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* The Morning News Call newsletter: tmsnrt.rs/2fwPLTh U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Thursday, as the effect of higher oil prices was offset by declines in chipmakers, following a weak forecast from Taiwan Semiconductor, the world's largest contract chipmaker.
At 8:24 ET, Dow e-minis were down 0.21 percent at 24,682. S&P 500 e-minis were down 0.30 percent at 2,701.75, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 0.34 percent at 6,820.5. The top three NYSE percentage gainers premarket: ** W.W. Grainger Inc, up 7.5 pct ** Crown Holdings Inc, up 7.0 pct ** Lithium Americas Corp, up 6.3 pct The top three NYSE percentage losers premarket: ** Advanced Disposal Services Inc, down 19.9 pct ** Pier 1 Imports, down 18.5 pct ** Seadril Ltd, down 5.6 pct The top three Nasdaq percentage gainers premarket: ** Bio Path Holdings Inc, up 29.5 pct ** Vaxart Inc, up 16.2 pct ** Aqua Metals Inc, up 13.5 pct The top three Nasdaq percentage losers premarket: ** Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc, down 69.5 pct ** Aceto Corp, down 48.9 pct ** Helios And Matheson Analytics Inc, down 27.2 pct ** American Express Co: up 3.5 pct premarket BUZZ-Strong billings, but competition may pressure growth rates for AmEx ** Amazon Inc: up 2.0 pct premarket BUZZ-Prime remains “golden jewel” for Amazon ** Qualcomm: down 2.7 pct premarket ** NXP Semiconductors NV: down 3.04 pct premarket BUZZ-Qualcomm and NXP Semi: Drop as China stalls deal approval ** Apple Inc: down 1.7 pct premarket BUZZ-Weak demand for iPhone 8 could dent Q3 forecast - Mizuho ** Amazon Inc: up 2.0 pct premarket ** Walmart: up 0.6 pct premarket ** Costco: down 0.2 pct premarket ** Target: down 0.7 pct premarket ** Kohl’s: up 0.3 pct premarket ** L Brands: up 0.2 pct premarket BUZZ-Amazon: To be #1 US apparel seller, at cost of dept stores - MS ** Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd: down 4.9 pct premarket BUZZ-Slips on lower FY rev guide amid weak smartphone demand ** Starbucks: down 0.1 pct premarket ** McDonald’s: down 0.1 pct premarket BUZZ-Restaurants Q1 to be highlighted by mixed results - Deutsche Bank ** Crown Holdings Inc: up 7.0 pct premarket BRIEF-Crown Holdings reports Q1 earnings per share of $0.67 ** Pier 1 Imports Inc: down 18.5 pct premarket BRIEF-Pier 1 Imports sees Q1 company comparable sales down 8 pct to 7 pct ** Aqua Metals Inc: up 13.5 pct premarket BRIEF-Says files definitive proxy materials and mails letter to stockholders ** Sientra Inc: up 11.8 pct premarket BRIEF-Sientra receives FDA approval of PMA supplement ** Aceto Corp: down 48.9 pct premarket BRIEF-Aceto board takes proactive steps to address business and financial challenges ** Shire plc: up 2.0 pct premarket BUZZ-Shire: Takeda makes $61 bln bid for drugmaker ** Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc: down 27.2 pct premarket BUZZ-Tumbles on proposed stock offering ** Pier 1 Imports Inc: down 18.5 pct premarket BUZZ-Slumps after scrapping dividend, loss forecast ** Alcoa Corp: up 4.0 pct premarket BUZZ-Brokers hike PTs on Q1 beat and forecast raise ** Bank of New York Mellon Corp: up 4.3 pct premarket BUZZ-Up on profit beat ** Kinder Morgan Inc: up 2.0 pct premarket BUZZ-Rises on strong Q1, dividend raise ** W.W. Grainger Inc, up 7.5 pct BUZZ-Grainger: Eyeing record high after Q1 beat-and-raise report (Compiled by Mrinalini Krothapalli)