(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 rose sharply on Thursday after the European Central Bank cut key interest rates to boost the euro zone economy. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.73 percent at 17,133, S&P 500 futures were up 0.82 percent at 2,005.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.95 percent at 4,335.5.
** DOLLAR GENERAL CORP, Wednesday close $75.21, +5.31 pct premarket
The discount retailer reported higher-than-expected growth in quarterly sales at established stores as demand increased for items such as candy and snacks, perishables, tobacco and food.
** OMEGA PROTEIN CORP, Wednesday close $21.92, -22.49 pct premarket
The nutrition products maker’s fourth-quarter revenue misses, hurt by a fall in fish oil, fish meal and specialty oil sales.
** ENERGY XXI LTD, Wednesday close $1.08, -27.78 pct premarket
The U.S. oil and gas producer said it might seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as soon as next week if oil prices remain low and it fails to refinance its debt.
** XOMA CORP, Wednesday close $0.8878, +21.64 pct premarket
The drug developer reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue, helped by upfront milestone payments from companies including Pfizer Inc and Novartis AG .
** PLUG POWER INC, Wednesday close $1.9, +7.37 pct premarket
The fuel cell maker posted a smaller adjusted fourth-quarter loss, helped by higher margins from its GenDrive fuel cell business.
** BOX INC, Wednesday close $12.52, +16.29 pct premarket
The cloud storage provider reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue as add-on services helped it win more customers to its content-sharing platform.
** ALLERGAN PLC, Wednesday close $289.98, +0.65 pct premarket
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is expected to win EU antitrust approval for its $40.5 billion bid for Allergan’s generics unit after agreeing to sell off some of its products to appease regulators, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Wednesday close $72.43, +0.70 pct premarket
China’s Alibaba on Thursday said it has signed a deal for a $3 billion five-year loan, which will help the e-commerce giant as it snaps up stakes in companies within China and overseas.
** TWITTER INC, Wednesday close $17.66, +0.79 pct premarket
The company has been offering additional restricted stock and cash bonus to employees to prevent staff departure, the Wall Street Journal reported.
** GULFPORT ENERGY CORP, Wednesday close $26.47, -2.08 pct premarket
The oil and natural gas producer raised the size of its public offering to 14.7 million shares from 14 million. The upsized offering represented 13.6 percent of the company’s total outstanding shares as of Feb. 10.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, Wednesday close $208.72, +1.43 pct premarket
The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Tesla and Virginia state officials to keep the electric car maker from opening a second dealership in the state.
** SQUARE INC, Wednesday close $12.03, +1.41 pct premarket
The mobile payments company’s revenue beat analysts’ estimates in its first quarterly results since going public in November, easing pressure on CEO Jack Dorsey who is also leading turnaround efforts at Twitter Inc.
** CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC, Wednesday close $506.63, +1.20 pct premarket
The burrito chain operator received praise for its handling of potential norovirus infections at a Boston-area restaurant, as sick employees stayed home and the burrito chain quickly cleaned the restaurant.
** IRON MOUNTAIN INC, Wednesday close $31.46
The U.S. data management company will sell its Australian unit to ease regulatory concerns hampering its A$2.7 billion ($2 billion) buyout of Sydney-listed rival Recall Holdings Ltd , a regulator said.
** FACEBOOK INC, Wednesday close $107.51, +0.64 pct premarket
The company is acquiring Masquerade Technologies Inc, creator of the popular face-swapping app MSQRD, as part of efforts by the world’s largest social network operator to build its video services.
** ENERGY TRANSFER EQUITY, Wednesday close $7.5, +2.67 pct premarket
** WILLIAMS COMPANIES INC, Wednesday close $17.96, -1.45 pct premarket
Energy Transfer, which is in the process of buying rival pipeline company Williams Companies, said it carried out a private offering of convertible shares to some of its investors in order to help pay for the deal.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Wednesday close $66.86
The embattled drugmaker said on Wednesday it has added a representative from shareholder Pershing Square Capital Management to its board of directors as well as two other new directors.
** FRESHPET INC, Wednesday close $7.04, +2.98 pct premarket
The pet-food maker’s quarterly earnings beat analysts’ estimates for the first time since its IPO as fourth-quarter sales rose about 23 percent.
** SUNRUN INC, Wednesday close $6.65, +2.56 pct premarket
Deutsche Bank started coverage on the solar panel installer’s stock with a “buy” rating and price target of $15. (Compiled by Manish Parashar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)