December 28, 2012 / 2:02 PM / 5 years ago

MARKET PULSE-Aeterna Zentaris, Magnum Hunter, Omeros, Synchronoss

Dec 28 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Friday:

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FUTURES DROP BEFORE LAST-DITCH EFFORT AT ‘CLIFF’ DEAL

U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday as President Barack Obama and top lawmakers planned to make a last-ditch effort at budget talks to prevent the United States from going over the “fiscal cliff.” S&P 500 futures were down 8.5 points, the Dow Jones industrial average futures down 67 points and Nasdaq 100 futures down 12.5 points.

** AETERNA ZENTARIS INC, Thursday close $2.17, up 5 pct premarket

The drugmaker said the design, main goals and analysis of a late-stage study of its endometrial cancer drug was accepted by the U.S. health regulator to support an application for marketing approval.

** MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP, Thursday close $3.78, up 2.3 pct premarket

The oil and gas company reported production results from two new Eagle Ford Shale wells in Texas.

** OMEROS CORP, Thursday close $5.84, down 10 pct aftermarket

The company said a late-stage trial of its experimental drug for patients undergoing knee surgery did not meet its main goal.

** SYNCHRONOSS TECHNOLOGIES INC, Thursday close $20.49

** RESEARCH IN MOTION LTD, Thursday close $11.76, down 0.6 pct premarket

Software maker Synchronoss bought NewBay, the cloud services unit of the BlackBerry maker, for $55.5 million in cash. (Compiled by Avik Das in Bangalore)

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