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U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday morning ahead of a flurry of economic data, after the Dow edged up to a new record a day earlier while the Nasdaq snapped a 10-session winning streak. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.07 percent at 18,182, S&P 500 futures were down 0.04 percent at 2,109.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.12 percent at 4,442.
** AMC NETWORKS INC, Wednesday close $69.17
The television network, home to “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead”, reported a 40 percent rise in quarterly revenue as the cable TV network posted strong growth in its domestic and international businesses.
** BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC, Wednesday close $2.74, -8.76 pct premarket
The fuel cell maker reported a bigger fourth-quarter loss and lower revenue, hurt by lower-than-expected sales in its telecom backup power business and termination of licensing contracts in China.
** NOBLE ENERGY INC, Wednesday close $49.81, -4.08 pct premarket
The oil and gas producer plans a public offering of 21 million shares.
** EMULEX CORP, Wednesday close $6.36, +25.00 pct premarket
** AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES LTD, Wednesday close $112.68, +8.16 pct premarket
Avago Technologies offered to buy Emulex for $8 per share in cash, valuing the deal at $606 million. The offer represented a premium of 26 percent to Emulex’s Wednesday close.
** MERCADOLIBRE INC, Wednesday close $134.22, +3.10 pct premarket
Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the Latin American online retailer’s stock to $165 from $155, while Stifel Nicolaus raises it to $160 from $155.
“The company’s business model of tying a marketplace together with payments and a third-party shipping platform is yielding increasing market share in a growing secular theme,” Piper Jaffray analysts wrote.
** MOBILEYE NV, Wednesday close $35.29
The driver-assistance system maker posted fourth-quarter revenue and profit above estimates, helped by strong demand for its camera-based systems that help drivers avoid collisions.
** NEWFIELD EXPLORATION CO, Wednesday close $36, -6.36 pct premarket
The oil and gas producer said it will offer 18 million shares of its common stock. The company had 137.4 million shares outstanding, according to Thomson Reuters data.
** ATOSSA GENETICS INC, Wednesday close $1.6, +37.50 pct premarket
The cancer test maker’s FullCYTE Breast Aspirator, used to collect fluid from breasts for tests, will be sold by unit of Henry Schein Inc.
** 3D SYSTEMS CORP, Wednesday close $30.02, -2.80 pct premarket
The 3D printer maker’s quarterly profit plunged 86.2 percent as the company invested heavily in research and development and acquisitions.
** GOGO INC, Wednesday close $17.49,+7.20 pct premarket
The in-flight Internet provider posted an 18 percent rise in quarterly revenue as more flyers used its services.
** TORONTO-DOMINION BANK, Wednesday close $43.44,+0.62 pct premarket
Canada’s second-largest lender reported a marginally higher quarterly profit, held back by its wholesale banking business.
** CHICO’S FAS INC, Wednesday close $17.36,+0.52 pct premarket
The women’s apparel retailer said it had cut jobs and would shut about 120 stores by 2017 to save costs.
** COLLABRX INC, Wednesday close $2.23, -31.84 pct premarket
The cancer data analysis provider priced an offering of 2.4 million shares at $1.27 per share, a 43 percent discount to their Wednesday close. The company had 7.35 million shares outstanding.
** SEARS HOLDINGS CORP, Wednesday close $37.9, -1.27 pct premarket
The owner of Sears department stores reported a narrower quarterly loss as it continued to slash costs and said it would launch a planned property trust by June, raising at least $2 billion for the struggling U.S. retailer.
** KOHL’S CORP, Wednesday close $70.9, +0.00 pct premarket
The department store operator reported a 10.5 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher sales of apparel and accessories in the holiday shopping season. The company already said this month same-store sales grew in the fourth quarter, marking the first growth after five quarters of decline.
** UIL HOLDINGS CORP, Wednesday close $42.33, +21.83 pct premarket
Spanish utility Iberdrola SA will buy UIL Holdings for about $3 billion to create a new listed power and electric utility and expand in the United States.
** CYBERONICS INC, Wednesday close $60.37, +18.93 pct premarket
The medical device maker has agreed to buy Sorin SpA in an all-stock deal that the Italian company said values it at about $1.4 billion.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Wednesday close $16.49, -0.49 pct premarket
The bank on Wednesday said it reached a $300 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by lenders that helped finance construction of the failed Fontainebleau Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009.
** SALESFORCE.COM INC, Wednesday close $62.87, +12.87 pct premarket
The cloud software company raised its full-year revenue forecast, betting on strong demand for its web-based sales and marketing software and services.
** WESTERN REFINING INC, Wednesday close $43.64, +4.72 pct premarket
The company reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday as lower crude oil prices helped improve refining margins.
** TOWN SPORTS INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC, Wednesday close $6.75, +8.15 pct premarket
The fitness club owner said its board was evaluating a sale of the company and retained Deutsche Bank Securities Inc to assist the process.
** FRONTLINE LTD, Wednesday close $2.43, +19.34 pct premarket
Operating profit at the Norwegian tanker firm beat forecasts and the company said it expected earnings to improve further this year, benefiting from an oil glut that has pushed down prices of the commodity. (Compiled by Sneha Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)