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Midday Report: Ariad Pharmaceuticals Jumps on Deal; Dow Takes Pause on Road to 20,000

Stocks trade mostly lower with the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking a pause in its race toward 20,000.

Stocks traded mostly lower with the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking a pause in its race toward 20,000. Crude oil was the biggest drag, tumbling below $53 a barrel and weighing on energy stocks.

Pet health care company VCA (WOOF) - Get Petco Health & Wellness Co. Report  shot higher after agreeing to be acquired by Mars in a deal worth more than $9 billion. The acquisition, set to close in the third quarter, values VCA at a roughly 31% premium.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals has agreed to buy Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) , a purchase worth $5.2 billion. The purchase bulks up Takeda's oncology portfolio. 

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Urban Outfitters (URBN) - Get Urban Outfitters, Inc. Report fell after reporting weaker-than-expected same-store sales over the critical holiday shopping season. Sales at its Urban Outfitters-branded stores climbed, while Anthropologie sales fell.