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Novartis Acquires Fougera In $1.5B Deal

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis International AG / Sandoz (NYSE: NVS) announced Wednesday it would acquire Melville, N.Y.-based Fougera Pharmaceuticals for $1.5 billion in cash.The deal makes Sandoz, Novartis's generics drug division, the world's largest maker of generic dermatological drugs.

Gold Prices Rise Towards $1,650

Gold prices rose towards $1,650 an ounce on Thursday after the Federal Reserve opted to keep U.S. interest rates at rock bottom, taking further support from the foreign exchange market as the dollar languished against a basket of major currencies.

Mergers, Acquisitions Proliferate Globally

Mergers and acquisitions are proliferating globally as low interest rates, large cash piles and depressed asset prices create opportunities for expanding market share and restructuring.

Gold Prices Fall Below $1,630 On Euro Zone Worries

Gold prices slid below $1,630 an ounce on Monday as concerns that the euro zone debt crisis could ensnare higher-rated countries hurt the single currency, though moves were muted ahead of this week's Federal Reserve meeting.

Proofpoint Shares Jump 31% In IPO

Shares of security software specialist Proofpoint (Nasdaq: PFPT) jumped as much as 31 percent in the first few minutes of trading after their initial public offering.

Audi Will Buy Ducati for $1.2B: Sources

Volkswagen AG's luxury brand Audi is prepared to buy Italian superbike maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA for roughly €860 million ($1.12 billion) including debt, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Citigroup's 1Q Earnings Expected To Be Flat

Analysts expect quarterly revenue of $19.85 billion, which would be a bump up from the $19.73 billion Citi posted a year ago. Net income is expected to be 99 cents a share, compared with $1 a share in the first quarter of 2011.

Gold Prices Ease For Second Day

Gold eased for a second consecutive day on Thursday, but was still set for its largest weekly gain in six weeks, thanks to the toll the re-emergence of the euro zone debt crisis has taken on investor risk appetite.

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Gold Prices Slip Below $1,660

Gold prices slipped below $1,660 an ounce in Europe on Thursday, extending their retreat from two-week highs into a third session, as the dollar recovered from a near one-month low and crude oil prices turned lower.
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