(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. stocks opened higher on Wednesday, with Intel leading the advance a day after the chipmaker gave a reassuring revenue outlook. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.51 percent at 18,129.05 and the S&P 500 was up 0.49 percent at 2,106.09.
** INTEL CORP, $32.346, +2.72 pct
The chipmaker forecast revenue broadly in line with Wall Street’s expectations and signaled a hefty cut in capital expenditures this year.
** MOLYCORP INC, $0.74, +37.98 pct
The rare earth miner said it has been chosen by Siemens AG to supply rare earth minerals over next 10 years from its Mountain Pass, California facility.
** SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORP, $14.565, +12.04 pct
The gunmaker raised its fourth-quarter and full-year profit and revenue forecast, citing stronger-than-expected orders in the fourth quarter ending April 30.
** ALCATEL LUCENT SA, $4.13, -16.23 pct
** NOKIA, $7.88, -1.01 pct
Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share transaction that values its smaller French rival at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion).
** LEXICON PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $0.9412, +3.45 pct
The drugmaker and partner Bristol-Myers Squibb Co pick drug candidate for development as a potential treatment for neuropathic pain.
** HARVEST NATURAL RESOURCES INC, $0.73, -27.72 pct
Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has offered to buy Harvest Natural’s stake in the Petrodelta joint venture, according to a source close to PDVSA, but the Texas-based oil and gas producer later said no “fair” proposal had been made.
** CELSION CORP, $3.25, +22.31 pct
The drugmaker reported positive interim data from mid-stage study of its ThermoDox in treating a form of breast cancer.
** 58.COM INC, $61.87, -8.84 pct
The Chinese classified advertising website and its competitor, Ganji.com, are in talks about a possible merger, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, in a sign of further consolidation in the mainland’s hot technology sector.
** MONROE CAPITAL CORP, $14.7, -3.61 pct
The business development company announced a stock offering on Tuesday.
** WALTER ENERGY INC, $0.628, -3.40 pct
The coal miner extended the deadline for making interest payments on notes due on Wednesday. The company now has 30-day grace period under its indenture agreements with holders of 9.5 pct Senior Secured Notes due in 2019 and the 8.5 pct Senior Notes due in 2021.
** PRECISION CASTPARTS CORP, $209.68, -2.91 pct
The forging and fastener systems maker said it estimated a pretax non-cash impairment charge of $210 million-$220 million for the fourth quarter related to its 50 percent stake in Yangzhou Chengde Steel Tube Co Ltd, which it plans to sell.
** MOBILEYE NV, $45.66, +7.82 pct
Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the driver-assistance system maker’s stock to $68, while Deutsche Bank raised to $55 from $53.
** GOOGLE INC, $534.3, -1.02 pct
Google said on Wednesday it strongly disagreed with the European Commission which accused the U.S. company of distorting Internet searches in its favor and launched an antitrust probe into its mobile operating system, Android.
** PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT INC, $34.9, +2.32 pct
** GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES INC, $35.99, -0.99 pct
Gaming and Leisure Properties, which buys real estate leased to casino operators, has raised its bid for Pinnacle Entertainment’s real estate, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday.
** BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC, $2.37, +4.87 pct
The Canadian fuel-cell maker said it received an order from a Chinese customer to supply power modules for eight buses to be deployed in Chinese cities.
** GOPRO INC, $46.0845, +3.61 pct
Analysts at Piper Jaffray upgraded the wearable camera maker’s stock to “overweight”.
** DELEK US HOLDINGS INC, $39.75, +4.88 pct
** ALON USA ENERGY INC, $16.06, +2.29 pct
Refiner Delek said it would buy Alon Israel Oil Co Ltd’s 48 percent holding in Alon USA for about $572.4 million, giving it a stake in convenience stores and more refineries in the United States.
** JD.COM INC, $34.1, +2.65 pct
China’s No. 2 e-commerce player on Wednesday launched its JD Worldwide cross-border online shopping platform, a challenger to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Tmall Global service. (Compiled by Anannya Pramanick in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)