(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stocks were set for a higher open on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to hold near its record high, after the March payrolls report suggested the economy may be gaining momentum. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.32 percent at 16,554, S&P 500 futures were up 0.42 percent at 1,890.9 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.50 percent at 3,649.
** BOEING INC, Thursday close $128.78, +0.56 pct premarket
** MERCURY SYSTEMS INC, Thursday close $13.23, +13.00 pct premarket
Boeing is considering buying the company which supplies digital signal and image processing systems to the aerospace and defense industry, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Mercury, which has a market value of roughly $440 million, supplies to companies including Boeing, Lockheed Martin Corp , Northrop Grumman Corp and Raytheon Co.
** HALOZYME THERAPEUTICS INC, Thursday close $11.59, -31.41 pct premarket
The drugmaker said it was temporarily halting enrolment of patients and dosing of its cancer drug in a mid-stage trial on patients with pancreatic cancer, after the recommendation of an independent safety committee.
** MYLAN INC, Thursday close $49.86, +6.30 pct premarket
The drugmaker is looking to acquire its smaller Swedish rival Meda AB in a move that would create a $23 billion company, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
Meda’s chairman confirmed to Swedish news agency Direkt on Friday that the company had initial contact with Mylan and said it would make an announcement on Friday.
** ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORP, Thursday close $99.02, +2.40 pct premarket
The energy company agreed on Thursday to pay more than $5 billion to clean up areas across the United States polluted by nuclear fuel, wood creosote and rocket fuel waste that caused cancer and other health problems.
The biggest U.S. online food delivery services company will make its market debut on Friday.
The company’s IPO was priced on Thursday at $26 per share, valuing the company at about $2.04 billion. The price was slightly above an already raised expected range of $23-$25 per share.
** CHINA SUNERGY CO LTD, Thursday close $5.04, +11.71 pct premarket
The solar panels maker forecast higher shipments for the year, after strong sales in its domestic market helped it post a smaller fourth-quarter loss.
** SYNNEX CORP, Thursday close $62.42, +19.53 pct premarket
The hardware distributor reported better-than-expected quarterly results as it benefited from higher spending on information technology and the acquisition of International Business Machines Corp’s customer-care business process outsourcing operations.
** OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC, Thursday close $3.8, -12.37 pct premarket
The company, which makes the PowerBuoy system that generates electricity from ocean waves, said it would sell 3.8 million shares at $3.10 per share, an 18.4 percent discount to the stock’s closing price on Thursday. The company intends to use the proceeds for working capital expenses and to develop and test the PowerBuoy systems.
** CHINA FINANCE ONLINE CO LTD, Thursday close $5.16, +21.32 pct premarket
The Beijing-based company posted a profit in the in the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a year-ago loss, as revenue rose five-fold to $25.8 million on strong demand for its brokerage services in Hong Kong and China.
The company’s profit was 7 cents per American depository share in the quarter, compared with a loss of 22 cents per ADS a year earlier.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Thursday close $17.15, +0.29 pct premarket
The bank is close to settling with a U.S. consumer regulator over the sale of services sold as add-ons to credit cards, sources familiar with the talks said.
** CHEVRON CORP, Thursday close $119.04, +0.55 pct premarket
Brazilian judges ordered a criminal prosecution of the company and 11 employees over an oil spill in November 2011, in a process reinstated more than a year after being thrown out following a settlement with the government.
** CARMAX INC, Thursday close $47.56, -1.18 pct premarket
The largest retailer of used cars in the United States reported a higher quarterly revenue and said it had increased its share buyback program by $1 billion.
** HYDROGENICS CORP, Thursday close $26.57, -5.91 pct premarket
The fuel-cell maker forecast first-qurater revenue of $7.0-$7.5 million, lower than analysts’ expectations of $11.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It said delays in deliveries by customers would hurt revenue. The company reiterated its 2014 outlook.
** GAMESTOP CORP, Thursday close $44.39, +1.96 pct premarket
BofA Merrill upgraded the videogame retailer’s stock to “buy” from “neutral” and raised its price target on the stock to $56 from $43 citing improving sales and earnings prospects at the company due to rising sales of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s XBox One game consoles.
** MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC, Thursday close $24, +3.46 pct premarket
The memory chip maker posted better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter results and said the outlook for the memory industry is favorable as it switches production lines to make NAND chips used in smartphones and tablets from making DRAM chips for personal computers.
** WESTERN ASSET MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORP, Thursday close $15.44, -5.05 pct premarket
The company, which finances residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS), said it would sell 13 million shares and intends to use the proceeds to purchase RMBS.
** CYCLACEL PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Thursday close $3.71, -5.39 pct premarket
The company on Friday priced an offering of about 2.9 million shares at about $3.50 apiece, a 5.7 percent discount to the stock’s closing price on Thursday.
Cyclacel said it would use part of the proceeds to fund a study of its lead experimental drug, sapacitabine, as a treatment for a group of blood cancers known as myelodysplastic syndromes.
** GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC, Thursday close $71.64, -2.25 pct premarket
The payment processor on Thursday reported a fall in third-quarter net income as interest and other expenses rose two-fold. The company’s adjusted profit beat Wall Street’s expectations but revenue growth missed estimates, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company also raised its full-year profit forecast and expanded its share repurchase authorization to $365 million.
At least four brokerages raised their price target on the company’s stock on Friday.
** USA TECHNOLOGIES INC, Thursday close $2.02, +6.44 pct premarket
The maker of cashless payment systems signed an agreement with Pepi Co, a food- and coffee-vending machine provider, for the use of its products across all of Pepi’s operations, including mobile payments and cafeteria service points. Pepi already uses the company’s products to offer cashless payments on its vending machine network.
** GTX INC, Thursday close $1.56, -5.77 pct premarket
The drug developer said co-founder Mitchell Steiner quit as chief executive to pursue other business interests and Chief Operating Officer Marc Hanover has been named interim CEO.
The provider of cloud software for customer care centers will make its market debut on Friday.
The cloud-based software provider’s IPO was priced on Thursday at $7 per share, valuing the company at about $322.3 million. The price was below the expected range of $9-$11 per share.
The healthcare information company will make its market debut on Friday.
The TPG Capital Management backed company’s IPO was priced on Thursday at $20 per share, valuing the company at about $6.64 billion. The price was above the midpoint of the expected range of $18-$21 per share. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D‘Souza)