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U.S. stocks rose modestly on Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and helped the market rebound from the broad decline in the previous session, which was the S&P 500's weakest day in a month. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.37 percent at 17,843.2, the S&P 500 was up 0.48 percent at 2,063.38 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.46 percent at 4,748.99.
** AVANIR PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $16.935, +12.90 pct
Japanese drugmaker Otsuka Holdings Co Ltd plans to buy U.S.-based Avanir for about $3.5 billion to expand its neurologic drug portfolio ahead of an expiration of a key drug patent.
Otsuka said subsidiary Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd would pay $17 per share in cash, or a premium of 13.3 percent to Avanir's closing price on Monday.
BREAKINGVIEWS-Japanese drugmaker strikes yet another costly deal
** ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD, $76.21, +5.42 pct
The company would replace Bemis Co Inc in S&P 500 index and be added to S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Hotel, Resorts & Cruise Lines sub-industry index.
Barclays raised its price target to $94 from $75.
** DIGITAL ALLY INC, $17.63, +36.99 pct
** TASER INTERNATIONAL INC, $24.16, +9.37 pct
** IMAGE SENSING SYSTEMS INC, $3.0399, +24.59 pct
The wearable camera makers gain after U.S. President Barack Obama pledges $263 million over 3 years to buy 50,000 body-worn cameras and to pay for law enforcement training as part of federal response to civil rights protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
** BIOGEN IDEC INC, $326.365, +5.81 pct
The biotechnology company's research chief said it was planning a late-stage trial of its experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease after the drug cut brain plaque levels and improved cognition in a small early-stage study.
** CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP, $12.23, +17.26 pct
** SPANSION INC, $28.37, +24.16 pct
Cypress will buy peer Spansion for $1.59 billion in stock, creating a chipmaker with more than $2 billion in annual revenue to help it shrug off weakness in the smartphone market.
** VIGGLE INC, $4.42, +19.78 pct
The entertainment services provider partners with cable and satellite channel Home & Garden Television (HGTV) to boost viewers through reward programs. HGTV viewers will get points and rewards for watching HGTV programming across Viggle's platform, such as free Viggle app, Wetpaint.com and Viggle Reminders.
** FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES NV, $12.96, +1.97 pct
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, $33.417, +1.45 pct
Automakers sold more cars and trucks in November than analysts' expectations as a surging U.S. economy and falling fuel prices help drive sales of big pickups and SUVs.
** AURICO GOLD INC, $3.61, -5.74 pct
** IAMGOLD CORP, $2.26, -3.83 pct
** ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD, $9.14, -2.14 pct
** RIO ALTO MINING LTD, $2.53, +0.00 pct
** RANDGOLD RESOURCES LTD, $66.9, -2.79 pct
Gold prices fell due to strong dollar and renewed expectations of Federal Reserve tightening monetary policy around mid-2015.
Spot gold dipped 0.8 percent to $1,200.40 an ounce by 1502 GMT, after rising nearly 4 pct on Monday in biggest one-day jump since September 2013.
** RADIOSHACK CORP Stock halted at 10:03 a.m. ET at 77 cents
The troubled electronics retailer said claims by lender Salus Capital Partners that it had breached covenants on a $250 million term facility was "wrong and self serving".
** CALLON PETROLEUM CO, $4.93, +11.79 pct
Roth Capital Partners starts covering stock with "buy" rating and $13.50 price target, citing improving earnings and production growth in 2014.
** QUNAR CAYMAN ISLANDS LTD, $26.2, +6.72 pct
The Chinese online travel company's third-quarter loss widened to $4.77/ADS from 48 cents a year earlier as cost of sales and operating expenses jump.
** VINCE HOLDING CORP, $31.6, -13.47 pct
The high-end apparel maker forecast full-year profit and sales largely below analysts' estimates. The company forecast sales of $335 million-$345 million and profit of 90-94 cents per share for year ending February 2015. Analysts on average were expecting profit of 94 cents per share and sales of $345 million.
** CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORP, $40, +8.55 pct
The business development company to separate into two public companies, one focusing on diversified industrial growth and Capital Southwest Corp (CSWC) to focus on lending to middle-market companies.
** NATIONAL HEALTH INVESTORS INC, $65.47, -1.52 pct
The company priced its offering of 3.85 mln shares at $63.80 per share vs Monday's close of $66.48. Shares were marketed at $62.70-$64.90 per share, according to sources, and represents about 12 percent of stock outstanding as of Oct. 29.
Compiled by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila