BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Amazon, StanCorp, Visa, Starbucks
(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday after three straight days of losses as Amazon, Visa and Starbucks beat expectations. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were down 0.04 percent at 17,669, S&P 500 futures were up 0.01 percent at 2,098.75 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.15 percent at 4,627.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Thursday close $482.18, +21.04 pct premarket
The online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer.
** STANCORP FINANCIAL GROUP INC, Thursday close $76.69, +48.39 pct premarket
Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co said it has agreed to buy the U.S.-based company for $5 billion, the latest multi-billion deal by acquisitive Japanese insurers.
** VISA INC, Thursday close $71.75, +5.99 pct premarket
The credit and debit card issuer said it was in talks to reunite with former subsidiary Visa Europe Ltd in a deal that would give the global company more scale to compete with arch-rival MasterCard Inc. Continued...