Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: AMC, Etsy, First Solar and more

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An AMC Theatre on March 29, 2023 in New York City. AMC Entertainment shares jumped as much as 13%, following a report that Amazon was looking to buy the theater chain. 
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Check out the companies making headlines before the bell.

Yum China — Shares rose over 3% in premarket hours as the Chinese restaurant conglomerate announced new financial targets and unveiled plans to expand to 20,000 restaurants by 2026 during an investor day.

AMC Entertainment — Shares of the movie theater chain jumped 5% in premarket trading after AMC said it had completed the equity offering it announced earlier this month. The company said it sold 40 million shares at an average price of $8.14, raising about $325.5 million.

Etsy — Shares of the e-commerce retailer added 4% before the bell after Wolfe Research upgraded the stock to an outperform rating from peer perform. Wolfe cited three reasons for the upgrade: a rebound in consumer spending, the potential for margin improvement and an improved emphasis on Etsy’s primary franchise.

Semtech — The semiconductor stock rose 1% in early trading despite offering a fiscal third-quarter forecast late Wednesday that calls for a loss of 9 cents to 22 cents a share on revenue of $190 million to $210 million. Analysts had estimated it would earn 12 cents on revenue of $247.7 million during the period. In the second quarter, the company earned 11 cents a share, after adjustments, exceeding analyst’s expectations of 2 cents per share, according to FactSet.

Penn Entertainment — The sports betting stock climbed 3% in premarket trading following a short-term buy call from Deutsche Bank. The bank said there’s reason to believe the stock should see upside ahead.

First Solar — The stock climbed about 2% higher after BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares to outperform from market perform, citing a recent selloff that has created an attractive entry point for investors.

Exxon Mobil, Chevron — Exxon Mobil and Chevron gained about 1% each before the market opened as oil prices reached their highest levels this year, with Brent crude topping $93 a barrel. Occidental Petroleum and Devon saw early morning gains as well.

HP — Shares of the printer and PC maker fell more than 3% in premarket trading after a regulatory filing showed Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold a portion of its stake. The conglomerate sold about 5.5 million shares of HP, worth around $158 million. The Omaha-based giant first bought the tech hardware stock in April 2022, becoming its largest shareholder. Berkshire still owns over $3 billion in HP shares.

General Motors, Ford — Shares of the automakers were up fractionally in premarket trading after United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain said Wednesday night that a strike was “likely” against the companies if a contract agreement can’t be reached before the 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday deadline. Ford CEO Jim Farley struck back, saying the company has received “no genuine counteroffer” on its proposals.

— CNBC’s Michelle Fox, Alex Harring, Yun Li, Tanaya Macheel, Jesse Pound and Pia Singh contributed reporting

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