Dow Starts the Week Off Right

It's always nice to kick off a week with gains across the board. Last week's jobs numbers have stocks at a three-month high. To top it off, investors are feeling confident that that European Central Bank, following strong comments from President Draghi, will lower borrowing costs for indebted nations Spain and Italy.

Let's take a closer look at how the three major indexes are faring and check out several stocks making headlines.

Index

Gain/Loss

Gain/Loss %

Intraday Value

Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI  ) 6648 0.51% 13,162.65
Nasdaq 19.75 0.67% 2,987.65
S&P 500 6.54 0.47% 1,397.53

Source: Yahoo! Finance as of 10:15 a.m. EDT.

All thirty of the Dow's components are seeing green, with the biggest gainer being Kraft (Nasdaq: KFT  ) , up 2.1% despite Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B  ) continuing to trim its stake in the company. However, investors may still be excited over last week's news that hedge fund Third Point has accrued a massive $8.7 billion stake in the company.

Today's biggest gainer so far is Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) , thanks to news of a potential buyer. The struggling retail franchise has an $8.8 billion offer… from its founder. CEO Richard Schulze could be going down with the ship, but taking the company private might speed along a critical transformation from an outdated business model to something more than a showroom for online retailers. Best Buy is up 15%, still well beneath the takeout price, while shares of electronics retailer RadioShack (NYSE: RSH  ) are up 3%, buoyed by the news.

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