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earningsinfocus-041918.jpg Checkout the few notable companies that are scheduled to release quarterly financial results on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

stockmarkethigh-041718.jpg European stocks look set to extend gains from the previous session on Thursday as oil held steady near 2014-highs reached in the previous session and higher long-term U.S. Treasury yields on improved risk appetite helped support the dollar. Brent crude oil futures held near $74 a barrel after reports...

pharma-041318.jpg Today's Daily Dose brings you news about an agreement between Pfenex and China NT Pharma; Bristol-Myers' near-term regulatory catalyst; Eloxx Pharma's progress with cystic fibrosis drug candidate and FDA clearance of Cantel Medical's ADVANTAGE PLUS Pass-Thru automated endoscope reprocessor.

pandg-merck-041918.jpg Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co. announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Consumer Health business of German drug major Merck KGaA for a purchase price of approximately 3.4 billion euros. P&G expects to close the acquisition of Consumer Health business during the 2018/19 fiscal year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances.

pharma-041618.jpg The following are some of today's top gainers in the pharma/biotech sector.

American Express Co. (AXP) Wednesday reported a 31 percent increase in first-quarter profit, driven largely by double-digit revenue growth. Earnings trumped Wall Street estimates, as did revenues, reflecting higher card member spending and loan growth. New York-based American Express' first-quarter...

Alcoa Inc. (AA), the largest producer of aluminum in the US, Wednesday reported a first-quarter profit that trumped Wall Street estimates, driven largely by revenue growth, sending its shares up 5 percent in after-hours trading. New York-based Alcoa's first-quarter profit was $150 million or $0.80...

wallstreet-111814_18apr18.jpg After moving notably higher over the two previous sessions, stocks turned in a lackluster performance during trading on Wednesday. The major averages fluctuated as the day progressed before ending the session mixed.

jim-bridenstine-0411818.jpg President Donald Trump's nominee to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration narrowly cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted 50 to 48 in favor of a motion cutting off debate on Congressman James Bridenstine's, R-Okla., nomination as NASA Administrator.

facebook-privacy-041818.jpg Facebook is introducing new privacy features in accordance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, including updates to terms and data policy. The company said it will extend new privacy protections to all users, even to users outside the EU. The new features will begin rolling...

donald-j-trump3-041818.jpg President Donald Trump appears to have contradicted himself regarding his reasoning for firing former FBI Director James Comey. In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, Trump claimed firing Comey was unrelated to the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

airstrikes-in-syria-041818.jpg A majority of voters support last weekend's U.S.-led airstrikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, according to the results of a new Morning Consult/Politico survey. The survey found that 66 percent of registered voters support the attack on Syria.

starbucks-041818.jpg Starbucks, the world's largest coffee retailer, has dropped to its lowest consumer perception level since November 2015, according to a YouGov BrandIndex score. It seems that customers are really angry with the coffee chain after the racially-charged incident in Philadelphia last week. Since last...

wallstreet-111914_18apr18.jpg After initially showing a lack of direction, stocks have moved modestly higher over the course of the trading session on Wednesday. The major averages are extending the strong upward move seen over the two previous sessions.

pompeo-kim-trump-041818.jpg President Donald Trump has confirmed reports of a secret meeting between CIA Director and Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week. The meeting was the first major diplomatic effort from Pompeo, who is predicted to be confirmed as Secretary of State by the Republican-controlled Senate in the coming weeks.

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