MARKET PULSE-AMCOL, Johnson & Johnson, Jos. A. Bank, Cognex
(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday ahead of the release of consumer sentiment data, with the S&P 500 set for its first two-week winning streak of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average was unchanged at 16,027.84, the S&P 500 was down 0.03 percent at 1,829.26 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.18 percent at 4,233.07.
** AMCOL INTERNATIONAL CORP, $44.98, +8.78 pct
** MINERALS TECHNOLOGIES INC, $53.07, -0.02 pct
Minerals Technologies offered to buy minerals and materials group AMCOL International for $1.36 billion, topping an offer from France's Imerys.
** JOS. A. BANK CLOTHIERS INC, $54.26, -1.20 pct
** MEN'S WEARHOUSE INC, $43.21, -7.14 pct
Men's clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, the target of an unwelcome bid from rival Men's Wearhouse, said it would buy outdoor clothing retailer Eddie Bauer for $825 million in its latest effort to stay independent. Continued...