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  1. Merck Up on OncoEthix Acquisition Deal, Oncology in Focus - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Merck (MRK) acquired Swiss biotech privately held company, OncoEthix, and added a promising experimental early-stage candidate, ...
  2. ALLETE Buys NRG Energy's Storm Lake 1 Iowa Wind Farm - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    ALLETE, Inc.'s (ALE), ALLETE Clean Energy has acquired NRG Energy, Inc.'s (NRG) 108 megawatt wind generation facility in ...
  3. Starwood Expands in Colombia with Four Points by Sheraton - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (HOT) announced the opening of two hotels in Colombia, at Bogota and Barranquilla, ...
  4. U.S. Bancorp to Pay $6M to Settle Trustee Role Related Suit - ...

    December 19, 2014
    U.S. Bancorp (USB) is set to shell out $6 million to settle a complaint filed as a class-action by Oklahoma Police Pension ...
  5. Wells Fargo Brokerage Units Fined by FINRA for AML Failures - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Two brokerage divisions of Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) has been penalized with a joint fine of $1.5 million by FINRA ...
  6. West Elm, Kate Spade Saturday Launch New Collection - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    West Elm, one of the iconic home furnishings brands of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM), recently entered into a partnership with ...
  7. General Motors (GM) Halts Deliveries to Dealers in Russia - ...

    December 19, 2014
    General Motors Company (GM) announced that it has halted the delivery of vehicles to dealerships in Russia.
  8. AstraZeneca's Lynparza Approved in EU for Ovarian Cancer - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    AstraZeneca's (AZN) Lynparza was approved as a monotherapy for the maintenance treatment of adults suffering from ovarian ...
  9. Coca-Cola Enterprises 2015 Profits to be Hit by Fx Woes - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    At a recent annual business update meeting, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE) warned that currency headwinds will hurt its ...
  10. Boeing Gets a Couple of 737-800 Orders from BOC Aviation - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Boeing (BA) received orders for two 737-800 airplanes from BOC Aviation worth $186 million.
  11. 2015 Stock Market Outlook - Weekend Wisdom

    December 19, 2014
    Are the bulls still in charge? Prepare your portfolio for the new year with some predictions and potential pitfalls.
  12. Smith & Nephew Up on Post-Operative Wound Therapy Data - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Smith & Nephew's (SNN) PICO Single Use NPWT is a revolutionary canister-free system that has been designed to promote ...
  13. Shell to Divest Less Profitable Downstream Business in Norway ...

    December 19, 2014
    Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A) has entered into a deal with ST1 - an energy firm in Finland.
  14. Tetraphase Spikes on Encouraging Data on Antibiotic - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced positive top-line data from a phase III study evaluating eravacycline for the ...
  15. Kraft Chairman Cahill to Replace Vernon as CEO; Shares Up - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (KRFT) announced that Chairman, John Cahill, would replace Tony Vernon as the chief executive officer ...
  16. Agenus Jumps on Positive Data from Shingles Candidate - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of Agenus Inc. (AGEN) jumped after its partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced encouraging results on HZ/su.
  17. Will Cuba Be the New Investment Hub for US Telecom? - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Recently, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. intends to normalize its diplomatic and economic relations with ...
  18. AK Steel (AKS) Rises on Q4 Outlook, Shipments to Climb - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) has announced its guidance for the fourth quarter of 2014.
  19. Liberty Sells 4 Orlando Office Properties for $116.8 Million ...

    December 19, 2014
    Liberty Property (LPT) announced the completion of the disposition of 588,678 square feet office properties at Maitland Center ...
  20. Comstock Announces '15 Budget, Oil-Linked Drilling to Reduce ...

    December 19, 2014
    Comstock Resources Inc. (CRK) announced its 2015 exploration and development budget and stated that it would suspend its ...
  21. Oil Supplies Fall on Import Drop, Production Hits Record High ...

    December 19, 2014
    EIA's weekly inventory release showed that crude stockpiles recorded a smaller-than-expected decline despite domestic production ...
  22. CME Group's Expense Control, Secure Capital to Drive Growth - ...

    December 19, 2014
    On Dec 18, we issued an updated research report on CME Group Inc. (CME), citing its opportunities and challenges.
  23. Obamacare Medicaid Expansion: 2 Health Insurers to Benefit - ...

    December 19, 2014
    The managed care plans have benefited from Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion which went into effect in Jan 2014.
  24. Merit Medical Hits 52-Week High on Product Pipeline Strength ...

    December 19, 2014
    Strong third-quarter results, a string of FDA approvals for its new products along with a robust product pipeline, all contribute ...
  25. Will Restoration of U.S., Cuba Ties Benefit Airline Stocks? - ...

