February 2, 2015 / 2:28 PM / 3 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Exxon, RadioShack, Pluristem, oil stocks

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U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight gains at the open on Monday. Dow Jones industrial e-mini futures were up 0.36 percent at 17,159, S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.39 percent at 1,996.25 and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.30 percent at 4,153.5.

** EXXON MOBIL CORP, Friday close $87.42, +0.72 pct premarket

The world’s largest publicly traded oil company said its quarterly profit fell 21 percent as weak oil prices took a toll, but results topped Wall Street expectations due to tax benefits and a favorable arbitration ruling.

Exxon also said it will reduce its share buyback program in the first quarter by more than half to $1 billion.

** RADIOSHACK CORP, Friday close $0.2771, -20.61 pct premarket

Hedge fund Standard General LP is in talks to serve as the lead bidder at a bankruptcy auction for the struggling consumer electronics retailer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.

** BLUEBIRD BIO INC, Friday close $92.91, +7.58 pct premarket

The drug developer said U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted “breakthrough therapy” status to its experimental gene therapy, LentiGlobin, which aims to treat a blood disorder

** MOLYCORP INC, Friday close $0.33, +20.91 pct premarket

The rare earth miner reported a 22 percent rise in rare earth oxide equivalent production output at Mountain Pass, and said it was seeing strong demand for magnetic rare earth material.

** ZOGENIX INC, Friday close $1.35, +8.15 pct premarket

The U.S. FDA approved a new version of the company’s pain drug, Zohydro

** LULULEMON ATHLETICA INC, Friday close $66.24

The Canadian yogawear chain’s founder Chip Wilson said he was stepping down from the board.

** NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE, Friday close $1.1, +7.27 pct premarket

Greece’s new left-wing government will not take any actions that would hurt the share values of the country’s banks and does not plan to appoint party officials at key management posts, the government’s spokesman said on Monday.

Greece’s bank bailout fund HFSF holds majority stakes in three of the country’s four biggest banks, National Bank , Piraeus Bank and Alpha Bank, after their recapitalization.

** ENERGY XXI LTD, Friday close $2.94, +3.74 pct premarket

** LINN ENERGY LLC, Friday close $10.26, +3.12 pct premarket

** MILLER ENERGY RESOURCES INC, Friday close $1.17, +9.40 pct premarket

** OASIS PETROLEUM INC, Friday close $13.44, +0.00 pct premarket

** HALLIBURTON CO, Friday close $39.99, +2.28 pct premarket

** TRANSOCEAN LTD, Friday close $16.3, +1.66 pct premarket

Crude oil prices rose as investors shrugged off a U.S. refinery strike and focused on a falling U.S. rig count that signaled lower production down the line.

** YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLD CO LTD, Friday close $1.87, +4.81 pct premarket

** JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO LTD, Friday close $17.82, +1.63 pct premarket

** CANADIAN SOLAR INC, Friday close $20.39, +2.01 pct premarket

China aims to install 15 gigawatts of solar power capacity this year, 43 percent more than it added in 2014, as the country seeks to prop up its solar panel sector and boost the use of renewable energy despite a lack of transmission infrastructure

** FTI CONSULTING INC, Friday close $40.67, -4.11 pct premarket

The business advisory firm estimates 2014 revenue and profit below average analyst estimates and its own forecast, citing lower revenue from its economic consulting and corporate finance and technology segment

** PLURISTEM THERAPEUTICS INC, Friday close $3.72, -11.56 pct premarket

The Israeli drug developer said larger dose of its muscle treatment developed from placental cells is not statistically significant in improving muscle strength in gluteal muscles

** OI SA, Friday close $1.97, -6.09 pct premarket

Telecom Italia SpA is not interested in selling Brazilian wireless carrier TIM Participações SA, said Telecom Italia’s CEO, Marco Patuano, according to Brazilian newspaper Valor

Oi has been in talks with Spain’s Telefonica SA and Mexico’s America Movil SAB about making a joint bid to buy TIM and divide it three ways.

** VALE SA, Friday close $7.03

The Brazilian miner proposed on Friday to pay dividends of $2 billion this year, less than half the $4.2 billion it distributed in 2014, amid falling prices of iron ore and other base metals.

** ARDELYX INC, Friday close $27.01

The drugmaker said its experimental drug significantly decreased phosphate levels in chronic kidney disease patients who were on dialysis.

** IMPERIAL OIL LTD, Friday close $37.11

Canada’s second-largest integrated oil producer and refiner posted a 36.5 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by lower crude prices and weaker refining margins.

Compiled by Avik Das in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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