(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 index e-mini futures rose on Friday: Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.68 percent at 17,815, S&P 500 futures were up 0.71 percent at 2,066.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.72 percent at 4,275.75.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Thursday close $109.82, +2.21 pct premarket
The Chinese e-commerce company wowed the markets on Thursday with its ground-breaking $8 billion debut dollar bond, pricing it at levels in line with and even tighter than some of the world’s best-known companies.
** GAMESTOP CORP, Thursday close $43.87, -9.85 pct premarket
The Video game products retailer posted quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts’ estimates as the delayed release of “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
** GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, Thursday close $189.75, +0.75 pct premarket
The investment banking firm on Thursday took the lead in rejecting allegations by a U.S. Senate subcommittee that Wall Street banks were exploiting physical commodity markets to manipulate prices and gain unfair trading advantages.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $142.68
** ACTAVIS PLC, Thursday close $258.49
** ALLERGAN INC, Thursday close $210.2, +0.00 pct premarket
Valeant said it cut its stake in botox maker Allergan to 0.1 percent from 9.7 percent, three days after Actavis trumped its offer for Allergan.
** SANOFI SA, Thursday close $46.57, +0.04 pct premarket
The pharmaceutical company, which sacked its chief executive three weeks ago, gave a weak sales outlook for its diabetes drugs on Thursday, overshadowing plans to reap more than 30 billion euros ($38 billion) from new medicines.
** MIDDLEBY CORP, Thursday close $92.83
The maker of high-end kitchen appliances for both professional and home cooks, has become a new favorite of fund managers as it benefits from changing American dining habits.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Thursday close $32.13
In the first lawsuit brought by a state against the automaker over recalls relating to a defective ignition switch, Arizona has accused the company of putting the public at risk by concealing safety issues and delaying the recalls.
** PETSMART INC, Thursday close $78.13
Hedge fund Jana Partners LLC has lined up five executives who are willing to serve as directors on the pet food retailer’s board if the activist hedge fund is not satisfied with the outcome of the pet food retailer’s strategic review, the fund said in a filing on Thursday.
** SYSCO CORP, Thursday close $39.11
** BLACKSTONE GROUP, Thursday close $32.86
** GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, Thursday close $26.85, +0.60 pct premarket
Sysco, the biggest U.S. food distributor, is in advanced talks to sell some assets to a food company owned by alternative asset manager Blackstone in order to win regulatory approval for its acquisition of US Foods Inc, the New York Post reported, citing sources.
Also, Blackstone said it will buy residential assets in Japan from General Electric Co’s property unit in a deal worth more than 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion), Japan’s largest property deal this year.
** SOTHEBY’S, Thursday close $39.23, +7.95 pct premarket
William Ruprecht, the long-serving chief executive of Sotheby’s, is stepping down, the centuries-old auction house said on Thursday, roughly a year after activist investors including Daniel Loeb began demanding big changes.
** GAP INC, Thursday close $40.14
The apparel retailer cut its full-year earnings forecast as sales at the Gap brand continued to fall and demand for the cheaper Old Navy clothing slowed.
** WYNN RESORTS LTD, Thursday close $177.85
The casino operator said it was not aware of any investigation after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is being probed by U.S. federal authorities for possible violation of money-laundering laws.
** DELTA AIR LINES INC, Thursday close $43.96
Britain’s Rolls-Royce said it won a $5 billion contract to supply aero engines to power 50 new Airbus planes ordered by Delta Air Lines.
** BOEING CO, Thursday close $131.7, +0.65 pct premarket
The airplane maker has no plans to extend the range of its forthcoming 737 MAX 9 jetliner in response to Airbus Group’s move to offer a long-range version of its competing A321 aircraft, a senior Boeing executive said on Thursday.
** FMC CORP, Thursday close $55.97
The diversified chemical company said on Thursday it has tapped Bank of America and Goldman Sachs Group to help with the sale of its alkali chemicals unit, which sources said could fetch around $1.5 billion.
** DUPONT AND CO, Thursday close $71.43
Four workers killed at the chemicals company’s chemical plant in Texas on Saturday did not have access to safety equipment like respirators when there was a deadly release of a hazardous chemical, an attorney for one victim’s family said on Thursday.
** CSX CORP, Thursday close $37.29
The railroad operator warned customers on Thursday that a massive snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, may cause delays of up to 48 hours on deliveries along its main crude oil by rail route.
** AMERICAN TOWER CORP, Thursday close $100.71
Italian telecommunications company Telecom Italia will likely sell the mobile phone towers of its Brazilian unit to the operator of wireless and broadcast communications sites for almost the full targeted amount of 900 million euros ($1.1 billion), two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.
** AT&T INC, Thursday close $35.28, +0.31 pct premarket
The telecommunications company will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won’t be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday.
** CBS CORP, Thursday close $53.67
** DISH NETWORK CORP, Thursday close $72.22
Television network CBS Corp and satellite TV company DISH Network dodged a blackout of CBS TV shows and sporting events as the two sides agreed to a “short” extension of the deadline in order to hash out the details of a new contract.
** AUTODESK INC, Thursday close $58.41
The software corporation reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, as the maker of computer-aided design software benefits from its switch to a cloud-based subscription model.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $48.7, +0.16 pct premarket
** INTEL CORP, Thursday close $35.95, +0.08 pct premarket
** FACEBOOK INC, Thursday close $73.6, +0.82 pct premarket
President Barack Obama plans to make life a little easier for some foreign tech workers, but Silicon Valley representatives are disappointed his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards.
Tech companies from Microsoft to Intel have complained about being unable to find enough highly skilled employees and want Washington to increase the availability of visas for programmers, engineers and other specialized foreign professionals.
Intel, helped by a stabilizing personal computer market, also gave a revenue outlook for 2015 that was above Wall Street’s expectations and also raised its dividend.
** MARVELL TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD, Thursday close $13.3
The chipmaker forecast lower-than-expected revenue for the current quarter as weak demand for its chips used in third-generation mobile communication offset a rise in sales of its more profitable 4G LTE chips.
** LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC, Thursday close $46.08
Europe’s biggest cable operator plans to make “small, selective” acquisitions for content which help it make money from its core business of selling high-speed broadband and TV services, its finance chief said on Thursday.
** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $543.76
The search engine company has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though terms of the deal were not disclosed in a court filing made public this week.
Rockstar, which counts Apple Inc as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt. (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bangalore; Edited by Maju Samuel)