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U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, with investors holding off on making bets ahead of a key jobs report that could indicate whether the market's record levels are justified by the economy's fundamentals. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.06 percent at 17,514, S&P 500 futures were up 0.02 percent at 2,028.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.17 percent at 4,170.
** WALT DISNEY CO, Thursday close $92, -1.79 pct premarket
The media and theme park giant posted a quarterly profit that fell in line with Wall Street expectations as it rode the blockbuster performance of its movie box office hits "Maleficent" and "Guardians of the Galaxy."
But operating income at its sports behemoth ESPN fell due to higher contract rates for high-end National Football League and Major League Baseball games, which helped drag the company's cable networks unit down by 1 percent to $1.3 billion.
The drop at cable networks, the company's largest unit, likely drove Disney shares lower, said Gabelli & Company analyst Brett Harriss, who rates Disney a "hold."
** TRANSOCEAN LTD, Thursday close $29.92, -8.05 pct premarket
The rig contractor expects to incur impairment charges of $2.76 billion in the third quarter as it grapples with an oversupplied offshore drilling market, and said it would delay its quarterly results. Continued...