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At 8:39 ET, Dow e-minis were up 0.04 percent at 21,010. S&P 500 e-minis were up 0.11 percent at 2,413.75, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 0.16 percent at 5,802.25. U.S. companies sign billions in deals with Vietnam The top three NYSE percentage gainers premarket: ** Palo Alto Networks, up 12.9 pct at $133.89 ** Ciena Corp, up 11.8 pct at $26.25 ** Box Inc, up 6.3 pct at $19.88 The top three NYSE percentage losers premarket: ** Express Inc, down 21.5 pct at $6.09 ** Sibanye Gold, down 7.9 pct at $4.66 ** Harmony Gold, down 5 pct at $1.90 The top three Nasdaq percentage gainers premarket: ** SPI Energy Co, up 55.6 pct at $2.10 ** Dextera Surgical, up 18.3 pct at $0.22 ** MannKind, up 17.8 pct at $1.79 The top three Nasdaq percentage losers premarket: ** Microbot Medical, down 9.7 pct at $4.08 ** PCTEL Inc, down 6.5 pct at $6.00 ** Ichor Holdings, down 6 pct at $22.06 ** Palo Alto Networks Inc: up 12.9 pct at $133.89 premarket UPDATE 2-Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto’s Q3 report eases sales fears, shares jump BUZZ-Results bode well for security spending - analyst ** Pinnacle Foods Inc: up 6.2 pct at $66.15 premarket EXCLUSIVE-Conagra makes takeover approach to Pinnacle Foods-sources BUZZ-Pinnacle Foods Inc: Conagra makes takeover approach -sources ** Dollar General Corp: up 3.4 pct at $75.90 premarket Dollar General’s quarterly profit down 5.3 pct BUZZ-Shares up on Q1 results beat ** Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co: up 6.1 pct at $34.20 premarket Morgan Stanley raises to “overweight” from “underweight” ** Deere & Co: up 3.3 pct at $126.45 premarket UPDATE 1-Deere to buy German road construction firm Wirtgen for $5.2 bln ** MannKind Corp: up 17.8 pct at $1.79 premarket BUZZ-MannKind Corp: Signs drug distribution deal for Brazil ** Barrick Gold Corp: down 0.5 pct at $16.45 premarket ** Sibanye Gold: down 7.9 pct at $4.66 premarket ** Harmony Gold Mining: down 5.0 pct at $1.90 premarket ** DRD Gold: down 3.3 pct at $2.90 premarket ** IAMGOLD Corp: down 2.7 pct at $4.35 premarket BUZZ-Gold stocks tumble on strong dollar ahead of U.S. jobs data ** Ciena Corp: up 11.8 pct at $26.25 premarket BRIEF-Ciena adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share $0.45 ** Semtech Corp: down 3.1 pct at $37.00 premarket BRIEF-Semtech reports Q1 earnings per share $0.18 ** Express Inc: down 21.5 pct at $6.09 premarket BRIEF-Express Q1 loss per share $0.06 ** Box Inc: up 6.3 pct at $19.88 premarket Box beats expectations with steady growth, shares jump ** Air Transport Services Group Inc: down 4.9 pct at $22.67 premarket BRIEF-Announces pricing of secondary public offering by selling stockholder (Compiled by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)