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The ISM Manufacturing new orders rose 0.3 percentage point to 49.2% in Dec from 48.9% in Nov. The production index increased to 49.8% from 49.2%, while the employment index fell to 48.1% from 51.3%. The prices index slid to 33.5% from 35.5%. The new export orders index rose to 51% from 47.5%, while the imports index fell to 45.5% from 49%.
Biodefense therapeutics firm $PIP announced an all-stock merger with biotech Altimmune. The respective boards of the two companies unanimously approved the merger.
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