(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. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Monday, pointing to a second straight daily gain as four M&A deals in the biotech sector lifted market sentiment after a recent bout of weakness. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.77 percent at 17,761, S&P 500 futures were up 0.54 percent at 2,063.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.62 percent at 4,352.75.
** CELLULAR DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL INC, Friday close $7.94, +109.70 pct premarket
Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp said on Monday it has agreed to acquire U.S. biotechnology firm Cellular Dynamics International Inc (CDI) for $307 million.
** HORIZON PHARMA PLC, Friday close $21.81, +18.29 pct premarket
** HYPERION THERAPEUTICS INC, Friday close $42.74, +7.25 pct premarket
Ireland’s Horizon said it would buy the U.S. drugmaker for about $1.1 billion to add to its line-up of drugs that treat rare diseases. Horizon will pay $46 per share, a premium of 7.6 percent to Hyperion’s Friday closing price.
** UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, Friday close $118.01, +4.48 pct premarket
** CATAMARAN CORP, Friday close $48.32, +24.50 pct premarket
Health insurer UnitedHealth’s unit OptumRx Corp agreed to buy pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran in a deal worth about $12.8 billion.
** BIODELIVERY SCIENCES INTERNATIONAL INC, Friday close $13.89, -26.57 pct premarket
The drugmaker said its pain drug failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study.
** TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD, Friday close $61.98, +0.42 pct premarket
** AUSPEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC Friday close $70.91, +41.38 pct premarket
Israel’s Teva said it would buy the U.S. drug developer for $3.5 billion to boost its portfolio of treatments for the central nervous system.
** HARVEST NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Friday close $0.4559, -5.68 pct premarket
The oil and gas producer said it was facing a severe cash crunch and would consider restructuring if it failed to obtain sufficient funding.
** ALCATEL LUCENT SA, Friday close $3.7, +2.70 pct premarket
China Telecom, which was granted a full license to operate a nationwide, high-speed 4G network this month, named Alcatel Lucent as one of its top three suppliers for the rollout of 4G in 40 cities.
** FORTUNE BRANDS HOME & SECURITY, Friday close $44.29, +1.49 pct premarket
** NORCRAFT COS INC, Friday close $22.9, +11.35 pct premarket
Fortune Brands will acquire bathroom and kitchen cabinet maker Norcraft for $441.4 million. Fortune, which makes MasterBrand cabinets and Moen faucets, will pay $25.50 per share, a premium of 11.4 percent to Norcraft’s Friday closing price.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Friday close $370.56, +0.55 pct premarket
Amazon is launching a home services marketplace that will connect customers with electricians, plumbers and painters in a move to have its services tied to every product sold on its website. Amazon Home Services, which will launch on Monday, allows customers to buy 700 services, such as car maintenance, TV wall-mounting and house cleaning, at upfront prices.
** ZIMMER HOLDINGS INC, Friday close $117.5
The U.S. medical device maker gained European Union regulatory approval for its proposed $13.4 billion purchase of rival Biomet after agreeing to divest three businesses in Europe to allay competition concerns.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Friday close $84.58, +0.69 pct premarket
Germany’s BMG music rights company said it had signed a music digital distribution deal with China’s Alibaba, as the world’s largest e-commerce firm firms up its bid to become a digital media empire.
** EXXON MOBIL CORP, Friday close $83.58, +0.39 pct premarket
Exxon is considering scaling up plans for a multibillion-dollar expansion of its Beaumont, Texas, oil refinery to make it one of the largest in the world, according to sources familiar with the plans.
** INTERCEPT PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Friday close $293.91, +2.07 pct premarket
The drugmaker has moved to the front in the race to produce treatments for the serious liver disease known as NASH following the failure of a rival drug from France’s Genfit in a midstage clinical trial, according to analysts and investors.
** ADAMIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORP, Friday close $5.39, -27.64 pct premarket
The United States Food and Drug Administration rejected Adamis’ injection for treating severe allergic reactions, the company said.
** E-HOUSE CHINA HOLDINGS LTD, Friday close $5.36, +5.41 pct premarket
** LEJU HOLDINGS LTD, Friday close $7.91, +7.46 pct premarket
** SOUFUN HOLDINGS LTD, Friday close $5.96, +7.05 pct premarket
Shares of U.S.-listed Chinese real estate companies rose after China’s central bank eased lending policies for purchases of second homes. The People’s Bank of China said it would adjust the minimum down-payment for second home buyers and improve lending policies to promote “healthy development of the real estate market”.
** INTEL CORP, Friday close $32, -0.31 pct premarket
** ALTERA CORP, Friday close $44.39, +0.38 pct premarket
Intel is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera, in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel’s biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, Friday close $47.76, +2.49 pct premarket
** OLIN CORP, Friday close $31, +0.65 pct premarket
Dow will separate a portion of its century-old chlorine business and sell it to Olin in a tax-efficient deal worth $5 billion as part of efforts to shed low-margin assets.
** YAHOO INC, Friday close $45.1, +0.53 pct premarket
** MICROSOFT CORP, Friday close $40.97, +0.66 pct premarket
Yahoo and Microsoft agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline to re-negotiate a 10-year search deal, as the two internet companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by former chief executives.
** DUPONT, Friday close $71.65
Fidelity Investments, a major investor in DuPont, has put pressure on activist fund Trian Fund Management LP and the chemical conglomerate to reach a settlement in what it sees as a detrimental proxy fight, according to people close to the matter.
** FORD MOTOR CO, Friday close $15.98, +0.94 pct premarket
The automaker plans to resurrect the Lincoln Continental as its top-of-the line luxury sedan, betting the classic name will help rebuild the brand’s image in the United States and China.
** BEST BUY CO INC, Friday close $38.48, +0.36 pct premarket
The U.S. electronics retailer plans to close some stores and consolidate its operations in Canada, its second-largest market, in a move that will hurt earnings this year, the company said on Saturday.
** CITIGROUP INC, Friday close $51
The Argentine securities regulator said on Friday that Citibank Argentina had violated local laws in striking a deal with litigating U.S. hedge funds and suspended the bank from conducting capital market operations.
** CHEVRON CORP, Friday close $104.28
The U.S. energy giant Chevron sold its entire stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd for A$4.7 billion ($3.7 billion) in Asia’s biggest block deal this year, as falling oil prices and high costs hurt margins.
$1 = 1.2905 Australian dollars Compiled by Ramkumar Iyer in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Jennings