U.S. stock index futures edged up on Monday ahead of data on
both the services sector and factory goods that could give clues
on the momentum of U.S. economic growth early in the new year.
Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.20 percent
at 16,440, S&P 500 futures were up 0.20 percent at
1,829.1 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.11 percent at
** BOEING CO, Friday close $137.62, +1.02 pct
Algeria's national carrier Air Algerie signed deals on
Monday to buy three 250-seat Airbus passenger jets and
eight 150-seat jets from Boeing, company officials said.
Boeing's machinists on Friday narrowly approved a crucial
labor contract that secured thousands of jobs and billions of
dollars of economic activity for Washington state but will cost
workers their pensions.
** MEN'S WEARHOUSE INC, Friday close $50.59
** JOS. A. BANK CLOTHIERS INC, Friday close $54.41
Apparel retailer Men's Wearhouse mounted a hostile bid for
Jos. A. Bank with a raised offer, days after the smaller rival
upped its buyout defenses.
** T-MOBILE US INC, Friday close $32.28, +1.39 pct
The company said it would buy some spectrum licenses from
Verizon Wireless for about $2.4 billion in cash. The deal
includes certain 700 Megahertz A-Block spectrum licenses in the
United States, T-Mobile said in a statement.
** THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC, Friday close
** GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, Friday close $27.48, +0.22
Scientific and laboratory equipment maker Thermo Fisher said
it would sell its cell culture, gene modulation and magnetic
beads businesses to GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric
Co, for about $1.06 billion.
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Friday close $58.66
The bank is nearing a $2 billion settlement with federal
authorities to resolve suspicions that the bank ignored signs of
Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, the New York Times reported,
citing people briefed on the case.
** XPO LOGISTICS INC, Friday close $28.03
** PACER INTERNATIONAL INC, Friday close
$8.33, +3.24 pct premarket
XPO Logistics said it would buy Pacer International for $335
million to become the third-largest North American provider of
intermodal services, one of the fastest-growing areas of
** LIBERTY MEDIA CORP, Friday close $145.33, +3.21
** SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC, Friday close
$3.57, +8.12 pct premarket
Liberty Media on Friday said it would offer to buy out the
minority shareholders in satellite radio provider Sirius XM, in
a deal that could give cable mogul John Malone a freer hand in
driving cable consolidation.
** WAL-MART STORES INC, Friday close $78.65
The company's British arm, Asda, said it enjoyed a good
performance at Christmas both in store and online.
** FORD MOTOR CO, Friday close $15.51, +0.26 pct
The company and its local partners in China sold a total of
94,838 vehicles on a wholesale basis in December, an increase of
35 percent from a year earlier, the company said on Monday.
** NVIDIA CORP, Friday close $15.67
The chipmaker gave new details of an upcoming chip with
beefed-up graphics for mobile gadgets and cars as it faces a
slowing personal computer industry and harsh competition in
smartphones and tablets.
** ARATANA THERAPEUTICS INC, Friday close $19.1
The pet medication products maker said it acquired
Belgium-based Okapi Sciences NV, expanding its presence in
Europe and broadening its product portfolio.
Aratana paid about 10.3 million euros ($14 million) in cash
and issued a promissory note for 11 million euros with a
maturity date of Dec. 31. Aratana also agreed to pay an
additional 12 million euros in cash or shares of common stock
under certain conditions.
** YONGYE INTERNATIONAL INC, Friday close $6.42
The China-based crop nutrient maker late on Friday said its
shareholders would meet on Jan. 10 to vote on top shareholder
Full Alliance International Ltd and its affiliates proposal to
take Yongye private. The deal has been approved by the company's
** BARRICK GOLD CORP, Friday close $18.15, +0.83
** GOLDCORP INC, Friday close $22.29
** NEWMONT MINING CORP, Friday close $23.92, +0.38
** YAMANA GOLD INC, Friday close $8.85
** ELDORADO GOLD, Friday close $5.88
Gold rallied for a fifth day to its highest level in nearly
three weeks on Monday, as softer equity markets prompted
investors to tap the asset's safe-haven qualities.
** FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL INC, Friday close
The insurer said on Friday it formed a wholly owned
subsidiary Black Knight Financial Services and issued a 35
percent interest in two Black Knight operating subsidiaries to
Thomas Lee Partners.
** CELL THERAPEUTICS INC, Friday close $2.2, +1.82
The company said Britain's National Institute for Health and
Care Excellence (NICE), which decides if drugs should be paid
for on the state health service, said its cancer drug, Pixuvri,
was cost-effective and recommended its funding as a treatment
for adult patients with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The company said it expects to launch Pixuvri in England and
Wales in early spring, when NICE's recommendation is
** GENWORTH FINANCIAL INC, Friday close
$15.39, +1.69 pct premarket
Analysts at UBS raised the rating of the financial services
company's stock to "buy" from "neutral", according to
** NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, Wednesday close
$78.75, +1.84 pct premarket
Shares of the maker of offshore-drilling gear could rise 30
percent in the next year because the company will enjoy a jump
in orders for aftermarket parts as well as replacement orders
for aging drill fleets, financial weekly Barron's wrote in its
Jan. 6 edition.