Date : 07/23/2012 @ 9:31AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Talbots (The) (TLB)
Quote : 2.76  0.0 (0.00%) @ 2:05AM


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Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Monday's session are McDonald's Corp. (MCD), NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) and GeoEye Inc. (GEOY).

McDonald's Corp. (MCD) second-quarter earnings fell 4.5% as a stronger U.S. dollar outweighed better-than-expected same-store sales at the world's largest fast-food chain. Shares fell 2.2% to $89.55 premarket as both earnings and revenue for the quarter fell short of analyst expectations.

NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) said Sunday that it plans to acquire rival GenOn Energy Inc. (GEN) in a $1.7 billion all-stock deal that would create the largest competitive power company in the U.S. Shares of NRG were up 14% to $20.50 premarket while shares of GenOn surged 31% to $2.39.

DigitalGlobe Inc. (DGI) agreed to acquire fellow satellite imagery company GeoEye Inc. (GEOY) for about $450 million, turning the tables after GeoEye made public a bid for DigitalGlobe in May. Shares of GeoEye climbed 45% to $22 premarket; DigitalGlobe shares were up 15% to $16.30.

China's Cnooc Ltd. (CEO, 0883.HK) said Monday it has reached an agreement to acquire oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (NXY) for $15.1 billion, in what will be China's biggest overseas energy acquisition to-date. Shares of Nexen surged 56% to $26.52 in premarket trade, nearing the $27.50 per-share price offered by Cnooc.

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWR) has agreed to buy RailAmerica Inc. (RA) for $1.39 billion in cash, a move that combines the two largest short-line and regional railroad operators in North America. Shares of RailAmerica jumped 9.2% to $27.10 premarket, just short of the $27.50 per-share offer price.

Leerink Swann raised its rating for biological testing supplies producer Luminex Corp. (LMNX) to outperform from market perform, citing the company's planned acquisition of molecular diagnostic company GenturaDx and upcoming FDA clearance for its gastrointestinal pathogen panel. The firm also points out in a note to clients that Luminex "has less exposure to government budgets and the weaker euro than many peers." Shares of Luminex were up 2.8% to $17.43 premarket.


AT&T Inc. (T) said it has reached agreements "in concept" with the Communications Workers of America in wireline contract negotiations for about 18,700 employees.

Moody's Investors Service downgraded Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) credit rating one notch further into junk territory, pointing to the consulting firm's shift to an aggressive financial policy after it proposed paying a special $1 billion dividend.

Halliburton Co.'s (HAL) second-quarter earnings slipped 0.3% as rising costs and pricing pressures masked the oil-field-services provider's revenue growth.

Hasbro Inc.'s (HAS) second-quarter profit fell 25% as sales slid across nearly all major segments, with the boys business suffering the most as demand for toys tied to Marvel films couldn't match a strong performance led by "Transformers" and "Beyblade" last year.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services boosted its investment-grade rating on J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT), saying the trucking company's earnings and free cash flow generation have continued to improve.

Mission West Properties (MSW), one of the largest office landlords in California's Silicon Valley, is in talks to sell itself to Divco West, a San Francisco real-estate investment firm, and private equity firm TPG, according to people who have been briefed on the deal.

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ) announced plans Friday to increase compensation to brokers that lost money trading in Facebook Inc.'s (FB) problematic stock-market debut to $62 million.

PetMed Express Inc.'s (PETS) fiscal first-quarter net income fell 18% as the retail pet-pharmacy saw declines in average order sizeits sales weigh on sales. Earnings and revenue for the quarter missed Wall Street estimates.

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) said its nerve-pain drug Lyrica didn't affect reproductive function in healthy males compared with a placebo in a post-approval study required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) said one of its ships has been docked in South Korea for an estimated four months of repairs after its engine failed.

Talbots Inc. (TLB) said Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. won't take action related to the retailer's acquisition by private-equity firm Sycamore Partners, paving the way for the deal to close.

Retailer Wet Seal Inc. (WTSLA) fired Chief Executive Susan McGalla and lowered its current quarter guidance after reporting a sharp decline in sales so far in July.

-Write to Mia Lamar at mia.lamar@dowjones.com

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