MARKET PULSE-Merrimack Pharma, T-Mobile, Yelp, Facebook, DirecTV
(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s) U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.07 percent at 16,522, S&P 500 futures were up 0.05 percent at 1,878.8 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.27 percent at 3,583.
** SPRINT CORP, Wednesday close $8.5, +8.82 pct premarket
** T-MOBILE US INC, Wednesday close $29.29, +7.78 pct premarket
Sprint is meeting with banks to work out funding for its bid for smaller rival T-Mobile, a source familiar with the situation said, as the mobile carrier works to ease regulatory concerns that the deal would hurt competition.
** MERRIMACK PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $4.39, +84.05 pct premarket
Merrimack said its experimental cancer drug, when used in combination with two other drugs, improved the overall survival rate in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer in a late-stage study.