BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Amazon, StanCorp, Calithera, Netsuite
(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) The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average were lower on Friday while the Nasdaq composite gained amid a mixed bag of earnings from big companies and the downward spiral of commodities. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.51 percent at 17,641.69, the S&P 500 was down 0.51 percent at 2,091.33 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.28 percent at 5,132.205.
** AMAZON.COM INC, $554.18, +14.93 pct
The online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer.
** BIOGEN INC, $311.2, -19.18 pct
The drugmaker slashed its full-year profit and revenue forecasts as sales of its roster of multiple sclerosis drugs failed to live up to Wall Street's expectations.
** STANCORP FINANCIAL GROUP INC, $113.6, +48.13 pct
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. Continued...