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Jefferies Initiates Coverage on Specialty Pharmaceutical Takeover Candidates

The specialty pharmaceutical sector is exploding with news of takeovers, exchanges and possible mergers. The biggest is the possible deal between activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, Valeant ...
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J.P. Morgan Says Buy Specialty and Big Pharmaceuticals Now

With the U.S. pharmaceutical group, and particularly the specialty pharmaceutical names, under pressure over recent trading sessions, the large biotechnology stocks were not the lone rangers when it came to ...
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Biotech Stocks to Buy After the Pullback

Typically when news drifts out of Washington, D.C., concerning tax changes that can affect a sector, that sector will get pummeled first and questions will be asked later. That is ...
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Specialty Pharmaceutical Stocks That May End Up as Takeover Candidates

Typically, specialty pharmaceutical companies either provide generic versions of former top-selling branded drugs or they may focus on drugs that target rare or hard to treat diseases as orphan drug ...
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Financial News Digest: Reuters, WSJ, NYT, FT, Bloomberg

Volkswagen may have a compensation agreement with 100,000 workers. (Reuters) The European Union asks telecom companies about Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) competitive actions against other smartphone companies. (Reuters) Hon Hai ...
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24/7 Wall St. Closing Bell — March 20, 2013: Markets Open Higher, Hold Gains on FOMC Statement (ZNGA, DE, BBY, AAPL, BBRY, ADBE, CTAS, FTEK, WSM, FDX, GIS, LEN, ORCL, JBL, TUMI, KBH, LULU, MOV, ROST, OMPI, VRX, AFFY)

U.S. equity markets opened higher this morning and maintained the upside, anticipating that today’s FOMC statement would not provoke any surprises. And the markets were not surprised (more coverage here). ...
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Many Big Share Buyback Plans in November (BP, GME, LTD, MNST, NTAP, ORLY, OSK, PG, SBUX, XRX, VRX, YUM)

In the most recent trading days, we have seen more companies turn to new or expanded share buyback plans. If the dividend tax rates rise too much, corporations may ditch ...
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24/7 Wall St. Closing Bell — September 4, 2012: Markets Off to Slow Start in September (ARMH, GME, NWSA, IBM, MT, CPB, SFD, HSOL, BLMN, FNSR, PBY, DG, MRX, VRX, HEK, QCOR)

The three major U.S. stock indexes opened flat to slightly lower this morning after the three-day holiday weekend. PMI readings from Europe came out weaker than expected yesterday (our coverage ...
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Today’s Market Winners and Losers

The stock market is down Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.60%, the Nasdaq down 0.44% and the S&P 500 down 0.56%. Today's winners both include mergers, while ...
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Medicis and Valeant, When Both Companies Rise on a Merger

Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. (NYSE: MRX) is seeing its shares surging on news that it will be acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). What is interesting here is that ...
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Media Digest (9/4/2012) Reuters, WSJ, NYT, FT, Bloomberg

Samsung will review 250 suppliers for labor violations. (Reuters) Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ: ORCL) will ask a court to review copyright damages against SAP A.G. (NYSE: SAP). (Reuters) Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) ...
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Bausch + Lomb Nabs ISTA (ISTA, VRX)

Privately held Bausch + Lomb Inc. has made ISTA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ISTA) an offer it can’t refuse. The eye care company owned by private equity firm Warburg Pincus will ...
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24/7 Wall St. Closing Bell (SHLD, IPG, DNKN, AEP, URI, AES, BCPC, CHTR, CTB, EP, LOW, KWK, RIG, VRX, ATPG, CQP, DNDN, IMI, MVIS)

Stocks opened down this morning following on weakness in Europe following the G20’s refusal to provide additional funding to the IMF. But at the end of the first hour of ...
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November Share Buybacks Already Nearing $30 Billion (ALL, AIG, CBS, FIS, PFE, RAI, SBUX, SYY, TMO, VIA, VRX, PKW)

Some companies just want to keep bringing on new share buybacks whether they work or not.  Some are to stop dilution from acquisitions or employee stock options, while others are ...
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August’s New Massive Stock Buybacks… Over $30 Billion (LOW, CVS, CELG, COV, INTU, DISCA, HRS, LMT, RSG, LOW, ABC, MXIM, ANR, AVT, JAH, LUV, STJ, ECL, IPG, FRX, ACE, CLF, CTSH, KBR, NWL, VRX, AKAM, AOL, DLB, URBN, ACM, CHTR, MYGN, PFG, HSIC)

The pace of stock buyback announcements in the month of August was almost unbelievable.  The pace was stronger at the start of the month when earnings were still coming in ...
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