MARKET PULSE-Prana Biotechnology, BlackBerry, Curis

Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:58am EDT
 
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(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 will climb for a second straight session, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.29 percent at 16,287, S&P 500 futures were up 0.40 percent at 1,857.8 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.44 percent at 3,578.75.

** PRANA BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD, Friday close $9.86, -66.33 pct premarket

The company said its experimental drug to treat Alzheimer's disease failed to meet the main goal of a mid-stage study in patients with a mild form of the condition.

** CURIS INC, Friday close $2.75, +10.91 pct premarket

The company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed it to resume testing its experimental cancer drug, lifting a November order halting enrolment in an early-stage trial.

** MEDTRONIC INC, Friday close $60.41, +2.22 pct premarket   Continued...