(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 fell on Friday ahead of data on economic growth, consumer inflation and confidence, with major indexes poised for a second month of declines. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.95 percent at 17,266, S&P 500 futures were down 0.92 percent at 2,000 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.48 percent at 4,165.5.
** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $513.23, +1.42 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.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Thursday close $311.78, +11.96 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, -1.86 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, +5.25 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, +5.59 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.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Thursday close $89.81, -1.24 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, +3.63 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.
** MASTERCARD INC, Thursday close $81.38, +4.08 pct premarket
The world’s second-largest debit and credit card company posted a 29 percent rise in quarterly profit as customers swiped their cards more often.
** 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, -0.13 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, +0.00 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, -0.06 pct premarket
** CHEVRON CORP, Thursday close $103, -0.38 pct premarket
** CONOCOPHILLIPS, Thursday close $62.82, +0.06 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.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $161.51
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.
** FXCM INC, Thursday close $2.24, +3.57 pct premarket
The retail currency broker adopts stockholder rights plan and declares dividend distribution of 1 right on each outstanding share of company’s Class A common stock.
** BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO, Thursday close $61.14, +0.74 pct premarket
** GILEAD SCIENCES INC, Thursday close $104.18, +0.47 pct premarket
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, -0.46 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, -16.13 pct premarket
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, +1.43 pct premarket
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, -0.49 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, -6.25 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.
** CONSOL ENERGY INC, Thursday close $29.26
The coal and natural gas producer reported a nearly 50 percent fall in quarterly profit as exploration and production costs shot up.
** CHUBB CORP, Thursday close $102.52, +0.21 pct premarket
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.
** XEROX CORP, Thursday close $13.56, -2.65 pct premarket
The company best known for its printers and copiers forecast a first-quarter and full-year adjusted profit below analysts’ estimates, citing impact of recent shifts in currency rates, specifically the weakening of the euro.
** LEAR CORP, Thursday close $99.05, +2.47 pct premarket
The maker of auto seats and electrical power systems reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to strong demand from North America.
** COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP, Thursday close $140.64, +2.37 pct premarket
The warehouse club operator declares special cash dividend of $5 per share. (Compiled by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)