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U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Thursday following upbeat labor market data, amid a backdrop of a sanctions confrontation between Russia and the West that highlighted the relative strength of the U.S. economy. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.21 percent at 16,429, S&P 500 futures were up 0.33 percent at 1,921 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.23 percent at 3,877.75.
** TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX INC, Wednesday close $32.33, +6.34 pct premarket
The film and TV company controlled by Rupert Murdoch reported a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street’s expectations as executives stressed that they would not make a new bid for Time Warner.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Wednesday close $15.2, +1.45 pct premarket
The bank is close to a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay more than $16.5 billion to end investigations into mortgage securities that the bank and companies it bought sold in the run-up to the financial crisis, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
** KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN INC, Wednesday close $118.134, -0.68 pct premarket
The K-cup coffee pods maker reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as sales of its one-cup coffee brewers fell ahead of the launch of a new machine later in the year.
** CTRIP.COM INTERNATIONAL LTD, Wednesday close $60.45, +10.17 pct premarket
Travel website owner Priceline Group Inc will invest $500 million in the Chinese online travel company to broaden options for both companies in China.
** MOLYCORP INC, Wednesday close $2.04, +14.71 pct premarket
The rare earth producer secured commitment for $400 million in financing from Oaktree Capital Management. The company said the funding would be available through credit facilities and the sale and leaseback of certain equipment at its flagship Mountain Pass facility.
** NANOSPHERE INC, Wednesday close $1.42, -29.58 pct premarket
The molecular diagnostics company cut its full-year revenue forecast to $14 million from $19 million-$21 million after reporting a bigger net loss in the second quarter as sales at its instruments business fell.
** CTI BIOPHARMA CORP, Wednesday close $2.45, +5.31 pct premarket
The company’s drug, pacritinib, has been granted fast track designation by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of a type of bone marrow disorder.
** SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC, Wednesday close $5.76, -5.73 pct premarket
The oil and gas company cut its full-year production forecast to 28-29 million barrels of oil equivalent from 29.6 million, citing high water saturation in the Permian trust area and power and weather disruptions in the Mid-Continent region.
** ORBITZ WORLDWIDE INC, Wednesday close $9.06, +4.30 pct premarket
The online travel operator forecast current-quarter revenue above the average analyst estimate as an improving economy spurs spending on air travel and hotel bookings.
** JACK IN THE BOX INC, Wednesday close $55.45, +6.28 pct premarket
The San Diego-based restaurant chain raised its full-year same-store sales forecast for Qdoba company restaurants to a range of 5 to 5.5 percent from 3 to 4 percent. The company’s third-quarter earnings from continuing operations jumped 51 percent to $26.1 million.
** AUTOHOME INC, Wednesday close $39.78, +1.81 pct premarket
The Chinese automotive website operator reported a 72 percent jump in second-quarter revenue, driven by a rise in dealer subscriptions. The company said it expects third-quarter revenue to rise 53-59 percent.
** STRATASYS LTD, Wednesday close $98.91, +10.15 pct premarket
The 3D printer maker reported a 67 percent jump in quarterly revenue, helped by strong demand for its MakerBot branded products and services.
** ANN INC, Wednesday close $38.04, -10.62 pct premarket
The women’s apparel retailer said it estimated second-quarter sales to be $648 million. The company had previously estimated sales of $670 million.
** DUKE ENERGY CORP, Wednesday close $69.84, +1.25 pct premarket
The U.S. power company reported a better-than-expected profit for the third straight quarter as higher temperatures forced customers to use more air conditioning this summer, raising electricity consumption.
** MALLINCKRODT PLC, Wednesday close $68.24, +4.04 pct premarket
The specialty drugmaker reported a smaller quarterly loss and raised its full-year profit and revenue forecast, citing strong sales of its recently acquired pain drug Ofirmev.
** BRUKER CORP, Wednesday close $22.8, -12.28 pct premarket
The maker of scientific instruments cut its full-year 2014 adjusted profit and revenue forecast, citing lower growth in its chemical & applied markets division. The company cut its 2014 adjusted profit forecast to between 78-81 cents per share from 85-88 cents.
** UMPQUA HOLDINGS CORP, Wednesday close $16.69, -2.88 pct premarket
The bank holding company announced an offering of 15 million shares by selling stockholders Thomas Lee Partners LP and Warburg Pincus LLC on Wednesday. The offering represents nearly 7 pct of total outstanding shares.
** CARNIVAL CORP, Wednesday close $36.24, +2.37 pct premarket
BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the cruise operator’s stock to “buy” from “neutral” and also increased its price target to $45.50 from $42.90, according to StreetInsider.com.
** CST BRANDS INC, Wednesday close $33.54, +13.30 pct premarket
** LEHIGH GAS PARTNERS LP, Wednesday close $25.94, +19.31 pct premarket
The independent retailer of motor fuels said it would buy the general partner of Lehigh Gas Partners LP for about $85 million. CST brands board also authorized up to $200 million in a share repurchase program.
** THORATEC CORP, Wednesday close $32.57, -25.85 pct premarket
The heart device maker cut its fiscal 2014 revenue forecast to $455 million-$470 million from $520 million-$535 million. The company also cut its adjusted profit forecast to $1.25-$1.35 per share from $1.72-$1.82.
** MYLAN INC, Wednesday close $47.92, -0.88 pct premarket
The generic drug maker narrowed its full-year revenue and earnings forecasts, citing delays in U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of key products.
** ZULILY INC, Wednesday close $39.37, -1.35 pct premarket
The company, which runs a website that offers huge daily discounts on clothing, reported better-than-expected second-quarter profit and revenue and raised its full-year revenue forecast above Street estimate.
However, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said the company did not change its profit before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization outlook for the year in its earnings report and this was a key negative point.
** NEWMONT MINING CORP, Wednesday close $26.08, +1.00 pct premarket
** BARRICK GOLD CORP, Wednesday close $18.36, -0.22 pct premarket
Newmont Mining Chief Executive Gary Goldberg said he was open to resuming discussions over a potential merger with Barrick Gold Corp but had not heard from the company since April.
** T-MOBILE US INC, Wednesday close $31.06, +0.45 pct premarket
Deutsche Telekom said it currently had no offer for T-Mobile US that would improve the No.4 U.S. telecom operator’s position. (Reporting By Anannya Pramanick in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings)