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Biomedical products company Cerus Corp. (CERS) said that its Phase 2 clinical trial of red blood cells treated with the INTERCEPT Blood System met its primary endpoint. The company noted that preliminary analysis demonstrating that greater than 75 percent of treated red blood cells continued to circulate...

Branded apparel maker American Apparel, Inc. (APP) on Monday announced that Allan Mayer and David Danziger have stepped down as Co-Chairmen of the Board and will be replaced by Board Member Colleen Brown as Chairperson. The company noted that Mayer and Danziger will continue to serve as Members of...

Russian state oil company OAO Rosneft (ROSN.L) said that it repaid part of a loan obtained to finance the acquisition of TNK-BP. It paid to lenders around $7 billion. In such a manner, the overall amount paid throughout the year totaled $24 billion in full accordance with the credit agreement, Rosneft...

Raytheon Co. (RTN) said it has received a $2.4 billion Foreign Military Sales contract for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air Missile Defense System for the State of Qatar. Qatar, a new Patriot customer, now brings the total number of global Patriot customers to 13, the company...

Semiconductor company Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed President and Co-Founder Weili Dai as a member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dai will stand for re-election to the Board of Directors at Marvell's next annual general...

Casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. (CZR) and Caesars Acquisition Co. (CACQ) said Monday that they have agreed to merge in all all-stock deal. The merged company will conduct business as Caesars Entertainment and continue to trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker "CZR". Shares of Caesars Entertainment...

Africa-focused oil and gas company Afren Plc. ( AFRNF.PK, AFR.L) Monday confirmed that it has received a highly preliminary approach from SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc. regarding a possible combination with Afren. There can be no certainty that an offer will be made or as to the terms of...

Sparton Corporation (SPA) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton DeLeon Springs, LLC completed the acquisition of certain assets of Argotec, Inc. on December 8, 2014 in an all-cash transaction. The company noted that Argotec develops and manufactures sonar transducer products and components...

Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co. (ESRX) announced Monday it will add drug maker AbbVie Inc.'s (ABBV) newly approved Viekira Pak, a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C, to the its National Preferred formulary. The multi-year agreement will make available cheaper Hepatitis C cure...

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc. (CNET) Monday said it has signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement with Taiwan-based MediaFun Creative Co. Under the terms of the agreement, ChinaNet will leverage its experience and advantages in the small and medium-sized enterprises, or SME in China to...

NewLink Genetics Corp. (NLNK) and Merck (MRK) said the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the United States Department of Health and Human Services has awarded NewLink Genetics' wholly-owned subsidiary, BioProtection Systems, as the prime contractor in a $30 million contract to...

On November 12, 2014, Digi International Inc. (DGII) reported that a fire had significantly impacted the operations of SVI Public Company Ltd., a contract manufacturer it utilizes near Bangkok, Thailand. The firm is issuing an update on the situation and its anticipated impact on its results. While...

GasLog Ltd. (GLOG), a Monaco-based operator of liquefied natural gas carriers, has reached a deal with Methane Services Ltd. or MSL, an affiliate of BG Group, to acquire two modern tri-fuel diesel electric or TFDE LNG carriers for $460 million. The two vessels, Methane Becki Anne and Methane Julia Louise,...

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (KERX) said that it has begun shipping AURYXIA tablets to wholesalers in the U.S. Auryxia is approved for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease or CKD on dialysis. The company stated that Auryxia is the first and only absorbable-iron-based...

Private equity firms Carlyle Group LP (CG) and Warburg Pincus LLC said Monday that along with a consortium of Canada-based individual investors, they have agreed to acquire privately-held Canada-based credit rating agency DBRS. Other investors in the consortium include DBRS' founder Walter Schroeder...