Avon Products Inc.’s board elected former Chief Executive Officer Andrea Jung and nine other directors to a one-year term as the door-to-door cosmetics seller resists a $10 billion takeover bid from Coty Inc.
Coty Inc. Chairman Bart Becht said two weeks ago it was time for Avon Products Inc. shareholders to persuade the board to accept his company’s $10 billion bid. Several investors have discussed the offer with the board, and their message is clear: Get more money or forget about it.
Standard & Poor’s 500 Index companies are returning more than ever in earnings compared with their borrowing costs, a signal that takeovers and capital spending will help investors overcome a slowing U.S. economy.
Stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from its worst drop since August, as jobless claims fell while a retreat in Italian bond yields and the selection of a new Greek premier tempered concern about Europe’s crisis. The euro gained and Treasuries slid.
U.S. stocks fell, driving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the lowest level of the month, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said he’s not prepared to take immediate action to stimulate the economy.
U.S. stocks sank the most since December 2008, while Treasuries rallied and gold surged to a record, as Standard & Poor’s reduction of the nation’s credit rating fueled concern the economic slowdown will worsen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 634.76 points as approximately $2.5 trillion was erased from global equities.