The top pre-market NASDAQ Stock Market gainers are: Zion Oil & Gas, AEterna Zentaris, Exelixis, SunOpta, and Skyworks Solutions. The top pre-market NASDAQ Stock Market losers are: Citrix Systems, CA, American Capital Agency, and News Corp.
Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (ZN) stock jumped 9.08 percent to $6.85 in the pre-market trading. The company said it plans to launch a rights offering. Under the rights offering, Zion will distribute non-transferable subscription rights to holders of Zion's common stock on the record date of June 15, to purchase their pro-rata portion of about 6.25 million Units of Zion's securities. Each Unit will consist of one share of Zion's common stock and warrants to purchase two additional shares of Zion's common stock at an exercise price of $3.50 per share. Under the rights offering, stockholders of record will have the right to subscribe for one Unit for every four shares of common stock owned on the record date, equivalent to 0.25 subscription rights for each share of common stock owned on the record date.
Each whole subscription right will entitle the stockholders of record on the record date to subscribe for one Unit at the per Unit purchase price of $5.00. The warrant will be exercisable for a one-year period beginning on the closing date after the rights offering expires. The rights offering is planned to commence as soon as practicable after the record date and to continue through 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time on July 25, subject to Zion's right to extend the offering in its sole discretion. The rights offering will also include an over-subscription privilege, entitling a stockholder who exercises all of their basic subscription privilege the right to purchase additional Units that remain unsubscribed at the expiration of the rights offering, subject to the availability and pro-rata allocation of securities among stockholders exercising their over-subscription right.
AEterna Zentaris Inc. (AEZS) stock grew 8.33 percent to $2.47 in the pre-market trading.
Exelixis, Inc. (EXEL) stock gained 5.29 percent to $9.15 in the pre-market trading. The company reported updated interim data from the fully enrolled cohort of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) treated with cabozantinib (XL184) in a phase 2 adaptive randomized discontinuation trial (RDT). The data provides additional patient experience and longer-term follow-up showing that cabozantinib results in resolution or stabilization of metastatic bone lesions on bone scan in the majority of patients evaluable by this method.
Additionally, cabozantinib treatment relieved or eliminated bone pain in the majority of patients, thus allowing for most who require narcotic analgesic medication to either reduce or eliminate the use of these medicines. Patients with partial or complete resolution of metastatic bone lesions by bone scan were more likely to remain free of disease progression at month 6, experience pain relief, reduce or eliminate their use of narcotic analgesics, achieve tumor regression, and experience marked declines in markers of bone turnover when compared to those who did not achieve bone scan resolution.
SunOpta Inc. (STKL) stock rose 3.84 percent to $7.84 in the pre-market trading. CNBC host Jim Cramer on Friday called SunOpta as a terrific way to speculate on the bull market in healthy eating. Cramer said the healthy eating business has been good for SunOpta and reckons the stock is cheap. SunOpta's natural, organic and specialty foods and natural health product businesses are expected to continue to grow as consumers focus on health and wellness.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS) stock gained 3.74 percent to $24.15 in the pre-market trading. The company said it is affirming its third quarter outlook for above market growth, excluding its recently announced acquisitions. In April 2011, Skyworks guided to about $345 million in revenue with adjusted earnings of $0.46 per share for the current quarter. Further, during the earnings conference call, the company indicated it was on a path to approach a $1.5 billion revenue run rate with $2.00 in annualized adjusted earnings per share in the September quarter. This growth outlook is being driven by the company’s broad customer base, diversification into new markets and increasing share gains.
Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) stock slid 2.42 percent to $80.16 in the pre-market trading. The company and Indiana University announced that Indiana University has chosen Citrix as a preferred partner in helping the university deliver and support virtual technologies for its 100,000+ students, faculty, and staff. The partnership effectively creates a Personal Cloud where users can access applications and data as an on-demand service -- anytime, anywhere, and on any PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone.
Using Citrix XenDesktop with FlexCast technology, Indiana University will be able to extend a broad range of applications and data to faculty, staff and students as a secure cloud-based service regardless of their location. In turn, the Indiana University community will have access to licensed software and data storage at any time, on any device -- whether a laptop, desktop, tablet or smart phone. The implementation, code-named IUAnyWare, comes as part of Indiana University's phased initiative to establish a new model for personal computing in higher education, and provide desktop virtualization to increase operational efficiencies, reduce desktop support costs and increase accessibility and security of user applications and data. The Indiana University initiative will utilize Citrix XenDesktop to deliver a personal computing environment as a cloud service, and Microsoft SharePoint for localized cloud storage.
CA Inc. (CA) stock declined 2.09 percent to $22 in the pre-market trading. Cowen and Co. downgraded its rating on shares of CA to neutral from outperform.
American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) stock moved down 0.20 percent to $30.25 in the pre-market trading.
News Corp. (NWSA) stock moved down 0.06 percent to $17 in the pre-market trading.