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Biotech is one of the sectors where M&A activities never stop, as the potential for growth and development is immense.

Wingstop Inc (NASDAQ: WING), the restaurant chain that specializes in chicken wings, isn't the kind of company that comes to mind when you think of "chatbots."

The Market Vectors Gaming (ETF) (NYSE: BJK) is up nearly 10 percent year-to-date, but that is not preventing some short sellers from targeting some of the gambling exchange-traded fund's holdings, particularly those of the Macau variety.

Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) may have a solution for traders and investors suffering from the "dog days" of summer.

U.S. stocks were mixed on Friday trading, with the S&P 500 and Dow indexes closing down, and the Nasdaq slightly up, as speculation around the timing of an interest rate hike mounted following comments from key Federal Reserve officials.

The U.S. stock market closed out another quiet Summer trading week with losses for the Dow and S&P and a small gain for the Nasdaq. All three major averages were higher in early trade, but a mid-day sell-off sent stocks into the red, with only the tech-heavy Nasdaq managing to regain positive territory by the close.

Carl Icahn issued a statement this afternoon about his stake in Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF). Icahn refuted Bill Ackman's earlier claims that he would sell, and announced he'd purchased 2.3 million additional shares of stock.

"I continue to believe in Herbalife," the statement said.

Baird Equity Research analysts Jeff Johnson and Jason Bednar maintain Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCO) Neutral rating. However, the analysts trimmed their price target on the stock by $2 from $51 to $49.