The markets opened sharply higher as oil prices tumbled in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav which caused less damage than expected. The Dow soared over 200 points to 11,760 while Nasdaq soared 40 points to 2407.
On the upside
Sciele Pharma (Nasdaq: SCRX) received a $1.1 billion cash offer from Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer Shionogi & Co, Ltd.
Shares of Lehman Brothers (NYSE: LEH) rose on hopes that the investment bank can get a $6 billion capital infusion or an outright acquisition offer through Korea Development Bank.
Nasdaq: DELL) bucked the trend. Investors remained nervous about the outlook for the computer maker after last week's disappointing results.
Oil companies surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Gustav, but investors were more worried about falling oil prices cutting into profit margins. Shares of Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) were sold off.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin
of nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000
which tracks small cap stocks leaped 15 points to 753.