BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-21st-Century Fox, T-Mobile, Keurig
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U.S. stock index futures edged up on Thursday ahead of jobless claims data, amid a backdrop of an escalation of tensions as Russia banned Western food imports in retaliation against Western sanctions. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.36 percent at 16,454, S&P 500 futures were up 0.50 percent at 1,924.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.41 percent at 3,884.5.
** TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX INC, Wednesday close $32.33, +4.92 pct premarket
The film and TV company controlled by Rupert Murdoch reported a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street's expectations as executives stressed that they would not make a new bid for Time Warner.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Wednesday close $15.2, +1.58 pct premarket
The bank is close to a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay more than $16.5 billion to end investigations into mortgage securities that the bank and companies it bought sold in the run-up to the financial crisis, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.