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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)
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07/29/201610:59:00La Commissione europea concede l'autorizzazione all'immissione...
07/29/201608:40:00Merck Revenue Rises on Cancer, Hepatitis Treatments
07/29/201608:24:00Merck Revenue Rises on Cancer, Hepatitis Treatments
07/29/201607:00:00European Commission Grants Marketing Authorisation for MSD’s Z...
07/29/201607:00:00Europäische Kommission erteilt MSD Marktzulassung für ZEPATIER™ (El...
07/29/201606:59:22Current Report Filing (8-k)
07/29/201606:45:00Merck Announces Second-Quarter 2016 Financial Results
07/28/201602:46:00Merck and AmoyDx Collaborate to Bring Liquid Biopsy RAS Biomarker...
07/26/201613:04:00From Farm to Pharma, Former CEO Recalls First Job as Laborer
07/26/201612:50:00Merck Announces Fourth-Quarter 2016 Dividend
07/25/201617:20:00Gilead Sales of Hepatitis C Drugs Fall 19%
07/25/201608:05:00NewLink Genetics Announces Merck Receives Breakthrough Therapy...
07/25/201608:00:00Merck Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation from FDA & PRIME...
07/22/201607:00:00Data for Merck's Investigational Once-Daily Formulation of ISENTRESS®...
07/21/201617:00:00Merck Animal Health Receives FDA Approval of BRAVECTO® (fluralaner...
07/21/201616:30:00Merck Provides Regulatory Update on Biologics Licensing Application...
07/18/201612:08:00MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow On Track For Record Closing High As Tech...
07/18/201602:10:00China's Food and Drug Administration Approves GlaxoSmithKline's...
07/13/201603:03:00Business Watch -- WSJ
07/12/201615:20:00Merck & Co. to Cut Research Jobs at Three East-Coast Sites

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