(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 Tuesday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.49 percent at 16,477, S&P 500 futures were up 0.26 percent at 1,839.1 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.48 percent at 3,602.
** YRC WORLDWIDE INC, Friday close $15.82, +19.47 pct premarket
The trucking company and the Teamsters union reached a tentative deal for a new labor contract that sets the stage for the struggling company to push ahead with a refinancing plan.
** PLURISTEM THERAPEUTICS INC, Friday close $4.43, +7.22 pct premarket
The company said results from its early/mid-stage clinical trial indicated its placenta-derived stem cells for the treatment of muscle injury were safe and provided evidence the cells might be effective in treating orthopedic injuries.
** TRAVELERS COS INC, Friday close $86.47, +0.64 pct premarket
The U.S. insurer posted a more than three-fold rise in fourth-quarter profit as the company earned higher premiums and disaster losses declined.
** HALLIBURTON CO, Friday close $50.66, +2.45 pct premarket
The world’s second-largest oilfield services company reported a 31 percent rise in quarterly profit as its push into global markets more than made up for weakness in North America.
** GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, Friday close $26.58, +0.60 pct premarket
** CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORP, Friday close $58.69
GE agreed to buy flow equipment provider Cameron International Corp’s reciprocating compression division for $550 million as it looks to benefit from the boom in the development of shale oil and gas fields.
** BAKER HUGHES INC, Friday close $54.14, +0.85 pct premarket
The world’s third-largest oilfield services company reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a rise in revenue from the Middle East and Africa.
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Friday close $58.11
The bank has stopped working on a Chinese firm’s initial public offering amid an investigation by U.S. authorities into its hiring practices in China, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
** INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP, Friday close $190.09, +0.32 pct premarket
China’s Lenovo Group Ltd has resumed talks to buy International Business Machines Corp’s low-end server unit, a source familiar with the matter said - a purchase that would bolster its efforts to diversify beyond a shrinking PC market.
** ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, Friday close $74.08, +0.70 pct premarket
Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday that it had agreed to sell stakes in a gas project in Western Australia for $1.14 billion as part of the oil company’s drive to improve its return on investment.
** NOVO NORDISK A/S, Friday close $38.1, +1.63 pct premarket
The Danish pharmaceuticals company launched NovoFine Plus, an ultra-thin, ultra-short pen needle aimed at making insulin injections more comfortable for diabetes patients, the company said on Monday.
** ACTAVIS PLC, Friday close $183.28
Indian drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma Ltd said it agreed to buy the company’s commercial operations in seven Western European countries for about 30 million euros ($41 million).
** BOEING CO, Friday close $140.46
GECAS, the world’s largest aircraft leasing company, announced an order for 40 Boeing medium-haul passenger jets on Monday, in a fresh boost for the U.S. planemaker’s best-selling model.
** GOOGLE INC, Friday close $1,150.53, +0.56 pct premarket
Intellectual Ventures is set to square off this week against the internet search company’s Motorola Mobility unit in the first trial that the multibillion-dollar patent-buying firm has undertaken since it was founded.
** FORD MOTOR CO, Friday close $16.52, +0.48 pct premarket
The automaker is betting that the tight bond between two of its senior executives can help it prevent quality missteps from derailing its busiest-ever year for launching new vehicles.
** AGRIUM INC, Friday close $93.88, -2.00 pct premarket
The Canadian fertilizer company said its fourth quarter earnings from continuing operations would be at the lower end of its guidance due to lower sales prices. The company cited lower-than-expected sales prices in wholesale nutrients and reduced domestic sales volumes of potash, partly due to issues faced with rail shipments.
** ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA, Friday close $101.47, +2.94 pct premarket
The world’s biggest brewer agreed to buy back South Korea’s Oriental Brewery Co Ltd for $5.8 billion including debt, returning to a large Asian market at a time of strong industry growth across the region. (Compiled by Neha Dimri in Bangalore; Edited by Kirti Pandey)