectations for a slight decline.
Finally, shares of Whole Foods Market (WFM) are falling after reporting a top and bottom line earnings beat, but providing weak 2014 guidance.
TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, said the company's growth rate may be slowing substantially and the stock may be fully valued at current levels.
-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.