The gong marks the start of the BioCapital Europe event that takes place on 17 April in the Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand hotel.
BioCapital Europe 2013 is organised by Life Sciences Partners (LSP) and ABN AMRO. BioCapital Europe is a life sciences investment conference, offering venture capitalists (VCs) and Institutional Investors access to around 40 exciting biotech companies from the Benelux and Europe. John de Koning, partner at LSP Life Sciences Partners and Frederik Gorter de Vries, Senior Associate at ABN AMRO, both conference hosts, sound the gong.
The Third Annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) Forum will focus on Our Corporations in Our Communities, and will bring together leaders of companies that exemplify the best of business and emphasize the important positive role that business plays in our society. Held at the New York Stock Exchange, the forum will be co-hosted by the Corporate Responsibility Officer’s Association, NYSE Euronext and SharedXpertise (the publishers of CR Magazine).
Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey will deliver the keynote address. Event participants will include thought leaders from non-profit and other leading organizations in the CR field, as well as representatives from companies selected as finalists in CR Magazine’s 2013 100 Best Corporate Citizens ListTM, which will be announced during the Forum. Forum participants...
Stocks rallied for the fourth day in a row closing higher. Investors reacted to a more positive employment report than expected and an upbeat chain-store sales report.
Initial jobless claims plunged 42,000 in the April 6 week to 346,000after a huge jump in the prior week. This was the largest weekly drop since mid-November.
Chain-store sales show 9 reporting improved year-on-year sales rates in March, 7 chains reporting slower rates, and 1 chain reporting no change.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index stalled for the fourth week in a row. The upbeat aspects of the report are that the negative views on the economy are less intense and there is more positive sentiment among people in a high income bracket.
Import prices fell 0.5% in March, however, swings in petroleum prices skewed the monthly headline for this report.
The market started the week on the heels of 13 straight weeks of alternating gains and losses for the S&P 500, with the streak being broken by consecutive gains as the week progressed. The surge has been fueled by optimism about continuing Fed stimulus, and could also be a result of some shorts recognizing that this a tough market to bet against! Here are three things that have been driving the market this week: