Stocks Hold Out Against Late Biotech Sell-Off as Wall Street Nudges Higher

Michael Teague |

Shares for biotech firms fell late in Friday’s trading session, throwing a damper on the strong buying that had characterized the day’s activity prior to 2pm. Stocks held on to stay in the positive by the time of the closing bell, however, as earlier comments made by Chinese government officials, who indicated their readiness to intervene in order to stimulate an increasingly anemic economy provided momentum enough spare stocks from a more severe collapse.

Results for Friday, March 28

●     Standard & Poor’s 500: +046 percent to 1,857.61 points

●     Dow Jones Industrial Average: +0.36 percent to 16,323.06 points

●     NASDAQ: +0.11 percent to 4,155.76 points

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Stocks

●     Shares for oil giant ExxonMobil (XOM) were trading up on volume for the second session after Thursday’s upgrade-driven gains. The company’s 2014 is a truly impressive one in terms of the number and distribution of the projects it will be working on

●     Canadian Solar (CSIQ) was leading the industry higher throughout Friday’s session after a week that had been characterized by widespread losses.

●     A pair of analyst upgrades sent online-banking stock BofI Holding (BOFI) up on double digit gains.

●     Coal companies had a rough day, prompting Meng Meng to muse on the continually worsening outlook for the industry.

●     Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA) got a nice reprieve from a week of losses when top-line data from a clinical study for its lead therapy came back positive.

●     Renewed buyout rumors involving major drug manufacturer Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) sent small-cap pharmaceutical firm Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) higher again by Friday’s closing bell.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
FB Facebook Inc. 115.40 0.30 0.26 25,070,364
ARIA ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc. 13.16 0.09 0.69 3,755,966
BOFI BofI Holding Inc. 23.76 -0.42 -1.74 420,262
IDRA Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc. 1.58 -0.03 -1.86 1,865,906
LLY Eli Lilly and Company 67.71 1.74 2.64 12,272,207
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 87.04 -0.20 -0.23 9,706,646
CSIQ Canadian Solar Inc. 11.07 -0.21 -1.86 1,257,820
PIFMF Indofood Sukses Makmur TBK 0.52 0.00 0.00 191

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