(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 strong Chinese trade data raised hopes that the world's second largest economy was beginning to recover.: Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.57 percent at 17,737, S&P 500 futures were up 0.60 percent at 2,068 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.78 percent at 4,525.
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Tuesday close $59.28, +2.82 pct premarket
The biggest U.S. bank by assets reported first-quarter revenue and profit that topped analysts’ estimates.
** PEABODY ENERGY CORP, Tuesday close $2.07, -71.98 pct premarket
The world’s largest privately owned coal producer filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection in the wake of a sharp fall in coal prices that left it unable to service a recent debt-fueled expansion into Australia.
** FACEBOOK INC, Tuesday close 110.61, +1.26 pct premarket
The tech giant said it has opened up its Messenger app to developers to create “chatbots,” hoping that by simulating one-on-one conversations between users and companies it will expand its reach in customer service and enterprise transactions.
** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Tuesday close $51.95, +0.29 pct premarket
The No.1 U.S. wireless carrier said its wireline employees launched a strike after unions and management failed to reach an agreement on a new labor contract.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Tuesday close $31.99, -2.00 pct premarket
The Canadian drugmaker said it received a notice of default from its bondholders as a result of a delay in filing its annual report.
** OCULUS INNOVATIVE SCIENCES INC, Tuesday close $0.93, +25.81 pct premarket
European regulators cleared the company’s drug, Sinudox, which treats moistening of cuts, abrasions and lacerations in the nasal cavity.
** MCCORMICK FOODS, Tuesday close $98.9
The U.S. spice maker abandoned its pursuit of British food company Premier Foods, refusing to further improve its 1.5 billion pounds ($2.1 billion) takeover proposal in negotiations with Premier. (Reporting by Vishaka George in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D‘Silva)