Street rewards Builders FirstSource buy; Norfolk Southern warns

Lee Brodie

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Builders FirstSource

Spring is the buying season for houses--and, this year, for companies that help build houses. Shares of Builders First Source (BLDR) surged more than 10% on Tuesday after the maker of building products announced plans to acquire rival ProBuild Holdings. Typically, shares of an acquiring company sink on news of a merger – but in this case they surged.

The companies said in a statement that now is the time to capitalize on the US housing recovery -- and bullish investors apparently agree.

Builders First Source says the merger will generate between $100 million and $120 million in cost-saving --you guessed it -- synergies. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2015.

Norfolk Southern

Falling demand for coal appears to be hitting Norfolk Southern (NSC). Shares slipped almost 6% after the railroad forecast disappointing first-quarter results, citing a sharp drop in coal exports as a major factor behind the weakness. The company doesn't report first-quarter results until April 29, but it offered a preview, which also cited lousy weather and a strong U.S. dollar as other issued that could depress first-quarter numbers. 

Norfolk Southern said net income should come in around $1 per share with revenue dropping 5 percent from a year ago, to $2.6 billion.

Alcatel Lucent

Another possible merger has grabbed Wall Street's attention. Alcatel Lucent (ALU) popped over 7 percent after word surfaced that Nokia (NOK) may buy the company.

In a joint announcement, the Finnish and French telecom equipment producers said they were in "advanced merger discussions" – but they also cautioned that a deal is not yet certain.

It's also unclear whether Nokia would acquire all of Alcatel-Lucent's assets or just its wireless business. And there's no word yet on valuation, which bankers no doubt are working feverishly on. 

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