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* The Morning News Call newsletter: tmsnrt.rs/2fwPLTh U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as investors braced for a crucial nonfarm payrolls report that could see the Federal Reserve deliver the first interest rate hike this year.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.31 percent at 20,934, S&P 500 futures were up 0.35 percent at 2,374.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.31 percent at 5,383.25.
** FINISAR CORP, Thursday close $34.90, -14.04 pct premarket
The network equipment maker reported lower-than-expected third-quarter revenue and profit on Thursday. The company’s fourth-quarter revenue and profit forecast also fell below analysts’ estimates.
** SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO, Thursday close $56.36, -2.59 pct premarket
The No. 4 airline by passenger traffic cut its first-quarter operating unit revenue forecast for a key revenue measure, citing “unexpected softness” in demand for flights booked at the last minute in the second half of February.
** DELTA AIR LINES INC, Thursday close $47.25, -0.53 pct premarket
The company’s chief executive, Ed Bastian, on Thursday sounded an optimistic note for 2017 earnings and said he expects to meet soon with the company’s newest and biggest investor, billionaire Warren Buffett.
** TIME INC, Thursday close $19.10
A group that includes Jahm Najafi, chief executive of the Phoenix-based investment firm Najafi Companies, and private-equity firm Pamplona Capital Management has emerged as a bidder for Time Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** CARNIVAL CORP, Thursday close $56.20
** ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD, Thursday close $95.50
Pressure in China on travel firms forced airlines and cruise operators to cut routes to South Korea, as the fallout spread on Friday from a diplomatic row over Seoul’s plans to deploy a U.S. missile defence system against Beijing’s objections.
Carnival Corp’s Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises cut South Korean visits by their China ships. Royal Caribbean cited “recent developments regarding the situation in South Korea”.
** TENET HEALTHCARE CORP, Thursday close $20.29
** MOLINA HEALTHCARE INC, Thursday close $46.90
** ANTHEM INC, Thursday close $166.18
** COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS INC, Thursday close $9.58
The Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system cleared its first hurdle in Congress on Thursday, but its chances for passage looked uncertain and top Republicans scrambled to bring disgruntled conservatives aboard.
In the face of opposition by Democrats, healthcare providers and many conservatives, two House of Representatives committees approved the legislation that would undo much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, moving it closer to a vote before the full House.
** CSX CORP, Thursday close $47.58
The company’s CEO, Hunter Harrison, told Reuters in an interview that he plans to attack costs aggressively at CSX and he believes he can deliver growth by taking freight business away from trucks.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $11.57, +2.25 pct premarket
The company has priced its previously announced offering of $1.25 billion 6.50 percent senior secured notes due 2022 and $2 billion 7.00 percent senior secured notes due 2024.
** VIACOM INC, Thursday close $44.44
MGM Holdings Inc is in talks to acquire the 81 percent of Epix it does not already own from two of its partners in the premium U.S. channel, Viacom and Lionsgate, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
** EXXON MOBIL CORP, Thursday close $81.67, +0.16 pct premarket
A World Bank tribunal’s order for Venezuela to pay $1.4 billion in damages to Exxon Mobil over nationalizations has been annulled, a lawyer for the Venezuelan government said on Thursday.
** ALEXANDRIA REAL ESTATE EQUITIES INC, Thursday close $113.70, -4.93 pct premarket
The company priced its public offering of 6.1 million shares of common stock at $108.55 per share. (Compiled by Gayathree Ganesan in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)