(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 slightly higher on Friday ahead of earnings reports from energy giants Exxon and Chevron and data on consumer spending. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.11 percent at 17,703, S&P 500 futures were up 0.12 percent at 2,085.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.12 percent at 4,667.25.
** LINKEDIN CORP, Thursday close $217, +13.79 pct premarket
The company’s quarterly revenue and profit handily beat analysts’ estimates as the world’s biggest professional networking website operator earned more from its recruitment services business and from advertisements and paid memberships.
** BAIDU INC, Thursday close $168.99, +7.57 pct premarket
China’s biggest Internet search company reported a 36 percent rise in quarterly revenue as more advertising money flowed into the company’s core search engine business.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL, Thursday close $111.5, -5.83 pct premarket
The Canadian drugmaker said it is terminating all ties with Philidor due to allegations relating to the specialty pharmacy distributor’s business practices.
** SOLARCITY CORP, Thursday close $38.07, -18.05 pct premarket
The solar energy producer reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss, hurt by higher expenses. CEO Lyndon Rive said he is “disappointed” with the number of installations in the third quarter.
** ABBVIE INC, Thursday close $54.1, +5.05 pct premarket
The drugmaker reported higher quarterly sales and net income and forecast double-digit growth of earnings per share through 2020, putting the company in line to beat Wall Street’s current expectations.
** FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GROUP INC, Thursday close $10.38, +1.64 pct premarket
** KEYCORP, Thursday close $13.38, -2.69 pct premarket
Cleveland-based KeyCorp said it will buy Buffalo-based First Niagara Financial Group for $4.1 billion, one of the largest deals among U.S. regional banks this year.
** STARBUCKS CORP, Thursday close $62.5, -1.12 pct premarket
The company delivered a disappointing profit forecast for the holiday quarter on the heels of strong cafe sales and profit growth.
** MECHEL OAO, Thursday close $0.9247, +10.31 pct premarket
Gazprombank chairman Andrey Akimow told Reuters on Thursday evening that Mechel agreed on main conditions of debt restructuring with state banks and deals are in final stages.
** MYLAN NV, Thursday close $45.78, +0.48 pct premarket
The company which has made a hostile bid for Perrigo Co Plc , posted a 29 percent rise in quarterly revenue as demand for its generic drugs increased in North America and Europe.
** TARGET CORP, Thursday close $76.28, +0.59 pct premarket
The company said it will drop shipping fees for all online orders during the holiday shopping season for a second year in a row, ratcheting up competition with rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Amazon.com. (Compiled by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Edited by Don Sebastian)