(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 edged higher on Thursday, suggesting a partial rebound following a string of declines, as investors looked ahead to data for indications of how soon the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.26 percent at 17,683, S&P 500 futures were up 0.22 percent at 2,044 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.24 percent at 4,317.75.
** GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, Wednesday close $184.18, +0.45 pct premarket
** MORGAN STANLEY, Wednesday close $34.95, +3.29 pct premarket
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Wednesday close $60.24, +0.46 pct premarket
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Wednesday close $16.11, -0.25 pct premarket
** CITIGROUP, Wednesday close $52.33, +3.08 pct premarket
Four of the largest U.S. banks just scraped by in an annual Federal Reserve check-up on the industry’s health, underscoring their top regulator’s enduring doubts about Wall Street’s resilience more than six years after the crisis.
Citigroup passed the test, allowing it to raise its payouts after failing last year for the second time in three years.
** ACADIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $44.76, -23.68 pct premarket
Acadia said it had delayed submitting a U.S. marketing application for its lead drug, nuplazid, and that its chief executive was retiring..
** INOGEN INC, Wednesday close $37.34, -15.80 pct premarket
The medical technology company postponed fourth-quarter and full -year earnings release and conference call scheduled for March 12, saying it discovered potential accounting issues in the current quarter.
** APPLE INC, Wednesday close $122.24, +0.38 pct premarket
Apple’s iTunes and App Store came back online on Wednesday afternoon after an unusually long service disruption that the company blamed on an internal technical error.
** ENDO INTERNATIONAL PLC, Wednesday close $87.76
** SALIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD, Wednesday close $168.61
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Wednesday close $193.71
Endo offered to buy Salix for about $11 billion in cash and stock, trumping an agreed bid by Canada’s Valeant.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Wednesday close $81.99, +0.38 pct premarket
The world’s largest e-commerce firm has begun hunting staff in Seattle, home turf of Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp, focusing on savvy cloud computing hires as it ramps up U.S. operations.
** BOX INC, Wednesday close $20.53, -13.05 pct premarket
The cloud storage provider posted a bigger loss due to higher operating expenses, in its first quarterly report as a public company.
** SHAKE SHACK INC, Wednesday close $46.9, -6.61 pct premarket
The hamburger chain forecast slowing same-restaurant sales growth in 2015 and swung to a fourth-quarter loss.
** UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP, Wednesday close $118.34, +3.05 pct premarket
United Technologies will explore spinning off its Sikorsky helicopter unit, in the first major move by the company’s new chief executive to overhaul the U.S. conglomerate’s portfolio of businesses.
** GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, Wednesday close $25.19, +0.36 pct premarket
General Electric is considering making deeper cuts in its banking business, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (Compiled by Shubhankar Chakravorty in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)