January 30, 2015 / 12:47 PM / 3 years ago

BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Amazon, Mattel, Visa, Biogen Idec

(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 e-mini futures fell on Friday: Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.75 percent at 17,301, S&P 500 futures were down 0.67 percent at 2,005 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.31 percent at 4,172.75.

** AMAZON.COM INC, Thursday close $311.78, +11.12 pct premarket

The online commerce giant reported stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday as North American sales surged during the crucial holiday quarter.

** MATTEL INC, Thursday close $26.9, -3.16 pct premarket

The toymaker said worldwide sales of its Barbie dolls fell 12 percent in the all-important holiday quarter, while those of Fisher-Price preschool toys declined 11 percent.

** MANITOWOC CO INC, Thursday close $19.24, +7.07 pct premarket

The crane maker said it would spinoff its high-margin foodservice business into a publicly traded company.

** BIOGEN IDEC INC, Thursday close $353.25, +6.67 pct premarket

The U.S. biotechnology company on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter profit and issued a 2015 earnings forecast that both sailed past Wall Street estimates, driven by strong sales of its oral multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera.

** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $513.23, +1.18 pct premarket

The internet company plans to keep making ambitious and costly bets on futuristic products, even if it means shelving some of its most beloved projects.

** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Thursday close $89.81, -0.06 pct premarket

Alibaba’s financial services affiliate is planning an initial public offering that could take place next year, Bloomberg reported.

** VISA INC, Thursday close $248, +3.91 pct premarket

The world’s largest credit and debit card company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday due to a good holiday season and a strengthening U.S. job market that encouraged people to spend.

** BT GROUP PLC, Thursday close $64.76, -2.16 pct premarket

The revival of the once staid British telecom monopoly picked up pace on Friday when it launched a drive to upgrade its fibre network ahead of a key soccer rights auction and a deal to buy mobile operator EE.

** HONDA MOTOR CO LTD, Thursday close $30.63

Japan’s Honda sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.

** MIZUHO FINANCIAL GROUP INC, Thursday close $3.35

Japan’s second-largest lender by assets reported a surprise 26 percent rise in profits for the quarter ended in December as the Bank of Japan’s additional stimulus measures boosted markets.

** BP PLC, Thursday close $38.75, -0.21 pct premarket

The UK-listed energy giant has decided to relinquish two exploration blocks to Indonesia, after a survey of the blocks found them to be high risk, the company said.

** BHP BILLITON PLC, Thursday close $45.69, +0.28 pct premarket

The global miner said on Friday it would be shedding jobs at its operations in South Australia, the latest sign that miners are having to cut costs to cope with a drop in commodity prices.

** OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP, Thursday close $78.31

** CHEVRON CORP, Thursday close $103, +0.49 pct premarket

** CONOCOPHILLIPS, Thursday close $62.82, +0.29 pct premarket

Occidental CEO Stephen Chazen quipped on Thursday that his larger rival Chevron was too poor to buy the No. 4 U.S oil producer.

ConocoPhillips and Occidental on Thursday slashed exploration spending plans for this year, as the third- and fourth-largest U.S. oil companies attempt to cope with a steep slide in crude prices.

** JOHNSON & JOHNSON, Thursday close $102.38

** PHARMACYCLICS INC, Thursday close $167.47

The U.S. FDA approved the expanded use of Imbruvica, sold by Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics , to treat Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare form of blood cancer for which no specific pharmaceutical therapy exists.


Bankrupt drugmaker Dendreon Corp has reached a stalking-horse deal with Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals to sell the worldwide rights to its cancer vaccine, Provenge, and certain assets for $296 million.

** BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO, Thursday close $61.14

** GILEAD SCIENCES INC, Thursday close $104.18

The U.S. FDA on Thursday approved two fixed-dose HIV pills that combine protease inhibitors - one made by Bristol-Myers and the other by Johnson & Johnson - both with a boosting agent produced by Gilead Sciences.

** CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORP, Thursday close $19.14

** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Thursday close $46.11, -0.30 pct premarket

Cablevision Systems on Thursday sued Verizon, accusing it of falsely advertising to consumers on television, radio and the Internet that its WiFi service is the fastest available.

** DECKERS OUTDOOR CORP, Thursday close $82.27

The outdoor footwear and apparel manufacturer and retailer cut its full-year forecast as demand for its UGG Australia branded sheepskin shoes slows in the United States.

** BROADCOM CORP, Thursday close $41.31

The chipmaker posted fourth-quarter results on Thursday that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations as the Apple supplier increased its focus on Wi-Fi and broadband chips, sending its shares higher.

** PERKINELMER INC, Thursday close $44.86

The scientific instruments maker on Thursday reported better-than-expected fourth quarter revenue and profit, helped by strong demand for its newborn screening tests in developing markets.

** EXXON MOBIL CORP, Thursday close $87.58, -0.17 pct premarket

Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft will not be able to resume drilling in the Kara Sea this year after Western sanctions halted its cooperation with Exxon, two company sources told Reuters.

** PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA, Thursday close $6.4, -5.78 pct premarket

The Brazilian state-run oil company said on Thursday it plans to sell assets, cut investments and probably delay dividend payments to face a credit crunch resulting from a massive corruption scandal.

** HARVEST NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Thursday close $0.634

The Texas-based oil company said on Thursday its affiliates have withdrawn a request for arbitration against Venezuela for blocking the sale of the company’s stake in an oil project in the country.

** CHUBB CORP, Thursday close $102.52

The property and casualty insurer’s quarterly operating profit rose 3.4 percent as premium income increased.


Growth-hungry investors snapped up shares offered by Shake Shack, setting the stage for a sizzling debut for the New York-based burger chain when its stock starts trading on Friday. (Compiled by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)

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