(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 little changed on Thursday ahead of second-quarter gross domestic product numbers that will give clues regarding the health of the economy. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.06 percent at 17,671, S&P 500 futures were down 0.05 percent at 2,100.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.10 percent at 4,569.5.
** WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC, Wednesday close $40.82, -13.06 pct premarket
The supermarket chain company said on Wednesday same-store sales growth cooled again in the third quarter, hurt by competition and an overcharging scandal in its New York City stores.
** POTASH CORP OF SASKATCHEWAN INC, Wednesday close $26.85, +0.93 pct premarket
The world’s biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization reported a 12 percent drop in quarterly profit, hurt mainly by weak nitrogen earnings and lower phosphate sales.
** FACEBOOK INC, Wednesday close $96.99, -2.37 pct premarket
Facebook reported quarterly revenue that beat forecasts but its profit fell 9 percent as the social media company sharply increased spending to boost mobile revenue and future growth.
** SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $8.21, +22.41 pct premarket
The drug developer said its constipation drug, Plecanatide, which is its lead drug, was effective in both dosages tested, in second late-stage study.
** LIVEPERSON INC, Wednesday close $7.9, +16.58 pct premarket
The chat software firm posted revenue and profit above estimates for the second quarter on Wednesday, helped by the addition of 36 new customers and higher revenue per enterprise.
** QORVO INC, Wednesday close $70.47, -13.44 pct premarket
The radio frequency chip maker on Wednesday forecast revenue of $690 million-$710 million for the second quarter, way below average analysts’ estimate of $743.6 million.
** OSHKOSH CORP, Wednesday close $39.05, -12.93 pct premarket
The specialty truck maker reported a 14.3 percent drop in quarterly profit due to a strong dollar, and the company cut its full-year adjusted profit forecast.
** UNILIFE CORP, Wednesday close $1.87, +25.67 pct premarket
The medical device maker on Wednesday introduced world’s first instant patch pumps to deliver insulin to treat type 2 diabetes.
** NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV, Wednesday close $91.8, +3.66 pct premarket
NXP set to become Europe’s largest chipmaker after buying U.S.-based Freescale, booked an 89 percent rise in second-quarter net income driven by strong sales of payment chips, but forecast weak third-quarter growth in its auto unit.
** CIGNA CORP, Wednesday close $145.41, +1.44 pct premarket
The health insurer, which agreed to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion this month, reported a 2.6 percent rise in quarterly profit as it added more members in its commercial and government businesses.
** STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE INC, Wednesday close $82.65
The hotel operator reported an 11 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a stronger dollar.
** PARTNERRE LTD, Wednesday close $135.56
PartnerRe Ltd, the reinsurance company that has a $6.6 billion merger agreement with Axis Capital Holdings, is now willing to negotiate a new deal with rival suitor Exor SpA , according to people familiar with the matter.
** METLIFE INC, Wednesday close $57.22
The biggest U.S. life insurer reported a 21 percent fall in quarterly profit, dragged down by $593 million in derivatives losses.
** LEIDOS HOLDINGS INC, Wednesday close $40.4, +1.49 pct premarket
The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday awarded a team led by Leidos Holdings Inc, an applied technology company, a contract valued at up to $4.34 billion to build a new electronic health record system for 9.6 million current and retired military service members.
** BAIDU INC, Wednesday close $170.01, +1.16 pct premarket
China’s biggest internet search engine company said on Thursday it will buy back shares worth $1 billion after the company’s stock price slid following a weak earnings report earlier this week.
** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, Wednesday close $80.62, -1.46 pct premarket
The world’s largest consumer products maker reported its sixth straight fall in quarterly sales, as it continued to be weighed down by a stronger dollar that stripped the value of overseas sales.
** COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO, Wednesday close $68.93, -0.07 pct premarket
The personal care products maker reported its fourth straight quarter of sales decline as it continued to be weighed down by a stronger dollar that stripped the value of overseas sales.
** TIME WARNER CABLE INC, Wednesday close $189.43
The company, which is being bought by Charter Communications , reported a 3.5 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it added more residential high-speed data customers.
** PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD, Wednesday close $1.31
Canadian oil producer Penn West Petroleum Ltd cut its 2015 capital budget for the second time as it looks to contain costs amid a steep fall in crude oil prices. (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Edited by Don Sebastian)