China's manufacturing PMI comes in below expectations, and Italy's president spooks markets with resignation talk.
The number of choices available to investors is in a long-term decline. Companies are getting bought out or delisted, and the IPO market remains shaky.
There's mixed interest in biotech, biopharmaceutical and emerging pharma companies.
Health care is in the index's top spot for first time since 1988 and looks to remain strong.
The bulls make a strong case for the animal health company.
As it strives to increase its product pipeline, the drug company could make a takeover bid -- or entertain a takeover offer.
US market are set for a lower open following weak data from China and ongoing concern Italians will have to go for another round of elections.
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