(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock futures pared back some losses from earlier in the day on Thursday after data showed jobless claims fell to a 15-year low and consumer spending rose in March, suggesting the economy was regaining some momentum after slowing to a crawl in the first quarter. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were down 0.31 percent at 17,898, S&P 500 futures were down 0.33 percent at 2,092 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.55 percent at 4,455.
** APPLE INC, Wednesday close $128.64, -0.77 pct premarket
The iPhone maker is facing limited availability of the Apple Watch after a key component supplied by a Chinese company was found to be defective, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
** EXXON MOBIL CORP, Wednesday close $87.87, +1.29 pct premarket
The world’s largest publicly traded oil company reported a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly profit on Thursday as oil and gas output and refining results grew even as lower crude prices ate into earnings.
** GLU MOBILE INC, Wednesday close $5.4, +29.26 pct premarket
Tencent Holdings Ltd, the dominant social networking and online entertainment company in China, has agreed to buy 14.6 percent of mobile game developer Glu for $126 million to expand in the U.S. gaming market.
** BAIDU INC, Wednesday close $219, -3.20 pct premarket
China’s dominant Internet search engine posted its slowest revenue growth rate in almost seven years in the first quarter of 2015, as customers spent less on its core online marketing business.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, Wednesday close $51.61
** BOULEVARD ACQUISITION CORP, Wednesday close $10.1, +18.32 pct premarket
Dow said it would sell its AgroFresh unit, which makes chemicals that keep farm produce fresh, for $860 million to Boulevard, as part of a plan to divest less-lucrative units.
** OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES INC, Wednesday close $26.55, +5.65 pct premarket
The maker of chips for smartphone and tablet cameras agreed to be taken private by a group of Chinese investors for about $1.9 billion in cash.
** HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES INC, Wednesday close $140.2, -11.12 pct premarket
The maker of JBL and Harman Kardon audio systems cut its profit forecast for 2015, citing a strong dollar and weakness in its speakers and headphones business.
** BORGWARNER INC, Wednesday close $60.92, -3.97 pct premarket
The automotive supplier reported a 4.8 percent fall in quarterly revenue as a stronger dollar reduced the value of overseas sales.
** INOVIO PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $9.85, -16.95 pct premarket
The drug developer said it intends to make a public offering of shares of its common stock.
** KNOWLES CORP, Wednesday close $19.93
** AUDIENCE INC, Wednesday close $5.49, -9.84 pct premarket
Audio-chip maker Knowles said will buy peer Audience in a cash and stock deal worth $85 million, excluding its $44 million cash balance.
** VIRGIN AMERICA INC, Wednesday close $30.45, +2.50 pct premarket
The low-cost airline topped analysts’ expectations for first-quarter profit and forecast that its carrying capacity and unit revenue this quarter would stay flat or decline slightly.
** NEW YORK TIMES CO, Wednesday close $12.81
The company reported a 4.6 percent rise in quarterly adjusted operating profit despite dwindling print ad sales as cost-cutting initiatives paid off.
** TASER INTERNATIONAL INC, Wednesday close $28.07, +8.91 pct premarket
The maker of stun guns and body-worn video cameras reported a first-quarter profit and revenue that beat the average analyst estimate on higher sales of smart weapons and increased margins.
** YELP INC, Wednesday close $51.28, -18.56 pct premarket
The operator of consumer review website Yelp.com forecast second-quarter revenue below analysts’ expectations and reported first-quarter revenue below the average analyst estimate as it added fewer-than-expected local advertising accounts.
** POTASH CORP OF SASKATCHEWAN INC, Wednesday close $33.09, -2.48 pct premarket
** MOSAIC CO, Wednesday close $44.03, +0.02 pct premarket
The company’s quarterly profit missed estimates and it cut its full-year profit forecast, citing lower-than-expected potash prices.
Smaller U.S. rival Mosaic also reported a profit that fell short of estimates, hurt by lower phosphate margins.
** WUXI PHARMATECH CAYMAN INC, Wednesday close $39.5, +16.46 pct premarket
The contract R&D services provider said it had received a proposal to be taken private by a consortium led by its chief executive and Ally Bridge Group Capital Partners.
