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Biz Break: Brisbane biotech bought for $1.1 billion as boom barrels on
Today: The hot market for biotech mergers continues with the $1.1 billion purchase of Brisbane-based Hyperion Therapeutics, which wasn't even the biggest deal of the day.
This is may be what Tesla's mystery product is  Fortune
Tesla shares jump on Musk 'tease' in tweet  The Australian
Daily Mail  
Asian Stocks Set for Best Quarter in 3 Years Amid Global Rally
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks rose, with the regional benchmark poised for the best quarter in three years as China moved to support economic growth, sending shares higher in the U.S.
Asia up on Wall St. rally and China hopes, euro sags on Greece  Reuters UK
McDonald's to Test Expanded Breakfast Hours
McDonald's Corp. soon will begin testing sales of McMuffins, Hash Browns and Hotcakes throughout the day, a sign of new Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook's willingness to experiment with a range of measures to reinvigorate flagging sales.
McDonald's Will Try Out an All-Day Breakfast Menu  New York Times
McDonald's to test all-day breakfast beginning in April  Sacramento Bee
Expensive Drugs Spur UnitedHealth, Other PBM Mergers
Maybe bigger is better for pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) thinks Catamaran (NASDAQ:CTRX) is worth $12.8 billion to increase leverage when bargaining for pricey medicines.
Dow advances most in eight weeks amid corporate mergers  Chicago Tribune
UnitedHealth Group Inc. Buys Catamaran Corp for $12.8 Billion  StreetWise Journal
BNSF Slows Oil Trains Up to 30% to Boost Safety After Accidents
(Bloomberg) -- BNSF Railway Co. is cutting the speed of oil-carrying trains in some urban areas to as slow as 35 miles per hour, a 30 percent reduction, to improve safety following crude-by-rail accidents this month.
BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains  Salon
Amazon Offers Referral Service for Household Projects is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes. The system, called Amazon Home Services, is the e-commerce company's latest attempt to expand its empire beyond online shopping. offers home services  The Detroit News
Business News Roundup, March 31  San Francisco Chronicle
Pending Home Sales Surge
7 Home contract signings shot up 3.1% in Feb., the Nat'l Assn. of Realtors said. That handily beat expectations of a 0.3% gain and sent NAR's index to its highest since June '13, with all regions enjoying yearly gains.
February Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Since June 2013  Builder Magazine
California pending resales higher  San Diego Source (subscription)
Vail Resorts extends ski season with deal to buy Aussie ski resort
The U.S. ski resort operator will sell seasonal passes that make it possible to ski nearly year-round. U.S. ski resort operator Vail Resorts has carved out a deal that could help its customers extend the ski season all year long.
Vail Resorts buys Australia's largest mountain resort  Reuters
The acquisition includes the resort areas of Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes ...  Sydney Morning Herald
Volvo to open its first US plant
Volvo Cars is planning to build an assembly plant in the U.S.. The $500-million plant will be Volvo's first car plant in North America.
Volvo Cars plans to open its first US plant  Economic Times
Volvo plans $500 million plant in the US
Endangered Bighorn Sheep Released At Yosemite
Yosemite National Park, CA - Helicopters successfully flew endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep into Yosemite and Sequoia national parks as part of a major restoration effort to gradually re-build herds within the parks.
Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks
Huge Week for Bighorn in Yosemite and Sequoia  KCET