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TSYS (TSS) on Tuesday announced that it has signed a long-term renewal with U.S. Bank. As part of the agreement, TSYS will continue to support the bank's commercial card payment services in the United States, Europe and Canada, and will also support their acquiring business. Terms of the multi-year...

Cruise operator Carnival Corp. & plc (CCL, CUK, CCL.L) announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation said it plans to take travelers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched...

Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. (GLPI) announced a revised proposal to acquire the real estate assets of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (PNK). Under the new proposal, Pinnacle shareholders would receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.85 GLPI common shares per Pinnacle share for the real estate assets,...

Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (ESPR) said Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has removed the 240 mg partial clinical hold on ETC-1002 (bempedoic acid). This action by FDA will now allow ETC-1002 to be used at doses above 240 mg in clinical studies. Esperion noted that it plans to initiate...

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) announced enrollment of the first patient in a Phase 2b clinical trial of its investigational Staphylococcus aureus or S. aureus multi-antigen vaccine (PF-06290510) in adults undergoing elective spinal fusion surgery. The purpose of the study, named STRIVE (STaphylococcus aureus...

Incyte Corp. (INCY) announced that it reached a multi-year research support and collaboration agreement with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center or VICC at Vanderbilt University Medical Center or VUMC, whereby Incyte will provide funding for certain aspects of Vanderbilt's cancer research activities. The...

Genmab A/S (GMXAY.PK, GNMSF.OB) announced that a variation to the Marketing Authorization has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency or EMA for the use of ofatumumab (Arzerra(r)) as maintenance therapy of patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia or CLL. The application was submitted...

Canadian drugstore chain Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc. (PJC_A.TO) reported that first-quarter net profit declined to C$50.6 million or C$0.27 per share from C$54.1 million or C$0.29 per share in the prior-year quarter. Total revenues for the quarter increased 3.5 percent to C$712.4 million from C$688.6...

The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE (SGLFF.PK) announced that an accelerated growth strategy was determined for the Business Units Graphite Materials & Systems and Carbon Fibers & Materials. Until 2020, organic sales growth of approximately 50% compared to 2014 is targeted....

MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. (MSM) reported third-quarter GAAP net income of $63.3 million, or $1.03 per share, compared to $64.7 million, or $1.03 per share, a year ago. Excluding the after-tax effects of non-recurring costs, adjusted net income for the fiscal third quarter was $63.5 million, or...

Dyax Corp. (DYAX) Tuesday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for the investigation of DX-2930 for hereditary angioedema or HAE. Dyax is developing DX-2930, an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody inhibitor of plasma kallikrein or pKal, as...

Horizon Pharma Plc. (HZNP), a biopharmaceutical company, Tuesday announced a proposal to acquire all outstanding shares of Depomed, Inc. for $29.25 per share in an all-stock, tax-free exchange valued at about $3.0 billion. Horizon's proposal represents a premium of 42 percent to the closing price...

Allergan plc (AGN) and Merck (MRK) announced they have entered into an agreement under which Allergan will acquire the exclusive worldwide rights to Merck's investigational small molecule oral calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists, which are being developed for the treatment and prevention...

NRG EnergyInc. (NRG) and Ice Energy said they have partnered to help reduce California's peak energy demand through an innovative energy storage solution. NRG and Ice Energy will meet the recently awarded 20 year long-term contracts to provide 25.6 megawatts of behind-the-meter energy storage using...

WPP plc (WPP.L, WPPGY) announced that Commarco GmbH, a German-based marketing services network which is part of WPP, has acquired a majority interest in Nicole Weber Communications GmbH, a German full service public relations agency. The Group said the investment continues its strategy of developing...

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