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Drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) said Friday that its investigational Ebola vaccine candidate, rVSV-ZEBOV, was found to have 100% efficacy in an analysis of interim data from a Phase 3 ring vaccination trial in Guinea. Preliminary conclusions from the study, which is continuing, were published in...

Building materials company Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. (CX) on Friday said the proceedings formally initiated by the European Commission in December 2010 against Cemex and other companies regarding anticompetitive practices in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,...

Penn National Gaming Inc (PENN) on Friday said it has agreed to buy Illinois video gaming terminal operator Prairie State Gaming in an all cash transaction. Penn expects the deal to be immediately accretive upon closing later this quarter. Prairie State's operations include more than 1,100 terminals...

Plastic packaging products maker Berry Plastics Group Inc (BERY), on Friday agreed to buy specialty materials company Avintiv from Blackstone Group LP (BX) for about $2.45 billion in cash on a debt-free, cash-free basis. Berry expects the deal to catapult it to a leading plastics packaging and engineered...

Papa John's International, Inc. (PZZA) said Friday that its Board of Directors has approved a 25% increase in the company's quarterly dividend, payable on Papa John's common stock, to $0.175 per share from $0.14 per share. The company's Board of Directors declared the $0.175 dividend per share, payable...

Package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), Friday said it has agreed to buy privately-held Coyote Logistics, a truckload freight brokerage company, for $1.8 billion from private equity firm Warburg Pincus. Coyote arranges customers' freight shipments on available trucking capacity...

FedEx Corp. (FDX) confirmed that the European Commission has initiated a Phase II review in connection with FedEx's intended public offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of TNT Express N.V. This is the next step in the process where the European Commission conducts an in-depth analysis...

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR) announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit or "CAFC" affirmed the district trial court's decision of noinfringement in the ParkerVision v. Qualcomm (QCOM) patent infringement case maintaining that ParkerVision did not prove infringement of its patents...

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) and the Communications Workers of America District 6 or CWA announced that they signed an agreement that will benefit CWA-represented employees in Texas and Missouri and Frontier's future customers in Texas. The agreement is an important step forward in the process...

Cintas Corp. (CTAS) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase ZEE Medical from McKesson Corp. for approximately $130 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close on August 1, 2015. Cintas said its updated fiscal 2016 guidance to give effect to the ZEE Medical acquisition...

Gainers: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) is rising 5 percent to $87.19. The company's second quarter earnings improved from the year-ago quarter and its adjusted earnings per share topped Street view. The company also raised its 2015 adjusted earnings guidance, citing beneficial currency and fuel...

Chevron Corp. (CVX) reported second quarter net income to company of $571 million or $0.30 per share compared to $5.7 billion or $2.98 per share, last year. The company said results included impairments of $1.96 billion and other charges of approximately $670 million relating to project suspensions and...

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) said Friday that it agreed to acquire Coyote Logistics, a technology-driven, non-asset based truckload freight brokerage company for $1.8 billion from Warburg Pincus. Founded in 2006, Coyote reported annual revenue of $2.1 billion in 2014. Closing is expected within...

Oil refiner and chemical maker Phillips 66 (PSX) reported that second-quarter net earnings grew to $1.01 billion or $1.84 per share from $863 million or $1.51 per share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding items, adjusted net earnings for the quarter was $1.0 billion or $1.83 per share, compared to...

Stillwater Mining Company (SWC) reported a second quarter net loss attributable to stockholders of $27.5 million, or $0.23 per share, compared to profit of $17.9 million, or $0.14 per share for the second quarter of 2014. The company noted that its results for the quarter include a $46.8 million (before-tax)...

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