October 23, 2015 / 1:20 PM / in 2 years

BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Alphabet, Microsoft, Diamond Foods

(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. stocks were set to open higher on Friday after a surprise interest rate cut in China added to a broad rally driven by strong quarterly results from Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.74 percent at 17,536, S&P 500 futures were up 0.62 percent at 2,065.75 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 1.31 percent at 4,612.25.

** ALPHABET INC, Thursday close $681.14, +10.39 pct premarket

** FACEBOOK INC, Thursday close $99.67, +2.45 pct premarket

New revenue streams such as mobile and video advertising should continue to propel earnings of Google parent Alphabet, whose shares were set to open at a record high on Friday following better-than-expected results, analysts said.

Facebook’s shares also rose after Alphabet’s strong results.

** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $48.03, +9.64 pct premarket

The company reported better-than-expected third quarter adjusted revenue for the ninth quarter in a row, driven by demand for cloud products.

** AMAZON.COM INC, Thursday close $563.91, +10.02 pct premarket

The e-commerce company on Thursday recorded a surprise profit for the second quarter in a row, propelled by higher sales in North America and its cloud computing business.

** ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD, Thursday close $94.7, +2.43 pct premarket

The world’s second-largest cruise operator by revenue, reported a 5.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher onboard spending and a rise in bookings for its Caribbean and European cruises.

** KELLOGG CO, Thursday close $72.01

** DIAMOND FOODS INC, Thursday close $32.83, +9.66 pct premarket

Corn Flakes maker Kellogg is in late-stage talks to buy snack foods company Diamond Foods for more than $1.5 billion, the New York Post reported, citing sources.

** PANDORA MEDIA INC, Thursday close $19.19, -32.15 pct premarket

The provider of music streaming services reported a bigger quarterly loss as content acquisition costs nearly doubled.

** TENET HEALTHCARE CORP, Thursday close $28.24, +6.59 pct premarket

The hospital operator reaffirmed its third-quarter adjusted EBITDA outlook of $550-$600 million.

** SPECTRUM PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Thursday close $6.64, -24.70 pct premarket

The biotechnology company said the U.S. FDA declined to approve its Evomela injection to treat patients with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that arises from plasma cells found in bone marrow.

** SKECHERS USA INC, Thursday close $46.19, -29.31 pct premarket

The sports footwear maker and retailer’s revenue missed analysts’ estimates as a strong dollar reduced the value of international sales.

** WHIRLPOOL CORP, Thursday close $159.81, +5.38 pct premarket

The world’s largest home appliances maker revised its expectations for 2015 EPS and lowered its planned capital spending, but posted higher-than-expected third quarter earnings.

** MERRIMACK PHARMACEUTICAL INC, Thursday close $8.71, +8.38 pct premarket

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the company’s pancreatic cancer drug, Onivyde, with a severe safety warning.

** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, Thursday close $74.85, +2.94 pct premarket

The company reported its biggest drop in quarterly sales in seven quarters, hurt by weak demand across product categories and a strong dollar.

** LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $32.88, +3.77 pct premarket

The printer maker said it was exploring strategic alternatives and had hired Goldman Sachs Inc to advise it on the process.

** TREEHOUSE FOODS INC, Thursday close $84.22, +1.22 pct premarket

** CONAGRA FOODS INC, Thursday close $42.39, +0.50 pct premarket

TreeHouse is in advanced talks to acquire Ralcorp, the private label business of ConAgra Foods, in a deal that could be valued between $2.5 billion and $2.7 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

** AT&T INC, Thursday close $33.96, +2.44 pct premarket

The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier and the world’s largest pay-TV operator raised its 2015 earnings forecast as quarterly earnings beat expectations on cost cuts and gains in wireless and DirecTV subscribers.

** AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC, Thursday close $45.99, +1.30 pct premarket

The world’s largest airline on Friday reported a third-quarter profit above analysts’ expectations, as cheap fuel continued to help its bottom line.

** YUM BRANDS INC, Thursday close $72.68, +1.16 pct premarket

As the parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell looks to triple its store footprint in China and revive flagging growth there, it faces a hurdle with one of its traditional growth drivers: the country’s underdeveloped franchise market.

** HALLIBURTON CO, Thursday close $39.71, -0.28 pct premarket

** BAKER HUGHES INC, Thursday close $55.59

Australia’s antitrust regulator raised concerns on Friday about Halliburton’s proposed $35 billion buyout of rival Baker Hughes, in another setback for a deal that has already hit competition snarls in the United States.

** GNC HOLDING INC, Thursday close $34.5, +0.00 pct premarket

The nutritional products retailer sold dietary supplements containing two illegal synthetic drugs in the United States, Oregon’s attorney general alleged in a lawsuit.

** UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS INC, Thursday close $56.05, +1.78 pct premarket

United Airlines on Thursday tried to dismiss concerns that executive shake-ups have left an amateur team running its business, promising better service for travelers and moderate expansion in 2016 for investors worried about weak demand.

** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Thursday close $35.42, +0.54 pct premarket

The United Auto Workers said on Thursday it will negotiate its next deal with General Motors, after the union’s workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV ratified a new pact.

** THOMSON REUTERS CORP, Thursday close $42.25, +0.28 pct premarket

The company on Friday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit even as revenue dipped, hurt by foreign currency, and the news and information company reaffirmed its full-year forecast.

** ABBVIE INC, Thursday close $48.27, +0.89 pct premarket

U.S. health regulators on Thursday issued a warning of potential risk of serious liver injury for certain patients using the company’s hepatitis C treatments, Viekira Pak and Technivie.

** AUTOLIV INC, Thursday close $116.98, +3.78 pct premarket

The auto safety gear maker reported third quarter core earnings that narrowly beat market expectations on Friday and said it expected like-for-like sales to grow around 7 percent this year.

** AMGEN INC, Thursday close $152.31, +0.45 pct premarket

An experimental Amgen drug based on a tumour-killing virus was given a green light by European regulators on Friday, paving the way for the novel treatment’s approval within a couple of months.

** TESLA MOTORS INC, Thursday close $211.72, +1.68 pct premarket

The company could begin producing cars in China in two years, Chief Executive Elon Musk said, adding that local production had the potential to cut the sales prices of its models in the world’s largest auto market by a third. (Compiled by Manish Parashar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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