(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 index futures were little changed on Thursday, ahead of a shortened trading session on Christmas eve.
Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.06 percent at 17,483, S&P 500 futures were up 0.01 percent at 2,053.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.12 percent at 4,612.25.
** NIKE INC, Wednesday adjusted close $64.3550, -0.17 pct premarket
The sportswear retailer’s 2-for-1 share split comes into effect on Thursday. The stock had an adjusted close of $64.3550 on Wednesday.
** RELYPSA INC, Wednesday close $27.93, +4.37 pct premarket
** ASTRAZENECA PLC, Wednesday close $33.96, +0.24 pct premarket
The Daily Mail reported rumors that British drugmaker AstraZeneca was interesting in buying the tiny U.S. drug developer. The story noted talk of an offer worth $46 per share. (bit.ly/1OjPsRW)
** HYATT HOTELS CORP, Wednesday close $49.36, untraded premarket
Hyatt Hotels said on Wednesday that its payment processing system was infected with credit-card-stealing malware in an attack discovered three weeks ago, the latest in a series of breaches at hospitality firms.
** KALOBIOS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $23.59, untraded premarket
KaloBios said on Wednesday that the Nasdaq sent notice that its stock would be delisted, based on the exchange operator’s “discretionary” authority. The Nasdaq cited the criminal indictment and arrest of the company’s former CEO Martin Shkreli, the arrest and indictment of its former outside counsel Evan Greebel and an SEC civil complaint against the duo.
** FERRARI NV, Wednesday close $47.05, untraded premarket
** FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES NV, Wednesday close $14.22, untraded premarket
The top two investors in Ferrari have signed a shareholder pact giving them a total voting power of nearly 50 percent to keep firm grip on the sports car maker after it separates from Fiat Chrysler.
** FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC, Wednesday close $7.45, flat premarket
The U.S. miner that was targeted by activist investor Carl Icahn earlier this year, is planning to run an auction process for its oil and gas assets in early 2016, according to people familiar with the matter.
** GW PHARMACEUTICALS PLC, Wednesday close $67.1, +4.49 pct premarket
Reputed journal The Lancet Neurology published positive data on the British drugmaker’s experimental cannabis-derived treatment for epilepsy, saying the treatment reduced seizure frequency across drug-resistant epilepsy symptoms and was well tolerated.
** STAPLES INC, Wednesday close $9.53, untraded premarket
** OFFICE DEPOT INC, Wednesday close $5.52, untraded premarket
Staples accused federal regulators of applying antitrust laws in a “misguided” way to try to block its $6.3 billion merger with smaller office supply retailer Office Depot.
** AMAYA INC, Wednesday close $13.36, untraded premarket
Canadian gaming company Amaya has been ordered by a Kentucky court to pay $870 million in penalties to cover alleged losses by the state’s residents who played real-money poker on PokerStars’ website between 2006 and 2011.
** PEP BOYS - MANNY MOE & JACK, Wednesday close $17.4, untraded premarket
Activist investor Carl Icahn is willing to pay as much as $1 billion for the U.S. auto parts retailer to it from rival bidder Japanese tire maker Bridgestone Corp, which has until 5.00 p.m. ET on Thursday to make another proposal.
** JUNIPER NETWORKS INC, Wednesday close $27.65, untraded premarket
A Juniper Networks software coding vulnerability disclosed last week shows the dangers of any weaknesses built into encryption technology, according to computer security experts. (Compiled by Shubhankar Chakravorty in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D‘Souza)