February 6, 2014 / 1:38 PM / in 4 years

MARKET PULSE-Twitter, AOL, KKR, 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney, GM

(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s) U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.60 percent at 15,459, S&P 500 futures were up 0.49 percent at 1,752.6 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.33 percent at 3,457.

** TWITTER INC, Wednesday close $65.97, -22.39 pct premarket

The company reported its slowest pace of user growth in its recent history, dimming hopes that the social media phenomenon can sustain its torrid pace of expansion. Twitter posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue of $243 million in its first results as a public company. But investors focused on the anemic user growth, as well as a severe decline in timeline views, a measure of user engagement.

** AOL INC, Wednesday close $47.57, +4.69 pct premarket

The digital media and entertainment company reported a better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher ad sales.

** GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS INC, Wednesday close $80.88, +40.63 pct premarket

** COCA-COLA CO, Wednesday close $37.61, +1.70 pct premarket

** SODASTREAM INTERNATIONAL LTD, Wednesday close $35.79, +10.92 pct premarket

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, maker of the popular Keurig one-cup coffee brewer, said Coca-Cola had bought a 10 percent stake in the company for $1.25 billion and would help launch Green Mountain’s new cold drink machine planned for release as soon as October.

Shares of SodaStream, Green Mountain’s likely new rival, fell on the news.

** KKR & CO LP, Wednesday close $23.21, +4.35 pct premarket

The company’s fourth-quarter profit soared 127 percent, beating most analysts’ estimates, as the value of its private equity portfolio rose and it earned more fees from its credit investments.

** TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES, Wednesday close $45.39, -0.31 pct premarket

The world’s largest generic drugmaker and Israel’s biggest company reported higher quarterly earnings due to higher sales from U.S. generic drugs and global specialty medicines.

** 21ST CENTURY FOX, Wednesday close $31.72, +3.66 pct premarket

Rupert Murdoch’s television and film company that split from News Corp last June reported higher quarterly revenue, driven by growth in its cable networks and its European satellite business.

** BCE INC, Wednesday close $40.94

Canada’s biggest telecom company posted a 17 percent rise in adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by strong growth in its media wing and ongoing strength in wireless.

** DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING INC, Wednesday close $46.51

The Houston-based company, controlled by conglomerate Loews Corp, reported a better-than-expected profit as the rates it earned for its ultra-deepwater rigs shot up in the fourth quarter.

** DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP INC, Wednesday close $47.3, +2.11 pct premarket

The parent of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins chains reported better-than-expected quarterly results as store traffic and customer spending rose at its U.S. outlets.

** WALT DISNEY CO, Wednesday close $71.76, +3.82 pct premarket

The media company reported higher profit for the quarter that ended in December, beating Wall Street expectations due to growth at sports network ESPN and the blockbuster performance of its animated hit film “Frozen.”

** GOOGLE INC, Wednesday close $1,143.2, +0.32 pct premarket

A U.S. judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in a lawsuit brought by private patent owner Intellectual Ventures against Google’s Motorola Mobility unit after jurors could not unanimously agree, according to an Intellectual Ventures statement.

** BOEING CO, Wednesday close $121.4

The company expects its defense business to continue facing a tough environment with “flatish” profit margins, Chief Executive Jim McNerney said on Wednesday.

Separately, India’s state-run airline, Air India Ltd, diverted a Boeing 787 plane to Kuala Lumpur after pilots noticed a software glitch during a flight from Melbourne to New Delhi on Wednesday, in the latest incident involving the jet.

** AETNA INC Wednesday close $68.27

The third-largest U.S. health insurer said fourth-quarter profit rose due to the acquisition of Coventry Healthcare, and the company forecast an increase in medical customers in its private Medicare business in 2014.

** ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA, Wednesday close $94.17

The Belgium-based company struck a deal to buy New York microbrewery Blue Point Brewing Co, as the world’s largest beer maker seeks to increase its offerings in the fast-growing craft-beer segment.

** CITIGROUP INC, Wednesday close $47.06, +0.76 pct premarket

The bank has agreed to pay $110 million to thousands of homeowners who were forcibly charged expensive property insurance premiums, a court filing showed, as several U.S. banks and insurers were criticized by regulators over such practices.

** GOLDMAN SACHS, Wednesday close $160.42, +0.67 pct premarket

New York banking regulator Benjamin Lawsky is seeking documents from some of the biggest banks in foreign exchange trading, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Barclays, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, as a global probe into possible market manipulation widens.

** SANOFI, Wednesday close $48.29, -3.11 pct premarket

The French drugmaker posted slightly better-than-expected profit for the fourth quarter and predicted earnings would improve further in 2014, helped by growth in its diabetes and rare diseases units, and in emerging markets.

** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Wednesday close $35.24, -4.17 pct premarket

The automaker posted a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as results in North America, Asia and South America disappointed.

** VODAFONE, Wednesday close $35.4, +2.12 pct premarket

The British company, said it was confident a growing number of customers and the take-up of faster 4G services would help lift its revenue, after reporting yet another poor quarter due to fierce competition in Europe.

The world’s second-largest mobile operator has reported sharp falls in organic service revenue in the last 18 months, due also to regulator-imposed price cuts and European consumers reducing the number of calls they make during the economic downturn.

