(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 rose on Thursday as trading returned to normal at the New York Stock Exchange and Beijing's efforts to halt a rout in Chinese stocks lifted markets around the world. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.93 percent at 17,678.7 and the S&P 500 was up 0.92 percent at 2,065.49.
** AQUINOX PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $2.03, -69.01 pct
The drug developer said its lead drug, compared to a placebo, failed in mid-stage trial to show efficacy in treating lung disease patients with history of frequent increase in exacerbations.
** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, $81.35, +0.44 pct
** COTY INC, $29.87, -5.23 pct
Coty has sealed a deal to buy Procter & Gamble’s beauty business, which includes brands such as Clairol and Wella, in a $12.5 billon transaction that will make the perfume maker one of the world’s largest beauty companies.
** YY INC, $60.55, +3.77 pct
The company said Chairman Jun Lei and Chief Executive David Li offered to take the China-based video streaming website operator private in a deal that values the company at about $3.69 billion.
** E-COMMERCE CHINA DANGDANG INC, $6.76, +3.84 pct
The Chinese online book and media retailer said Chief Executive Guoqing Li and Chairwoman Peggy Yu Yu offered to take the company private.
** ANTHERA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $7.69, -7.79 pct
The drug developer plans to offer shares to fund clinical R&D, but did not disclose the offering’s size or price.
** LIGHTBRIDGE CORP, $1.1, +5.77 pct
The nuclear fuel technology company signed a deal for irradiation testing of its advanced metallic nuclear fuel samples with the Institute for Energy Technology of Norway.
** ANTHEM INC, $159.1, -0.18 pct
** CIGNA CORP, $155.5, +3.36 pct
The health insurers were moving ahead to sign a merger deal as Cigna has backed down over governance issues, CNBC tweeted, citing sources.
** BLACKBERRY LTD, $7.875, +2.41 pct
The Canadian smartphone maker planned to roll out multiple models of Android-based smartphones in the second half of 2015, Digitimes reported, citing supply chain sources. (bit.ly/1KXeb0r)
** CITIGROUP INC, $53.94, +2.16 pct
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, $66.38, +1.45 pct
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, $16.525, +1.69 pct
Banks stocks rose due to “overnight news about the China market doing better and expectations of a Greek crisis resolution,” Argus Research Corp analyst Stephen Biggar said.
** WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC, $90.21, +5.01 pct
The largest U.S. drug store chain raised its full-year profit forecast as it benefits from higher sales and lower operating costs at its U.S. retail business.
** ALCOA INC, $10.769, +2.56 pct
The metals company reported a quarterly profit that missed expectations due to plunging primary aluminum prices on Wednesday, but revenue topped estimates on an ongoing drive to reduce reliance on the company’s legacy commodity business.
** LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP, $192.91, +1.50 pct
** TEXTRON INC, $44.06, +2.56 pct
Lockheed Martin and Textron have emerged as final contenders to buy United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky Aircraft business, which could be valued at around $8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
** NOKIA OYJ, $6.53, +3.32 pct
Germany’s big car makers have reached a stand-off with Nokia in their joint bid to buy the Finnish company’s maps business HERE, while rival offers appear to be unravelling, sources familiar with the process said.
** SWIFT ENERGY CO, $1.45, +6.62 pct
** ENERGY XXI LTD, $2.3949, +6.44 pct
** COMSTOCK RESOURCES INC, $2.29, +7.51 pct
** HERCULES OFFSHORE INC, $0.2142, +12.74 pct
** SEADRILL LTD, $9.72, +2.53 pct
U.S.-listed shares of oil and gas companies rose as supportive economic data from Germany, firmer stock markets and strong gasoline demand lift oil prices.
** WD-40 CO, $83.89, -5.55 pct
The cleaning spray maker cut its full-year profit and sales forecast for the second time this year, citing stronger dollar and lower sales in eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific. (Combined by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)