By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch
It's been a decent year for the market overall, in spite of all the warnings from bears
Heading into the holidays, it's a good time to take a look at which market sectors and which stocks have posted the year's strongest and weakest performances.
LAS VEGAS, NV and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA --
In preparation for the inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Popeyes®
Louisiana Kitchen announced today it has sent off the participating
teams in style, hosting Good Luck luncheons for the players, coaches and
staff in the teams’ hometowns.
By Dana Mattioli and Dana Cimilluca
Deal will boost presence in Southeastern U.S.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. agreed to buy convenience-store chain Pantry Inc. for about $860 million, strengthening its position in the southeastern U.S.
Pantry (PTRY) does business primarily under the Kangaroo Express banner, while Couche-Tard's convenience store network comprises 6,303 stores in North America, along with locations elsewhere.
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on
discovering and developing novel cellular immunotherapies, today
announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 7,350,000 shares
of its common stock, an increase of 1,100,000 shares from the number of
shares originally offered, at a public offering price of $19.00 per
Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SGYP) announced today the
initiation of the first of two planned pivotal phase 3 clinical trials
evaluating the safety and efficacy of 3.0 and 6.0 mg plecanatide,
once-daily oral tablets, for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
with constipation (IBS-C). Synergy is also evaluating 3.0 and 6.0 mg
doses of plecanatide in two ongoing pivotal phase 3 trials for chronic
idiopathic constipation (CIC), scheduled to read out top-line results in
second quarter and third quarter 2015.
(NYSE: XRX) today announced an agreement to sell its Information
Technology Outsourcing (ITO) business to Atos
for $1.05 billion prior to closing adjustments, with additional
consideration of $50 million subject to the condition of certain assets
CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE: CLC) today announced that it has acquired
Filter Resources, Inc., Filtration Inc. and Fabrication Specialties,
Inc. - related companies that manufacture and distribute filters to the
petrochemical and refining industries, predominately in the Texas Gulf
Coast and Louisiana region.
Nike's stock slips after future orders outlook disappoints
Shares of Nike Inc.(NKE)fell 2.2% in after-hours trade on Thursday, after the athletic apparel seller's downbeat outlook for future orders offset better-than-expected profit and sales.
JMP Group Inc. (NYSE: JMP ),
an investment banking and alternative asset management firm (the
“Company”), announced today that it intends, subject to the closing of
the reorganization transaction described below, for its successor
company (“JMP Group LLC”) to declare a monthly cash distribution of
$0.035 per share to shareholders of record on the last business day of
each of January, February and March, 2015.
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