(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 were slightly higher on Monday after Wall Street closed lower last week as the Federal Reserve's decision to keep interest rates unchanged stoked fears of slowing global economic growth. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.61 percent at 16,417, S&P 500 futures were up 0.55 percent at 1,961.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.48 percent at 4,347.5.
** APPLE INC, Friday close $113.45, +0.80 pct premarket
The iPhone maker said it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.
** ATMEL CORP, Friday close $7.27, +16.23 pct premarket
Chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor said it had agreed to buy U.S. peer Atmel for about $4.6 billion, as the Anglo-German company seeks to expand its industrial product portfolio.
** STARWOOD WAYPOINT RESIDENTIAL TRUST, Friday close $22.75
Starwood Waypoint said it agreed to merge with Colony American Homes Inc, a provider of single family residences for rent, in an all-stock deal.
** SHIRE PLC, Friday close $218.5, +3.89 pct premarket
The European Commission grants marketing authorization for the drugmaker’s Intuniv for once-daily, non-stimulant use of ADHD as a treatment for children and adolescents aged 6-17 years for whom stimulants are not suitable, not tolerated or have been shown to be ineffective.
** UNIQURE NV, Friday close $33.41, +12.51 pct premarket
The Netherlands-based drug developer said that its experimental gene therapy for Sanfilippo B disease was found safe and effective in an early-stage study.
** GOPRO INC, Friday close $35.15, -4.38 pct premarket
The U.S. video camera maker’s shares could plunge to $25 from a recent $35 as its latest product launch underwhelms consumers and competition comes on strong, Barron’s said in a report.
** LENNAR CORP, Friday close $51.75, +1.64 pct premarket
** TOLL BROTHERS INC, Friday close $36.64, +1.12 pct premarket
** DR HORTON INC, Friday close $31.61, +0.57 pct premarket
** KB HOME, Friday close $14.71, +1.16 pct premarket
Lennar, the No.2 U.S. homebuilder by volume, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as it sold more homes at higher prices.
** MERCK & CO INC, Friday close $52.13, +0.81 pct premarket
An experimental antibody developed by the drugmaker was shown in pivotal studies to reduce by about 10 percentage points the risk that infection with Clostridium difficile bacterium, which can cause a deadly diarrhea, will recur.
** RALPH LAUREN CORP, Friday close $109.38, +1.00 pct premarket
The U.S. clothing design company looks like a buying opportunity, according to a report in Barron’s financial newspaper, which said the company’s investment in new technology should lead to rising profit in coming years.
** FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES, Friday close $14.51, -1.52 pct premarket
United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said he hopes to have ratification votes on a proposed labor contract for 40,000 U.S. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers completed in 10 days.
** PRICELINE GROUP INC, Friday close $1,294.47, +0.52 pct premarket
The online travel services company is looking at ways to grow its operation in Cuba in light of new rules the United States announced that ease trade and investment restrictions with the Communist-ruled island.
** TELECOM ITALIA SPA, Friday close $12.32
Telecom Italia is open to all options regarding its Inwit tower unit, the chief executive of the Italian telecoms group said , adding there was “strong interest” for it but no offer on the table.
** BARRICK GOLD CORP, Friday close $6.75, -0.74 pct premarket
There has been strong interest in a package of six U.S. gold assets that the gold producer Barrick Gold Corp wants to sell, a senior Barrick executive said, adding that he expects a deal to close before year end.
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Friday close $60.94, +0.92 pct premarket
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s (HKEx) chairman has backed company Chief Executive Charles Li following a report in the Wall Street Journal linking Li to hiring practices at his former employer JPMorgan Chase that are being investigated. (Compiled by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)