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* The Morning News Call newsletter: tmsnrt.rs/2fwPLTh U.S. stock indexes were set to slide on Friday as investors moved away from riskier assets after a U.S. air strike in Iraq killed a top Iranian commander, sharply escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.
At 9:03 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 0.84% at 28,600. S&P 500 e-minis were down 0.92% at 3,229, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 1.07% at 8,796.5. The top three NYSE percentage gainers premarket: ** Whiting Petroleum Corp, up 14.0% ** Brookfield Business Partners LP, up 12.0% ** Chaparral Energy Inc, up 11.4% The top three NYSE percentage losers premarket: ** KAR Auction Services Inc, down 8.7% ** Parker Drilling Co, down 6.7% ** Nio Inc, down 6.5% The top three Nasdaq percentage gainers premarket: ** Leap Therapeutics Inc, up 53.8% ** Zion Oil And Gas Inc, up 35.9% ** Inpixon, up 32.2% The top three Nasdaq percentage losers premarket: ** Novan Inc, down 72.7% ** TKK Symphony Acquisition Corp, down 16.7% ** Village Super Market Inc, down 15.1% ** Apple Inc: down 0.8% premarket BUZZ-Apple: Interest in current-year iPhone lineup is gathering pace - RBC
** Tesla Inc: up 1.8% premarket BUZZ-Rises on upbeat fourth-quarter deliveries ** Incyte Corp: down 10.4% premarket BUZZ-Falls on late-stage trial failure ** Endo International Plc: up 3.3% premarket BUZZ-Rises as Piper Jaffray upgrades on co’s cellulite treatment ** Bank of America Corp: down 1.6% premarket ** Citigroup Inc: down 1.6% premarket ** Morgan Stanley: down 1.1% premarket ** Goldman Sachs Group Inc: down 1.1% premarket ** JPMorgan Chase & Co: down 1.1% premarket ** Wells Fargo & Co: down 1.0% premarket BUZZ-U.S. big banks drop as bond yield spread narrows on Middle East tensions ** American Airlines Group Inc: down 2.5% premarket ** Delta Air Lines Inc: down 2.2% premarket BUZZ-Airlines tumble on surging oil prices after U.S. air strike in Baghdad ** Gold Fields Ltd: up 2.1% premarket ** AngloGold Ashanti Ltd: up 3.3% premarket ** Harmony Gold Mining Co Ltd: up 5.4% premarket BUZZ-Gold miners gain as U.S. air strike in Baghdad fans tensions ** Incyte Corp: down 10.4% premarket BUZZ-Incyte’s trial failure hurts prospects of transplant rejection drug - brokerages ** Chevron Corp: up 0.6% premarket ** Exxon Mobil Corp: up 0.4% premarket ** Whiting Petroleum Corp: up 14.0% premarket ** EOG Resources Inc: up 2.1% premarket ** Diamondback Energy Inc: up 2.4% premarket ** Hess Corp: up 2.6% premarket ** Apache Corp: up 2.9% premarket ** Cimarex Energy Co: up 2.8% premarket ** Devon Energy Corp: up 2.7% premarket ** Marathon Oil Corp: up 3.4% premarket ** Schlumberger NV: up 2.0% premarket ** Patterson-UTI Energy: up 0.9% premarket ** Halliburton Co: up 3.1% premarket BUZZ-Oil stocks rise on U.S. strike in Baghdad ** Novan Inc: down 72.7% premarket BUZZ-Novan plunges as trial for skin infection gel fails to meet goals ** Can Fite Biopharma Ltd: up 20.5% premarket BUZZ-Jumps after liver cancer drug shows weight loss benefits ** Chembio Diagnostics Inc: up 6.4% premarket BUZZ-Chembio expects FDA decision on HIV-syphilis test in Q1; shares rise ** Lockheed Martin: up 1.4% premarket ** Northrop Grumman Corp: up 1.6% premarket ** General Dynamics Corp: up 1.2% premarket BUZZ-U.S. weapons makers advance on U.S. air strike in Baghdad (Compiled by Abhishek Manikandan in Bengaluru)