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The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit new records Tuesday, boosted by healthcare stocks. The Dow added 40 points after a fresh round of mergers and acquisitions fueled domestic optimism.
Investors also grow more hopeful Japan's stimulus efforts will drive the world's third-largest economy out of recession.
Dow: 17,687.82, +40.07, +0.23%
S&P 500: 2,051.80, +10.48, +0.51%
Nasdaq: 4,702.44, +31.44, +0.67%
What Moved the Markets Today: Oil stocks remain battered and bruised as crude oil prices continue to decline on supply concerns ahead of a critical OPEC meeting. But falling energy prices couldn't stop upward momentum in the Dow and S&P 500 on new optimism after a series of deals in the healthcare sector.
Now check out the day's most important market notes:
- Deal Accepted: Shares of Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN) jumped 2% on news the firm has accepted a $66 billion cash-and-stock offer from Actavis Plc. (NYSE: ACT). Activist investor Bill Ackman, who has been attempting to engage a hostile takeover of the Botox manufacturer for months, announced his support for the deal. Ackman said he will call off his demand for an Allergan shareholder meeting on Dec. 18 to discuss his fund's joint offer with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Shares of Actavis rose 8.7% on news of the deal.
- Solar Storm: It was a strong day for solar companies. Shares of JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: JASO) jumped more than 8.5% after the firm reported its fourth consecutive quarterly profit. Shares of TerraForm Power Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP) jumped 26% on news it has partnered with SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) to purchase First Wind, a developer and operators of wind farms, for $2.4 billion. Shares of SunEdison jumped more than 29%.
- Keystone Completion: American voters and a majority in the U.S. Senate were hopeful 60 votes could be found in the upper chamber to pass the Keystone XL Pipeline. But the Senate is stuck on 59 votes for closure on news that Maine Senator Angus King has said "no," according to Reuters. The vote is slated this evening for 6:15 p.m., but King, who is an independent caucusing with the Democrats, said Congress shouldn't be involved in approving infrastructure projects. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is working to ensure the project's approval to protect her seat in a run-off election next month, says she still has 60 votes to make the deal happen. Shares of TransCanada Corp. (USA) (NYSE: TRP), which would own and operate the pipeline, dipped 1%. Here's why the Keystone Pipeline vote will leave President Obama with nowhere to hide on the issue…
- Bad Fashion: Shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. (Nasdaq: URBN) slumped more than 6% after the clothing retailer reported weak third-quarter earnings. The manufacturer of clothing for teenagers fell well below consensus estimates of $0.41 per share, registering a per-share earnings report of $0.35.
- IPO Power: Shares of Virgin America Inc. (Nasdaq: VA) soared nearly 12% as investors continue to share positive enthusiasm after the company's IPO last week.
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