(Corrects item on Shaw Communications to show that the company reported third-quarter results, not fourth quarter)
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Some U.S. stocks to watch on Friday:
U.S. stock index futures advanced on Friday, putting the S&P on track for its first four-day gain since early April, as concerns eased over a premature pullback of central bank stimulus measures and following upbeat economic data from Japan. S&P 500 futures were up 4.5 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures up 33 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures up 7.25 points.
** BLACKBERRY, Thursday close $14.48, down 18 pct premarket
Blackberry offered few signs of a long-promised turnaround on Friday, with an unexpected quarterly operating loss, few details on sales of its make-or-break new devices and no return to profit in the current quarter.
** AMEDISYS INC, Thursday close $13.29, down 20 pct premarket
** GENTIVA HEALTHCARE SERVICES INC, Thursday close $11.42, down 12 pct premarket
** LHC GROUP INC, Thursday close $22.53, 12 pct premarket
** ALMOST FAMILY INC, Thursday close $20.02, down 10 pct premarket
Reimbursement to home healthcare providers from the U.S. Medicare program will be cut by about 1.5 percent next year, under a rate change proposal made public by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday. (r.reuters.com/raj39t) Baird called the rate change "tragic" and the "absolute worst possible outcome for the sector."
** ARCH COAL INC, Thursday close 3.6 pct, up 10 pct premarket
The coal producer said it would sell its Utah subsidiary Canyon Fuel Company for $435 million to Bowie Resources LLC as it looks to focus on metallurgical coal and optimize its thermal coal assets. Arch Coal said it expects to save capital and administrative cost of more than $200 million from 2014 through 2017.
** AMERICAN SUPERCONDUCTOR CORP, Thursday close $4.96, up 7 pct after market
Chinese wind turbine maker Sinovel Wind Group Co and two of its employees were charged with stealing trade secrets from U.S.-based AMSC by the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday.
** MOLYCORP INC, Thursday close $5.61, up 11 pct after market
The rare earths producer said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has completed an investigation against the company and has not recommended any enforcement action. The SEC had started investigating the accuracy of Molycorp’s public disclosures last August.
** ACCENTURE PLC, Thursday close $80.22, down 9 pct premarket
The outsourcing and consulting services provider cut its full-year outlook, citing a pullback in spending by its consulting business clients, after reporting third-quarter revenue below analysts’ estimates.
** CALAMP CORP, Thursday close $14.38, up 2 pct after market
The wireless device maker reported first-quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates as revenue rose in its high-margin business that provides technologies, products and services to wireless networks. The company also forecast second-quarter revenue largely above expectations.
Brokerage Canaccord Genuity raised its price target on the stock to $20 from $16.
** PFIZER INC, $28.18 Thursday closing, up 1 pct premarket
The drugmaker authorized a $10 billion share repurchase program, in addition to the $3.9 billion remaining under its current share repurchase program.
** NIKE INC, Thursday close $62.32, down 1 percent premarket
The sports goods maker, which posted a higher quarterly profit on Thursday, said orders for its clothes and shoes jumped, particularly in North America, but orders were flat in China, stripping out the effect of currency fluctuations. The company, which receives about 11 percent of its sales and 22 percent of its profit from China, said it expects revenue from the region to fall in the first half of 2014.
** NEW YORK TIMES CO, Thursday close $10.88
The New York Times has received multiple bids for The Boston Globe, according to a source familiar with the auction of the daily newspaper.
** SPRINT NEXTEL CORP, Thursday close $6.98
** CLEARWIRE CORP, Thursday close $4.98
U.S. regulators do not plan to ask Sprint or Clearwire to sell any spectrum as they near a vote on Sprint’s proposed buyout of Clearwire, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Regulators are examining Sprint’s proposed buyout of the shares it does not already own in Clearwire in the same review process as the $21.6 billion bid from Japan’s SoftBank Corp to buy 78 percent of Sprint.
** SHAW COMMUNICATIONS INC, Thursday close $22.88, up 1 pct premarket
The dominant cable company in Western Canada reported a small rise in third-quarter profit, driven by higher cable rates, and the company raised its 2013 cash-flow forecast.
** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $877.07
Google is developing a videogame console and a wristwatch based on its Android operating system, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The devices could be available as soon as this Fall, the report, which cited anonymous sources, said. (Compiled by Kanika Sikka; Editing by Don Sebastian)