** ANN INC, Wednesday close $31.36, +3.79 pct premarket

The women’s apparel retailer cut its fourth-quarter sales estimate on Thursday, citing weak traffic and consumer spending.

** CANADIAN SOLAR, Wednesday close $37.39, +1.63 pct premarket

The solar company said it sold a 10-megawatt solar power plant in Ontario to a fund managed by BlackRock.

The construction of the solar plant is expected to start in the first quarter and commercial operations are expected to begin in the third quarter.

** NOBLE ENERGY INC, Wednesday close $61.19, -1.67 pct premarket

The oil and natural gas producer posted lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday due to a spike in exploration, transportation and other costs.


The company reported a sharply higher quarterly profit that beat Wall Street estimates after stronger returns at its hedge fund portfolios boosted the company’s incentive fee income.

** PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC, Wednesday close $82.72

The second-largest U.S. life insurer reported a lower-than-expected adjusted operating income due to pretax losses related to the weakening of the Japanese yen against the dollar.

** INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINE, Wednesday close $174.24, +0.01 pct premarket

The world’s biggest technology service provider began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and e-commerce research. The company said “Project Lucy” would take 10 years and cost $100 million.

** CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP, Wednesday close $26.21, -0.76 pct premarket

The Oklahoma City-based company said its capital expenditure for the year would fall about 20 percent as part of CEO Doug Lawler’s plan to focus on drilling in U.S. shale basins that offer the best returns such as the Eagle Ford field in south Texas.

** GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC, Wednesday close $51.69, +0.21 pct premarket

Two high-risk bets by the Britain-based company on new ways to fight heart disease and cancer were dealt a double blow last year by dud clinical trials, but the company remains hopeful about both projects. Chief Executive Andrew Witty said on Wednesday that there were still “intriguing” opportunities for its heart drug darapladib and MAGE-A3 therapeutic cancer vaccine.

** PANDORA MEDIA INC, Wednesday close $35.83, -9.66 pct premarket

The company reported higher revenue and profit for the quarter ending in December but said that costs to expand its audience are rising. The online streaming music company said earnings per share for this year are expected to be between 13 cents and 17 cents, below analysts expectations of 19 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

** GILEAD SCIENCES, Wednesday close $78.15, +1.05 pct premarket

The company plans to license its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to a number of Indian generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, allowing for lower-priced sales of the medication in that developing nation, according to the company.

** AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC, Wednesday close $47.42, +16.72 pct premarket

The internet content delivery service provider forecast better-than-expected results for the current quarter after it renegotiated pricing terms with its biggest media client. The company did not name the client but analysts identified the customer as Apple Inc.

** ASTRAZENECA, Wednesday close $63.5, -2.25 pct premarket

The London-based company said it expected earnings to continue to fall in 2014 as generic competition to its popular heartburn and ulcer drug Nexium takes a big bite out of U.S. profits from May. [ID: nL5N0LB11C]

** YELP INC, Wednesday close $75.23, +7.67 pct premarket

The consumer review website reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as it added more customers to cash in on the surging demand for local information on mobile phones and tablets.

** ALLSTATE CORP, Wednesday close $49.55

The company aims to grow its share of the U.S. home and auto insurance markets without the need for “abnormally large” rate increases, its CEO said, after the company’s profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter.

** ALCATEL-LUCENT, Wednesday close $4.15, +7.47 pct premarket

The telecoms equipment maker almost halved its net loss for 2013 as cost-cutting, a tweaked product offering and asset sales under Chief Executive Michel Combes began to take effect.

** SHUTTERFLY INC, Wednesday close $49.67, -7.61 pct premarket

The online photo-sharing services provider forecast a current-quarter loss that is far bigger than analysts had projected. The company also said profit fell 18 percent during the fourth quarter that ended in December, adding that it expects operating expenses to rise this year.

** COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP, Wednesday close $110.51, +2.05 pct premarket

The company’s January same-store sales beat market expectations, even as the warehouse club retailer recorded weak fuel prices and lower international sales in dollar terms.

** ORASURE TECHNOLOGIES INC, Wednesday close $5.55, +8.11 pct after market

The diagnostics company reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit and a 30 percent rise in revenue due to increasing demand for its in-home HIV test and higher revenue from its molecular collection systems business.

** SIERRA WIRELESS INC, Wednesday close $20.39

The Canadian producer of wireless communication equipment reported a quarterly loss after incurring higher research and development expenses.

** LINCOLN NATIONAL CORP, Wednesday close $47.11, +5.50 pct after market

The life insurer reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Wednesday, helped by the strong performance of its annuities business.

** OGE ENERGY CORP, Wednesday close $33.32, +3.30 pct after market

The owner of Oklahoma’s largest utility, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, estimated that its 2013 earnings would exceed the upper end of its previous forecast of $1.80-$1.90 per share.

** QUICKLOGIC CORP, Wednesday close $4.55, +3.30 pct after market

The chipmaker's fourth-quarter revenue nearly tripled, mainly due to strong shipments to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd , which accounted for over two-thirds of its revenue in the quarter. (link.reuters.com/dup66v)

** STAR GAS PARTNERS LP, Wednesday close $5.64, +4.00 pct after market

The home heating oil and propane distributor said its first-quarter profit almost doubled as demand for its products rose due to cold weather. (Compiled by Natalie Grover in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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