By Peter Nurse
Investing.com -- Stocks in focus in premarket trade on Thursday, July 7th. Please refresh for updates.
GameStop (NYSE: GME ) stock rose 6% after the video game retailer’s board approved a four-for-one stock split that will make it more affordable for investors to own shares of the meme stock.
Seagen (NASDAQ: SGEN ) stock rose 4.2% after the Wall Street Journal reported that drugmaker Merck (NS: PROR ) (NYSE: MRK ), down 1.5%, is in advanced talks to buy the cancer specialist for around $40 billion.
Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY ) stock rose 6% following the news that interim CEO Sue Gove and two directors bought stock in the troubled domestic merchandise retailer.
Shell (LON: RDSa ) ADRs rose 0.8% after the U.K.-based energy giant said surging margins from fuel production could have added more than $1 billion to its earnings in last quarter, allowing it to reverse up to $4.5 billion of write-downs it had made during the pandemic.
Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE ) stock rose 4.5% after the space tourism company announced a deal with a subsidiary of Boeing (NYSE: BA ), up 0.7%, to build carrier aircraft to support its coming spacecraft fleet.
Kohls (NYSE: KSS ) stock fell 1.8% after Bank of America downgraded its stance on the retailer to ‘underperform’ from ‘hold’, citing the termination of takeover talks with Franchise Group (NASDAQ: FRG ).
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