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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. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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.
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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).
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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).
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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, ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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. ...
  34. 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.
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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.
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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
  44. 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.
  45. 3 Best Performing Dow Stocks in 2014 - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2014
    The Dow has experienced a good year, gaining 7.3% to date.
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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. ...
  48. Methanex Corporation (MEOH): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 19, 2014
    We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on Methanex. The company saw its profit tumble year over year in the third ...
  49. 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. ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. Will Defense be Hit by Weak Economies of Allied Nations? - Industry ...

    December 18, 2014
    Will Defense be Hit by Weak Economies of Allied Nations? - Industry Outlook
  52. Defense Majors Step Up Foreign Sales to Weather Sequester - Industry ...

    December 18, 2014
    Defense Majors Step Up Foreign Sales to Weather Sequester - Industry Outlook
  53. Bull of the Day: Seattle Genetics (SGEN) - Bull of the Day

    December 18, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Seattle Genetics (SGEN) - Bull of the Day
  54. Pfizer's Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug in Phase II - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Pfizer (PFE) has moved its experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment into a phase II study.
  55. Lumber Liquidators (LL) Down to Strong Sell on Dismal Q3 - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    On Dec 16, 2014, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Lumber Liquidators (LL), to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
  56. Tesla (TSLA) Down on Target Price Cut by Morgan Stanley - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Share price of Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) declined after Morgan Stanley (MS) decreased the sales outlook and cut the target ...
  57. Apollo Global (APO) Invests $570M in Leighton's Services Arm ...

    December 18, 2014
    Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO) is set to buy half of the services arm of Australia's biggest builder, Leighton Holdings ...
  58. XL Group in Talks to Buy Catlin, Increases Alternative Capital ...

    December 18, 2014
    XL Group plc (XL) is in talk with Catlin Group Ltd. (CGL.L) to acquire the latter and form a combined entity.
  59. Halozyme Up on Collaboration and Licensing Deal with J&J - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Shares of Halozyme (HALO) jumped after announcing a worldwide collaboration and license agreement with Johnson & Johnson ...
  60. JPMorgan Expands in Asia, Buys Aviva's Real Estate Business - ...

    December 18, 2014
    JPMorgan (JPM) expands into the Asia Pacific area by purchasing a property platform in Australia, Japan and Singapore. The ...
  61. NPS Pharmaceuticals and Shire Up on Takeover Rumors - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    A report from Bloomberg indicated that the Shire is considering a potential acquisition of the NPS Pharma.
  62. Visa's Sturdy Capital Signals Growth, Regulations a Risk - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    We issued an updated research report on Visa Inc. (V), citing the opportunities and challenges that the company.
  63. MedAssets to Boost Advisory Solutions with New Offering - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Provider of technology-enabled products and services for hospitals, MedAssets, Inc. (MDAS), recently announced that the company's ...
  64. UnitedHealth: Benefitting from Diversified Portfolio - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    UnitedHealth (UNH) is one of the biggest and most-diversified health insurers in the U.S.
  65. How is the Santa Claus Rally Doing? - Video Blog

    December 18, 2014
    With Oil and Russia, Is Santa Still Coming?
  66. Emergent BioSolutions Buys EV-035 Series from Evolva - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Emergent BioSolutions Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Evolva Holding for acquiring the latter's ...
  67. BofA, U.S. Bancorp Sued by NCUA over Sale of Risky RMBS - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    NCUA has sued BofA and U.S. Bancorp for recovering losses on $5.8 billion worth of RMBS sold to five corporate credit unions.
  68. SanDisk's Strategic Initiatives to Drive Long-Term Growth - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    On Dec 12, 2014, we issued an updated research report on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK).
  69. Telecom Stock Roundup: FCC Slaps Cramming Charges on Sprint, ...

    December 18, 2014
    Last week has been pretty eventful for the telecom industry as pricing competition intensified.
  70. Guess? Dips to a 52-Week Low on Soft Q3 and FY View Cut - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Shares of Guess?, Inc. (GES) hit a 52-week low of $19.69 after reporting disappointing third-quarter fiscal 2015 results ...
  71. Eastman to Expand Longview Texanol Ester Alcohol Facility - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Eastman Chemical (EMN) announces expansion at its Texanol ester alcohol manufacturing facility in Longview.
  72. AngioDynamics (ANGO) Hits 52-Week High on Positive View - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Shares of AngioDynamics Inc (ANGO) reached a 52-week high of $19.20 on Dec 17, 2014.
  73. Auto Stock Roundup: Ford Launches SYNC 3, Honda Announces Fresh ...

