Merck Announces Data and Study on Isentress, and 2 Other Dow Movers to Watch

Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK): Current price $46.80

Merck has announced that it is presenting pharmacokinetic data this week about investigational formulations of a once-daily dose of Isentress at the European AIDS Conference. Based on the results of this evaluation, along with other data, Merck intends to begin a Phase III clinical study on a once-daily dosing regimen of Isentress early next year, pending review by regulatory agencies. The drug is administered twice daily, according to the approved prescribing information.

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UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH): Current price $75.12

Health insurer UnitedHealth, the biggest health insurance company in the United States, reported Tuesday that it is extending and broadening its relationship with the AARP and will continue to offer AARP-branded Medicare and insurance products. The group said that its new arrangement with AARP runs through 2020 and includes UnitedHealth’s Optum segment, which supplies services liker tech outsourcing and pharmacy benefits management. Financials of the agreement in principle were not divulged.

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Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:KO): Current price $37.79

Capgemini, one of the preeminent providers of consulting, tech and outsourcing services, announced Wednesday that it was awarded the Prime Supplier of the Year Award by global client Coca-Cola Co. The award, presented to Capgemini at Coca-Cola’s 2013 Partners in Promise Awards Celebration in Atlanta, honors suppliers that have made outstanding contributions with internal teams to move business initiatives forward while championing supplier diversity. Capgemini has helped Coca-Cola tgrow its diversity procurement in the areas of information tech, BPO, and business consulting for more than 20 years.

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