April 17, 2015 / 2:02 PM / 3 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Athersys, ServiceNow, Pros Holdings

(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 lower on Friday, with investors concerned over reports of a regulatory crackdown on over-the-counter margin trading in China, a move that potentially would be negative for a recently flow of money into Chinese exchanges. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 1.20 percent at 17,887.96 and the S&P 500 was down 0.83 percent at 2,087.58.

** ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC, $2.515, -12.37 pct

The U.S. chipmaker reported a bigger-than-expected adjusted loss and a steep fall in sales for the first quarter and said it expected weak demand for personal computers to continue for some time.

** ATHERSYS INC, $1.107, -49.22 pct

The drug developer said its cell therapy failed in a mid-stage study testing it as a treatment for a type of stroke, sending its shares down more than 50 percent in premarket trading.


The internet software and services company priced its offering of 1.7 million shares at $3 per share.

** DISCOVERY LABORATORIES INC, $1.146, -16.96 pct

The specialty biotech said on Thursday it was implementing a plan to cease the sale of its sole drug on market, Surfaxin. It will also reduce its workforce by about 50 percent and expects to record a restructuring charge of about $3.5 million in the second quarter.

** ONCOLYTICS BIOTECH INC, $0.7627, +10.52 pct

The Canadian cancer drug developer said its experimental drug, Reolysin, got orphan drug status from the U.S. FDA.

** PROS HOLDINGS INC, $21.58, -20.52 pct

The software maker cut its first quarter revenue forecast to $44.3 million-$48.2 million from $47 million-$49 million.

** SERVICENOW INC, $71.29, -13.94 pct

The IT software maker forecast second-quarter revenue of of $232 million-$242 million vs average analyst estimate of $242 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

** 58.COM INC, $72.2, +6.85 pct

The Chinese classified advertising site said on Friday that it had agreed to buy a 43.2 percent stake in rival Ganji.com, marking further consolidation in the mainland’s hot technology sector.

** GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, $27.53, +0.92 pct

The U.S. conglomerate said on Friday its quarterly industrial profit rose 9 percent as it focuses more on its manufacturing businesses, helped by improved profit margins.

** ROSETTA GENOMICS LTD, $4.09, +8.20 pct

Cantor Fitzgerald raised its rating on the Israeli diagnostic company’s stock to “buy” from “hold”, citing the company’s acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ cancer diagnostic testing lab, PersonalizeDx.

** AKEBIA THERAPEUTICS INC, $8.42, -2.88 pct

The drug developer priced its stock offering of 7.3 million shares at $8.25 per share, a discount of 5 percent to the stock’s Thursday close.

** CYTRX CORP, $4.9, +8.89 pct

Analysts at Oppenheimer & Co started coverage on the drug developer with an “outperform” rating. Analysts said they see new indications for the company’s experimental cancer drug, including small-cell lung cancer and glioblastoma, as potential upside.

** IGATE CORP, $44.31, +4.65 pct

France-based Cap Gemini SA and Atos SE are in talks to acquire iGate, Indian newspaper Business Standard reported, citing sources.

** AMERICAN EXPRESS CO, $76.73, -5.17 pct

The world’s largest credit card issuer reported quarterly revenue that fell short of analysts’ estimates, hurt by a stronger dollar and the loss of several co-branded tie-ups.

** MATTEL INC, $26, +2.89 pct

The toymaker’s quarterly net sales topped analysts’ estimates for the first time in six quarters as new Chief Executive Christopher Sinclair focuses on turning around the business in the face of flagging sales of Barbie dolls.

** SCHLUMBERGER LTD, $93.99, +2.29 pct

The oilfield services provider said it would cut a further 11,000 jobs and reduced its capital spending plan for this year as the company prepares for an extended period of lower activity and pricing pressure, especially in North America. (Reporting by Anannya Pramanick in Bengaluru, Edited by Maju Samuel)

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