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MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Rally, Dow Tops 13,000

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks rallied on Friday, reclaiming weekly gains and pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a nearly three-month high, as investors anticipated central-bank moves in Europe as well as by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Stocks hit session highs after Bloomberg News reported European Central Bank President Mario Draghi would hold talks with Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann in an attempt to remove the biggest obstacles to adopting new measures including bond purchases. "Between Draghi's comments and the GDP numbers today, we're bid up on prospects of monetary intervention," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott. After a 229-point rise, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) was lately up 179.25 points, or 1.4%, to 13,065.89, its first intraday rise above 13,000 since May 8. Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) led the gains that included all but three of its 30 components. Merck shares rallied 3.8% after the pharmaceutical company's earnings topped forecasts. The S&P 500 index (SPX) added 23.03 points, or 1.7%, to 1,383.05, with health care and industrials the best performing of its 10 major industry sectors. Amgen Inc. (AMGN) gained 4.7% after the biotechnology company raised its 2012 outlook and reported second-quarter profit that exceeded analysts' estimates. The Nasdaq Composite (RIXF) gained 55.48 points, or 1.9%, to 2,948.71. Facebook Inc. (FB) shares slid 12% after the social-networking site offered little reassurance to investors concerned about its lofty valuation. For every stock declining, five gained on the New York Stock Exchange, where 491 million shares were exchanged as of 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Global equities gained after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said they were committed to keeping the euro area together. French newspaper Le Monde reported the European Central Bank was readying to purchase debt. The major stock indexes held gains after a gauge of consumer sentiment came in just above expectations, as did a separate report on U.S. economic growth in the second quarter. . Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

Stock News for Merck (MRK)
DateTimeHeadline
12/18/201408:51:07Merck Acquires OncoEthix for Up to $375 Million
12/09/201416:08:36Merck Reaffirms Commitment to Cubist Deal Despite Patent Ruling...
12/09/201415:54:02MARKET SNAPSHOT: The S&P 500 Recorded Its Biggest Drop In Nearly...
12/09/201415:50:44Merck Reaffirms Commitment to Cubist Deal Despite Patent Ruling
12/08/201422:16:42Merck to Buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $8.4 Billion -- 6th Update
12/08/201419:12:00Merck to Buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $8.4 Billion -- 5th Update
12/08/201419:11:47Merck to Buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $8.4 Billion -- 4th Update
12/08/201419:04:54MARKET SNAPSHOT: Energy Companies Drag U.S. Stocks Lower
12/08/201418:56:04Merck to Buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $8.4 Billion -- 3rd Update
12/08/201418:54:55U.S. Stocks Down
12/08/201418:51:53Correction to U.S. Stocks Story
12/08/201418:51:25U.S. Stocks Edge Lower
12/08/201418:49:08Correction to Merck-Cubist Deal Story
12/08/201418:02:18MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Fall As Global Growth Concerns...
12/08/201412:39:54MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Falling, With Dow Poised...
11/24/201409:57:19Bristol-Myers, Five Prime to Collaborate on Immunotherapy
11/17/201411:41:20U.S. Stocks Bounce Back from Early Loses
11/17/201405:11:44Pfizer, Germany's Merck to Develop Tumor Treatment -- Update
10/27/201416:37:41MARKET SNAPSHOT: Energy Stocks Sap S&P 500
10/27/201414:06:16MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Retreat; Energy Stocks Sell Off

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