(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 were higher ahead of a bunch of data on Thursday, a day after a broad decline in markets due to concerns of a Greek debt default. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.40 percent at 17,955, S&P 500 futures were up 0.38 percent at 2,107.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.40 percent at 4,534.
** MOLYCORP INC, Wednesday close $0.3587, -30.58 pct premarket
The sole U.S. supplier of rare earths filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection along with its North American subsidiaries to restructure $1.7 billion of debt in its U.S. and Canadian operations.
** SUNEDISON SEMICONDUCTOR LTD, Wednesday close $19.2, -1.04 pct premarket
The chip equipment maker’s parent and top holder SunEdison Inc, No.4 holder Samsung Fine Chemicals Co Ltd and No.6 holder Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to sell remaining stakes.
** CREE INC, Wednesday close $30.56, -5.92 pct premarket
The company, which makes lighting and semiconductor products, said it would reduce manufacturing capacity at its light-emitting diode factory, as it struggles with a decline in prices, and take an $85 million restructuring charge.
** WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES INC, Wednesday close $20.7, +3.00 pct premarket
The motorhome maker reported a 7.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher shipments.
** ACCENTURE PLC, Wednesday close $97.77, +1.94 pct premarket
The consulting and outsourcing company reported a 0.4 percent rise in third-quarter revenue, helped by growth in its North American businesses.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Wednesday close $35.16, +0.68 pct premarket
The car maker said it plans to begin testing new Cisco Systems Inc technology that could allow “talking” cars to share radio communication bands with roadside Wi-Fi devices, a GM executive told U.S. lawmakers.
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Wednesday close $69.02, +0.33 pct premarket
The bank is in talks with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle a probe by the agency on whether the bank inappropriately advised its private-banking clients toward its own investment products, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** INTEGRATED SILICON SOLUTION INC, Wednesday close $23.54
** CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP, Wednesday close $12.36
The bidding war for the chipmaker intensified with rival chipmaker Cypress further sweetening its offer to $22.60 per share.
** MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP, Wednesday close $1.75
The oil and natural gas producer said it expected to raise $600 million-$700 million by selling its 45.53 percent stake in its natural gas gathering subsidiary, Eureka Hunter Holdings.
** ZIMMER HOLDINGS INC, Wednesday close $113.52
The orthopedic products maker said it closed a $14 billion deal to buy rival Biomet Inc on Wednesday shortly after winning U.S. antitrust approval on condition that it divest certain assets.
** MCDONALD’S CORP, Wednesday close $96.64
The burger chain said it is aiming to sell all of its 413 Taiwan-based stores to a franchise operator, as the U.S. fast-food chain looks to cut costs globally and turn around its flagging China business.
** VENAXIS INC, Wednesday close $0.556
The diagnostic test maker said FDA reviewers needed more clinical data supporting revised intended use for blood testing system, APPY1. On Jan. 29, the agency did not find APPY1 to be “substantially equivalent” to standard of care.
** DAVITA HEALTHCARE PARTNERS INC, Wednesday close $80.19
The largest provider of dialysis services in the United States has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.
** AURICO GOLD INC, Wednesday close $2.89
Shareholders of Canada’s AuRico Gold and Alamos Gold on Wednesday voted in favor of a $1.5 billion merger, creating a mid-sized gold producer with operations in Canada and Mexico.
** VALE SA, Wednesday close $6.4
The Brazilian miner Vale SA could raise about $1.5 billion through the sale of a stake in one of its Brazil-based assets, a senior executive said on Wednesday.
Compiled by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila