Tyson Foods has won a bid to acquire Hillshire Brands for $7.7 billion, beating out an offer from Pilgrim's Pride. A look at what led up to the bidding war for Hillshire, ultimately resulting in Tyson making one of the biggest meat industry mergers ever.
The Dow gained 104 points to close at 11913. The Nasdaq turned positive for the year, gaining 61 points to end at 2699.
Abbott Laboratories split represents huge change in strategy. Abbott Laboratories spinoff would sell branded pharmaceuticals.
Cantaloupe deaths and illnesses: The heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said consumers who have cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado should throw them out.
Kraft Foods, the maker of Oscar Mayer hot dogs, and Sara Lee, manufacturer of Ball Park franks, begin court proceedings this week in hopes of ending a three-year legal dispute
The International Grains Council cut its projected world grain output Thursday. Drought in eastern Europe has sparked a Russia grain export ban.