BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-Sandridge, Nanosphere, Orbitz, Stratasys
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U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Thursday following upbeat labor market data, amid a backdrop of a sanctions confrontation between Russia and the West that highlighted the relative strength of the U.S. economy. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.21 percent at 16,429, S&P 500 futures were up 0.33 percent at 1,921 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.23 percent at 3,877.75.
** TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX INC, Wednesday close $32.33, +6.34 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, +1.45 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.