BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Pantry, Tetraphase, Apple, BlackBerry

Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:28am EST
 
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(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. stock index e-mini futures were up on Thursday: Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 1.11 percent at 17,546, S&P 500 futures were up 1.12 percent at 2,036.75 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 1.30 percent at 4,217.

** THE PANTRY INC, Wednesday close $35.52

The Convenience-store chain operator's shares were halted ahead of a statement from Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc said it would buy the U.S. convenience store chain for $1.7 billion, including debt.

** TETRAPHASE PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $33.19, up 19 pct after market

The drug developer said its antibiotic to treat complicated intra-abdominal infections was as effective as Merck & Co Inc's ertapenem in a late-stage study.

** APPLE INC, Wednesday close $109.41, +1.50 pct premarket   Continued...