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Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Asian markets were mixed on Thursday with the Nikkei at fresh six-year highs while mainland shares were dragged down by steep losses in financials.
SoftBank is in final stage talks with T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom about acquiring the wireless carrier, the Nikkei news service reported.
Stocks in Japan and China rose in holiday-thinned trading on Wednesday following a positive lead from Wall Street.
More firms are inviting hedge fund managers with activist ideas of returning capital and business spin-offs to join company boards, the FT reports.
Dish is considering making a bid for T-Mobile next year, potentially setting the stage for a new bidding war with Softbank according to sources.
Asian stocks joined the global rally on Tuesday after strong data from the euro zone and the U.S. bolstered confidence in the global economy.
Caution dominated trade in Asia on Monday after a preliminary reading of Chinese manufacturing activity fell to a three-month low in December.
Japanese stocks snapped their three-day losing streak on Friday as the yen resumed its decline.
Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday on speculation that the Federal Reserve could pull back on its stimulus program soon.
Asian equity markets kicked off the week mostly higher on Monday following strong data from the U.S. and China.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Wednesday with Japan leading losses on profit-taking while Chinese shares rallied on news of financial reforms.
Japan's Nikkei rose to a new six-month peak on Tuesday thanks to supportive comments from the Bank of Japan.
Asian shares kicked off the week higher after a historic deal over Iran's nuclear program bolstered risk appetite.
"It's the best setup we've seen since Apple in 2007 for large wealth creation," Alex Sacerdote says.
Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday but were off session highs by the afternoon after upbeat U.S. economic data spurred a strong risk-on rally.
Japanese shares outperformed on Thursday thanks to a weak yen while the rest of Asia fell on U.S. tapering fears.
Japanese shares outperformed on Thursday as the yen weakened while the rest of Asian investors cheered dovish remarks from Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen.
Japan's benchmark index outperformed on Wednesday while the rest of Asian shaares were subdued as investors awaited direction from central banks.
Asian stocks closed out Tuesday mixed in choppy trade as investors focused on central bank statements and awaited key U.S. economic data.