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(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; 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 Thursday ahead of data on the labor market and economic growth that may help investors assess whether a wind-down of Federal Reserve stimulus is imminent. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.09 percent at 15,872, S&P 500 futures were unchanged at 1,791.8 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.20 percent at 3,489.5.
** APPLE INC, Wednesday close $565, +2.09 pct premarket
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said on Wednesday that he has filed a shareholder proposal with the iPhone maker for a much smaller stock buyback plan than he has advocated previously, as he continued to pressure Apple to share more of its cash pile.
China Mobile Ltd, China's largest mobile operator, has signed a long-awaited deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter.
** NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS INC, Wednesday close $14.15, +2.76 pct premarket
Activist investor Carl Icahn on Wednesday reported an 18.7 percent stake in the maker of software that runs the Siri feature on Apple Inc's iPhones, up from his earlier stake of almost 17 percent. (link.reuters.com/bus25v)
Icahn has been raising his stake in the company. In October, Nuance agreed to Icahn's board nominees including his son Brett Icahn.