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Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTI) shares surged 23.64 percent to $0.170 in pre-market trading following earlier release noting second US Patent acceptance on flexible solar film manufacturing.

Pep Boys-Manny Moe and Jack (NYSE: PBY) shares climbed 6.49 percent to $18.54 in pre-market trading after Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ: IEP) lifted its offer to acquire Pep Boys to $18.50 per share in cash.

Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ: CMRX) shares climbed 4.38 percent to $6.91 in pre-market trading after dipping 81.39 percent on Monday. Analysts at JP Morgan downgraded Chimerix from Overweight to Neutral and lowered the price target from $65 to $15.

Shire PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: SHPG) shares spiked 2.08 percent to $207.58 in pre-market trading. Shire shares have dropped 3.08 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has slipped 1.15 percent in the same period.

Qiagen NV (NASDAQ: QGEN) shares jumped 1.87 percent to $27.55 after rising 0.20 percent on Monday.

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