    December 19, 2014
    President Obama called for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years.
  26. Primerica Hits 52-Week High on Core Fundamental Growth - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of Primerica Inc. (PRI) have scaled a new 52-week high of $54.53 on Dec 18.
  27. Falling Oil Prices: A Boon for Plastic Packaging - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2014
    Falling oil prices will benefit the plastic packaging industry by lowering cost and boost demand due to the increasing disposable ...
  28. Humana (HUM) Scales a 52-Week High on Strategic Alliances - ...

    December 19, 2014
    On Dec 18, 2014, shares of Humana Inc. (HUM) scaled a new 52-week high of $149.09 supported by a slew of positives.
  29. Murphy Oil Concludes Partial Malaysian Asset Divestment - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) has completed the first phase of its Malaysian asset monetization program.
  30. Video Game Stock Roundup: Candy Crush Saga for Windows Phones ...

    December 19, 2014
    Video gaming stocks seem to ride along the positive momentum created by bullish U.S. stock indices over the past five days. ...
  31. TJX Companies HIts 52-Week High on Strong Q3 Results - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of The TJX Companies Inc (TJX) hit a new 52-week high of $67.10 on Dec 18 and eventually closed at $67.08, recording ...
  32. MetLife Tagged as SIFI: What it Means for Your Portfolio? - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    MetLife Inc. (MET) has finally been acknowledged as a non-bank systemically important financial institution (SIFI).
  33. Bank Stock Roundup: Fines, Legal Issues Rule Headlines; Citi, ...

    December 19, 2014
    Over the last five trading days, performance of banking stocks remained bullish on the back of their efforts to move past ...
  34. Arthur J. Gallagher Buys Affinity Marketing Group & iBEN - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG), an insurance brokerage and risk management services firm, announced the acquisition ...
  35. Whirlpool (WHR) Hits 52-Week High on Strong Forward Outlook ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) touched a 52-week high of $192.44 on Dec 18, 2014 before eventually closing at $190.52 after ...
  36. Twitter (TWTR) Targets Russia for Ad Selling Activities - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    San Francisco-based micro blogging site, Twitter Inc. (TWTR), recently started selling advertising rights in Russia in an ...
  37. Paychex Q2 Earnings Beat Estimates, Reaffirms FY15 Outlook - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Paychex Inc. (PAYX) reported better-than-expected second-quarter fiscal 2015 results wherein the top and bottom-line figures ...
  38. Calgon Carbon Receives 400th Order for Hyde GUARDIAN - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Calgon Carbon (CCC) has registered 400th order for its Hyde GUARDIAN Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS).
  39. Comcast Rolls Out 4K Ultra HD Content by Xfinity in UHD App ...

    December 19, 2014
    Comcast the largest cable MSO (multi service operator) in the U.S., has joined the 4K race with the launch of a new app named ...
  40. Carnival (CCL) Beats Q4 Earnings on Strong Revenue Yields - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Miami-based cruise company Carnival Corp. (CCL) reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter 2014 results.
  41. Qualcomm Boosts WiFi Chipset Business; China Woes Persist - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM) is facing challenges related to its licensing business in China.
  42. Cardinal Health Inks Xofigo Manufacturing Deal with Bayer - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Per the agreement, Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) will build a state-of-the art, 64,000 square foot facility in Indianapolis, ...
  43. Integra Lifesciences Up on Launch of Bilayer Skin Product - ...

    December 19, 2014
    This latest single-use skin product of Integra (IART) is at present the only pre-meshed bilayer matrix that has been approved ...
  44. Are Amazon & Macmillan Making Peace with Multiyear Deal? - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) signed a multi-year agreement with book publisher Macmillan, effective from Jan 5, ...
  45. Wal-Mart to Heighten Poultry Safety Measures to Curb Risks - ...

    December 19, 2014
    In order to protect consumers against foodborne diseases, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) has decided to strengthen its poultry ...
  46. Amazon's 1-Hour Delivery Service Prime Now in Manhattan - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) unveiled the One-Hour Delivery service in Manhattan only for Prime members.
  47. Oracle Hits Decade High on Q2 Earnings Beat: 3 ETFs in Focus ...

    December 19, 2014
    The smooth trading in Oracle led to the rally in these ETFs.
  48. ACE to Boost Personal Lines for Wealthy with Fireman's Fund - ...

    December 19, 2014
    ACE Limited (ACE) has inked a deal to buy Fireman's Fund, a high net worth personal lines insurance business in the U.S. ...
  49. GOL Linhas November Traffic Up on Favorable Developments - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) posted a significant rise in air traffic for the month of November, this year. ...
  50. Ford (F) Expands Recall for Takata-made Driver-Side Airbags - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Ford (F) has expanded its recall of vehicles with faulty Takata-made driver-side airbag inflators to 502,489 vehicles.
  51. 3 Top Performing Vanguard Mutual Funds in 2014 - Mutual Fund ...

