(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 were lower on Monday after an increased selloff in Shanghai shares sparked concerns over China's slowing growth. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.53 percent at 17,475.03, the S&P 500 was down 0.32 percent at 2,073.04 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.50 percent at 5,063.143.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, $80.88, -2.58 pct
** BAOZUN INC, $8.02, -1.35 pct
** SOHU.COM INC, $42.96, -3.85 pct
** BAIDU INC, $198.5, -3.76 pct
** JD.COM INC, $32.89, -5.05 pct
** YY INC, $58.31, -2.65 pct
Chinese shares tumbled more than 8 percent on Monday as an unprecedented government rescue plan to prop up valuations abruptly ran out of steam, throwing the viability of Beijing’s efforts to stave off a deeper crash into doubt.
The China Securities Financial Corporation (CSFC) has returned ahead of schedule some of the funds it borrowed from commercial banks to stabilise the stock market, three people in the banking industry with direct knowledge told Reuters.
** TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD, $69.89, +13.00 pct
** ALLERGAN PLC, $328.82, +6.69 pct
** MYLAN NV, $57.24, -13.19 pct
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has agreed to buy Allergan’s generic drugs business for $40.5 billion in a deal that will turn Teva into one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.
Teva dropped its $40 billion bid for Mylan, which hit a snag when a Dutch foundation linked to Mylan bought temporary control of half the company in an attempt to block the takeover.
** BELLEROPHON THERAPEUTICS INC, $2.91, -61.96 pct
** BIOLINERX LTD, $1.82, -14.15 pct
The implantable heart device Bioline licensed to Bellerophon failed to prevent heart failure in patients in a large study, casting doubts over the device getting European approval.
** WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP LTD, $709.5, +5.07 pct
The Bermuda-based insurer is selling property and casualty reinsurer Sirius International Insurance Group Ltd to a Singapore-based unit of China Minsheng Investment Corp Ltd for about $2.24 billion in cash.
** XUEDA EDUCATION GROUP, $4.77, +48.60 pct
Xiamen Insight Investment Co Ltd offered to take the Chinese tutoring services provider private for $5.50 per share.
** A.M. CASTLE & CO, $3.37, -14.03 pct
Barnes & Noble Education Inc will replace the specialty plastics distributor in the S&P SmallCap 600 index.
** NYMOX PHARMACEUTICAL CORP, $2.5501, +100.80 pct
The drugmaker said its experimental drug to treat prostate enlargement had hit main goals of extended late-stage studies.
** CELATOR PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $2.41, +12.09 pct
Roth Capital raises price target on the drug developer’s stock to $18 from $15. Analysts said company’s experimental cancer treatment, Vyxeos, represented “the first potential meaningful improvement to treating AML in decades”.
** FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP, $3.219, -10.33 pct
The Canadian silver producer said it would buy SilverCrest Mines for C$1.30 per share. First Majestic’s offer represents a permium of 35.4 percent to SilverCrest’s Friday close of C$0.96.
** WABTEC CORP, $97.91, +7.19 pct
The company which makes components for the transport industry said it plans to buy France-based Faiveley Transport S.A. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.8 billion, including debt.
** BEACON ROOFING SUPPLY INC, $32.97, +9.61 pct
The roofing products maker will buy roofing products distributor Roofing Supply Group in a deal valued at about $1.1 billion, to expand in key housing markets of California, Florida and Texas.
** RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC, $42.12, +5.06 pct
The company formed out of Burger King’s takeover of Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons last year reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on strong sales of its newly launched menu items.
** FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES NV, $14.53, -4.09 pct
The U.S. auto safety watchdog, toughening its stance against manufacturer defects, announced on Sunday a record $105 million in fines against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over lapses in safety recalls involving millions of vehicles.
** FACEBOOK INC, $94.8878, -2.13 pct
The social networking website plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year.
** BRASKEM SA, $6.57, -7.33 pct
** PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA, $6.46, -2.86 pct
Shares of the Brazilian chemical maker Braskem SA plunged on Monday after executives at controlling shareholder Odebrecht SA were charged with corruption on Friday, including for conspiring to defraud state-run oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA in a scheme to secure naphtha supplies at favorable rates.
** GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, $204.96, -1.15 pct
Symphony Communication Services LLC, an instant messaging software company backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc and other finiancial institutions, is seeking additional funding that could value the startup at up to $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Edited by Don Sebastian)