July 6, 2015 / 11:40 AM / 3 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Aetna, Eni, Harley-Davidson, Chipotle

(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 fell on Monday after Greece rejected debt bailout terms, throwing the future of the country's euro zone membership into further doubt. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.78 percent at 17,511, S&P 500 futures were down 0.69 percent at 2,054.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.80 percent at 4,393.5.

** HUMANA INC, Friday close $187.5, +2.83 pct premarket

** AETNA INC, Friday close $125.51, -5.98 pct premarket

Aetna’s $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult.

** GOOGLE INC, Friday close $547.34, -0.70 pct premarket

Google-owned online mapping company Waze is launching a carpooling pilot programme in Israel where commuters pay fellow drivers a small fee for a ride to and from work.


The U.S. cigarette giant plans to sell a stake worth at least $1 billion in Indonesian unit PT HM Sampoerna Tbk to comply with free-float rules, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

** EXXON MOBIL CORP, Friday close $83.14, -1.25 pct premarket

The company has ended its oil exploration in Madagascar after disappointing findings in its off-shore blocks, the Malagasy Mining and Petroleum Minister said on Friday.

** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Friday close $33.23

The company’s vehicle sales in China were roughly flat for June as broad price cuts introduced earlier in the year failed to boost demand.


The U.S. media group has offered to pay a total of 3.2 billion zlotys ($843.6 million) to buy the shares in Polish broadcaster TVN it does not already own to take full control over the company and delist it.

** HONDA MOTOR CO LTD, Friday close $32.65

Honda Motor’s new chief executive said the Japanese automaker has no plans for now to provide financial aid to Takata Corp, the air bag supplier at the center of a costly global safety recall that has dented Honda’s public image as well as its earnings.

** HARLEY-DAVIDSON INC, Friday close $56.03

A strong dollar has hurt Harley-Davidson sales this year, but the company’s large share buyback plan and a reduced cost base could push its stock up 30 percent, Barron’s reported in its July 6 issue.

** LG DISPLAY CO LTD, Friday close $11.17

The South Korean company is considering investments related to organic light-emitting diode display technology, the firm said on Monday, following a media report that it plans to spend up to 900 billion won ($800 million) for a new production plant.

** VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Friday close $131.26

The company’s unique combination therapy for a rare lung disorder was given the green light by U.S. health regulators, extending the company’s reach to the most common form of genetic mutation responsible for cystic fibrosis.

** BIOGEN INC, Friday close $404.28

** APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORP, Friday close $19.03, +2.47 pct premarket

Biogen said on Thursday it had forged a deal with AGTC to develop gene-based therapies for a range of eye diseases, marking the company’s entry into opthalmology.


A German regional minister gave his backing to potash miner K+S’s rejection of an $8.8 billion-euro takeover bid by Canada’s Potash Corp, saying K+S should remain a German company.

** ENI SPA, Friday close $35.35, -3.73 pct premarket

Egypt has signed agreements to raise the price it pays Italian energy companies Eni and Edison for natural gas, an official with state-owned gas company EGAS said on Sunday.

** HOSPIRA INC, Friday close $88.95, -0.15 pct premarket

In a document seen by Reuters, the central purchasing agency for the Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) said on Friday it had decided to buy the biosimilar version of infliximab from Hospira, after the company offered a discount of some 45 percent to branded Remicade.

** CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC, Friday close $609.56, -1.40 pct premarket

Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill have lost some of their luster recently and unless growth revives at the company, the stock could see a 15 percent to 20 percent plunge, the July 6 edition of Barron’s said. (Compiled by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)

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