October 2, 2014 / 11:39 AM / 3 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-Esperion, DirecTV, RealD, Tesla

(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for more market insights, including options activity, ; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, following a sharp drop in the previous session as investors looked to upcoming economic data for trading incentives. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.07 percent at 16,751, S&P 500 futures were up 0.14 percent at 1,943.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.14 percent at 3,988.25.

** ESPERION THERAPEUTICS INC, Wednesday close $24.42, +31.04 pct premarket

The drugmaker said an experimental cholesterol-fighting drug being developed by the company lowered LDL levels significantly more than Merck & Co Inc’s Zetia in a midstage clinical trial.

** REALD INC, Wednesday close $9.27, +25.78 pct premarket

Activist investor Starboard Value LP proposed to take the 3D technology licensor private for $12 per share. The offer represents a premium of 29 percent to RealD stock’s Wednesday close of $9.27, valuing the company at about $540 million.

** TESLA MOTORS INC, Wednesday close $240.24, +3.44 pct premarket

The electric car maker’s chief executive, Elon Musk, sent out a cryptic tweet on Wednesday, saying it is “about time to unveil the D and something else”, with an accompanying photo which mentioned a date, Oct. 9.

** SEARS HOLDINGS CORP, Wednesday close $3.5116

Sears Holdings said it would sell most of its stake in Sears Canada Inc through a rights issue that would raise up to $380 million ahead of the holiday season.

** DIRECTV, Wednesday close $86.59

The U.S. satellite TV provider extended its exclusive contract to sell the Sunday Ticket package of National Football League games, and sources said the company will pay $1.5 billion a year to keep the popular offering that has helped attract subscribers.

** COCA-COLA CO, Wednesday close $42.74

The beverage maker, facing criticism from Warren Buffett and other investors for its outsized employee share rewards, said it had adopted new guidelines that will limit its executive compensation plan starting next year.

** DISH NETWORK CORP, Wednesday close $63.6

** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Wednesday close $49.43, +0.10 pct premarket

** AT&T INC, Wednesday close $34.96

** T-MOBILE US INC, Wednesday close $28.11

Three of the four largest U.S. wireless carriers and satellite provider Dish Network plan to bid in the Federal Communications Commission’s November auction of airwaves, according to initial applications released on Wednesday. The largest U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Communications, AT&T Inc, T-Mobile US and Dish appeared to be the largest companies to indicate an interest in bidding in the upcoming auction of frequencies known as AWS-3.

** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Wednesday close $16.82, +0.83 pct premarket

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank said it named Chief Executive Brian Moynihan as chairman of its board, effective immediately.

** AMAZON.COM INC, Wednesday close $317.46, +0.12 pct premarket

The online retailer plans to sell packaged food and beverages in India from mid-October, the Economic Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

** EXPEDIA INC, Wednesday close $84.78

Australia’s antitrust regulator on Thursday cleared the online travel giant to buy local rival Wotif.com Holdings Ltd , saying it did not expect the A$699 million ($610 million) deal to substantially lessen competition.

** HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, Wednesday close $34.55, +0.12 pct premarket

Hewlett-Packard’s vice president of server engineering expects new lower-power servers made with technology from ARM Holdings to make inroads in niche data centers over the next year in a market dominated by Intel Corp.

** WILAN INC, Wednesday close $3.5116

The Canadian patent licensing company on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favour of Apple Inc in a litigation case against it. (Compiled by Anannya Pramanick)

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