(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 lower on Wednesday as oil prices fell after top producer Saudi Arabia ruled out production cuts. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.91 percent at 16,247, S&P 500 futures were down 0.90 percent at 1,898.75 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 1.24 percent at 4,107.75.
** CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP, Tuesday close $2.19, -4.11 pct premarket
The U.S. natural gas producer forecast lower capital spending for 2016 and said it would sell more assets worth $500 million-$1 billion.
** SHUTTERFLY INC, Tuesday close $43.98, -35.08 pct premarket
Private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP has approached U.S. digital imaging company with a preliminary acquisition proposal, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
** JOHNSON & JOHNSON, Tuesday close $104.08, -2.96 pct premarket
The drugmaker was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Tuesday close $56.12, -1.27 pct premarket
JPMorgan Chase & Co signalled a rough first quarter on Tuesday with double-digit declines in investment banking revenues and a $500 million increase in provisions for expected losses on energy loans.
** ALPHABET INC, Tuesday close $717.29, -1.30 pct premarket
Britain’s Committee of Public Accounts said on Wednesday the amount Google, a unit of Alphabet, agreed to pay in a tax settlement with the government was “disproportionately small” when compared with the size of the company’s business in the country.
** YAHOO INC, Tuesday close $30.67, -0.33 pct premarket
Yahoo shareholder Canyon Capital urged the company to proceed quickly with the auction of its core business, citing concern that the Internet giant’s management team does not share the sense of urgency held by the board of directors.
** EXXON MOBIL CORP, Tuesday close $81.23, -1.38 pct premarket
New York state’s comptroller and four other Exxon Mobil shareholders asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week to force the oil producer to include a climate change resolution in its annual shareholder proxy, according to a filing seen by Reuters.
** ENCANA CORP, Tuesday close $3.01, -0.33 pct premarket
The Canadian oil and natural gas producer cut its capital budget and production target for 2016 and said it would slash more jobs as the company struggles to cope with a steep fall in oil prices.
** APPLE INC, Tuesday close $94.69, -1.20 pct premarket
The legal showdown between Apple and U.S. law enforcement over encryption, no matter the outcome, will likely accelerate tech company efforts to engineer safeguards against government intrusion, tech industry executives say.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Tuesday close $66.97, -1.00 pct premarket
A group of Chinese pharmacy chains has demanded the abolition of a medicine tracking platform run by Alibaba Health Information Technology, piling further pressure on the firm after China’s drug regulator suspended the system on Saturday. (Compiled by Abhirup Roy in Bengaluru; Edited by Shounak Dasgupta)