Date : 12/27/2011 @ 9:23AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Quote : 0.025  0.0 (0.00%) @ 2:05AM


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Among the companies whose shares are expected to actively trade in Tuesday's session are Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD), Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. (MJN) and Quicksilver Resources Inc. (KWK).

Sears Holdings said it expects to close roughly 100 stores in a bid to revitalize its business and reduce expenses, while also reporting continued sales struggles in the latest quarter. The company's shares tumbled 9.5% to $41.50 premarket.

Mead Johnson Nutrition said on Sunday that a new round of tests done on its Enfamil Premium Newborn infant formula found no trace of the bacteria tied to the death of a baby in Missouri. Last week national retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), Walgreen Co. (WAG), Kroger Co. (KR) and Safeway Inc. (SWY) pulled a batch of the powdered infant formula from their shelves. Shares of Mead Johnson traded up 6.5% to $69.55 premarket.

Quicksilver Resources has formed a partnership with private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) to construct and operate natural gas midstream services in Canada. Quicksilver Resources's shares added 3.5% to $7.20 premarket.

MetLife Inc. (MET) said GE Capital Financial Inc. will acquire most of its U.S. retail deposit business as the insurance company looks to end its stint as a bank holding company. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, weren't disclosed. Shares of MetLife climbed 2.9% to $32 premarket.

Cal-Maine Foods Inc.'s (CALM) income jumped 53% in its fiscal second-quarter as strong retail demand during the holidays and higher selling prices helped offset higher feed costs. Cal-Maine's shares rose 5.1% to $35.99 in light premarket trading.

Perfumania Holdings Inc. (PERF) agreed to acquire Parlux Fragrances Inc. (PARL) for about $170 million in cash and stock. The deal values shares of Parlux, which jumped 95% to $6.75 in premarket trading, between $7.91 and $8.55 apiece, depending on stockholders' choice of compensation.

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ACAD) intends to offer up to 20 million shares of its common stock, a move that could boost the number of shares outstanding by nearly 38%. Shares of the biopharmaceutical company slipped 6.5% to $1.16 in recent premarket trading.

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Oil-and-gas exploration company Endeavour International Corp. (END) said it agreed to acquire ConocoPhillips's (COP) interest in three producing U.K. oil fields in the Central North Sea for $330 million, including about $94 million in tax attributes, building on Endeavour's North Sea holdings.

Fresh off a trademark dispute that forced Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM, RIM.T) to rename its next line of BlackBerry phones, the company is in the midst of another legal battle over the use of the name of its popular instant-messaging service, BBM, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Wendy's Co. (WEN) said it plans to open about 100 restaurants in Japan over the next five years, following the recent grand opening of its first Japanese joint venture location in Tokyo.

Westmoreland Coal Co. (WLB) said it plans to pay about $74 million in cash and assume roughly $118 million in liabilities to purchase a Wyoming coal mine from a Chevron Corp. (CVX) unit.

-Edited by Corrie Driebusch and Ian Thomson; write to and

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