Hot Stocks Of The Day: STX, GME, DSCO, QCOR, SHMR
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:31 PM

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US stocks  swung between gains and losses on Friday as investors digested a spate of economic data, corporate earnings and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Below we highlight few companies whose shares are actively trading in Friday's session.

Seagate Technology Plc, (NASDAQ: STX) soared as much as 20% after Bloomberg reported that hard-disk drive maker is in talks to be acquired by TPG Capital and KKR & Co. 

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) slumped as much as 3% on Friday, a day after the market research firm NPD Group said U.S. retail sales of game hardware, software and accessories slumped 8 percent in September to $1.2 billion.

Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSCO) jumped more than 2% after it announces that the Phase 2a clinical study of aerosolized KL4 surfactant (lucinactant) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) has been completed and the results from the study will be presented at the upcoming North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC; October 21-23, 2010). Preliminary observations from this trial include the determination that delivery of aerosolized KL4 surfactant to CF patients is feasible and that aerosolized KL4 surfactant was generally safe and well tolerated in this trial. Additionally, no serious adverse events (SAEs) were reported following treatment with aerosolized KL4 surfactant. 

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOR) rallied more than 6% after it announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Questcor's supplemental new drug application for H.P. Acthar Gel (repository corticotropin injection) in the treatment of infantile spasms, an ultra-rare orphan disorder affecting approximately 2,000 American children annually. IS is a devastating and potentially life-threatening form of epilepsy seen in infancy and early childhood.

Shares of Shamir Optical Industry Ltd. (NASDAQ: SHMR) soared more than 16% after the company announced that it has entered into an agreement with Kibbutz Shamir and Essilor International, whereby Essilor would acquire 50% of Shamir Optical. Upon completion of the deal in mid 2011, Kibbutz Shamir and Essilor will each own 50% of Shamir Optical.

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



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  • Aust. deports US man convicted in wife's death Nov 25, 2021 01:52 AM

    • CANBERRA, Australia - An American man returns on Thursday to the United States where he could face prosecution for drowning his wife during their 2003 honeymoon on the Great Barrier Reef, a crime for which he has served 18 months in an Australian prison.
    • Gabe Watson, 33, was deported on a commercial flight Thursday from the southern Australian city of Melbourne to Los Angeles accompanied by two Immigration Department staff and three Queensland state police officers, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said.
    • Australia, a stanch opponent of capital punishment, delayed his deportation until it received a pledge from the U.S. government that it would not seek the death penalty against Watson.
      • SKorea boosts security as NKorea issues warning Nov 25, 2021 01:20 AM

        • INCHEON, South Korea - South Korea's president vowed Thursday to boost troops on an island targeted by a North Korean artillery barrage, while the North stridently warned of additional attacks if the South carries out any "reckless military provocations."
        • Seoul and Washington also increased pressure on China to use its influence on ally North Korea to ease soaring tensions that erupted after an exchange of fire Tuesday that left four South Koreans dead - including two civilians.
        • The North's bombardment of a tiny South Korean island of Yeongpyeong along a disputed maritime frontier alarmed world leaders including President Barack Obama, who reaffirmed plans for joint maneuvers with Seoul involving a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea starting Sunday.
          • Go for turkey, not stuffing to keep the weight off Nov 25, 2021 12:44 AM

            • LOS ANGELES - More turkey, less white bread and mashed potatoes.
            • Just in time for holiday feasting, a large study found that diets higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates can help overweight adults who managed to drop some weight keep it off.
            • European researchers led by Denmark's University of Copenhagen think they have a solution to break the cycle.
              • Mexico sending more troops to zone next to Texas Nov 25, 2021 12:44 AM

                • MEXICO CITY - Mexico will send more troops and federal police to try to control drug violence that has spiraled into warfare in parts of the northeast along the U.S. border, the government said Wednesday.
                • The goal of "Coordinated Operation Northeast" is to reinforce government authority in the two states most heavily affected by a surge in violence following a split between the Gulf and Zetas drug gangs, federal police spokesman Alejandro Poire said.
                • But in a media briefing with all federal security officials and governors of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, the affected states, Poire provided no details or numbers of reinforcements and answered no questions.
                  • Powerful storm to bring snow, ice to the Dakotas Nov 25, 2021 12:44 AM

                    • BISMARCK, N.D. - A powerful storm that pummeled much of the West is promising to bring its chaotic mix of snow, sleet and ice to much of the Dakotas on Thanksgiving Day.
                    • Meteorologists warned residents in the Dakotas to expect a range of messy wintery weather, from freezing drizzle in the eastern two-thirds of South Dakota to a possible blizzard in eastern North Dakota.
                    • "Like the Boy Scouts, you've got to be prepared for a North Dakota winter or you're asking for your own problems," said Gerald Miller, 52, who plowed roads on his farm just east of Bismarck on Wednesday.

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