(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 futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday as investors digested the first major earnings of the first-quarter reporting season, which showed some weakness despite companies topping lowered expectations. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.07 percent at 17,897, S&P 500 futures were down 0.14 percent at 2,083.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.10 percent at 4,399.
** NOKIA OYJ, Monday close $8.3, -3.13 pct premarket
** ALCATEL-LUCENT SA, Monday close $4.35, +8.28 pct premarket
Nokia is in talks to buy smaller telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent, a deal that would combine the industry’s two weakest players but could pose challenges in cutting costs and overcoming political opposition.
** MYLAN N.V, Monday close $68.56, +0.51 pct premarket
** PFIZER INC, Monday close $35.09, +0.06 pct premarket
Mylan said it settled a patent litigation with Pfizer related to Viagra, paving the way for the launch of the drug’s generic version in the United States once approved.
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Monday close $62.07, +1.27 pct premarket
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Monday close $15.8, +0.51 pct premarket
JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a 12.2 percent rise in quarterly profit as revenue from fixed-income trading rebounded.
** WELLS FARGO & CO, Monday close $54.59, -0.93 pct premarket
The largest U.S. mortgage lender reported a 2.6 percent fall in quarterly profit on Tuesday as expenses rose and the bank set aside more money to cover bad loans.
** CITIGROUP INC, Monday close $52.66, +0.63 pct premarket
Citigroup is looking for a buyer for its retail forex brokerage, CitiFX Pro, as part of efforts to streamline the banking world’s biggest currency trading operation, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Tuesday.
** ALTERA CORP, Monday close $43.86, +1.14 pct premarket
** INTEL CORP, Monday close $31.73, -0.09 pct premarket
Several shareholders of chipmaker Altera, including Cadian Capital Management and TIG Advisors, have urged the company to resume takeover talks with Intel, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** BRAINSTORM CELL THERAPEUTICS INC, Monday close $4.6, +13.26 pct premarket
The drugmaker said it expects to present positive data from a mid-stage study of its treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurological disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function.
** GW PHARMACEUTICALS PLC, Monday close $96.18, +7.09 pct premarket
The drugmaker’s childhood epilepsy drug, epidiolex, currently in use through an expanded access program, showed marked improvement in median reduction of seizure frequency, data compiled by American Society Of Neurology shows.
** AETERNA ZENTARIS INC, Monday close $0.5385, +3.99 pct premarket
Analysts at HC Wainwright raise rating on the drug developer’s stock to “buy” from “neutral” after the company says it plans to conduct a confirmatory study on hormone deficiency drug-test after meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
** MCDERMOTT INTERNATIONAL INC, Monday close $4.85, +3.30 pct premarket
Imperial Capital raises rating on the energy-focused construction company’s stock to “outperform” from “in-line”.
** NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP, Monday close $104.87, -5.22 pct premarket
At least four brokerages cut their price targets on the U.S. railroad company by as much as $10 to as low as $105. Norfolk said on Monday that it expected first-quarter EPS to fall 15 percent and revenue to drop 5 percent due to reduced fuel surcharge revenue and lower coal volumes.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Monday close $382.36, +0.53 pct premarket
The e-commerce company and publisher HarperCollins have reached a new multi-year publishing deal that covers both print and digital titles, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing HarperCollins.
** COMPUGEN LTD, Monday close $7.37, +1.76 pct premarket
The Israeli drug developer said it obtained rights to use certain biological systems and materials developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
** HERBALIFE LTD, Monday close $42.84, -0.44 pct premarket
Billionaire investor William Ackman, who has long accused Herbalife of being a fraud, said on Monday that the top executives at the nutrition and supplements company are hiring their own lawyers as government investigations pick up pace.
** MERCADOLIBRE INC, Monday close $130.71
The Latin American e-commerce company said on Tuesday it agreed to buy Brazilian software firm KPL Soluções for at least 50 million reais ($16 million), adding 80 employees and expertise in software for online retailers. (Compiled by Anannya Pramanick in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)