December 15, 2015 / 2:21 PM / 2 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Valeant, 3M, Pacira, Kitov

(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 indexes were set to open higher on Tuesday as crude oil prices recovered from near 11-year lows and ahead of a widely expected increase in interest rates later in the week. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.87 percent at 17,487, S&P 500 futures were up 1.04 percent at 2,039.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.96 percent at 4,610.25.

** LUMBER LIQUIDATORS HOLDINGS INC, Monday close $14.06, +30.16 pct premarket

Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson, who had accused flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators of selling flooring laced with cancer causing materials and bet the stock price would drop, said on Monday that he has covered his short position.

** KITOV PHARMACEUTICALS HOLDINGS LTD, Monday close $3.57, +41.46 pct premarket

The company said on Tuesday its lead drug met the main goal of a late-stage study, reducing pain without increasing the risk of heart diseases in patients with a type of arthritis.

** QUALCOMM INC, Monday close $46.83, +1.43 pct premarket

The company has decided not to separate its chipmaking and technology licensing businesses, concluding a six-month strategic review pushed by hedge fund Jana Partners.

** ARCH COAL INC, Monday close $0.8901

The company said it has chosen to extend by 30 days the time period it has to make about $90 million in interest payment that was due on Tuesday.

** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Monday close $94.14, +14.19 pct premarket

The Canadian drugmaker said it signed a deal to distribute its skin and eye products at a discount in more than 8,000 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc retail pharmacy locations.

** 3M CO, Monday close $157.63, -4.46 pct premarket

The post-it maker cuts 2015 earnings forecast to about $7.55 per share from $7.60-$7.65, citing slowing growth in global economy.

** NEOTHETICS INC, Monday close $7.13, -77.28 pct premarket

The company said its experimental drug to reduce abdominal bulging failed in two late-stage studies.

** SANOFI, Monday close $41.51, +3.35 pct premarket

The drugmaker and Boehringer Ingelheim are in exclusive talks over a $20 billion swap of the French pharmaceuticals company's animal health business for the family-owned German group's consumer health operation.

** AMGEN INC, Monday close $158.11, +2.37 pct premarket

The drugmaker said it had reached a deal with GlaxoSmithKline to reacquire the sales rights to three of its products in 48 countries, including Australia as well as markets in Asia, South America and Europe.

** DOW CHEMICAL CO, Monday close $51.29, +1.77 pct premarket

** DUPONT, Monday close $67.92, +0.85 pct premarket

The tax-free treatment of the spin-offs of the two chemical makers plan to carry out after they merge their businesses is a prime driver of the deal, potentially saving tens of billions of dollars, industry experts said.

** VMWARE INC, Monday close $57.25, +0.96 pct premarket

Dell Inc said in a filing on Monday that it has the flexibility to buy back at least $3 billion in VMWare tracking stock, the special class of shares the computer maker plans to issue to help finance its acquisition of EMC Corp.

** PACIRA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Monday close $62.43, +13.33 pct premarket

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to drop restrictions on the marketing of Pacira's post-surgery pain drug Exparel, resolving a lawsuit the company filed against the agency earlier this year.

** NVIDIA CORP, Monday close $32.57, +1.38 pct premarket

A U.S. trade body on Monday upheld its earlier decision that rejected the company's claims of patent violation by Samsung Electronics Co and Qualcomm Inc over use of Nvidia's graphics chip technology.

** MERCK & CO, Monday close $52.2, +0.67 pct premarket

An advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Monday that Merck should not be allowed to claim that its cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with coronary heart disease.

** IBM, Monday close $135.93, +1.08 pct premarket

The company will make Munich the global headquarters for its push to build out the industrial Internet, capitalizing on a critical mass of automotive, electronics, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing companies centred in southern Germany.

** BOEING, Monday close $143, +2.10 pct premarket

Boeing raised its share repurchase authorization to $14 billion from $12 billion and also increased its quarterly dividend, a sign of confidence in its cash outlook despite plans to cut production. (Reporting by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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