Check out the companies making headlines before the bell:
Activision Blizzard — Wedbush added the video-game maker’s stock to its “Best Ideas” list, saying it’s positioned to deliver significant outperformance over the next two years.
Johnson & Johnson — J&J’s baby shampoo samples were rejected by regulators in India, who said they failed quality tests. The tests indicated that the samples contained formaldehyde, but J&J said the company does not accept the results and that the products are safe.
T-Mobile US — The mobile carrier detailed a departure plan for Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. He would depart on one of three dates, whichever arrives first: the end of 2019, 20 days after the first quarterly filing of a merged T-Mobile and Sprint, or 20 days after an announcement that the proposed deal is off.
Walgreens Boots Alliance — Walgreens has been testing tobacco-free stores in the U.S., but its CEO Stefano Pessina tells The Wall Street Journal that the drugstore chain has no plans to completely abandon cigarette sales.
PG&E — A judge may keep California utility PG&E from resuming dividend payments until it meets goals to trim trees near its power lines and reduces its role in causing California wildfires.
Walt Disney — Disney’s live remake of its animated classic “Dumbo” did top the weekend box office with ticket sales of $45 million, but the opening was considered weak by industry analysts. The film had a budget of $170 million.
Willis Towers Watson — The consulting firm will buy TRANZACT for $1.2 billion from private-equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice. TRANZACT is a direct-to-consumer health care company that links consumers to health insurers.
Apple — Apple has hired Tesla’s head of electric powertrains, according to industry publication Electrek, sparking talk that Apple intends to produce an electric vehicle rather than merely a self-driving system.
Wells Fargo — Wells Fargo was downgraded to “market perform” from “outperform” at Keefe Bruyette & Woods, which said it does not believe the bank will save as much in expenses as previously thought.
Intel — The chipmaker has laid off a “substantial” number of IT workers numbering in the “hundreds,” according to the Oregonian newspaper.