Nov 30 (Reuters) - (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 little changed on Monday as investors awaited key economic data including the November jobs report this week and kept an eye on policy decisions by U.S. and European central banks. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.09 percent at 17,782.86, the S&P 500 was down 0.13 percent at 2,087.49 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.38 percent at 5,107.974.
** WAFERGEN BIO-SYSTEMS INC, $0.91, +9.53 pct
** AETERNA ZENTARIS INC, $9.62, -13.02 pct
** CYCLACEL PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $0.761, -25.39 pct
Martin Shkreli, the controversial CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals Inc, called medical tool maker WaferGen an “okay investment for sure,” as he reviewed the company’s financial reports on a livestream meeting with retail investors.
Shkreli also called cancer drug developers Aeterna Zentaris and Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals “pretty terrible” and “worthless”.
** SUPERCOM LTD, $4.8, -37.66 pct
The Israeli digital identification products maker estimated third-quarter revenue of $5.5 million-$6.1 million, well below analysts’ view of $13.4 million.
** STAPLES INC, $12.1, -1.71 pct
** OFFICE DEPOT INC, $6.605, -2.15 pct
U.S. antitrust regulators are preparing to block Staples’ acquisition of smaller rival Office Depot, the New York Post reported.
** ANAVEX LIFE SCIENCES CORP, $7.9324, +32.21 pct
The company said its drug, ANAVEX 3-71, was effective in mitigating cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, in a preclinical study.
** IKANG HEALTHCARE GROUP INC, $19.17, +14.31 pct
The preventive healthcare service provider received a buyout offer from a consortium that includes Jiangsu Sanyou Group Co Ltd and Meinian Onehealth Healthcare. The consortium offered to buy the company for $22 per American depositary share, a 31 percent premium to iKang’s Friday close
** LULULEMON ATHLETICA INC, $48.745, -7.15 pct
Canaccord Genuity and FBR & Co cut price targets on the Canadian yogawear retailer’s stock, citing concerns about Lululemon’s ability to boost comparable growth. FBR also downgraded to ”underperform“ from ”market perform.
** PACIFIC ETHANOL INC, $4.47, +8.50 pct
** AMYRIS INC, $1.67, +7.05 pct
** GREEN PLAINS INC, $22.74, +0.80 pct
** RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP INC, $8.6, +1.65 pct
** REX AMERICAN RESOURCES CORP, $62.33, +2.87 pct
Biofuel companies’ stocks rose as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to increase requirements for biofuels use through 2016 due to higher total fuel demand, when it publishes a final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule on Monday.
** TRIBUNE PUBLISHING CO, $9.99, +7.54 pct
The Chicago Tribune publisher said it was not in talks or in process of selling itself, after a tweet by Rupert Murdoch on Friday suggested that Tribune’s newspaper group would be sold.
** WAL-MART STORES INC, $59.1, -1.32 pct
** TARGET CORP, $72.35, -1.48 pct
** J.C. PENNEY CO INC, $7.97, -2.92 pct
** MACY‘S INC, $38.97, -2.55 pct
Sales at U.S. brick-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday fell slightly from last year and online sales rose in double digits.
** GULFMARK OFFSHORE INC, $5.92, +12.76 pct
** STONE ENERGY CORP, $7.07, +7.12 pct
** VAALCO ENERGY INC, $2.03, +6.28 pct
** COMSTOCK RESOURCES INC, $2.51, +3.72 pct
** SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY CO, $9.05, +3.55 pct
** BAKER HUGHES INC, $54.48, +3.22 pct
** HALLIBURTON CO, $39.84, +1.81 pct
** DEVON ENERGY CORP, $46.02, +2.56 pct
** CHEVRON CORP, $91.95, +1.75 pct
Oil and gas companies’ stocks rise on crude price surge as speculators take bullish bets on the odd likelihood of a surprise outcome at this week’s OPEC meeting and as refined oil products rally.
** FITBIT INC, $28.82, +3.52 pct
Barclays Capital raised the wearable fitness device maker’s stock to “overweight” from “equal weight” as it said wearables appeared to be one of the winning product categories of the season.
** COMPUTER SCIENCES CORP, $30.76, +25.60 pct
** CSRA INC, $30.98, +6.06 pct
The technology consulting company’s shares rose on the first day after spinning off its government services unit as CSRA.
** COTY INC, $28.01, -3.21 pct
Morgan Stanley downgraded the perfume maker to “underweight”, citing higher valuation.
** COMPANHIA ENERGETICA MINAS GERAIS, $1.735, -6.72 pct
** BRASILAGRO CIA BRASILEIRA DE PROPRIEDADES AGRICOLAS , $2.7, -9.70 pct
** OI SA, $0.45, -8.18 pct
** VALE SA, $3.36, -5.88 pct
Brazil had its worst primary budget deficit for the month of October on record, central bank data showed on Monday, evidence of the continued deterioration of the country’s finances despite government efforts to rein in spending.
Also, Brazil’s federal and state governments on Friday announced plans to sue the owners of the Samarco iron, a JV between BHP Billiton and Vale SA. (Compiled by Manish Parashar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Anil D‘Silva)