REFILE-BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-Oil stocks, gold & silver stocks, Chinese stocks

Tue Dec 9, 2014 2:00pm EST
 
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(Corrects item on Tetra Technologies to remove reference to premium and add per share value) (For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s)

U.S. stocks were sharply lower on Tuesday as investors shunned risk over concerns about the impact of lower oil prices on the global economy and political turmoil in Greece. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.56 percent at 17,752.91, the S&P 500 was down 0.30 percent at 2,054.2 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.16 percent at $4,748.51.

** CONN'S INC, $20.78, -40.78 pct

The electronics and home appliance retailer withdrew its 2015 profit forecast. CFO Brian Taylor resigned and Mark Haley was appointed interim CFO. The company reported a third-quarter loss of 8 cents per share, compared with a profit of 66 cents per share a year earlier. Conn's, which has been exploring strategic alternatives, said it is "actively engaged" in preliminary discussions with multiple parties.

** MERCK & CO INC, $59.98, -3.07 pct

** CUBIST PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $96.18, -4.39 pct

Merck said it would proceed with its $8.4 billion acquisition of antibiotic maker Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc , despite a patent set back.   Continued...