(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 down 0.51 percent at 17,641.69, the S&P 500 was down 0.51 percent at 2,091.33 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.28 percent at 5,132.205.
** AMAZON.COM INC, $554.18, +14.93 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, $311.2, -19.18 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, $113.6, +48.13 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.
** MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC, $25.46, +15.10 pct
The medical device maker posted better-than-expected profit and revenue on robust device sales.
** ATHENAHEALTH INC, $132.72, +8.31 pct
The Healthcare software provider reported better-than-expected Q2 profit, helped by a 23 pct jump in revenue from business services.
** CALITHERA BIOSCIENCES INC, $9.7901, +21.47 pct
Citigroup starts coverage of the biotech’s stock with a “buy”, according to Theflyonthewall.com.
** NETSUITE INC, $99.87, +8.44 pct
The Cloud-based software services provider posted revenue of $177.3 million for the second quarter, above average analyst estimate of $172.1 million.
** MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, $32.92, +7.13 pct
The Chipmaker reported mixed results for the fourth quarter and reduces top-line forecast, led by declines in Samsung mobile sales, but announces $180-million cost-cutting plan and raises its quarterly cash dividend by 7 pct to $0.30 per share.
** HERCULES OFFSHORE INC, $0.1711, +18.00 pct
The offshore driller, stung by slumping demand for drilling services in older Gulf of Mexico oilfields, said on Thursday it plans to file for creditor protection in about three weeks and emerge several months later with a restructured balance sheet.
** VISA INC, $74.97, +4.49 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.
** TRUECAR INC, $6.98, -34.64 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, $16.02, +15.42 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, $27.84, +5.10 pct
The network gear maker said second-quarter adjusted profit was above analysts’ expectations because of growth in its services business.
** SUNESIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, $1.005, -71.04 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, $7.73, -9.80 pct
Canada’s largest natural gas producer said it had laid off about 200 employees this month, joining a growing list of oil producers cutting jobs to cope with a steep fall in crude prices. It recorded another billion-dollar impairment charge as oil and gas prices remain weak, pushing it to a quarterly loss.
** TRIPADVISOR INC, $82.055, -12.12 pct
The travel review website reported lower-than-expected revenue, profit for the second quarter hurt by the strong dollar.
** AVALANCHE BIOTECHNOLOGIES INC, $15.465, -4.30 pct
The eye drug developer’s chief executive and co-founder, Thomas Chalberg, resigns on Thursday after nearly five years in charge.
** ABENGOA, $12.42, -11.29 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.
** STARBUCKS CORP, $57.88, +2.33 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.
** STRYKER CORP, $100.8, +2.60 pct
The medical device maker Raises full-year earnings and sales growth forecasts.
** SANOFI SA, $53.78, +0.77 pct
** REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS, $551.55, -0.91 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, $3.62, +1.69 pct
** NOKIA, $6.765, +0.67 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.
** ABBVIE INC, $68.63, -2.68 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.
** AT&T INC, $34.93, +2.95 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, $11.08, +2.50 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, $152.01, -2.06 pct
** CIGNA CORP, $147.5, -4.44 pct
Health Insurer Anthem said on Friday 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. (Compiled by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru; Edited by Don Sebastian)