(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) The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average were lower on Friday while the Nasdaq composite gained amid a mixed bag of earnings from big companies and the downward spiral of commodities. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.03 percent at 17,736.69, the S&P 500 was down 0.05 percent at 2,101.18 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.25 percent at 5,159.053.
** AMAZON.COM INC, $559.38, +16.01 pct
The online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world’s largest retailer.
** BIOGEN INC, $324.69, -15.68 pct
The drugmaker slashed its full-year profit and revenue forecasts as sales of its roster of multiple sclerosis drugs failed to live up to Wall Street’s expectations.
** STANCORP FINANCIAL GROUP INC, $113.52, +48.02 pct
Japan’s Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co said it has agreed to buy the U.S.-based company for $5 billion, the latest multi-billion deal by acquisitive Japanese insurers.
** VISA INC, $76.46, +6.56 pct
The credit and debit card issuer said it was in talks to reunite with former subsidiary Visa Europe Ltd in a deal that would give the global company more scale to compete with arch-rival MasterCard Inc. The company’s profit for the third quarter rose 25 pct, beating average analyst estimate.
** STARBUCKS CORP, $58, +2.55 pct
The company reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday as new food, drinks and technology helped the world’s biggest coffee chain attract more customers.
** TRUECAR INC, $6.43, -39.79 pct
The online car-shopping service provider cuts full-year revenue forecast to $252 mln-$258 mln from $280 mln-$290 mln, citing lower quarterly unit volume and lower demand across all its selling channels.
** PANDORA MEDIA INC, $16.01, +15.35 pct
The online music streaming company raised its full-year forecast and reported better-than-expected second quarter revenue as it signed up more subscribers and increased its advertising revenue.
** JUNIPER NETWORKS INC, $28.17, +6.34 pct
The network gear maker said second-quarter adjusted profit was above analysts’ expectations because of growth in its services business.
** SUNESIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $1.015, -70.75 pct
The company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for more clinical evidence before considering approval for its cancer drug, sending the company’s shares down 60 percent in after-market trading.
** ENCANA CORP, $7.91, -7.70 pct
Canada’s largest natural gas producer recorded another billion-dollar impairment charge as oil and gas prices remain weak, pushing it to a quarterly loss.
** TRIPADVISOR INC, $82.44, -11.71 pct
The travel review website reported lower-than-expected revenue, profit for the second quarter hurt by the strong dollar.
** ABENGOA, $12.15, -13.21 pct
The Spanish energy company said on Thursday it would act to prevent speculative trading on its debt and reducing the cost of the debt was a priority after a day of losses for its bonds, credit default swaps and stock.
** LEAR CORP, $103.76, +4.82 pct
The auto seat maker reported higher-than-expected profit for the second quarter as automobile production increased in North America and China.
** SANOFI SA, $54.03, +1.24 pct
** REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS, $553.03, -0.64 pct
A new type of cholesterol drug from the drugmakers won a green light from European regulators on Friday, two months behind a rival product from Amgen.
** ALCATEL-LUCENT, $3.66, +2.81 pct
** NOKIA, $6.855, +2.01 pct
The European Commission said it had approved Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia’s planned purchase of Alcatel-Lucent because the two were not close competitors and would still face strong global competition.
** JOHNSON CONTROLS INC, $46.68, +0.73 pct
The largest U.S. auto parts supplier reported a higher quarterly net profit, on higher margins across the company’s main three business segments.
** ABBVIE INC, $68.56, -2.78 pct
The drugmaker reported quarterly revenue that missed analysts’ estimates for the first time in six quarters, sending its shares down 3 percent in premarket trading.
** AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC, $42.1016, -1.19 pct
The world’s largest passenger carrier reported a second-quarter profit that topped analysts’ expectations and declared a stock buyback and dividend as cheap fuel continued to benefit its bottom line.
** SPIRIT AIRLINES INC, $60.72, -1.06 pct
The low-cost U.S. carrier reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit due to an increase in the number of flights and routes it operates.
** AT&T INC, $34.96, +3.04 pct
The company’s proposed $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV has cleared its final regulatory hurdle as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to approve the merger, according to people familiar with the votes.
** XEROX CORP, $11.02, +1.94 pct
The company’s barely eked out a profit in the second quarter after the printer and copier maker took a charge related to a revamp of its business that provides administrative and care-management services to government healthcare programs.
** ANTHEM INC, $150.005, -3.35 pct
** CIGNA CORP, $149.62, -3.07 pct
Health Insurer Anthem said it would buy Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership. The deal- the biggest ever in the health insurance industry. Anthem said it will pay $103.40 in cash and 0.5152 of its shares for every Cigna share held.
** BLACKBERRY LTD, $7.53, -1.05 pct
The Canadian phone maker on Thursday showcased a suite of security products that safeguard everything from medical devices to Hollywood movie scripts, though its CEO acknowledged that his effort to transform the company remains a work in progress. (Compiled by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru; Edited by Don Sebastian)