BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Ducommun, Microsoft, DuPont, Civitas
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U.S. stock indexes pared early gains in choppy trading on Wednesday as tepid economic data and a renewed selloff in the bond market more than offset a flurry of corporate deals. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.04 percent at 18,060.52, the S&P 500 was up 0.01 percent at 2,099.37 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.19 percent at 4,985.87.
** DANAHER CORP, $87.21, +1.41 pct
** PALL CORP, $123.995, +4.53 pct
Danaher said it would buy Pall, a maker of water and air filters, for about $13.8 billion, including debt.
** DUPONT, $69.88, -6.02 pct
The U.S. chemical conglomerate said its shareholders voted to support all 12 board members backed by the company, rejecting a challenge from activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management. Continued...