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U.S. stock index e-mini futures were up on Monday: Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.09 percent at 16,452, S&P 500 futures were up 0.20 percent at 1,898 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.04 percent at 3,851.5.
** CSX CORP, Friday close $29.94, +8.88 pct premarket
** CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD, Friday close $189.37
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd has approached the U.S. rail road operator CSX about merging the two North American railroad operators to create a transcontinental carrier worth more than $60 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.
** DANAHER CORP Friday close $71.86, +0.19 pct premarket
** NETSCOUT SYSTEMS INC, Friday close $41.91
The maker of computer network performance management products said it would buy medical equipment maker Danaher Corp’s communications business in a stock deal valued at about $2.6 billion, to expand its IT management and cybersecurity businesses.
** SEADRILL LTD < SDRL.N>, Friday close $22.83, +5.52 pct premarket
Brokerage Pareto upgraded the world’s biggest offshore driller’s Oslo-listed shares to “buy” from “hold”. Seadrill has fallen sharply along with peers in recent months as oil firms reduce exploration plans and oil prices tumble. Oil prices dipped to $88.30 per barrel on Monday, hitting their lowest point since November 2010.
** BOEING CO, Friday close $121.5, +0.82 pct premarket
The plane maker said on Sunday that Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia had placed an order for 50 737 MAX 8 jetliners worth $4.9 billion.
** TWITTER INC, Friday close $50.4, +0.69 pct premarket
One of France’s largest banks is teaming up with the social network this week to allow its customers to transfer money via tweets.
** SHUTTERFLY INC, Friday close $46.96, -9.50 pct premarket
Private equity firm Silver Lake failed to reach a deal to acquire and combine photo-sharing sites Shutterfly Inc and Snapfish by a deadline on Friday, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** LITHIA MOTORS INC, Friday close $80.86, -4.75 pct premarket
The U.S. auto retailer cut its third-quarter profit forecast, hurt by lower margins and higher selling costs for used vehicles.
** STERIS CORP, Friday close $56.38
The medical technology provider said it offered to buy British sterilization services provider Synergy Health for about $1.9 billion in cash and stock to expand its footprint in Europe.
The company formed from the merger between Italian auto group Fiat and its U.S. unit Chrysler makes its Wall Street debut, shifting the carmaker’s center of gravity away from Italy and capping a decade of canny dealmaking and tough restructuring by CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Monday’s opening price will be benchmarked against Fiat’s previous close of 6.94 euros ($8.76).
** GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP, Friday close $121.22
The maker of Gulfstream jets is expected to unveil a new business jet on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the company’s plans.
** YUM BRANDS INC, Friday close $69.31
The fast food company is partnering with Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd to debut a KFC restaurant in Myanmar in 2015, making it one of the first big Western fast-food chains to enter the newly emerging market.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Friday close $311.39
India’s Future Group and Amazon India have formed a partnership by which the retailer will sell its merchandise exclusively online, the companies said on Monday, the latest in a series of such moves by traditional Indian merchants.
** ACTAVIS PLC, Friday close $236.62
** ALLERGAN INC, Friday close $187.61
Fidelity Investments, the largest shareholder in pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc, has increased its holdings in takeover-target Botox maker Allergan Inc in recent months and would be supportive of a potential merger between the two drugmakers, according to people familiar with the matter.
Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila