(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 were slightly lower on Monday as investor optimism about central bank easing faded ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting this week. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.01 percent at 17,547, S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.04 percent at 2,065.25 and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.03 percent at 4,610.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Friday close $116.16, -9.33 pct premarket
The Canadian drugmaker’s chief executive said a short-seller’s allegation that the company inflated its revenue was “completely untrue,” and Valeant has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate.
The U.S.-listed shares fell as much as 14 percent earlier.
** CTRIP.COM INTERNATIONAL LTD, Friday close $74.34, +17.85 pct premarket
** QUNAR CAYMAN ISLANDS LTD, Friday close $39.52, +27.78 pct premarket
** BAIDU INC, Friday close $157.6, +7.89 pct premarket
Chinese online travel company Ctrip.com International announced a tie-up with rival Qunar Cayman Islands and its backer Baidu Inc through a share swap.
** PEP BOYS - MANNY, MOE & JACK, Friday close $12.15, +22.55 pct premarket
Japanese tire maker Bridgestone Corp said it would buy the U.S. auto parts retailer for $835 million in cash.
** BIODELIVERY SCIENCES INTERNATIONAL INC, Friday close $5.28, +18.18 pct premarket
The company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its opioid treatment for chronic pain. Endo International Plc licensed the worldwide manufacturing and marketing rights to the treatment, Belbuca, from BioDelivery in 2012.
** NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP, Friday close $24.23, +8.54 pct premarket
** WESTERN REFINING INC, Friday close $42.26
Oil refiner Western Refining offered to buy the shares of Northern Tier Energy it did not already own in a deal that values the refiner at about $2.52 billion. Western Refining has offered $17.50 in cash and 0.2266 of its share for each Northern Tier unit.
** XEROX CORP, Friday close $10.34, +1.55 pct premarket
The company, best known as a maker of printers and copiers, reported quarterly revenue below analysts’ average estimate and said it would undertake a “comprehensive review of structural options”.
** PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS CO, Friday close $42.22, +35.95 pct premarket
** DUKE ENERGY CORP, Friday close $73.74
Duke Energy, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, said it would buy natural gas distributor Piedmont Natural Gas Co for $4.9 billion in cash.
** CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES, Friday close $80.43, +0.71 pct premarket
The network security provider reported quarterly profit that beat expectations on strong demand for its advanced threat prevention and mobile security technologies.
** NEWS CORP, Friday close $15, +1.47 pct premarket
Australian broadcaster Ten Network Holdings Ltd plans to raise A$154 million ($111 million) by selling shares to the company’s Australian pay TV unit and other shareholders, after a licence writedown led to its third straight annual loss.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Friday close $75.62, -0.49 pct premarket
The Chinese e-commerce giant’s second-quarter revenue growth is likely to have slumped to half the year-earlier rate, undermining hopes consumer spending will temper a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Friday close $35.95, +0.11 pct premarket
Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and the company reached a tentative agreement on undisclosed terms for a new four-year labor contract, averting a threatened strike, the union said late on Sunday night.
** KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN INC, Friday close $55.01
The company plans to import coffee beans into the United States through duty-free sites, an unprecedented move in the coffee industry as the single-serve company aims to cut costs amid falling sales of its pods and brewers.
** CHENIERE ENERGY INC, Friday close $46.43
The company expects to start receiving natural gas to convert into super-chilled liquid fuel at its first U.S. LNG export terminal before the end of the year, with shipments to start in January, its chief executive said on Monday.
** EQUITY RESIDENTIAL, Friday close $79.47
Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group has agreed to buy 72 properties from the U.S. real estate company for about $5.37 billion.
** ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Friday close $171.16
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the company’s Strensiq, a treatment for a rare kind of metabolic bone disorder.
** GNC HOLDINGS INC, Friday close $36.55
The nutritional products retailer on Friday said a lawsuit by Oregon’s attorney general that alleged it sold products containing two illegal synthetic drugs was “without merit” and said it filed a motion to move the case to federal court.
** TRANSOCEAN LTD, Friday close $15.75
The company said it had agreed with customer Shell EP Wells Equipment Wells Services BV and shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co to delay the operating and delivery contracts of two new ultra-deepwater drillships by 12 months.
** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Friday close $46.16
** CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORP, Friday close $32.71
** TIME WARNER CABLE INC, Friday close $185.19
The New York attorney general is probing whether the three major Internet providers could be short-changing consumers by charging them for faster broadband speeds and failing to deliver the speeds being advertised, according to documents seen by Reuters.
Compiled by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila