Futures are up, suggesting the broader stock market could eke out gains for the third quarter despite recent whipsawed trading. Here’s what we’re watching before Thursday’s regular trading session gets going.
- Ready for liftoff: Virgin Galactic SPCE -3.55% shares jumped 9.2% premarket after the top U.S. aviation safety regulator cleared the space tourism company to operate flights again. The regulator also said the company failed to communicate a mistake that occurred during a high-profile mission.
- Merck MRK 2.41% confirmed that it would acquire Acceleron Pharma XLRN -4.06% for $180 a share, a deal that had been earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal. Acceleron shares gained 1.9% premarket, and Merck ticked up 0.4%.
- Results are due before the open from Bed Bath & Beyond, BBBY -2.93% Paychex PAYX 1.05% and McCormick. MKC 0.52%
- Shares of oil-and-gas company Camber Energy CEI 6.21% are up 17% premarket from their closing at $3.42 a share on Wednesday. The stock is trending on Twitch, according to Topstonks.com.
- Another penny stock, social media and entertainment company for children Grom Social Enterprises, GROM 95.43% soared 19% premarket, after having gained 95% in the previous session. The reasons are unclear, as they company didn’t appear to issue any regulatory filings or news releases.
- Investors in Altria Group MO 0.97% and Philip Morris International PM 1.09% were unmoved after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in a patent case brought by rival R.J. Reynolds Tobacco that the companies must halt imports and sales of their IQOS heated tobacco device. Shares of both companies edged up 0.2% premarket.
- Landec LNDC 0.78% shares dropped 13% off hours after the maker of wellness products reported a quarterly loss.
- Herman Miller MLHR 1.85% shares climbed 2.2% off hours. The furniture company, which is changing its name to MillerKnoll, said it expects revenue this quarter to exceed $1 billion, helped by a reopening of offices.
- Jefferies Financial Group JEF 0.53% is due to report earnings after the close.
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- The recent Federal Reserve meeting marked a turning point, as widely expected, with the 10-year Treasury yield climbing above 1.5% in subsequent sessions.
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