10 Unusual Stocks Attracting Huge Interest This Morning

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A buyout by Johnson and Johnson, a better than expected loss at H&R Block, and a Costco earnings beat are the headlines leading U.S. equities this morning.

LOSS: H&R Block reports better than expected earnings, still loses $109 million.

BUYOUT BID: Johnson and Johnson bids for Crucell for $2.32 billion

SPLIT UP: Fortune Brands to spin off golf, security divisions

SETTLEMENT: Bank of America agrees to pay $137 million to U.S. government of muni bond related bribery charges

PROFIT BEAT: Costco beats expectations with $312 million profit for the quarter

NEW DRUG APPROVAL: Orexigen gets outside panel support for new diet drug

POSITIVE DRUGS RESULT: VIVUS reports positive results in drug trial

AUSTERITY BUDGET: Irish stocks, including Ryanair, move higher on austerity budget

NEW CFO: Netflix names David Wells new CFO

LOWER PRE-MARKET: Ericsson heading lower in the pre-market

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