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U.S. stock index e-mini futures fell on Monday: Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.14 percent at 17,286, S&P 500 futures were down 0.10 percent at 2,009.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.09 percent at 4,146.75.
** SAPIENT CORP, Friday close $17.32, +41.11 pct premarket
Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising agency, has agreed to buy the digital ad specialist for $3.7 billion in cash as it seeks to accelerate growth after a botched merger earlier this year.
** COVANCE INC, Friday close $79.9, +25.16 pct premarket
** LABORATORY CORP OF AMERICA HOLDINGS, Friday close $109.29
Laboratory Corp, a provider of healthcare diagnostic services, said it would buy contract research company Covance for about $6.1 billion in cash and stock.
** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, Friday close $87.27
Argentina has accused the world’s No. 1 household products maker of tax fraud and said it suspended its operations in the South American country, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the country’s AFIP tax authority.
** APPLE INC, Friday close $108, -0.11 pct premarket
The i-phone maker is planning an investor call on Monday ahead of a potential bond sale, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a banker working on the deal.
** AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL PROPERTIES, Friday close $8.87
U.S. authorities have opened a criminal probe in the wake of the REIT’s disclosure that it had uncovered accounting errors, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
Shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp’s healthcare division are expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Halyard began to see a surge in demand for its protective medical devices in the wake of the Ebola scare.
** RYANAIR HOLDINGS PLC, Friday close $55.54, +8.57 pct premarket
The Irish carrier raised its annual profit forecast almost 20 percent on Monday thanks to a surge in winter bookings and said it would cut fares by up to 10 percent in the new year to take more market share from struggling airline rivals.
** LOEWS CORP, Friday close $43.6
The hotel, energy and financial services conglomerate reported a 26 percent drop in quarterly profit, partly due to lower investment income.
** BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP, Friday close $13.28
The company is set to face its first federal trials in two courts over claims from women who say they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh devices.
** CBS CORP, Friday close $54.22
** DISH NETWORK CORP, Friday close $63.65
The satellite providers are far apart on talks for a new distribution deal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, setting up the possibility that subscribers of the companies could lose access to the most-watched U.S. TV network next month.
** SPRINT CORP, Friday close $5.93
The third-largest wireless carrier in the United States is expected to post a loss of 177,000 postpaid subscribers on Monday, as the company continues a network overhaul that has caused gaps in overage.
** METLIFE INC, Friday close $54.24
The largest U.S. insurer will make a final plea on Monday to a group of U.S. regulators determined to subject it to tougher oversight as they probe which firms could pose a risk to the larger financial system.
** AGRIUM INC, Friday close $97.82
The Canadian fertilizer producer and retailer of farm products is scheduled to report third-quarter results on Monday. The company warned in October that earnings per share from continuing operations would be lower than Street estimates, but the reason was not clear.
** AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC, Friday close $53.57
The insurer will report third-quarter earnings for the first time since new CEO Peter Hancock took over from Bob Benmosche on Sept. 1. (Compiled by Avik Das in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings)