A view of the charging Bull with a girl in New York City USA throughout coronavirus pandemic on April 25, 2020.
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Check out the firms making headlines earlier than the bell:
Intersect ENT (XENT), Medtronic (MDT) — Shares of Intersect ENT popped 35% after Bloomberg News reported Medtronic has made a suggestion to amass the California-based medical machine firm. Though talks are nonetheless of their early levels, Intersect’s board is reviewing the supply, in keeping with the report.
National General (NGHC), Allstate (ALL) — National General shares surged more than 67% on information the firm could be acquired by insurance coverage large Allstate. The deal, which is predicted to shut early subsequent yr, is price $four billion, or $34.50 per share, in money. Allstate shares fell 2.5%.
Nikola (NKLA) — An analyst at JPMorgan upgraded the electrical truck maker to “overweight” from “neutral,” noting the inventory is “starting to look attractive for long-term investors in view of a number of potential positive catalysts in coming weeks and months.” Nikola shares rose more than 7% in the premarket.
Apple (AAPL) — Deutsche Bank hiked its worth goal on Apple to $400 per share from $380 per share, implying a 7.3% upside from Tuesday’s shut of $372.69. “Overall, we feel comfortable that AAPL should continue to offer upside for investors,” a Deutsche Bank analyst mentioned in a observe. However, the analyst famous the inventory’s just lately sharp run-up “has us nervous.”
Biogen (BIIB) — Biogen shares jumped practically 7% after the firm submitted an utility to the Food and Drug Administration for aducanumab as a therapy for Alzheimer’s illness. “If approved, aducanumab would be the first treatment with the potential to meaningfully change the course of Alzheimer’s disease,” Biogen mentioned in a launch.
Altria (MO) — Shares of the tobacco large have been downgraded to “equal weight” from “overweight” by a Barclays analyst. The analyst famous Altria is “100% U.S.-exposed and continues to lose market share.”
Caterpillar (CAT) — A Bank of America analyst upgraded the development large to “neutral” from “underperform,” and hiked its worth goal on the inventory to $135 per share. “We still have our doubts on the sustainability of macro improvement, but are tempering our negativity,” the analyst mentioned. Caterpillar climbed 1.1% earlier than the bell.
American Express (AXP) — American Express was downgraded to “neutral” from “buy” by an analyst at Citigroup, citing the potential for “top line headwinds” transferring ahead. The analyst additionally trimmed his worth goal on the firm to $105 per share from $110 per share. American Express shares slid 0.6% in the premarket.