BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-BlackBerry, Ballard, KBR, American Apparel
(For faster updates on individual market-movers, use search string "STXBZ US"; for more market insights, including options activity, ; 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, after four straight days of gains sent the S&P 500 to a fresh record high, ahead of data on the labor market and manufacturing. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.04 percent at 16,905, S&P 500 futures were up 0.06 percent at 1,958.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.10 percent at 3,807.25.
** BLACKBERRY LTD, Wednesday close $8.29, +12.67 pct premarket
The Canadian smartphone maker reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday as the smartphone company's cost cutting and other turnaround efforts started to pay off.
Excluding a one-time non-cash accounting gain and certain restructuring charges, the loss was 11 cents per share.
** BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS, Wednesday close $4.15, +9.40 pct premarket
Ballard said it signed an agreement with China's Azure Hydrogen to provide telecom backup power systems for the Chinese market. The deal is valued at about $6 million over 2014-15. Under the terms of the agreement, Ballard will also be exclusive supplier of air-cooled fuel cell stacks and fuel processors.