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* The Morning News Call newsletter: tmsnrt.rs/2fwPLTh The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were set for modest gains at the open on Wednesday as investors drew comfort from Iranian signals that overnight missile strikes "concluded" its retaliation to the killing of Qassem Soleimani.
At 8:58 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 0.10% at 28,498. S&P 500 e-minis were up 0.12% at 3,239.25, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 0.14% at 8,865.5. The top three NYSE percentage gainers premarket: ** Mechel Pao, up 18.5% ** Quintana Energy Services Inc, up 17.8% ** Earthstone Energy Inc, up 9.4% The top three NYSE percentage losers premarket: ** Livent Corp, down 11.4% ** Garrett Motion Inc, down 9.9% ** China Rapid Finance Ltd, down 8.9% The top three Nasdaq percentage gainers premarket: ** ShiftPixy Inc, up 201.1% ** Midatech Pharma PLC , up 83.5% ** Applied Therapeutics Inc, up 20.9% The top three Nasdaq percentage losers premarket: ** EXFO Inc, down 18.4% ** Genetic Technologies Ltd, down 15.5% ** Unum Therapeutics Inc, down 15.3% ** Beyond Meat Inc: up 3.8% premarket BUZZ-Beyond Meat gains as McDonald’s expands burger trial ** Livent Corp: down 11.4% premarket BUZZ-Falls after lowering FY revenue, profit forecast on pricing concerns ** Luckin Coffee Inc: down 3.4% premarket BUZZ-Falls on offering plan ** Microsoft Inc: up 0.8% premarket BUZZ-Morgan Stanley raises PT on commercial cloud growth ** Lockheed Martin Corp: up 0.6% premarket ** Northrop Grumman Corp: up 0.4% premarket ** Raytheon Co: up 0.6% premarket BUZZ-Defense stocks rise after Iran missile attack; Lockheed eyes record high ** New York Mortgage Trust: down 2.5% premarket BUZZ-Down on heavy volume after pricing stock offering ** Lennar Corp: up 2.9% premarket BUZZ-Up after 2020 home deliveries forecast, Q4 beat ** Zebra Technologies Corp: down 1.7% premarket BUZZ-Morgan Stanley downgrades on likely fall in revenue growth ** Ciena Corp: up 3.0% premarket BUZZ-Rises after Morgan Stanley upgrades to ‘overweight’ ** Comstock Mining: up 37.7% premarket BUZZ-Comstock Mining: Shares more than double on sale of Silver Springs assets ** Walgreens Boots Alliance: down 6.5% premarket BUZZ-Falls as Q1 results disappoint ** Midatech Pharma Plc: up 83.5% premarket BUZZ-Midatech Pharma: Surges after cancer treatment succeeds study ** ShiftPixy Inc: up 201.1% premarket BUZZ-Surges on $20 mln contract assignment ** Quintana Energy Services Inc: up 17.8% premarket BUZZ-Quintana Energy: Continues to rise on business segment reshuffle ** FireEye Inc: down 2.1% premarket ** Palo Alto Networks Inc: down 1.6% premarket BUZZ-BofA Global downgrades FireEye, Palo Alto on 2020 headwinds ** Macy’s Inc: up 4.6% premarket BUZZ-Rises on limited drop in holiday sales ** Constellation Brands Inc: up 2.3% premarket BUZZ-Constellation Brands: Gains on FY 2020 profit forecast raise ** Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc: down 9.8% premarket BUZZ-Intra-Cellular Therapies falls after pricing stock deal ** Glu Mobile: down 1.6% premarket BUZZ-Stephens downgrades on its Disney game prospects ** Xenetic Biosciences Inc: up 4.8% premarket BUZZ-Rises as Maxim starts coverage with “buy” ** Scynexis Inc: up 1.0% premarket BUZZ-Rises as anti-fungal drug shows promise in late-stage study ** Cisco Systems Inc: down 1.0% premarket BUZZ-BofA downgrades to ‘neutral’ on 2020 headwinds (Compiled by Abhishek Manikandan in Bengaluru)