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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are drifting lower Monday, after major indexes ended last week at record highs. Family Dollar s stock jumped following news that investor Carl Icahn has taken a stake in the company.
KEEPING SCORE: A half hour before the market opened, Dow Jones industrial average futures slipped 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,919.
Standard & Poor s 500 index futures fell two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,947 while Nasdaq 100 futures sank three points, or 0.1 percent, to 3,796.
On Friday, the S&P 500 index notched another record high, its eighth in 10 trading days. The index notched its third straight week of solid gains.
TYSON WINS: Tyson Foods emerged as the winner in a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, beating an offer by Pilgrim s Pride for the meat-processing company. Tyson raised its offer to a share, beating Pilgrim s Pride s offer of a share. Hillshire said Monday that its board has yet to sign off on the deal. In premarket trading, Hillshire Brands jumped .90 to .81, while Tyson Foods slipped 5 cents to .10.
ICAHN: In a regulatory filing on Friday, Carl Icahn said he and his affiliates have picked up a 9 percent stake in Family Dollar, a discount store, and plan to look for changes to boost the company s value. Family Dollar s stock jumped , or 12 percent, to .52.
MERGER MONDAY: Merck announced a deal to buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals for .85 billion. Merck & Co. said Indenix has built a promising array of treatments for hepatitis C. Indenix soared .97, or 234 percent, to .20, while Merck sank 78 cents to .40.
BONDS AND COMMODS: In the market for U.S. government bonds, the yield on the 10-year Treasury inched up to 2.60 percent from 2.59 percent late Friday. Yields rise when bond prices fall. The price of oil rose 87 cents to 3.53 a barrel.