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* The Morning News Call newsletter: tmsnrt.rs/2fwPLTh U.S. stocks were set to open little changed on Tuesday, with the "Trump rally" pausing ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that will be scrutinized for clues on the timing of the next interest rate hike.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 0.06 percent at 20,370, S&P 500 futures were down 0.05 percent at 2,325 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.07 percent at 5,255.5.
** GENERAL MOTORS, up 3.7 pct at $36.85 premarket
** FIAT CHRYSLER, up 3.5 pct at $11.32 premarket
** FORD MOTOR CO, up 0.7 pct at $12.65 premarket
French carmaker PSA Group said it is holding talks with GM about buying its European Opel division.
The prospects of sector consolidation boosted Fiat and Ford.
** APPLE INC, down 0.1 pct at $133.12 premarket
The iPhone maker’s shares cruised to a record-high close Monday, helping catapult the S&P 500 stock index over the $20 trillion mark. The watch to top its all-time intraday high of $134.54 resumes.
** AETNA INC, untraded premarket
** HUMANA INC, untraded premarket
The rival health insurers said they had mutually ended their $34 billion merger agreement, a decision that comes weeks after a court ruled against the deal due to fears it would lower competition. Aetna is to pay Humana a $1 billion termination fee.
** T-MOBILE US INC, down 1.1 pct at $60.2 premarket
The No.3 U.S. wireless carrier reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as its promotional offers helped add more subscribers.
** MOLSON COORS BREWING CO, down 2.7 pct at $93.59 premarket
The beer maker reported a 4.2 percent fall in quarterly sales, due to a strong dollar and weak demand for its Coors Light beer, its biggest product.
** GILEAD SCIENCES INC, up 1.6 pct at $68.7 premarket
The hepatitis C drugmaker reported good clinical trial results for an experimental HIV drug.
** POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN INC, down 4.7 pct at $67.50 premarket
** RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC, flat at $53.80 premarket
Restaurant Brands, owner of the Burger King and Tim Hortons fast-food chains, has approached Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen about a possible acquisition, Reuters reported.
** HOLOGIC INC, down 3.3 pct at $38.7 premarket
** CYNOSURE INC, up 28.0 pct at $65.9 premarket
Medical device maker Hologic said it would buy medical aesthetics company Cynosure for $1.65 billion to complement its portfolio of women’s health products.
** UNDER ARMOUR INC, up 1.5 pct at $21.65 premarket
Morgan Stanley upgraded the sportswear maker and retailer’ stock to “equal weight”.
** MATTEL INC, up 1.2 pct at $26.21 premarket
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, up 0.1 pct at $103.2 premarket
Barbie-maker Mattel said it entered into a partnership with Alibaba to sell its products through the Chinese e-commerce giant’s online marketplace Tmall to expand its reach in China.
** TARGET CORP, up 0.5 pct at $65.15 premarket
** BEST BUY CO INC, untraded premarket
** GAP INC, untraded premarket
** AUTOZONE INC, down 0.5 pct at $732.16 premarket
Chief executives of some of America’s largest retailers, including Target and Best Buy, are headed to Washington this week to make their case that a controversial tax on imports would raise consumer prices and hurt their businesses, Reuters reported.
** VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP, down 9.3 pct at $6.22 premarket
The cloud-based communications services provider forecast full-year revenue of between $970 million and $985 million, below estimates of $1.01 billion. Its fourth-quarter profit and revenue also marginally missed estimates.
** BURLINGTON STORES INC, untraded premarket
Burlington Stores joined other retailers in deciding not to sell products of Ivanka Trump’s brand online, news website Business Insider reported.
** INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY INC, up 3.4 pct at $25.56 premarket
** GIGPEAK INC, up 12.9 pct at $3.06 premarket
Chip component maker IDT said on Monday that it would acquire GigPeak, which develops products for use in optical communications networks, for about $250 million in cash.
** NOBLE ENERGY INC, up 1.8 pct at $39.16 premarket
The U.S. oil and gas producer reported a surprise adjusted profit for the fourth quarter, helped by lower expenses and higher oil prices.
** FREEPORT MCMORAN INC, down 1.1 pct at $15.79 premarket
The U.S. miner has stopped production of copper concentrate at its Indonesian unit, a spokesman told Reuters, amid an export stoppage from its Grasberg mine, the world’s second-biggest copper mine, located in Papua province.
** SCORPIO TANKERS INC, up 6.1 pct at $4.2 premarket
Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to “overweight”, a day after Deutsche Bank upgraded to “buy” from “hold” following the oil transportation company’s encouraging Q4 report.
** PENNANTPARK FLOATING RATE CAPITAL LTD, down 3.8 pct at $13.48 premarket
Bookrunners are marketing the business development company’s follow-on of 5 million shares predominantly to retail investors at $13.62 apeice, a 2.8 percent discount to the stock’s $14.01 last sale.
** DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP, down 2.1 pct at $91.5 premarket
The beverage maker posts a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit.
** CARTER’S INC, up 1.7 pct at $84.4 premarket
Piper Jaffray upgraded the children’s apparel maker’s stock to “overweight” from “neutral”, according to a trader.
** KEANE GROUP INC, up 1.6 pct at $21.97 premarket
JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley started coverage of the oil driller’s stock with “overweight” rating, while Wells Fargo started with “outperform”. All three brokerages were part of the Keane’s IPO in mid-January.
** NETAPP INC, up 1.2 pct at $40.06 premarket
Piper Jaffray upgraded the data storage equipment maker’s stock to “overweight” from “neutral”, a trader said.
** GEVO INC, down 23.2 pct at $1.79 premarket
The chemical and biofuel maker’s senior secured lender agreed to extend the maturity of Gevo’s 2017 notes from March 15 to June 23. Gevo also announced a proposed public offering of common stock and warrants. (Compiled by Divya Grover and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza)