BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Alibaba, Venaxis, McDonald's, Qualcomm
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U.S. stock index futures climbed on Thursday, rebounding after two days of sharp losses, ahead of housing and labor market data and another busy day for corporate earnings. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.20 percent at 17,135, S&P 500 futures were up 0.13 percent at 1,994 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.02 percent at 4,125.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Wednesday close $98.45, -6.17 pct premarket
The Chinese E-commerce company's quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the company's scorching growth.
** MCDONALD'S CORP, Wednesday close $88.78, +3.06 pct premarket
The world's biggest fast-food chain, fresh off one of its worst financial years in decades, on Wednesday said Chief Executive Don Thompson would leave at the end of February and be succeeded by Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook.