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Why Are These Four Stocks Surging on Monday?

U.S. stocks are drawing in modest gains midday on Nov. 2, with some of the day’s active gainers from healthcare, technology, media and the food industries, pulling the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 into the green territory. However, several stocks have registered larger gains on the back of various developments and in this article, we are going to focus on four, namely, MedAssets, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDAS), Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:HTCH), Eros International plc (NYSE:EROS), and VirtualScopics Inc (NASDAQ:VSCP). Let’s take a look at the news that caused these stocks to gain ground on Monday.

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On the heels of a disappointing third-quarter 2015 earnings report, healthcare solutions company MedAssets, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDAS) opened in green and is rallying by around 30%, amid a $2.7 billion deal, where investment manager Pamplona Capital Management will acquire MedAssets, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDAS) at $31.35 per share.

“Over the last year, our progress captured the attention of outside parties, and we received a number of unsolicited inquiries expressing interest in acquiring MedAssets.” the company’s Chairman and CEO R. Halsey Wise said.

The deal, Wise said, was the conclusion of a review of strategic alternatives of the management as well as its board of directors. The deal is expected to close early 2016. MedAssets, which reported a net loss of $2.2 million, or $0.04 cents per share for the third-quarter of 2015, will hold its earnings conference call and webcast at 5 p.m. ET today. Additionally, Piper Jaffray released an investment note upgrading MedAssets to “neutral” from “underweight”.

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:HTCH) has leaped 102.34% in thick trading, playing around $3.55 per share, midday, after TDK Corp. – a big player in the electronics industry – agreed to acquire the company. Shareholders of Hutchinson Technology are expected to receive up to $4 per share in cash if the deal closes. Under transaction terms, TDK will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:HTCH) for a base consideration of $3.62 per share, and on top of that, a consideration of up to $0.38 per share under certain conditions.

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:HTCH) has also released its fourth-quarter 2015 earnings, which showed a widened net loss of $9.3 million, or $0.28 per share, compared to the $5.2 million net loss, or $0.18 per share, reported in the prior-year period.

On the following page we will discuss the other two companies, Eros International and VirtualScopics.

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