    December 19, 2014
    Vanguard is among the world's largest mutual fund companies and has a robust $2.4 trillion invested in the U.S. Last year, ...
  52. EBay Chiefs to Quit Post PayPal Spinoff, Earn $35M on Exit - ...

    December 19, 2014
    In line with a regulatory filing, five of eBay Inc.'s (EBAY) top executives will step down following the spinoff of its payment-processing ...
  53. Mosaic Wraps Up Archer Daniels' Fertilizer Business Buy - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Mosaic (MOS) has completed its takeover of Archer Daniels Midland's fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay.
  54. Andersons Hikes Quarterly Dividend by 27.3%, Shares Up - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Andersons (ANDE) has increased its regular quarterly cash dividend by 27.3%.
  55. QQQ ETF in Focus as Nasdaq Announces Changes to the Index - ETF ...

    December 19, 2014
    The Nasdaq 100 ETF, QQQ, will see some changes thanks to an annual rebalancing.
  56. Caterpillar November Sales Dip, Marks Two Years of Decline - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) reported a 10% decline in its global retail sales for the three months ending Nov 2014.
  57. 5 Diversified Bond Funds to Add to Your Portfolio - Mutual Fund ...

    December 19, 2014
    Diversified bond funds provide investors with a convenient and affordable option to hold a portfolio of bonds from different ...
  58. DeVry to Buy Faculdade Ideal; Bolster Presence in Brazil - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    DeVry Education Group, Inc.'s (DV) announced that its subsidiary, DeVry Brasil, has agreed to buy Faculdade Ideal (Faci). ...
  59. Barrick Gold to Suspend Operations at the Lumwana Mine - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX) has announced that it will suspend operations at the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia following ...
  60. New Cuba Policy: A Boon for U.S. Banks? - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2014
    Will opening up of Cuban economy act as a boon for the U.S. banks? Let us delve into the details to understand the possibilities.
  61. Deckers Expands in Canada, Opens Two More UGG Outlets - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    UGG, a unit of Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK), in an effort to expand its global presence, inaugurated two new retail stores ...
  62. Seattle Genetics Initiates Phase Ib Study on Leukemia Drug - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Seattle Genetics, Inc. (SGEN) has initiated a phase Ib study on SGN-CD33A for newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia.
  63. Is General Growth Buying NYC Crown Building with Sutton? - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Industry rumors hint that General Growth Properties Inc. (GGP) is mulling over a possible acquisition of New York City's ...
  64. Waddell & Reed Stock Gains 5% on Dividend Hike Announcement - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (WDR) gained almost 5% in yesterday's trading session after it announced a dividend hike ...
  65. Equinix (EQIX) Closes $1.5B Credit Facility; Shares Gain - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Global data center service provider, Equinix Inc. (EQIX) declared the completion of its $1.5 billion senior secured credit ...
  66. CarMax Q3 Earnings & Revenues Beat Estimates, Rise Y/Y - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    CarMax Inc. (KMX) posted earnings per share of 60 cents in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended Nov 30, 2014, highlighting ...
  67. Alcatel-Lucent Gains over 8% on Possible Merger with Nokia - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) gained over 8% in yesterday's trading session following the news of a probable merger with the Nokia ...
  68. BlackBerry Posts Earnings in Q3, Revenues Lag Estimates - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    BlackBerry Limited (BBRY), reported third-quarter fiscal 2015 financial results wherein the bottom line outpaced the Zacks ...
  69. Xerox to Divest Information Technology Outsourcing Unit - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Business process and document management company Xerox Corporation (XRX) recently announced its decision to divest Information ...
  70. Stocks to Sustain Momentum - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 19, 2014
    The Fed drove stocks higher with its 'patient' posture and investors now expect the European Central Bank (ECB) to follow ...
  71. Markets Are Likely To Remain In Positive Territory - Economic ...

    December 19, 2014
    Markets Are Likely To Remain In Positive Territory
  72. Ocwen's Tryst with Regulatory Enquiries Seems Endless - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    For Ocwen (OCN), the string of regulatory investigations, which began from Dec 2013 in the form of a $2 billion foreclosure ...
  73. Stock Market News for December 19, 2014 - Market News

    December 19, 2014
    Benchmarks experienced another day of record gains on Thursday, bettering its record surge a day earlier
  74. Ericsson- Telefonica to Boost Lifestyle in Peruvian Amazon - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Ericsson (ERIC) collaborated with Telefonica Peru to provide internet connectivity to the Peruvian Amazon region of Latin ...
  75. Top Performing ETFs of 2014 and 3 Great Picks for Next Year - ...

