Notable Watch List: Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR(NYSE:VIPS), Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEMKT:SYRG)

On Thursday, Shares of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), subtract -0.22% and closed at $62.66 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $61.74 and $62.69. NewLink Genetics Corporation (NLNK), declared recently that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a $24.8 million contract to a partner of NewLink Genetics to support the advanced development of the investigational rVSV∆G-ZEBOV GP (Ebola Zaire) vaccine candidate, designated V920.

The new award includes an additional $51 million of contract options which may be exercised by BARDA.  BARDA has formerly awarded $76.8 million in contracts for development of V920. The new funding is in support of manufacturing facility readiness, manufacturing process qualification activities, and additional clinical trials to support regulatory approval of the V920 vaccine.

Merck (MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has the exclusive worldwide license for research, development, manufacturing and distribution of the rVSV∆G-ZEBOV GP (Ebola Zaire) vaccine.  In July 2016, the two companies stated on two key regulatory milestones for V920.  The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the V920 Breakthrough Therapy Designation, and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), PRIME (PRIority MEdicines) status.

Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR(NYSE:VIPS), dropped -1.91% and closed at $15.39 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $15.28 and $16.07. The company’s Market capitalization is $8.92 Billion with the total Outstanding Shares of 99.46 million. Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its auxiliaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People’s Republic of China. It offers a range of branded products, counting women’s apparel, such as casual wear, jeans, dresses, outerwear, swimsuits, lingerie, pajamas, and maternity clothes; men’s apparel comprising casual and smart-casual T-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, pants, and underwear; women and men shoes for casual and formal occasions; and accessories consisting of belts, fashionable jewelry, watches, and glasses for women and men. The company also provides handbags, such as purses, satchels, duffel bags, and wallets; apparel, gear and accessories, furnishings and decor, toys, and games for boys, girls, infants, and toddlers of all age groups; sports apparel, and sports gear, and footwear for tennis, badminton, soccer, and swimming; and skin care and cosmetic products, counting cleansers, lotions, face and body creams, face masks, sunscreen, foundations, lipsticks, eye shadows, and nail polish. In addition, it offers home furnishing products comprising bedding and bath products, home decors, and dining and tabletop items; small household appliances; designer apparel, footwear and accessories; and snacks, health supplements, and occasion-based gifts, such as chocolates, moon-cakes, and tea. Further, the company provides consumer financing, supply chain financing, and wealth administration services. The company provides its branded products through its,, and Websites, in addition to through its cellular phone application.

Synergy Resources Corp (NYSEMKT:SYRG), gained 1.83% and closed at $6.67 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $6.53 and $6.75. During the 52-week trading session the minimum price at which share price traded, registered at $5.01 and reached to max level of $12.24. Synergy Resources Corporation engages in the acquisition, development, exploitation, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas properties mainly located in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado. As of December 31, 2015, the company had about 349,000 net acres under lease, which are located in the Wattenberg Field of the Denver-Julesburg Basin; and operated 369 net producing wells.

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