** AVON PRODUCTS INC, Wednesday close $8.67, -1.38 pct premarket
The direct seller of cosmetics and personal care products reported a 17.8 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by a strong dollar and weak demand in Latin America, its biggest market.
** ROCKWELL AUTOMATION INC, Wednesday close $112.33, +4.16 pct premarket
The company reported a 14.3 percent rise in quarterly profit, partly due to higher operating earnings in its architecture & software business.
** COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO, Wednesday close $68.51, -1.49 pct premarket
The consumer products maker reported its third straight quarter of falling revenue as a strong dollar reduced the value of overseas sales.
** VIACOM INC, Wednesday close $72.24, -1.00 pct premarket
The company reported a 3 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by lower revenue from its filmed entertainment business and a decline in domestic advertising revenue due to weak ratings for its shows.
** CELGENE CORP, Wednesday close $113.2, -2.80 pct premarket
U.S. biotechnology company Celgene Corp posted a lower-than-expected quarterly revenue, hit by a stronger dollar, but said the dollar would not hurt full-year sales and profit more that it had already forecast.
** IMPERIAL OIL, Wednesday close $44.7
Canada’s No.2 integrated oil producer and refiner reported a 55 percent fall in quarterly profit in a period in which crude prices halved.
** DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE PLC, Wednesday close $81.93, +1.31 pct premarket
The auto supplier on Thursday posted first quarter profit and revenue results that beat analyst expectations.
** ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Wednesday close $0.8208, +3.56 pct premarket
The U.S. coal miner reported its first profit in 13 quarters, helped by a $364 million gain on early debt repayment.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Wednesday close $49.06, -0.57 pct premarket
The world’s largest software company is making it easier for apps written for rival Google Inc’s Android and Apple Inc’s iOS systems to work on Windows phones, in a bid to attract users to its unpopular mobile devices, the company’s operating systems chief said on Wednesday.
** ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND, Wednesday close $10.86, -4.33 pct premarket
The British bank said it expects to settle with U.S. authorities investigating alleged foreign exchange manipulation in the coming weeks and had set aside a further 334 million pounds ($515 million) to cover the cost.
($1 = 0.6483 pounds)
** NOKIA, Wednesday close $7.49, -9.35 pct premarket
** ALCATEL-LUCENT SA, Wednesday close $3.82, -6.81 pct premarket
The Finnish company, which is set to buy French rival Alcatel-Lucent, reported quarterly profits well below market forecasts at its main telecom network equipment business.
** SALESFORCE.COM INC, Wednesday close $74.65, -3.01 pct premarket
The cloud software company is working with financial advisers to help it field takeover offers after being approached by a potential acquirer, Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
** SEADRILL, Wednesday close $12.16, +4.44 pct premarket
The Norwegian company’s rival, seismic surveyor PGS, posted first-quarter operating earnings well above analysts’ expectations on Thursday on strong late sales, but said that market uncertainty in the oil sector remains.
** FLEXTRONICS INTERNATIONAL LTD, Wednesday close $12.22, -3.94 pct premarket
The contract electronics manufacturer forecast first-quarter revenue below the average analyst estimate and also reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue.
** CIGNA CORP, Wednesday close $126.68, -0.54 pct premarket
The U.S. health insurer reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by an increase in premiums and fees in its commercial business, which added more members.
** TIME WARNER CABLE INC, Wednesday close $157.86
The second-largest U.S. cable TV operator reported a 3.5 percent rise in revenue as it added more residential video and high-speed data customers.
** CROWN CASTLE INTERNATIONAL CORP, Wednesday close $84.59
The wireless infrastructure provider said it would buy Quanta Fiber Networks Inc for $1 billion to expand its presence in top U.S. metropolitan markets.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Wednesday close $35.51
The automaker will announce on Thursday a multibillion-dollar, multi-year investment in several U.S. manufacturing plants in a move to boost production and vehicle quality, a person familiar with the matter said.
** SANOFI, Wednesday close $51.21, -1.39 pct premarket
The French drugmaker warned that revenue in its key diabetes division would fall this year after it was forced to offer discounts for its best-selling drug Lantus in the United States.
** BUNGE LTD, Wednesday close $87.03
The company, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading houses, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong margins from soybean crushing and oilseeds exports. (Compiled by Avik Das in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Jennings)