BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Amazon, StanCorp, Visa, Starbucks

Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:48am EDT
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(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter,; for the Morning News Call newsletter, 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...