(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, following record closing highs on the S&P 500 and Dow in the previous session, ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.10 percent at 17,669.74, the S&P 500 was down 0.29 percent at 2,045.86 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.63 percent at 4,672.626.
** CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC, $8.85, -13.32 pct
The miner said it may have to close its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Quebec, weeks after it revealed that three “big steelmakers” were in talks to invest in the project.
** OPLINK COMMUNICATIONS INC, $24.18, +13.79 pct
Koch Industries subsidiary Koch Optics Inc will buy the optical networking device maker for about $445 million in cash, or $24.25 per share.
The price represents about 14 percent premium to Oplink stock’s closing price on Tuesday.
** AGIOS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $95.09, +13.46 pct
The drug developer said its experimental blood cancer drug, AG-120, showed significant clinical activity in an early stage trial.
Canaccord Genuity raised its price target on the stock to $111 from $97, the highest among the six brokerages covering the stock.
** SYNCHRONOSS TECHNOLOGIES INC, $41.8, -12.20 pct
Robert W. Baird & Co cut its rating on the software maker’s shares to “underperform” from “neutral” and price target to $42 from $47, according to Theflyonthewall.com.
Baird analysts said rising capital expenditure and increasing dependency on customers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc were hurting pricing.
** STAPLES INC, $13.94, +9.25 pct
The largest office supply retailer reported higher-than-expected quarterly sales and profit as demand recovered for core office supplies such as paper and ink products after six quarters of decline.
** TARGET CORP, $72.38, +7.21 pct
The fourth-largest U.S. retailer reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as U.S. same-store increased for the first time in four quarters. (link.reuters.com/kac53w)
** LOWE’S COS INC, $62.32, +6.48 pct
The No. 2 U.S. home improvement products retailer raised its full-year profit and sales forecast as an improving job market encourages home owners to increase spending on renovations. (here)
** SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $3.09, +4.39 pct
The biopharmaceutical company said its experimental drug for opioid induced constipation was found safe and effective in a mid-stage trial.
** VIPSHOP HOLDINGS LTD, $21.99, -7.25 pct
The Chinese online discount retailer’s fourth-quarter sales forecast failed to top analysts’ estimates for the first time this financial year.
** BLACKBERRY LTD, $10.21, -5.11 pct
Morgan Stanley downgraded the Canadian smartphone company’s stock to “underweight” after keeping “equal-weight” since June. The brokerage believes that the market is “too optimistic” in assuming BlackBerry will reach a target of $350 million in new software revenue in 2016.
** FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES AUTOMOBILES NV, $12.34, -3.67 pct
** HONDA MOTOR CO LTD, $31.12, -1.67 pct
Chrysler and Honda were among the five global automakers asked by the U.S. auto safety regulator to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially lethal air bags.
** MOSAIC CO, $47.84, +2.29 pct
Susquehanna Financial Group upgraded the fertilizer maker’s stock to “positive” from “neutral”, citing an improved outlook for potash.
** PARAMOUNT GROUP INC, $18.25, +4.29 pct
Shares of Paramount rose as much as 5.7 percent in market debut, valuing the owner of San Francisco’s landmark One Market Plaza building and Washington DC’s Liberty Place at $4.51 billion.
** CABOT OIL & GAS CORP, $34.405, +3.41 pct
** EQT CORP, $95.42, +1.97 pct
** SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY CO, $33.94, +2.69 pct
** RANGE RESOURCES CORP, $73.49, +2.84 pct
The oil producers’ shares rose as Brent crude climbed above $79/barrel on speculation OPEC may act to stabilize prices. Morgan Stanley oil analysts led by Adam Longson think OPEC is likely to cut production sooner or later.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, $246.45, -4.37 pct
Morgan Stanley cut its 2015 delivery forecast for the electric sports car maker’s Model X crossover SUV to 5,000 from 15,000. “We have adopted our Model X forecasts not only for a 3Q launch (which we expect to be late 3Q), but also for a slow ramp once deliveries begin,” analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a note.
** ZILLOW INC, $125.68, +5.65 pct
Hedge fund Caledonia said the real estate website operator is its biggest ever bet.
Caledonia targeted an enterprise value for Zillow of $50 billion, or implied share price of $770.
** LA-Z-BOY INC, $23.88, +5.76 pct
The furniture retailer reported a better-than-expected second-quarter profit on Tuesday as gross margin rose to 35.5 percent from 34.8 percent.
** PETSMART INC, $76.73, +4.22 pct
** KKR & CO LP, $22.86, +0.75 pct
Buyout firms KKR and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC (CD&R) have teamed up to take Pet care products retailer PetSmart private for more than $7.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, as the auction for the pet food retailer heats up.
** DOLLAR GENERAL CORP, $63.27, -4.38 pct
** FAMILY DOLLAR STORES INC, $77.99, -1.09 pct
Dollar General, the U.S. chain of variety stores, may need to divest more than 4,000 stores to win approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its acquisition of discount retailer Family Dollar Stores, the New York Post reported, citing two sources close to the situation.
** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, $50.53, -1.35 pct
** AT&T INC, $35.45, -0.76 pct
** T-MOBILE US INC, $27.12, -2.69 pct
** DISH NETWORK CORP, $72.12, +6.29 pct
The U.S. airwaves auction of so-called AWS-3 frequencies on Tuesday breached its reserve price of $10.1 billion, according to the Federal Communications Commission, less than a week after bidding began.
The auction is the largest opportunity for wireless carriers to get access to new airwaves since 2008 and although the bidding is anonymous, the largest U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Communications, No. 2 AT&T, No. 4 T-Mobile US and satellite provider Dish Network were expected to be the biggest bidders.
** SUNCOR ENERGY INC, $34.17, -1.50 pct
Canada’s largest oil and gas company said on Tuesday that it plans to spend C$7.2 billion to C$7.8 billion ($6.4 billion to $6.9 billion) in 2015, with more than half of those funds earmarked for growth projects.
** BARRICK GOLD CORP, $12.7, -4.44 pct
The gold miner named mining industry veteran Shaun Usmar as its chief financial officer designate on Tuesday, marking the latest shake-up at the world’s biggest gold miner.
** LNB BANCORP INC, $15.9, +3.99 pct
The bank holding company will pay a fourth-quarter cash dividend of 3 cents per share, an increase of 2 cents per share from the third quarter. (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bangalore; Edited by Maju Samuel)