July 5, 2013 / 1:32 PM / in 4 years

MARKET PULSE-JA Solar, Transdigm, Sarepta, Lululemon

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July 5 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Friday:


U.S. stock index futures pointed to gains of more than 1 percent at the open on Friday as June payrolls data was much stronger than expected. S&P 500 futures were up 18.6 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures up 165 points and Nasdaq 100 futures up 29 points.

** TRANSDIGM GROUP INC, Wednesday close $151.67, up 4 pct premarket

The aircraft components maker announced a special cash dividend of $22 per share. The company also said its subsidiary, TransDigm Inc, received an additional incremental term loan of $900 million and completed an offering of $500 million. The interest on the new debt is modestly lower than the existing debt, the group said.

** SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $39.61 Wednesday close, down 3 pct after market

The drugmaker entered into an equity offering agreement with broker-dealer Further Lane Securities under which the company may sell, in tranches, shares of up to $125 million.

** JA SOLAR HOLDINGS CO LTD, Wednesday close $7.01, up 4.7 pct premarket

** CANADIAN SOLAR INC, Wednesday close $11.43, up 2 pct premarket

** YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING CO LTD, Wednesday close $3.32, up 1.5 pct premarket

** LDK SOLAR CO LTD, Wednesday close $1.30

** TRINA SOLAR LTD, Wednesday close $6.17

** SUNTECH POWER HOLDINGS CO LTD, Wednesday close $1.01

The European Union and China are moving towards a deal to defuse a conflict over alleged dumping of solar panels in Europe, officials from both sides said on Friday, aiming to head off a damaging trade war in goods from steel to wine.

** LULULEMON ATHLETICA INC, Wednesday close $64.50, down 2 pct premarket

Chairman Dennis “Chip” Wilson is looking to sell up to 3.4 million shares of the yogawear retailer, reducing the stake he controls in the company to 25 percent from 28 percent, according to an SEC filing.

** ONYX PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $133.52

** AMGEN INC, Wednesday close $95.81

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit accusing unnamed defendants of insider trading in Onyx call options before the drugmaker publicly rejected a takeover bid by larger rival Amgen and put itself up for sale.

** BLACKSTONE GROUP LP, Wednesday close $20.51

The U.S. private equity giant plans to buy Dutch mall developer Multi Corporation in a deal that would allow it to boost its presence in Turkey, a document showed. Blackstone has amassed about half of Multi’s estimated 900 million euros ($1.16 billion) of debt at steep discounts, a source close to the situation has told Reuters, prompting speculation it would mount a takeover for the developer that operates in 14 countries.

** VIVUS INC, Wednesday close $12.31

Vivus’s largest shareholder, First Manhattan Co, said on Friday proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services recommended three of the nine directors the shareholder had proposed for nomination to the drugmaker’s board. Another advisory firm, Egan Jones, has backed all the nominees, while a third one, Glass Lewis, called Vivus’s plan to launch diet drug Qsymia without a commercial partner “ill-advised”, First Manhattan said in a statement.

** MERCK & CO INC, Wednesday close $46.55

** NOVARTIS AG, Wednesday close $70.72

** BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC, Wednesday close $69.40

China’s top economic planning agency is investigating costs and prices charged by drugmakers, including units of GlaxoSmithKline and Merck, as foreign firms come under pressure from Beijing over possible price-fixing. Other foreign companies being investigated include Astellas Pharma Inc , Novartis’s generics unit Sandoz, Boehringer Ingelheim, Baxter International and Fresenius.

** GOLDCORP INC, Wednesday close $24.88

Goldcorp said on Thursday it has halted all construction work at its Eleonore gold project in northern Quebec and started evacuating staff from the site due to forest fires in the region.

** SPRINT NEXTEL CORP, Wednesday close $7.19

** CLEARWIRE CORP, Wednesday close $5.00

U.S. regulators on Wednesday collected the final vote to approve the merger of Sprint and SoftBank Corp, sources familiar with the situation said, clearing the last hurdle in the Japanese company’s drawn-out battle to take control of the No. 3 U.S. wireless provider. (Compiled by; Editing by)

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