BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Airmedia, Perrigo, Pentair, Zep
(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock indexes rose on Wednesday, with traders eyeing a $70 billion mega-deal in the energy space and ahead of minutes from the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy-setting committee. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.14 percent at 17,900.17, the S&P 500 was up 0.21 percent at 2,080.69 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.70 percent at 4,944.826.
** MYLAN NV, $68.355, +14.75 pct
** PERRIGO CO PLC, $200, +21.43 pct
Generic drugmaker Mylan said it offered to buy Perrigo for about $29 billion in cash and stock in a move that would significantly beef up Mylan's offerings of over-the-counter consumer products.
** ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, $60.6, -7.42 pct
** BP PLC, $40.89, +1.59 pct
Royal Dutch Shell agreed to buy smaller rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($70.2 billion) in the first major energy industry merger in more than a decade, closing the gap on market leader U.S. ExxonMobil after a plunge in prices. Continued...