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US stock market, economy and companies update (December 16, 2013)

December 16, 2013, Monday, 16:36 GMT | 11:36 EST | 21:06 IST | 23:36 SGT
Contributed by Trade The News


- Preliminary December PMI manufacturing data out of China and France helped start the week off on a cautious note overnight, however a strong parade of deals announced in the premarket has helped US equities bounce off Friday's lows. The US December flash PMI index inched lower from 54.7 in November, but still signaled solid business conditions. As of writing, the DJIA is up 0.83%, the S&P500 is up 0.70% and the Nasdaq is up 0.72%.

- The US Senate is poised to vote on the two-year budget deal tomorrow, although some Democratic leaders are nervous about the vote. Democratic whip Durbin warned yesterday that there were still not enough votes in the Senate to pass the deal, while this morning there were reports Minority leader McConnell would give the Democrats only enough votes to get to 62 (60 votes are needed for passage.

- After years of back-and-forth negotiations with various potential partners, AIG has reached a deal to sell its aircraft leasing business ILFC to AerCap in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $5.4B. This is the last major sale of AIG's non-core businesses in the wake of the financial crisis, which has seen the size of the firm cut in half. AIG is up 1.5% while AER is up more than 30%.

- Semiconductor manufacturer Avago has agreed to buy LSI Corporation for about $6.6B in cash, moving into the world of networking and storage chips as the computing world embraces the cloud. Under the terms of the transaction, Avago will pay $11.15 a share, about 41 percent above LSI's closing stock price on Friday. Shares of AVGO are up nearly 8% on the news.

- Shares of T-Mobile rallied nearly 8% just before the close on Friday as reports circulated that it had been talking about Sprint making a possible bid for the company. Sprint gained a similar amount on the news. Both Sprint and T-Mobile have given up about half those gains this morning as CNBC's Faber cautions that while talks may have taken place at one time, no deal is imminent.

- Shares of low enriched uranium supplier USEC are down more than 50% this morning after reaching a deal to restructure its finances. In the wake of the deal, USEC is expected to file for bankruptcy protection in the first quarter of 2014.

***Looking Ahead***
- 16:00 (KR) South Korea Nov PPI Y/Y: No est v -1.4% prior
- 16:00 (CO) Colombia Oct Trade Balance: +$250.0Me v -$65.50M prior; Total Imports: $4.7Be v $5.2B prior
- 19:30 (AU) RBA December Minutes


***Economic Data***
- (PL) Poland Nov CPI Core M/M: -0.2% v -0.2%e; Y/Y: 1.1% v 1.1%e
- (US) Dec Empire Manufacturing: +0.98 v +5.00e
- (US) Q3 Final Nonfarm Productivity: 3.0% v 2.8%e; Unit Labor Costs -1.4% v -1.4%e
- (CA) Canada Oct Int'l Securities Transactions: C$4.4B v C$8.4B prior
- (US) Dec Preliminary Markit US PMI Manufacturing: 54.4 v 55.0e
- (CA) Canada Nov Existing Home Sales M/M: -0.1% v -3.2% prior
- (US) Oct Total Net TIC Flows: $194.9B v -$106.8B prior; Net Long-term TIC Flows: $35.4B v $40.0Be
- (US) Nov Industrial Production M/M: 1.1% v +0.6%e; Capacity Utilization: 79.0% v 78.4%e; Manufacturing Production: 0.6% v 0.4%e
- (BR) Brazil Nov Tax Collections (BRL): 112.5B v 110.9Be