    December 18, 2014
    The launch of Ford's (F) SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, and General Motors' (GM) decision to invest $5 billion ...
  74. UCB's Kremers Urban Sale Deal Lapses, Divestiture Plan On - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    UCB (UCBJF), Advent International and Avista Capital Partners announced their decision to mutually terminate their deal for ...
  75. Moneygram Makes Money Transfers to India Easy with NEFT - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Moneygram International Inc. (MGI), declared that during the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) network processing ...
  76. Marsh & McLennan Expands in Chile with Denarius Buyout - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.'s (MMC) unit Mercer, announced the acquisition of Chile-based Denarius.
  77. DISH Network to Add Netflix App on Hopper Set-top Boxes - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Leading satellite TV operator ??? DISH Network Corp. (DISH) ??? has reached an agreement with Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) to integrate ...
  78. Verizon Strong on LTE, FiOS Internet; Cost Woes Prevail - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Verizon Communications Inc.'s (VZ) consistent market share gains, strong LTE sales and the rollout of FiOS Internet should ...
  79. Iao Kun Group Lowered to Strong Sell on Weak Q3 Results - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    On Dec 17, 2014, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Iao Kun Group Holding Company Limited (IKGH) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong ...
  80. Will Hershey's (HSY) Sales and Profits Improve in 2015? - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    On Dec 17, we issued an updated research report on The Hershey Company (HSY).
  81. Panera's Food Policy on Track: To Offer Additive-Free Food - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Panera Bread Company (PNRA) has recently provided details on its comprehensive Food Policy, introduced in June, regarding ...
  82. Digital River Soars on Extended Agreement with Microsoft - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Shares of the global cloud-commerce company, Digital River Inc. (DRIV) soared 42.8% touching a high of $24.72, finally closing ...
  83. Chevron Cancels Arctic Drilling Project, Ukraine to Suffer - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Big energy players pulling investments out of Ukraine is dimming the nation's hopes of gaining energy independence from Russian ...
  84. Marathon Oil Lowers Capex by 20% Year over Year for 2015 - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Plummeting Crude prices for more than six months this year have compelled oil and natural gas exploration and production ...
  85. Teradata Buys RainStor, Boosts Hadoop Solutions Portfolio - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Big data analytics and marketing applications company, Teradata Corp. (TDC) recently acquired privately-held RainStor for ...
  86. Kinross Gold (KGC) Closes Fruta del Norte Project Sale - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC) announced that it has completed the earlier announced sale of all of its interest in Aurelian ...
  87. Archer Daniels (ADM) Sells South American Fertilizer Unit - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has successfully completed the previously announced sale of its South American fertilizer ...
  88. DXP Enterprises to Buy Back 0.4 Million Shares, Price Rises - ...

    December 18, 2014
    DXP Enterprises, Inc. (DXPE) recently announced a new share buyback program, involving roughly 0.4 million common shares. ...
  89. ConAgra Earnings In-Line, Revenues Miss; Maintains View - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Premier North American food company, ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG), reported results for second quarter of fiscal 2015 (ended ...
  90. Oil Prices Crashing: Will It Hurt These Chemical Plays? - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Crashing oil prices have put a spate of chemical companies at risk of losing their shale-derived feedstock cost advantage.
  91. Synopsys Appoints Janice D. Chaffin as New Board Member - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Synopsys Inc. (SNPS) recently announced changes in its management, as per which it has appointed Janice D. Chaffin to its ...
  92. Affiliated Managers Raises Stake in AQR Capital, Shares Up - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Affiliated Managers (AMG) yesterday announced that it entered an agreement with AQR Capital Management, LLC, facilitating ...
  93. Accenture Beats on Q1 Earnings & Revenues, Guides Well - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Accenture plc (ACN) reported first-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings per share of $1.29, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate ...
  94. Stock Market News for December 18, 2014 - Market News

    December 18, 2014
    Benchmarks enjoyed their best day this year on Wednesday as the Fed issued encouraging statements regarding economic growth ...
  95. Newell (NWL) Completes Baby Jogger Acquisition for $210M - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Newell (NWL) recently announced that it has closed the purchase of Baby Jogger Holdings.
  96. Sony Scraps "The Interview" Release on Hackers' Threat - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Sony Corporation's (SNE) tribulations seem far from over since the cyber attack on the company's corporate website last month. ...
  97. Markets Cheering the Fed - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 18, 2014
    Market participants like the fact that there will be no early rate hikes and that the central bank will remain cautious and ...
  98. Microsoft Azure to Offer IronWorker Application Service - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has partnered with cloud application services provider Iron.io per which Iron.io will now allow ...
  99. WESCO International Reiterates 2014 Outlook, Guides 2015 - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    WESCO International Inc. (WCC) recently reaffirmed its 2014 earnings per share (EPS) and sales outlook, provided its financial ...
  100. Macau Anti-Corruption Drive to Intensify, Casino Stocks Dip - ...

    December 18, 2014
    China is again reportedly set to launch a major crackdown to restrict illegal money transfers. This lowered the share price ...
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