The markets opened mixed with the Dow adding 3 points to 13,174 while Nasdaq lost 15 points to 2976 as the nation's factory output rose 1.1% in November due to a rebound from Superstorm Sandy. On the upside
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) announced a $2.1 billion financing agreement with Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS). Adobe Systems (Nasdaq: ADBE) reported higher fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations. PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) will pay approximately $1.05 billion to acquire the North American paint unit of AkzoNobel. On the downside Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) extended the deadline for founder Richard Schulze to make an offer for the company to February 28, 2013. VeriFone (NYSE: PAY) disappointed with sharply lower fourth quarter earnings and forecast current quarter results below expectations. Cytori Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CYTX) priced its public offering of 7.02 million common shares at the discounted price of $2.85 per share. In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE and by more than 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index lost 3 points to 1415.