(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 rose on Tuesday after weak economic data out of China bolstered hopes of more stimulus measures from the Chinese government. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 1.56 percent at 16,370, S&P 500 futures were up 1.61 percent at 1,952.75 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 1.54 percent at 4,258.5.
** IMMUNOMEDICS INC, Friday close $2.15, +25.12 pct premarket
The drug developer says its experimental drug, sacituzumab govitecan, continues to produce durable responses in certain patients with metastatic lung cancer in a mid-stage study.
** MEDIA GENERAL INC, Friday close $11.15, +22.87 pct premarket
** MEREDITH CORP, Friday close $45.94
Media General said it would buy diversified media company Meredith for about $2.34 billion to create the third-largest local TV station owner in the United States.
** APPLE INC, Friday close $109.27, +1.86 pct premarket
Apple has ramped up its hiring of artificial intelligence experts, recruiting from PhD programs, posting dozens of job listings and greatly increasing the size of its AI staff, a review of hiring sites suggests and numerous sources confirm.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Friday close $63.91, +3.11 pct premarket
German retailer Metro AG will use Alibaba’s Tmall Global platform to offer a range of German products online to Chinese consumers, branching out from operating wholesale stores in China into e-commerce.
** CONCORDIA HEALTHCARE CORP, Friday close $84.17
Canada’s Concordia said it would buy Amdipharm Mercury Ltd from private equity firm Cinven for $1.9 billion to expand its portfolio of drugs aimed at treating rare diseases.
** BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO, Friday close $57.3, +1.66 pct premarket
An early-stage study shows Bristol-Myers’ Opdivo treatment can be safely and effectively paired with relatively low and infrequent dosages of the company’s other immunotherapy, Yervoy, for patients with previously untreated lung cancer, researchers said on Monday.
** MERCK & CO INC, Friday close $51.59, +1.65 pct premarket
Britain’s healthcare cost-effectiveness watchdog NICE on Monday recommended use of Merck’s immunotherapy drug Keytruda, after the U.S. drugmaker promised to supply it to the state health service at a discounted price.
** WALT DISNEY CO, Friday close $100.97, +1.90 pct premarket
Walt Disney’s studio unit said customers of Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp’s video services will get access to the collection on its cloud-based movie storage service from Tuesday.
** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, Friday close $68.76, +2.34 pct premarket
Brokerage SunTrust Robinson upgrades the world’s largest consumer products maker’s stock to “buy” from “neutral”.
** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Friday close $44.82, +1.49 pct premarket
Verizon will launch a trial version of its new mobile video service on Tuesday, aiming to prove that telecom players can compete with mobile ad industry titans Google Inc and Facebook Inc.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Friday close $499, +1.60 pct premarket
The online retailer plans to release a $50 tablet in time for the holiday season, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** PENTAIR PLC, Friday close $53.19
The pump and valve maker said it would appoint Ed Garden, founding partner of hedge fund Trian Fund Management LP, to its board. (Compiled by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)