(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 futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight weekly advance. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.22 percent at 18,027, S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.22 percent at 2,083.25 and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.30 percent at 4,295.25.
** ELDORADO GOLD CORP, Wednesday close $5.97, +4.69 pct premarket
** AGNICO EAGLE MINE LTD, Wednesday close $23.65, +3.76 pct premarket
** SILVER WHEATON CORP, Wednesday close $19.95, +3.26 pct premarket
** BARRICK GOLD CORP, Wednesday close $10.31, +3.10 pct premarket
** SILVER STANDARD RESOURCES INC, Wednesday close $4.66, +3.65 pct premarket
Gold gained in thin post-Christmas trading as dollar slipped against a basket of major currencies.
Spot gold rose as much as 2.2 percent to $1,199 an ounce by 07:20 ET, while silver prices rose 3.8 percent to $16.30 an ounce.
** YANDEX NV, Wednesday close $17.66, +1.93 pct premarket
** QIWI PLC, Wednesday close $20.88, +3.11 pct premarket
U.S.-listed shares of Russian stocks, including those of search engine operator Yandex and payment processor Qiwi, rose as rouble rose to its strongest level against the dollar since Dec. 1.
The sharp rouble recovery comes after government ordered exporters to sell some of their dollar revenues. Russia said on Thursday its currency crises was over.
** PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA, Wednesday close $7.6
The U.S. city of Providence, Rhode Island, is suing the Brazilian state-run oil company and some of its executives for bond losses stemming from an alleged kickback and bribery scheme, a leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Friday.
** QUALCOMM INC, Wednesday close $74.66, +0.96 pct premarket
The Chinese government said on Friday that it will soon settle its antitrust investigation of the U.S. mobile chipmaker.
** SONY CORP, Wednesday close $21.32
“The Interview,” the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Wednesday close $48.14
Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp’s PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility.
** CITIGROUP INC, Wednesday close $54.54
Citigroup has agreed to sell its Japanese retail banking operations to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC), as the U.S. bank retreats from unprofitable businesses around the world.
** KELLOGG CO, Wednesday close $67.02
The world’s largest breakfast cereal maker once again raised its bid for Egyptian snackmaker Bisco Misr on Wednesday, topping a rival offer from the UAE’s Abraaj in an intensifying $144 million takeover battle.
** SEARS HOLDINGS CORP, Wednesday close $32.56
The head of Sears’ online operations and a key member of Chief Executive Eddie Lampert’s management team has resigned and will leave the company in February to pursue a new opportunity, the retailer said. (Compiled by Shailaja Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)