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Pre-market Movers For Apr 2 (AVP, THRX, KERX, AEZS, AVII, GRPN, SINA, ESRX, MHS)

Gainers:

Avon Products, Inc. (AVP) is gaining 19 percent to $23.08. Coty Inc. has submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire the company for $23.25 per share in cash. In response, Avon rejected Coty's offer.

Decliners:

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (KERX) is plunging 59 percent to $2.04. AEterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) is plunging 55 percent to $0.95. The companies announced that the Phase 3 X-PECT clinical trial evaluating perifosine (KRX-0401) + capecitabine (Xeloda) in patients with refractory advanced colorectal cancer did not meet the primary endpoint of improving overall survival versus capecitabine + placebo. The trial involving 468 patients in 65 sites in the U.S was conducted by AEterna Zentaris' North American licensee partner, Keryx.

AVI BioPharma, Inc. (AVII) is falling 34 percent to $1.02. The company announed that treatment with its eteplirsen met the primary efficacy endpoint in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase IIb study in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Groupon, Inc. (GRPN) is falling 11 percent to $16.31. The company announced a revision to its reported results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, primarily related to an increase to its refund reserve accrual to reflect a shift in fourth quarter deal mix and higher price point offers, which have higher refund rates.

SINA Corp. (SINA) is falling 6 percent to $61.00 amidst the news that China has launched censorship move in an effort to beat back the rumors following the ouster of Bo Xilai.

Trading halt:

Trading in shares of Express Scripts (ESRX) and Medco Health Solutions (MHS) were halted. Express Scripts completed its previously announced $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco today.

Trading in shares of ChinaCast Education Corp. (CAST) was halted. Ron Chan, ex Chairman and CEO of the company has resigned from the board. Ron Chan attributed his decision to serious disagreements he had with the group of directors who recently has come to control the board and the company. Additionally, the company said it received NASDAQ notification letter regarding delayed Form 10-K filing.

by RTT Staff Writer

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French car maker Renault SA reported Friday higher profit in its fiscal 2015, with strong growth in automotive profit and revenues. The company announced higher dividend. Looking ahead, for fiscal 2016, Renault expects to increase group revenues at constant exchange rates and improve group operating margin. Shares of Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc were gaining around 13 percent in the morning trading in London after the engine maker reported more-than doubled profit in its fiscal year 2015, with lower one-time items. Underlying earnings were hurt by weakness in Marine markets. Further, the company halved its dividends, and still expects lower revenues next year. German steel giant ThyssenKrupp AG reported a loss in its first quarter, compared to last year's profit as sales and orders were hurt by sharp deterioration in materials businesses. The company said its overall performance in the first quarter was within its full-year forecast corridor. Looking ahead, the company continues to expect higher net income and flat sales for fiscal 2016.
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