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Monday, September 18, 2006

Pre-Market Stock Notes (Sept. 18, 2006)

(AMAT) Applied Materials sets a new $5 Billion share buyback plan and accelerated $2.5 billion in repurchases.

(ARLP) Alliance Resource Partners could be a uranium consolidation play according to Barron’s.

(BKD) Brookdale Senior Living’s CFO will retire in 2007.

(CDWC) CDW Computer is acquiring private company Berbee Info for about $175 million.

(CI) Cigna increased share buybacks by $500 million.

(CLF) Cleveland Cliffs positive in Barron’s article.

(CTIC) Cell Therapeutics signed exclusive license pact with Novartis for XYOTAX for non-small lung cancer and other cancers.

(DISH) Echostar names new CFO.

(EMMS) Emmis Broadcasting announced a $4 special dividend.

(ESLT) Elbit subsidiary wins $65 million contract.

(F/GM) Ford and GM have reportedly discussed a merger or an alliance, but the companies are not in talks now.

(FSL) Freescale gets $40 buyout from private equity consortium led by Blackstone.

(GSK) GlaxoSmithkline said initial results from governments on their Avandia data has been mixed.

(HS) HealthSpring filed to sell 9 million shares.

(ICON) Iconix Brand filed to sell 3.8 million shares.

(ITG) Investment Technology Group CEO will retire in October.

(IVGN) Invitrogen positive article in Barron’s.

(MKTX) MarketAccess COO employment was terminated.

(OVTI) OmniVision stock is cheap according to Barron’s article.

(PORK) Premium Standard Farms gets buyout offer from Smithfield Foods for $21.35 cash and stock; $1.25 cash and 0.678 SFD shares.

(PXP) Plains Exploration & Production will sell some of its Gulf of Mexico assets for $700 million.

(QDEL) Quidel gets marketing approvalfor its sinus infection test.

(SBL) Symbol Tech could be for sale according to WSJ.

(SGMO) Sangamo Bio said its ongoing phase I studies for SB-509 showed safety and no adverse effects were seen.

(SGP) Schering Plough announced FDA approval of Naxofil for candida and Aspergillus.

(SRDX) SurModicx announced $35 million set for share buybacks.

(STEI) Stewart Enterprises $0.07 EPS vs $0.08e.

(TSG) Sabre Group signed a modernization pact with Air China.

(TWX) Time Warner gets $855 million from Telecom Itialia for its AOL Germany.

(WMG) Warner Music has signed a distribution pact for music/video licenses with YouTube.

(ZGEN) Zymogenetics said Phase III Thrombin trials met endpoints.

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