Stocks rally after anthrax detected in the nose of a Florida man

With defense stocks in the spotlight amid a heated-up political and military environment — which yesterday saw the U.S. begin what is reportedly another broad-reaching campaign in Afghanistan after the death of a Florida man — merger and acquisitions activity in the sector appears to be hot as well. On Friday, Newport News Shipbuilding  said it may receive a buyout proposal from Northrop Grumman that beats General Dynamics’ current offer.