Stocks – Bank of America, United Rise Premarket; Abbott Falls

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© Reuters. © Reuters. – Stocks in focus in premarket trading on Wednesday:

• Bank of America (NYSE:) stock gained 2% in premarket trade by 8:20 AM ET (12:20 GMT) after its underlying profit beat Wall Street forecasts due to strong consumer lending numbers. The lender said underlying net income rose 4% to $7.5 billion, or an adjusted 75 cents per share, compared to expectations of 55c. Revenue was almost unchanged from a year earlier at $22.8 billion.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:) stock fell 3.1% after it trimmed its profit guidance for the year, to $2.06 to $2.08 from a prior prediction of $2.06 to $2.12. Adjusted EPS for the third quarter came in at $0.84 on $8.1 billion in revenue, which was in line with expectations.

• PNC Financial (NYSE:) stock gained 0.8% after its earnings came in higher than expected. The company reported diluted $2.94 earnings per share on $4.5 billion in revenue, driven by increased loan growth .

•United Airlines (NASDAQ:) stock gained 2% after it raised its full-year outlook due to a surge in passenger bookings.

• MGM Resorts (NYSE:)stock rose 1.5% after reports that it is selling its Bellagio and Circus Circus resorts in separate deals for a total of about $5 billion. The money will be used to reduce the company’s debt.

• McKesson (NYSE:), AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:) and Cardinal Health (NYSE:) were on watch after reports that the three drug distributors are in talks to settle an opioid-related lawsuits for $18 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. All made substantial gains in after-hours trading on Tuesday.

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