|11:10 EDT||TIF, ZLC, SIG, NILE, DGSE||Jewelry retailers advance after Signet strikes deal to buy Zale|
Shares of a number of jewelry retailers are climbing after one of the companies in the space, Zale Corporation (ZLC), agreed to be acquired. WHAT'S NEW: Signet Jewelers (SIG), another jewelry retailer, agreed to buy Zale for about $1.4B, or $21 per share, the companies announced earlier this morning. The deal price represents a 41% premium over Zales' price at the close yesterday. Signet will pay the purchase price in cash, the companies noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Signet jumped 16.8% to $92.60 and Zale soared 40% to $20.90. Other jewelry retailers were higher as well, as Tiffany (TIF) added 0.9% to $89.37, Blue Nile (NILE) rose 1.7% to $34.60, and DGSE (DGSE) climbed 1.2% to $2.20.