BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-ZS Pharma, Men's Warehouse, Nvidia, Weight Watchers
(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 ahead of the comprehensive monthly jobs report, which could influence the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates next month.
Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.09 percent at 17,786, S&P 500 futures were down 0.02 percent at 2,093.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.10 percent at 4,699.75.
** WALT DISNEY CO, Thursday close $113, -0.09 pct premarket
Disney reported higher quarterly profit that beat Wall Street forecasts as cable networks including ESPN brought in higher advertising revenue and collected more fees from pay TV distributors.
Graphic-Disney's earnings: reut.rs/1CtTmY0
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $78.77, +5.37 pct premarket
Billionaire investor Bill Ackman expressed confidence in Valeant's CEO Michael Pearson on Thursday as shares in the drugmaker fell as much as 20 percent to their lowest level since 2013. The stock plunged from $263.70 on Aug. 5 to below $80 on Thursday on scrutiny over high price markups for its drugs and accusations it used a specialty pharmacy, Philidor, to inflate revenue. Continued...