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U.S. stock index futures climbed on Thursday, rebounding after two days of sharp losses, ahead of housing and labor market data and another busy day for corporate earnings. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.20 percent at 17,135, S&P 500 futures were up 0.13 percent at 1,994 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.02 percent at 4,125.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Wednesday close $98.45, -6.17 pct premarket
The Chinese E-commerce company’s quarterly revenue fell short of analysts’ expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the company’s scorching growth.
** MCDONALD‘S CORP, Wednesday close $88.78, +3.06 pct premarket
The world’s biggest fast-food chain, fresh off one of its worst financial years in decades, on Wednesday said Chief Executive Don Thompson would leave at the end of February and be succeeded by Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook.
** FACEBOOK INC, Wednesday close $76.24, +0.08 pct premarket
The social networking website’s revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world’s largest Internet social network beat Wall Street’s targets for earnings and sales.
The company’s big spending plans are facing a tough reception on Wall Street.
** VENAXIS INC, Wednesday close $2.04, -71.08 pct premarket
In vitro diagnostic company said the U.S. FDA did not find its appendicitis test to be “substantially equivalent” to standard of care, dampening its hopes of marketing the test faster and sending its shares down 65 percent in premarket trading.
** FORD MOTOR CO, Wednesday close $14.46, +1.87 pct premarket
The automaker’s quarterly earnings beat Wall Street earnings expectations on Thursday, and the automaker maintained its 2015 profit forecast.
** TIME WARNER CABLE INC, Wednesday close $139.1
The second-largest U.S. cable TV operator reported a 3.8 percent rise in revenue as it lost fewer residential video customers.
** COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO, Wednesday close $65.12, +2.98 pct premarket
The world’s largest toothpaste maker by market share reported a 3.2 percent fall in quarterly revenue due a stronger dollar.
** QUALCOMM INC, Wednesday close $70.99, -7.32 pct premarket
The chipmaker reduced its outlook for fiscal 2015, saying it expects its newest Snapdragon mobile chip will not be used in a major customer’s flagship smartphone.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Wednesday close $41.19, -0.02 pct premarket
The PC maker made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets on Thursday, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Wednesday close $15.2, +0.00 pct premarket
** CITIGROUP INC, Wednesday close $47.11
** GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, Wednesday close $173.05
** JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, Wednesday close $54.75
** MORGAN STANLEY, Wednesday close $33.77
A federal judge on Wednesday said U.S. investors may pursue a nationwide antitrust lawsuit accusing 12 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.
** SALIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD, Wednesday close $127.89
The drugmaker said it would restate financial statements for all of 2013 and the first three quarters of 2014, adding to the company’s list of woes.
** BOEING CO, Wednesday close $139.64
The airplane maker on Wednesday said the tide of commercial aircraft demand will keep rising despite cheap oil and a strong dollar, and that it was getting more adept at converting plane orders into piles of cash, sending shares to a 52-week high.
** SYSCO CORP, Wednesday close $40.1
The biggest U.S. food distributor may have to wait longer for its $8.2 billion deal to buy US Foods Inc to be approved by regulators, the New York Post reported.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Wednesday close $303.91, +0.15 pct premarket
The E-commerce company accelerated its efforts to win over corporate clients on Wednesday by announcing an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc.
The company is expected to report skimpy margins in its fourth quarter as sales growth is trumped by investments in China, cloud computing, video content and logistics.
** UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC, Wednesday close $108.46
** GILEAD SCIENCES INC, Wednesday close $102.45, +0.34 pct premarket
The largest U.S. health insurer on Wednesday backed Gilead Sciences Inc’s Harvoni as the preferred hepatitis C treatment on its 2015 commercial drug coverage list, another victory for Gilead over competitor AbbVie Inc.
** ADVENT SOFTWARE INC, Wednesday close $41.63
** SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HOLDINGS INC, Wednesday close $54.54
Bullish activity in Advent’s options surged weeks ahead of a report on Wednesday that U.S. financial software company SS&C Technologies plans to buy Advent for about $2.3 billion.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Wednesday close $32.84
The automaker on Wednesday said it does not plan to extend a Jan. 31 deadline to file claims in its faulty ignition switch compensation program, rejecting pleas from two U.S. senators to extend the cutoff.
** CONTINENTAL RESOURCES INC, Wednesday close $42.37
The oil producer’s Chief Executive Harold Hamm predicted on Wednesday that signs of a rebalancing of the crude oil market would emerge by the middle of this year.
** NOKIA CORP, Wednesday close $7.89, -0.38 pct premarket
The Finnish communications and information technology company reported higher than expected profits at its core Networks business on Thursday, on the back of strong sales in North America, but group profits took a knock from higher costs at its Technologies unit which handles its patents and develops new products.
** ASTRAZENECA PLC, Wednesday close $71.01, +1.01 pct premarket
The drugmaker said on Thursday it had struck four research agreements in the hot area of genome editing as it bets on a new “genetic scissors” technology to deliver better and more precise drugs for a range of diseases.
** THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC, Wednesday close $124.34
The world’s largest maker of scientific instruments reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, boosted by the contribution from the Life Technologies acquisition.
** GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC, Wednesday close $44.99
** NOVARTIS AG, Wednesday close $97.11, +1.23 pct premarket
First results from a human trial of an Ebola vaccine from the drugmaker show it is safe and generates an immune response, scientists said on Wednesday, but larger trials are needed to see if it protects and if a booster is needed.
The European Commission on Wednesday approved a plan by Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to trade more than $20 billion worth of assets, part of a reshaping of the drug industry at a time of healthcare spending cuts and more competition.
** HELMERICH & PAYNE INC, Wednesday close $59.67, -4.41 pct premarket
Oil and gas driller reported higher quarterly profit due to compensation from early termination of contracts, and warned results for the rest of 2015 would be hurt by a steep fall in oil prices.
** POTASH CORP OF SASKATCHEWAN , Wednesday close $36.2, +1.10 pct premarket
The world’s biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong potash sales and lower costs.
** VIACOM INC, Wednesday close $66.5
The owner of movie studio Paramount Pictures Corp and cable network Nickelodeon reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as weak U.S. advertising spending more than offset the box-office success of “Interstellar”.
** RAYTHEON CO, Wednesday close $104.57, -2.46 pct premarket
The U.S. weapons maker forecast 2015 revenue largely below average analyst expectation as orders fell for the first time in four quarters.
** HERSHEY CO, Wednesday close $107.68, -3.42 pct premarket
The chocolate maker said it would buy Krave Pure Foods Inc to enter the fast-growing meat snacks market, after higher demand for meat and bakery snacks hurt chocolate sales in the fourth quarter.
** EMC CORP, Wednesday close $26.6, -0.41 pct premarket
The data storage equipment maker reported a 12 percent rise in quarterly profit as customers spent more on software-defined data centers.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, Wednesday close $26.6, -0.41 pct premarket
The chemical company’s adjusted profit handily beat analysts’ estimate as margins in its agricultural sciences business soared, helped largely by new crop protection products.
** NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP, Wednesday close $152.16
The maker of Global Hawk unmanned surveillance planes forecast 2015 earnings above analysts’ estimates and said order backlog increased 3 percent.
** COACH INC, Wednesday close $36.46, +4.22 pct premarket
The handbag maker posted a better-than-expected profit for the second quarter as demand for its Poppy handbags improved in North America, its biggest market, from the first quarter and sales rose in China, a key market. (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Edited by Maju Samuel)