Nielsen to Acquire Arbitron and 4 Stocks Topping 52-Week Highs

Black Hills Corporation’s (NYSE:BKH) Black Hills Power filed two rate plans on Monday with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. One plan will permit the utility to recover recent system investments through an increase in revenue, the first such request in three years, and the other to begin recovering financing costs for a new power plant that will go online in late 2014. As filed, new rates would become effective April 1st, and would increase the bill for a typical residential customer by approximately 7 per month, or about 24 cents per day. Shares closed up 0.71 percent on day at $36.65, and have been traded in a 52-week range of $30.29 to $36.62.

NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV) shares were halted for volatility after dropping by 25 percent to $11.80, but later closed up 0.06 percent on the day at $15.65, having been traded in a 52-week range of $9.95 to $15.80.

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Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS) has been cleared by a Cook County jury from any liability in a lawsuit brought by a Chicago firefighter, and found that the firm’s siren product was not defective. The firefighter said that he had developed hearing loss caused by exposure to a siren manufactured by the company, but following a one-week trial, the jury deliberated for less than three hours before reaching a unanimous decision in favor of the firm. Shares closed up 2.86 percent on the day at $7.20, and have been traded in a 52-week range of $3.73 to $7.06.

Arbitron  (NYSE:ARB), an international media and marketing research company, is purchased by Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN). The buyer will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Arbitron at $48 per share in cash, marking a premium of around 26% to the close on December 17th, and has a financing commitment for the total transaction amount. With Arbitron assets, Nielsen will further expand its Watch segment’s audience measurement across screens and forms of listening. Shares closed up 23.63 percent on the day at $47.03, but have traded in a 52-week range of $32.34 to $39.98.

American Railcar Industries (NASDAQ:ARII) would potentially purchase The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) at a price of $20 per share, as Carl Icahn disclosed in a regulatory filing that his representatives have had conversations with the parties that have resulted in proposing a transaction. Icahn added that such a deal would be subject to satisfactory completion of due diligence of Greenbrier. Shares closed up 6.64 percent on the day at $34.36, having been traded in a 52-week range of $20.26 to $33.00.

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