U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday as oil prices, which rallied to their year high earlier in the week, retreated for the second straight day. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.44 percent at 17,894, S&P 500 futures were down 0.52 percent at 2,103.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.65 percent at 4,482.5.
** SOPHIRIS BIO INC, Thursday close $1.17, +124.79 pct premarket
The company reported positive data from completed Phase 2a study of its prostate cancer treatment.
** H&R BLOCK INC Thursday close $21.54, +2.83 pct premarket
The U.S. tax-preparer posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue, helped by improved pricing.
** URBAN OUTFITTERS INC, Thursday close $27.93
The apparel retailer said quarterly comparable retail segment net sales so far are mid single-digit negative.
** MATTRESS FIRM HOLDING CORP, Thursday close $33.58
The mattress retailer reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly adjusted loss per share, hurt by charges related to the amortization of its tradename.
** APPLE INC, Thursday close $99.65, -0.42 pct premarket
Apple announced a series of long-awaited enhancements to its App Store on Wednesday, but the new features may not ease concerns of developers and analysts who say that the App Store model - and the very idea of the single-purpose app - has seen its best days.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, Thursday close $229.36, -0.46 pct premarket
The electric car maker said on Friday there was no safety defect in its Model S or Model X, and that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not opened any investigation or any “preliminary evaluation” on the matter.
** YAHOO INC, Thursday close $37.35, -0.67 pct premarket
** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Thursday close $51.95
** AT&T INC, Thursday close $40.09, -1.25 pct premarket
Yahoo is set to put together a new shortlist of bidders for its core internet assets after several parties, including Verizon and AT&T, made second-round offers, people familiar with the matter said.
** VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $25.48, -2.39 pct premarket
The Canadian drugmaker will pay $54 million to settle civil charges that its Salix unit paid illegal kickbacks to induce doctors to prescribe seven of its products, causing the submission of thousands of fraudulent reimbursement claims to the U.S. government.
** LENDINGCLUB CORP, Thursday close $4.47
** ON DECK CAPITAL INC, Thursday close $5.05
Many online lenders have failed to detect the “stacking” of multiple loans by borrowers who slip through their automated underwriting systems, lending company executives and investors told Reuters.
** TWITTER INC, Thursday close $14.6, -0.82 pct premarket
** FACEBOOK INC, Thursday close $118.56, -0.47 pct premarket
Advertising agencies are for the first time turning to Instagram more frequently than Twitter for social media ad campaigns, a survey released Thursday showed, a further indication of weakness in an ad sales operation that has been one of the few bright spots for Twitter.
** LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC, Thursday close $38.16
The company which owns Poland’s largest cable operator UPC is close to agreeing a takeover of UPC’s local rival Multimedia in a deal that would create a business covering half of the Polish cable market, Puls Biznesu newspaper reported. (Compiled by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)