(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 on Friday as oil prices held on to gains, a day after the European Central Bank announced a new stimulus program. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.85 percent at 17,139, S&P 500 futures were up 0.94 percent at 2,007.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 1.11 percent at 4,332.75.
** WILLIAMS COS INC, Thursday close $15.89
** ENERGY TRANSFER EQUITY LP, Thursday close $7.13, +4.07 pct premarket
U.S. pipeline companies Williams Cos and Energy Transfer Equity have clashed publicly over ETE’s efforts to finance its $14 billion takeover of Williams.
** ULTA SALON COSMETICS, Thursday close $163.39, +13.23 pct premarket
The beauty product retailer forecast first-quarter sales of $1.02 billion-$1.03 billion compared with analysts’ estimate of $1.01 billion.
** VERICEL CORP, Thursday close $3.95, +13.67 pct premarket
The drugmaker said its experimental drug reduced death, hospitalizations and emergency visits in patients, who are at risk of a heart failure, in a mid-stage study, sending its shares up 80 percent in premarket trading.
** FINISAR CORP, Thursday close $14.18, +12.13 pct premarket
The network equipment maker reported third-quarter profit above analysts’ estimates, helped partly by higher gross margin.
** BOJANGLES INC, Thursday close $15.03, +9.71 pct premarket
The chicken-and-biscuits restaurant chain reported fourth-quarter sales of $128.8 million compared with analysts’ estimate of $127.7 million.
** APPLE INC, Thursday close $101.17, +0.88 pct premarket
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said Apple’s rhetoric was “false” in a high-profile fight over the government’s bid to unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.
** COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO, Thursday close $68.23
The company said on Thursday it would cut more jobs under an extended restructuring program as the world’s largest toothpaste maker grapples with tough macro-economic conditions, including a strong dollar.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $66.15, +0.53 pct premarket
A U.S. congressional committee stepped up the pressure on the drugmaker on Thursday, urging the company to explain why it was withholding documents related to an investigation into drug pricing.
** ALLERGAN PLC, Thursday close $289.25
The European Commission on Thursday approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ $40.5 billion acquisition of the generics activities of Allergan conditional on a number of divestments, notably Allergan businesses in Britain and Ireland.
** UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP, Thursday close $96.18
** HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $108.36
The maker of jet engines, aircraft components and building systems said it is open to doing a large acquisition despite rejecting a merger proposed by Honeywell International.
** MCDONALD’S CORP, Thursday close $119.98, +0.64 pct premarket
A highly anticipated trial over whether the company could be on the hook for its franchisees’ alleged retaliation against employees who participated in fast-food worker protests across the United States began on Thursday.
** YUM BRANDS INC, Thursday close $76.76, +0.14 pct premarket
Yum Brands-owned Taco Bell upped the ante in the breakfast wars, launching a nationwide $1 breakfast menu in a bid to compete with other fast-food chains that are cashing in on the trend.
** FXCM INC, Thursday close $14.57
The online foreign exchange broker’s fourth-quarter revenue fell about 34 percent; net loss of $105 million compared with a profit of $15.8 million a year earlier.
** ZUMIEZ INC, Thursday close $21.88
The sports apparel and accessories maker’s first-quarter sales and profit forecasts missed analysts’ estimates, as it expected same-store sales to fall 5-7 percent.
** UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS INC, Thursday close $57.26, +0.07 pct premarket
United Airlines and Air New Zealand have struck a revenue-sharing agreement, the companies said on Friday, as airlines boost flights to New Zealand’s fast-growing tourism market.
** SUNRUN INC, Thursday close $7.15
The solar panel installer expected to deploy 56 MW in first quarter 2016 compared with 68 MW deployed in fourth quarter 2015.
** EL POLLO LOCO HOLDINGS INC, Thursday close $15.13
The restaurant chain operator forecast 2016 adjusted earnings in the range of 70-74 cents per share, largely below average estimate of 74 cents.
** KRATOS DEFENSE AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS INC, Thursday close $3.68
The defense and security equipment maker posted fourth-quarter adjusted profit of 2 cents per share, compared with the average analyst estimate of a loss of 11 cents.
** FIDELITY NATIONAL INFORMATION SERVICES INC, Thursday close $61.56
The company is seeking to sell SunGard Data Systems Inc’s business that serves the public sector and education markets, hoping to fetch more than $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. (Compiled by Manish Parashar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)