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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? 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.