Pre-Market Stock News (August 16, 2007)

August 16, 2007 by Douglas A. McIntyre

(AMGN) Amgen announced 12-14% layoffs and lowered guidance for 2007.
(ANX) ADVENTRX Pharma announces fast track designation granted by the FDA for CoFactor for treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer.

(AUXL) Auxilium Pharma receivef FDA clearance to resume clincal trials for XIAFLEX for the treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture.
(BAX) Baxter awarded pandemic advanced supply contract from Deptartment of Health.
(CFC) Countrywide Financial tapped an $11 Billion line of credit.
(CPHD) Cepheid entered into a 5 year agreement with Northrop Grumman for the purchase of anthrax test cartridges.
(CRM) trading down 1% today after posting $0.03 EPS vs $0.01 est.
(EL) Estee Lauder $0.45 EPS vs $0.50 est.
(FCTR) First Charter to be acquired by Fifth Third Bancorp for $31.00 per share.
(FLO) Flowers Foods $0.24 EPS vs $0.23 est.
(FLR) Fluor won a contract from Toshiba International for engineering, procurement and construction-related services for two nuclear power plants.
(FTD) FTD Group $0.36 EPS vs $0.28 est.
(GGBM) GigaBeam received an order for four WiFiber links from a new partner that is establishing a metro ethernet network in Los Angeles.
(GRMN) Garmin noted as an immune growth stock in a crummy market.
(JCP) J.C.Penney $0.78 EPS vs $0.78 est.; sees Q3 $1.28 EPS vs $1.43 est.
(KFT) Kraft Foods is considering selling off its cereals unit according to WSJ.
(LMS) Lamson & Sessions enters into $27.00 merger and a $0.30 special dividend as it will become part of TNB-Thomas & Betts.
(MCO) Moody’s may be in trouble with Congress over failures to warn over CDO ratings and risk activities.
(MGPI) MGP Ingredients $0.10 EPS vs $0.14 est.
(NAPS) Napster in marketing pact with Maxfield’s MP3 player in Germany.
(NBF) Nova Biosource Fuels will acquire a biodiesel refinery in Iowa with a 10 million gallon per year capacity.
(QCOM) Qualcomm’s ex-CEO noted that the suits could cost the company over $2 Billion in revenues if all the terms stand.
(SPAR) Spartan Motors chassis unit received a $53 million subcontract order from BAE Systems.
(SUNW) Sun Micro in free download of StarOffice suite at the Google Pack site.
(TTWO) Take-Two Interactive has received a Wells Notice from the SEC.
(WFMI) Whole Foods announced it is extending its offer for Wild Oats.
(WW) Watson Wyatt $0.71 EPS vs $0.67 est.

Jon C. Ogg
August 16, 2007

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