US STOCKS-Bed, Bath & Beyond, Merrimack Pharma surge in premarket

miércoles 24 de septiembre de 2014 08:21 GYT

* Futures up: Dow 42 pts, S&P 5.25 pts, Nasdaq 12.25 pts

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Merrimack Pharmaceuticals shares were surging in premarket trade, up 24.5 percent to $8.95 after the company said it reached a deal to develop and market Merrimack's pancreatic cancer drug outside the U.S. with Baxter International.

Merrimack said it would receive a $100 million upfront payment from Baxter and could earn up to $120 million more in milestone payments for the drug.

Volume of more than 485,000 shares made the stock the second most actively traded issue on the Nasdaq in premarket trading and represented over 35 percent of its 10-day average.

Bed, Bath & Beyond shares were trading up 5.4 percent to $66.05 in premarket trading after the home furnishings retailer reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as increased discounting and promotions helped attract more shoppers to its stores.

Should the gains hold throughout the session, it would mark the biggest percentage jump for the stock since April 2012.

U.S. stock index futures were trading modestly higher on Wednesday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a three-session losing skid, ahead of data on the housing market.

Providing support was a renewed pledge by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to keep monetary policy loose for an extended period to push inflation in the euro zone closer to the two percent level.   Continuación...