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    Applied Genetic (AGTC) gets a boost on deal for eye treatments. A collaboration with biotech giant Biogen Inc. (BIIB) pushed up shares of Applied Genetic Technologies Corp. (AGTC) by as much as 23% at one point Thursday, though Biogen saw no stock benefit from the deal. Applied Genetic (AGTC) shares were up nearly 17% in recent action to $18.95 after the company announced it would develop gene-based therapies with Biogen to treat a number of ophthalmic diseases.

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    Shares of Aeropostale (ARO) were gaining 11% to $1.82 Thursday after the apparel retailer announced plans to continue its "aggressive expansion" in Asia through new licensing agreements in India and Indonesia. The mall-based apparel company will open stores in India through a licensing agreement with Arvind Licensing Brands, and in Indonesia through a licensing deal with PT Mitra Adiperkasa TBK.

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    Fast-fashion is all the rage among retailers. Even so, shares of H&M have had trouble getting up to speed with investors. And they may continue to struggle as the company ramps up its international expansion.

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    Airbus signed an agreement on Thursday to set up its second plant on Chinese soil in a deal that the European planemaker hopes will lead to lucrative new plane orders. The 150-million-euro plant will be placed alongside an existing assembly line for smaller A320 jetliners in the northern port city of Tianjin from late 2017.

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    Fifteen of the world's largest banks are under investigation on suspicion of rigging the Brazilian currency, antitrust watchdog Cade said on Thursday, the first such probe in one of the busiest foreign exchange markets globally.

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    Aeropostale Inc. (ARO) shares jumped 12% to $1.83 on Thursday after the teen clothing retailer said it will open licensed stores in India and Indonesia. In India, the plan includes 50 standalone locations and 150 in-store shops and online sales over the next five years, beginning in March 2016. Aeropostale Chief Executive Julian Geiger, to turn around its domestic business, said the global expansion move followed the brand's "successful launch" in the Philippines and Singapore.

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    Shares of Boeing  were climbing, higher by 0.42% to $141.23 in early market trading Thursday, after the company raised list prices for its jetliners by 2.9%, according to Reuters. The aerospace company cited increasing costs of higher wages and supplies for the higher prices. The price of Boeing's forthcoming 777X jet, due for delivery by 2020, rose to $400 million.

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    Biogen said on Thursday it had forged a deal with AGTC to develop gene-based therapies for a range of eye diseases, marking the company's entry into opthalmology. Shares of AGTC, formally known as Applied Genetic Technologies Corp (AGTC), surged 21 percent to $19.75 in morning trading on the Nasdaq after the announcement.

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    Progress Software (PRGS) shares are up 5.68% to $29.75 in early market trading on Thursday after the global software company reported its second quarter earnings results after the closing bell yesterday.The company reported earnings of 35 cents per share on revenue that increased 25% year over year to $101 million.The results beat analysts' expectation of earnings of 31 cents per share on revenue of $...

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     AutoNation shares are up 0.2% to $64.02 in early market trading on Thursday after the automotive retailer announced that June new vehicle retail sales rose 9% year over year.The Fort Lauderdale, FL-based company sold 27,862 vehicles in June and reported a 7% increase in same store new vehicle sales.The company sold 8,282 domestic vehicles during the month, a 9% year over year increase, and 13,...

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    BP Plc (BP) will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. The agreement comes on top of the $43.8 billion that BP has already set aside for criminal and civil penalties and cleanup costs.

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     Xoom shares are up 21.21% to $25.09 in pre-market trading on Thursday after online money transfer service PayPal acquired the digital money transfer company for $890 million.Xoom has 1.3 million customers spread across 37 different countries and allows its users to transfer money online through smartphones, tablets and desktops.Xoom will operate as a separate entity outside of PayPal once the ...

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    A surge in mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector has been a windfall for investment bankers, with fees from activity in the sector up 59 percent in the first half of 2015, according to Thomson Reuters data. Goldman Sachs (GS) commanded 11.8 percent of all healthcare fees, followed by JP Morgan with 11.2 percent and Morgan Stanley (MS) with 6.9 percent.

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    Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) said Thursday it delivered a record 11,507 Model S vehicles in the second quarter, up 52% from the year-earlier period. The number was well above the company's estimate of 10,000 to 11,000 units, sending its shares up almost 3% in premarket trade. The electric car maker headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk has started reporting quarterly sales with the target of publishing them three days after the end of the quarter.