BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Alphabet, Microsoft, Valeant, GE, Visa
(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 a slew of earnings reports by industry bellwethers such as Caterpillar and McDonald's. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.02 percent at 17,896, S&P 500 futures were up 0.11 percent at 2,085 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.08 percent at 4,494.25.
** ALPHABET INC, Thursday close $780, -4.91 pct premarket
Google's parent company missed Wall Street targets for first-quarter profit and revenue on Thursday as it spent more money to build traffic for its mobile advertising services.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $55.78, -4.54 pct premarket
The software company reported results that fell short of analysts' expectations, showing its high-profile cloud business cannot quite make up for a slowing personal-computer market.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $33.35, +6.45 pct premarket Continued...