(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 rose on Wednesday ahead of a statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve that could give clues regarding the timing of a rate hike. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.13 percent at 17,568, S&P 500 futures were up 0.01 percent at 2,087.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.04 percent at 4,558.
** CYTEC, Tuesday close $58.39, +26.82 pct premarket
Belgian chemical group Solvay has agreed to buy U.S. peer Cytec for $5.5 billion, giving it a bigger presence in the lightweight materials business where demand from the aerospace industry is booming.
** YELP INC, Tuesday close $33.51, -24.95 pct premarket
The operator of consumer review website reported a surprise loss and forecast revenue for the current quarter that fell far below market expectations. The company also reported its slowest revenue growth in 18 quarters in the three months ended June 30, and said Chairman Max Levchin would step down “to pursue other interests.”
** TWITTER INC, Tuesday close $36.54, -11.06 pct premarket
The microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013.
** NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP, Tuesday close $24.72, +19.38 pct premarket
The direct-selling and e-commerce company’s revenue for the second quarter more than doubles to $69.7 mln, helped by strong demand in Hong Kong, its biggest business.
** BUFFALO WILD WINGS INC, Tuesday close $171.28, +10.93 pct premarket
The restaurant operator posted a better-than-expected rise in same-store sales in the second quarter.
** PANERA BREAD CO, Tuesday close $186.99, +6.07 pct premarket
The bakery cafe operator said same-store sales at company-operated restaurants accelerated in current quarter, rising 4.7 percent in the first 27 days of the third quarter.
** GILEAD SCIENCES INC, Tuesday close $113.07, +3.79 pct premarket
The drugmaker said on Tuesday sales of its hepatitis C drugs hit a record of nearly $5 billion, surpassing Wall Street estimates as strong demand offset pricing pressures and restrictions on patient use from U.S. health insurers.
** AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC, Tuesday close $73.65, -8.00 pct premarket
The online content distributor forecast third-quarter revenue and profit below estimates, citing a stronger dollar.
** MASTERCARD INC, Tuesday close $95.16, -2.18 pct premarket
The credit and debit card issuer reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as the company offered more rebates and incentives to win new and renewed deals.
** GALENA BIOPHARMA INC, Tuesday close $1.61, +4.35 pct premarket
The drugmaker launches a treatment, which is a soluble film that dissolves under tongue, for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
** CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Tuesday close $2.97, +4.38 pct premarket
The iron ore and coal producer reported a second-quarter profit, compared with a year-ago loss, on lower costs and said it expects “improved” profitability in the second half of the year.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Tuesday close $526.03, +0.85 pct premarket
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Tuesday close $80.56, +0.42 pct premarket
The Chinese company said on Wednesday it would invest $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Amazon.com Inc’s lucrative Web Services division, opening a global front in the battle between the two e-commerce giants.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Tuesday close $31.32, +0.54 pct premarket
The automaker will invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said on Wednesday.
** ANTHEM INC, Tuesday close $154.2, +1.17 pct premarket
The health insurer reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong enrollments in its government business, particularly Medicaid.
** GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP, Tuesday close $144.29, +2.85 pct premarket
The maker of ships, tanks and business jets, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenues on Wednesday, and sharply raised its outlook for full-year profit.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Tuesday close $45.34, +0.18 pct premarket
The company launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday.
** HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC, Tuesday close $26.49, +0.98 pct premarket
The hotel chain operator raised its full-year profit forecast as improvement in the U.S. economy boosts occupancy and room rates.
** HUMANA INC, Tuesday close $184.52, -0.28 pct premarket
The health insurer reported a 12.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it added more members to its Medicare Advantage business for individuals.
** ATMEL CORP, Tuesday close $8.55, -5.38 pct premarket
The chipmaker’s revenue and adjusted profit for the second quarter misses estimates, hurt by declines in older memory products.
** NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP, Tuesday close $163.34, +1.74 pct premarket
The maker of global hawk drones reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings and raised its guidance for earnings in the full year, despite flat or lower revenues in each of its four business sectors.
** ROCKWELL AUTOMATION INC, Tuesday close $119.23
The company that makes automation systems that help factories run smoothly reported a 4.5 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by a strong dollar and slowing industrial production growth.
** GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER CO, Tuesday close $29.58, +1.76 pct premarket
The largest U.S. tire maker by sales reported a 10 percent fall in quarterly revenue hurt by a strong dollar.
** THOMSON REUTERS CORP, Tuesday close $37.66
The news and information company on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit even as currency weighed on its revenues.
** HESS CORP, Tuesday close $59.65, -1.07 pct premarket
The oil producer reported a second-quarter loss on Wednesday as a drop of more than 50 percent in crude prices CLc1 in the past year ate into results.
** SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS HOLDINGS INC, Tuesday close $52.87, +4.03 pct premarket
The aircraft parts maker reported an 8.4 percent rise in quarterly profit as costs fell.
** CONAGRA FOODS INC, Tuesday close $43.94
The processed food company has started talks with TreeHouse Foods Inc and Post Holdings Inc regarding the sale of its private label unit Ralcorp, which could be valued at around $3.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
** CALIX INC, Tuesday close $7
The network gear maker reported adjusted profit of 6 cents per share for the second quarter, as gross margins improve. Wall Street was expecting loss of 3 cents per share. (Compiled by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru)