(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 on Thursday ahead of a host of key earnings reports and economic data. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.32 percent at 17,111, S&P 500 futures were up 0.39 percent at 2,016.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.46 percent at 4,419.5.
** AMERICAN EXPRESS CO, Wednesday close $76.51, -3.62 pct premarket
The world’s largest credit card issuer reported a quarterly profit that missed analysts’ estimates as costs rose and a strong dollar ate into revenue from its international business.
** KINDER MORGAN INC, Wednesday close $31.42, -6.27 pct premarket
The company on Wednesday increased its quarterly dividend but said the payout would grow a bit slower next year as the U.S. pipeline company seeks to maintain financial flexibility in a slumping commodities market.
** TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC, Wednesday close $51.9, +8.17 pct premarket
The company reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, helped by higher sales of its analog and embedded chips.
** EBAY INC, Wednesday close $24.21, +8.10 pct premarket
The company reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted profit forecast, helping to allay concerns about the company’s prospects following the spinoff of PayPal, its main engine of growth.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, Wednesday close $47.48, +6.57 pct premarket
The company’s quarterly profit rose 27 percent as a fall in raw material costs boosted margins.
** AT&T INC, Wednesday close $33.6, -0.03 pct premarket
The company said on Wednesday that consensus revenue estimates for its third-quarter were “inflated” as they differed from its own accounting, which includes results from DirecTV, acquired by the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier in July.
** COCA-COLA CO, Wednesday close $42.19, +0.02 pct premarket
An environmental protection bureau in northwest China said police temporarily detained an executive at a company bottling facility in Gansu province after they found the facility had falsified pollution data.
** DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP INC, Wednesday close $41.04, +0.63 pct premarket
The company reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by increased royalties from franchisees and higher sales at company-operated restaurants.
** ELI LILLY & CO, Wednesday close $77.01, +1.40 pct premarket
The drugmaker reported a nearly 2 percent rise in revenue, helped by higher demand for its diabetes and cancer drugs.
** PERRIGO CO PLC, Wednesday close $155.24, +3.07 pct premarket
The drugmaker said it would cut about 800 jobs and buy back $2 billion worth of common shares as it looks to stave off a hostile bid from Mylan NV.
** TECK RESOURCES LTD, Wednesday close $6.38
The Canadian miner swung to a quarterly loss due to a C$2.2 billion asset impairment charge in its steel-making coal and other businesses.
** PULTEGROUP INC, Wednesday close $19.45
The no.3 U.S. homebuilder, reported a 23 percent fall in quarterly profit as it sold fewer homes.
** LAZARD LTD, Wednesday close $45.24
The investment bank and asset manager on Thursday posted a quarterly profit that handily beat analysts’ estimates after it saw a rise in M&A advisory fees.
** FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES NV, Wednesday close $15.2, +1.64 pct premarket
United Auto Workers union members showed overwhelming support in early voting returns on Wednesday night for a proposed four-year labor contract with Fiat Chrysler according to local union hall websites.
** TWITTER INC, Wednesday close $29.3, +0.41 pct premarket
In his second public appearance since being named Twitter’s permanent chief executive earlier this month, Jack Dorsey on Wednesday apologized to the developers who work with the social media company to create apps. (Compiled by Manish Parashar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)