    December 19, 2014
    The best ETFs of 2014 and three possible funds that could lead the way next year.
  76. Actuant (ATU) Misses Q1 Earnings on High Debt, Shares Dip - ...

    December 19, 2014
    Diversified machinery firm Actuant Corporation (ATU) reported weak results for first-quarter fiscal 2015 (ended Nov 30, 2 ...
  77. 3 Best Performing Dow Stocks in 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2014
    The Dow has experienced a good year, gaining 7.3% to date.
  78. Red Hat Beats on Q3 Earnings and Revenues; Guides Well - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Red Hat Inc. (RHT) reported third-quarter 2015 earnings of 30 cents per share (including stock-based compensation but excluding ...
  79. Nike Beats on Q2 Earnings, Shares Fall on Soft Future Orders ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of Nike (NKE) slipped 2.9% in yesterday's after-hours trading session after the company posted its second-quarter ...
  80. AAR Beats on Q2 Earnings, Sees Growth in Aviation Services - ...

    December 19, 2014
    AAR Corp. (AIR) reported fiscal second quarter 2015 (ending Nov 30, 2014) earnings of 38 cents per share, beating the Zacks ...
  81. Rite Aid Soars on Robust Q3 Earnings & Raised FY15 View - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Shares of Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) soared nearly 11.9% during yesterday's trading after the company posted better-than-anticipated ...
  82. Cintas (CTAS) Q2 Earnings Beat, Updates Fiscal Guidance - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    Cintas Corporation (CTAS) reported solid second-quarter fiscal 2015 results with adjusted earnings of 86 cents per share ...
  83. Global X Plans for an Emerging Market SuperDividend ETF - ETF ...

    December 19, 2014
    The next version of the popular Global X SuperDividend lineup looks to target high yielders in the emerging market space. ...
  84. PPL Corporation (PPL): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 19, 2014
    PPL Corporation's third-quarter 2014 earnings and revenues surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate primarily on better contribution ...
  85. Tenneco Inc. (TEN): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 19, 2014
    Tenneco reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.25 in the third quarter that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1. ...
  86. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 19, 2014
    Royal Caribbean's third quarter adjusted earnings of $2.20 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny and were ...
  87. Twitter Inc (TWTR): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 19, 2014
    Twitter's third quarter loss was in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues beat the same. Guidance disappointed, ...
  88. Citi Trends, Inc. (CTRN): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 19, 2014
    We have downgraded our long-term recommendation on Citi Trends to Neutral based on the wider-than-expected loss reported ...
  89. Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 19, 2014
    Johnson Controls reported adjusted earnings of $1.04 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, surpassing the Zacks ...
  90. Logitech International SA (LOGI): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 19, 2014
    We are upgrading our recommendation on Logitech to Outperform from Neutral, post healthy upward estimates revision driven ...
  91. Flowserve Corporation (FLS): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 19, 2014
    We are upgrading our recommendation on Flowserve to Neutral from Underperform following the company's SIHI acquisition in ...
  92. Varian Medical Systems Inc. (VAR): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 19, 2014
    Varian ended fiscal 2014 on a disappointing note. Both earnings per share (EPS) and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate
  93. DIRECTV (DTV): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 19, 2014
    DIRECTV reported strong financial results for the third quarter of 2014 whereby both the top and the bottom line surpassed ...
  94. Zumiez Inc. (ZUMZ): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 19, 2014
    Zumiez posted solid results for third-quarter fiscal 2014, wherein top and bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. ...
  95. Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (APOG): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 19, 2014
    Apogee's third-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings improved an impressive 42% year over year to $0.47 per share. Total revenue also ...
  96. Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 19, 2014
    Standard Motor reported a 6.3% drop in adjusted earnings per share to $0.74 in the third quarter of 2014. Earnings also missed ...
  97. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 19, 2014
    JAKKS Pacific's third-quarter earnings of $1.03 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2%, primarily due to better-than-expected ...
  98. Teradyne Inc. (TER): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 19, 2014
    Teradyne is a leading provider of automated test equipment. The company's third-quarter earnings beat the Zacks Consensus ...
  99. Brinker International, Inc. (EAT): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 19, 2014
    Brinker International's fiscal first-quarter 2015 adjusted earnings of $0.50 per share were in line with the Zacks Consensus ...
  100. Owens-Illinois, Inc. (OI): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 19, 2014
    We are downgrading our recommendation on Owens-Illinois from Neutral to Underperform with a target price of $24. Owens-Illinois' ...
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