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* The Morning News Call newsletter: tmsnrt.rs/2fwPLTh The S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes were set to hit fresh record highs at the open, as upbeat comments related to U.S.-China trade talks and strong earnings from semiconductor industry bellwether Applied Materials helped lift the mood.
At 9:08 ET, Dow e-minis were up 0.37% at 27,848. S&P 500 e-minis were up 0.32% at 3,107, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 0.51% at 8,307.75. The top three NYSE percentage gainers premarket: ** Farfetch Ltd, up 27.0% ** Korea Electric Power Corp, up 15.6% ** American Homes 4 Rent, up 15.1% The top three NYSE percentage losers premarket: ** Aurora Cannabis, down 13.4% ** Eros International Plc, down 13.6% ** Voxeljet, down 9.6% The top three Nasdaq percentage gainers premarket: ** Senmiao Technology Ltd, up 188.2% ** Akerna Corp, up 55.3% ** Sphere 3D Corp, up 37.6% The top three Nasdaq percentage losers premarket: ** Restorbio Inc, down 78.2% ** Yield10 Bioscience Inc, down 45.5% ** Anchiano Therapeutics, down 35.6% ** RH: up 6.9% premarket BUZZ-Rises after Buffett’s Berkshire discloses stake ** Agile Therapeutics: down 30.7% premarket BUZZ-Plunges as FDA delays review period for contraceptive patch ** JD.com Inc: up 4.8% premarket BUZZ-Rises on Q3 revenue beat China’s JD.com beats quarterly revenue estimates, shares rise ** Aurora Cannabis: down 13.4% premarket BUZZ-Plunges as slower retail rollout hurts Q1 sales ** Farfetch: up 27.0% premarket BUZZ-Set for its best day on Q3 beat ** Applied Materials: up 6.5% premarket BUZZ-Up on upbeat forecast, PT hikes ** Occidental Petroleum: up 3.1% premarket BUZZ-Rises after Court tosses Carl Icahn’s lawsuit ** J.C. Penney: up 11.8% premarket BUZZ-Rises on smaller-than-expected Q3 loss J.C. Penney quarterly loss smaller than expected, shares rise ** Senmiao Technology: up 188.2% premarket BUZZ-China’s Senmiao Technology soars on first qtrly profit since debut ** ResTORbio: down 78.2% premarket BUZZ-Out of breath on move to end respiratory illness trials ** Home Depot: up 0.5% premarket BUZZ-Home Depot outperforms Lowe’s in third quarter - Jefferies ** Qualcomm: up 2.4% premarket BUZZ-Up after brokerages raise PT on higher 5G adoption ** Advanced Micro Devices: up 1.6% premarket BUZZ-Rises as RBC boosts PT on S&P’s top 2019 performer ** Titan Pharmaceuticals: down 13.9% premarket BUZZ-Tumbles after wider quarterly loss ** Amarin: up 14.4% premarket BUZZ-Amarin’s FDA panel verdict bodes well for Matinas BioPharma - Maxim ** Agile Therapeutics: down 30.7% premarket BUZZ-Plunges on ‘kneejerk reaction’ to FDA delay ** Valeritas: up 10.6% premarket BUZZ-Jumps after patients benefit from switching to insulin delivery device ** Gulfport Energy: down 2.6% premarket BUZZ-SunTrust downgrades on debt, valuation concerns (Compiled by Bharath Manjesh in Bengaluru)