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Wall Street was set to open flat on Thursday as optimism over renewed efforts in Italy to form a government were countered by worries of a looming trade war with the European Union.
At 8:53 ET, Dow e-minis were up 0.04 percent at 24,678. S&P 500 e-minis were up 0.05 percent at 2,725.75, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 0.11 percent at 6,994.75. The top three NYSE percentage gainers premarket: ** NGL Energy Partners LP, up 14.0 pct ** Jones Energy Inc, up 13.4 pct ** Tilly’s Inc, up 13.1 pct The top three NYSE percentage losers premarket: ** Christopher & Banks Corp, down 25 pct ** Quantum Corp, down 23.3 pct ** Dollar General Corp, down 7.1 pct The top three Nasdaq percentage gainers premarket: ** Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc, up 59.5 pct ** Viking Therapeutics Inc, up 58.1 pct ** vTv Therapeutics Inc, up 45.9 pct The top three Nasdaq percentage losers premarket: ** Clearside Biomedical Inc, down 20.9 pct ** Crispr Therapeutics AG, down 15.1 pct ** Concordia International Corp, down 14.3 pct ** Tillys Inc: up 13.1 pct premarket BUZZ-Tillys Inc: Rises on sales beat, forecast ** Steel Dynamics Inc: up 2.6 pct premarket ** AK Steel: up 4.8 pct premarket ** US Steel: up 4.3 pct premarket ** Nucor: up 2.3 pct premarket ** Alcoa Corp: up 2.4 pct premarket BUZZ-U.S. steel, aluminum stocks rise on report of tariffs on imports from EU ** CRISPR: down 15.1 pct premarket ** Vertex Pharmaceuticals: down 0.4 pct premarket BUZZ-CRISPR, Vertex fall on FDA hold on stem cell therapy for sickle cell disease BUZZ-CRISPR Therapeutics plunges as FDA delays testing co’s therapy in humans ** Box Inc: down 4.9 pct premarket BUZZ-Box drops after conservative forecast BUZZ-Box: Slips after disappointing results UPDATE 3-Cloud storage firm Box’s revenue edges past estimates ** Micron Technology Inc: down 2.9 pct premarket BUZZ-Micron: Slips as top-rated analyst moves to sidelines ** Biogen: up 1.0 pct premarket BUZZ-Canaccord Genuity moves to “buy” on Biogen, shares rise ** Madrigal Pharma: up 59.5 pct premarket BUZZ-Madrigal Pharma: Soars after liver disease drug succeeds mid-stage trial UPDATE 2-Madrigal Pharma’s liver drug succeeds in study, shares soar ** Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment: down 5.1 pct premarket BUZZ-Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment: Slips on public offering ** Sears Holdings Corp: down 7.2 pct premarket BUZZ-Sears swings to loss, shares dive UPDATE 2-Sears quarterly comparable sales fall, to close additional stores ** Dollar Tree Inc: down 8.3 pct premarket ** Dollar General Inc: down 7.1 pct premarket BUZZ-Dollar Tree, Dollar General: Shares sink as same-store sales miss UPDATE 2-Dollar General, Dollar Tree miss same-store sales estimates ** General Motors: up 10.9 pct premarket BUZZ-General Motors: Jumps after self-driving unit gets $2.25 bln funding UPDATE 2-SoftBank investment in GM Cruise could speed self-driving cars ** J.Jill Inc: up 12.9 pct premarket BUZZ-J.Jill Inc: Jumps on surprise rise in comp sales, forecast (Compiled by Akshara P in Bengaluru)