Assistance Programs, Dividends, Campaigns, Drug Recommendations, and Research Collaborations - Research Reports on Duke Energy, Exelon, Marriott, Vertex and AstraZeneca

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NEW YORK, October 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts Review released its research reports regarding Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK), Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX) and AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE: AZN). Private wealth members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at:

Duke Energy Corporation Research Reports
On October 21, 2014, Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) announced the launch of its assistance program, Helping Home Fund, a $20 million program authorized through an agreement with the N.C. Public Staff and approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission during the 2013 Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas rate cases. Under the program, Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas will distribute $10 million each. The program will provide income-qualified customers with up to $10,000 in energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to the customer. The Company informed that program funds will come from Duke Energy shareholders, and not through customer rates. Paul Newton, Duke Energy State President - North Carolina, commented, "These funds will provide energy-saving measures at no charge to customers who may not otherwise be able to afford them. Duke Energy's Helping Home Fund will bring real help to our customers, and real benefits for years to come." The full research reports on Duke Energy are available to download free of charge at:

Exelon Corporation Research Reports
On October 21, 2014, Exelon Corporation (Exelon) reported that its Board has declared a $0.31 per share of regular quarterly dividend on the Company's common stock. Exelon informed that the dividend is payable on December 10, 2014, to shareholders of record of Exelon as of 5:00 p.m. New York Time on November 14, 2014. The full research reports on Exelon are available to download free of charge at:

Marriott International, Inc. Research Reports
On October 21, 2014, Marriott International, Inc. (Marriott) reported that the Company has recently launched "Great Bed, Great Cause," a ShopMarriott campaign which will be active through November 7, 2014. Under the campaign, ShopMarriott (the official retailer of Marriott Hotels) will donate a bed for every bed purchased to Good360, an international nonprofit organization. The Company added that through Good360, the new Marriott beds will be donated to organizations that help individuals and families in need of a bed. Marriott's Erin Butler, Spa and Retail Analytics Manager said, "Our partnership with Good360 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in the communities where we do business." The full research reports on Marriott are available to download free of charge at:

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Research Reports
On October 21, 2014, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Vertex) announced that it has received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Pulmonary Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee's approval for KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 6 and older who have the R117H mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulatory (CFTR) gene, which is the indication being reviewed by the FDA. The Company informed that the FDA is expected to decide on the approval of ivacaftor by December 30, 2014 under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. Jeffrey Chodakewitz, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Vertex stated, "Today's recommendation is a positive and important step toward making ivacaftor available for people ages 6 and older with the R117H mutation." The full research reports on Vertex are available to download free of charge at:

AstraZeneca PLC Research Reports
On October 16, 2014, AstraZeneca PLC (AstraZeneca) and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, announced that building on their existing partnership with the University of Cambridge, they have entered into four new collaborations with the University. The collaborations cover the following areas: advancement of research and development in neurodegenerative diseases; access to researchers from the University of Cambridge to key compounds from AstraZeneca's pipeline for investigation; a PhD programme to support future leaders in science; and an entrepreneur-in-residence programme. Commenting on the partnership, Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President of Innovative Medicines & Early Development, AstraZeneca said, "These new agreements will not only bring our teams closer to the world-class academic investigators at the University of Cambridge, but will also enable us to actively support the development of the next generation of leading scientists right here in the UK." The full research reports on AstraZeneca are available to download free of charge at:

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