Briggs & Stratton Inks Agreement With GE and 4 Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs

Ameristar Casinos (NASDAQ:ASCA): Closing price $26.83

Balyasny Asset Management reports it has taken a 5.03 percent passive interest in Ameristar Casinos. Shares closed up 0.19 percent on the day at $26.83, and have been traded in a 52-week range of $15.04 to $26.80.

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Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE:BGG): Closing price $21.77

Briggs & Stratton  has reached a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (NYSE:GE), to supply private label retail financing programs for power equipment and standby generators. The Bank provides financial solutions for manufacturers and dealers to assist them in growing their customer sales. Shares closed up 1.07 percent on the day at $21.77, having been traded in a 52-week range of $15.12 to $21.81.

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BlackRock (NYSE:BLK): Closing price $221.01

BlackRock reports it has taken a passive stake of 16.39 percent in Platinum Group. Shares closed up 1.03 percent on the day at $221.01, and have been traded in a 52-week range of $160.25 to $220.00.

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USA Technologies (NASDAQ:USAT): Closing price $2.18

USA Technologies has entered into ten new exclusive agreements with current customers in the second quarter. The accords, which call for exclusive use of USAT’s comprehensive ePort Connect service, all last for three years. The customers with whom the exclusive agreements have been made represent existing USAT customers who are regional vending firms, along with a Pepsi distributor. Shares closed down 0.91 percent on the day at $2.18, having been traded in a 52-week range of $0.93 to $2.23.

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Virginia Commerce Bancorp (NASDAQ:VCBI): Closing price $10.55

The company has  hired Sandler O’neil to advise on and search for a potential buyer, according to Bloomberg. Shares closed up $11.77 percent on the day at $10.55, having been traded in a 52-week range of $7.46 to $9.70.

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