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(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures were little changed Friday on caution ahead of the key U.S. non-farm payrolls report for April. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.02 percent at 16,491, S&P 500 futures were up 0.09 percent at 1,879.3 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.10 percent at 3,590.5.
** PFIZER INC, Thursday close $31.15
AstraZeneca's board said it had rejected an improved $106 billion takeover offer from the U.S. drug maker, saying the bid undervalued the firm.
** MERCK & CO INC, Thursday close $59.62
German drugmaker Bayer <AG BAYGn.DE> is nearing an agreement to buy Merck's consumer healthcare unit, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could value the business at around $14 billion.
** KEYW HOLDING CORP, Thursday close $13.07, -9.64 pct after market
The maker of cyber-security products, which counts the National Security Agency among its customers, reported an 18 percent fall in first-quarter revenue that also missed analysts' average estimate, hurt mainly by lower orders from the U.S. government. Continued...