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Tuesday, August 24, 2021 8:32 AM

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In a regulatory filing on Monday, Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) said that Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan bought an aggregate of 30,000 shares of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company on August 23, 2010.

Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) on Tuesday will announce a significant innovation in chip manufacturing technology to enable its customers to overcome one of the most critical challenges to scaling Moore's Law.

American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE: AEP) on Tuesday reaffirmed its 2010 fiscal year earningsĀ guidance of $2.80 to $3.20 per share.

AVI BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVII) on Tuesday announced positive results from two preclinical studies evaluating the therapeutic potential of AVI-7100 against a fully virulent pandemic H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu or swine origin influenza virus. An analysis of the data from the studies demonstrated statistically significant reductions in average viral titer versus a saline control and a control with Tamiflu(R), a standard of care drug. The studies of AVI-7100, which used AVI's proprietary PMOplus(TM) chemistry, were supported by the Transformational Medical Technologies program (TMT) of the U.S. Department of Defense to identify RNA-based drug candidates against pandemic H1N1 virus. The studies were undertaken as part of a rapid response exercise demonstrating TMT's ability, in partnership with AVI, to rapidly respond to a real-world emerging viral threat. Shares of the company rallied more than 4% in pre-market trading.

Disclosure: Author doesn't own any of the stocks discussed here.



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