(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 index e-mini futures were little changed on Wednesday, with traders eyeing a $70 billion mega-deal in the energy space and ahead of minutes from the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy-setting committee: Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.13 percent at 17,809, S&P 500 futures were up 0.17 percent at 2,071.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.16 percent at 4,340.75.
** ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, Tuesday close $65.46, -5.56 pct premarket
** BP PLC, Tuesday close $40.25, +3.43 pct premarket
Royal Dutch Shell agreed to buy smaller rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($70.2 billion) in the first major energy industry merger in more than a decade, closing the gap on market leader U.S. ExxonMobil after a plunge in prices.
Shares of rival BP rose after the news.
** RITE AID CORP, Tuesday close $8.69, +0.69 pct premarket
The drugstore chain operator reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong prescription sales that also drove up same-store sales.
** FAMILY DOLLAR STORES INC, Tuesday close $79.13, -0.09 pct premarket
The No. 2 U.S. dollar store chain’s second-quarter profit fell 15.6 percent in what is likely to be its last quarterly report as a public company.
** SECOND SIGHT MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC, Tuesday close $12.62, +19.26 pct premarket
The eye implant maker said new prosthesis for eye to treat “nearly all forms of blindness” was successfully implanted in an animal study.
** MCEWEN MINING INC, Tuesday close $1.06, -4.72 pct premarket
The Canada-based miner said armed robbers stole about 7,000 ounces of gold contained in some 900 kilograms of gold-bearing concentrate from its El Gallo 1 mine in Mexico. The company said its insurance policy was not sufficient to cover the entire amount of expected loss.
** ZEP INC, Tuesday close $17.09, +17.61 pct premarket
The maker of maintenance and cleaning chemicals agreed to be taken private by New Mountain Capital for about $692 million, including debt.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, Tuesday close $203.25, +2.93 pct premarket
The electric sports-car maker said it had started taking orders for new base version of Model S electric sedan. The Model S electric sedan costs $5,000 more than its predecessor, but offers better performance, longer range and more features, including all-wheel drive.
** LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP, Tuesday close $33.68, -6.47 pct premarket
The movie studio announced late on Tuesday a secondary offering of 10 million shares by investment funds affiliated with MHR Fund Management LLC.
** CAPITALA FINANCE CORP, Tuesday close $18.89, -5.93 pct premarket
The business development company announced on Tuesday an offering of 3.5 million shares of common stock.
** REGULUS INC, Tuesday close $15.95, +9.09 pct premarket
The drug developer said AstraZeneca Plc selected its experimental drug, RG-125, for early-stage trial on Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) patients, as part of a strategic alliance signed in 2012.
** INOVIO PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Tuesday close $9.08, +5.51 pct premarket
The vaccine developer said it would receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to lead a team to develop multiple therapies for Ebola, which has killed at least 10,000 people so far. Inovio is the prime contractor on the $45 million program, with other collaborators including MedImmune, a unit of AstraZeneca Plc and GeneOne Life Sciences.
** DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC, Tuesday close $32.92, +0.64 pct premarket
The company and private equity firm Providence Equity Partners were among four U.S. bidders expressing interest in South Korean cable TV firm C&M Co, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. (Compiled by Neha Dimri in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)