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(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 Monday as investors brace for the corporate earnings season, with Alcoa AA.N set to post first-quarter results after the market closes: Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.33 percent at 17,542, S&P 500 futures were up 0.36 percent at 2,048 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.40 percent at 4,485.25.
** YAHOO INC Friday close $36.07, +1.16 pct premarket
Britain's Daily Mail is in talks with potential partners to mount a joint bid for the company's internet assets, eyeing a plan to buy the troubled U.S. Internet pioneer to help boost advertising revenues from the Mail's globally popular online news site.
** TRANSCANADA CORP, Friday close $38.68
The Canada's second-largest pipeline operator on Sunday said it had restarted the 590,000- barrel-per-day Keystone crude pipeline at reduced pressure after it received American authorization to do so.
** NOBLE ENERGY INC, Friday close $31.76
The Texas-based company is in talks with Israeli institutions to sell an 11 percent stake in Israel's Tamar natural gas field for at least $1 billion due to cash flow needs, Israeli media reported on Sunday.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Friday close $29.37, +0.44 pct premarket
The U.S. automaker settled another ignition-switch case after the plaintiff and the U.S. automaker agreed to a voluntary dismissal, according to a court filing. (Reporting by Vishaka George in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)