BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Diamond Foods, Rite Aid, Macrocure, Hershey
(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 higher on Wednesday, after Apple reported strong quarterly results and ahead of a statement from the Federal Reserve. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.11 percent at 17,533, S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.15 percent at 2,063.5 and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.18 percent at 4,640.75.
** APPLE INC, Tuesday close $114.55, +1.61 pct premarket
The iphone maker painted a rosy picture for its new iPhones as it reported quarterly results on Tuesday, but investors were more focused on the company's next test: topping last year's record holiday sales.
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** WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC, Tuesday close $95.16, -2.22 pct premarket
** RITE AID CORP, Tuesday close $8.67, -7.38 pct premarket
Drugstore chain operator Walgreens, which agreed to buy smaller rival Rite Aid on Tuesday, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by lower costs achieved through its cost-cutting plan. Continued...