(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s) U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to set a record closing high for the second straight day. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.07 percent at 17,993, S&P 500 futures were up 0.12 percent at 2,109.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.66 percent at 4,511.25.
** APPLE INC, Thursday close $129.67, +0.61 pct premarket
The iPhone maker aimed to ship at least 20 million Apple Watches this year, well above many analysts’ forecasts, according to supply chain sources. Shipment estimates vary widely as it’s a relatively new type of consumer product and the market was largely untapped.
** MERCK AND CO INC, Thursday close $57.51, +0.85 pct premarket
The drugmaker presented trial results, showing that a once-daily combination of two experimental pills cured 95 percent of previously untreated hepatitis C patients after 12 weeks.
** FORD MOTOR CO, Thursday close $15.76, +0.19 pct premarket
The company said on Thursday it would lay off about 700 workers at a Detroit-area plant making compact and compact hybrid cars, responding to a dip in demand for such vehicles amid lower gasoline prices.
** AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC, Thursday close $51.45, +0.19 pct premarket
The world’s largest passenger carrier on Friday reported a first-quarter profit above the average analyst expectation and declared a 10 cent dividend as cheap fuel continued to help its bottom line.
** SCHOLASTIC CORP, Thursday close $42.35
The book publisher said it would sell its educational technology and services business to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co for $575 million in cash to focus on its core children’s book publishing business.
** STEMCELLS INC, Thursday close $0.82
The drug developer announces stock offering on Friday but did not disclose its price. The company planned to use its proceeds from offering for research, development and working capital expenditures.
** INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, Thursday close $21.16
The company’s quarterly revenue inched up 2.4 percent, helped by higher ad spending by U.S. businesses. The company whose agencies include Lowe and Partners, McCann and FCB, said first-quarter revenue rose to $1.68 billion from $1.64 billion, a year earlier.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $43.34, +4.66 pct premarket
The company on Thursday reported revenue and profit above Wall Street expectations, as sales of its hardware and cloud-computing services helped to offset a decline in the company’s core Windows business.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Thursday close $389.99, +12.42 pct premarket
The company surprised investors on Thursday by disclosing for the first time that it makes a profit from its fast-growing cloud-computing business. The E-Commerce company’s first-quarter revenue grew more than expected.
** COMCAST CORP, Thursday close $59.23
** TIME WARNER CABLE INC, Thursday close $148.76
The Comcast board met late Thursday to finalize plans to abandon its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, according to a person directly familiar with the matter.
** CENOVUS ENERGY INC, Thursday close $19.27
Canada’s second-largest independent oil producer has hired bankers to explore a sale or initial public offering of its royalty lands in Western Canada, a company spokesman told Reuters.
** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $557.46, +3.64 pct premarket
The world’s No. 1 Internet search engine reported higher quarterly revenue and profit as rising online ad volume offset a hit from the strong dollar.
The software developer said its initial public offering has been priced at $17 per share, the midpoint of an expected range of $16-$18. The stock is expected to start trading on Friday.
** STARBUCKS CORP, Thursday close $49.43, +4.29 pct premarket
The world’s biggest coffee chain said on Thursday sales at its coffee shops in the Americas region grew more than expected, boosted by sales of breakfast sandwiches, lunch and new drinks, such as Flat White.
** NEWMONT MINING CORP, Thursday close $23.45, +3.11 pct premarket
The world’s No. 2 gold miner, reported an adjusted quarterly profit that was double the analysts’ average estimate, helped by lower costs.
** HERSHEY CO INC, Thursday close $94.93
Sales of the maker of The Great American Chocolate Bar nearly halved in the world’s most populous country in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period of 2014.
** PANDORA MEDIA INC, Thursday close $17.71
The number of listeners tuning in to company’s online music streaming service fell short of expectations as the company faced stiff competition from Spotify and Apple Inc’s Beats.
** XEROX CORP, Thursday close $13.14, -4.49 pct premarket
The maker of printers and copiers, reported a 6 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by lower printer sales and a stronger dollar.
** BIOGEN INC, Thursday close $430.28, -4.25 pct premarket
The drugmaker reported a 71 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by strong demand for its top-selling oral multiple sclerosis drug, Tecfidera.
** ASTRAZENECA PLC, Thursday close $73.13, -3.12 pct premarket
The drugmaker has sharpened its focus on cancer drugs with two new deals as it looks beyond a hit to sales and profits from the launch of cheap copies of its popular stomach acid pill Nexium in the vital U.S. market.
** GLAXOSMITHKLINE, Thursday close $46.31
The world’s first malaria vaccine, made by the drugmaker, could be approved by international regulators for use in Africa from October after final trial data showed it offered partial protection for up to four years.
** EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP, Thursday close $141.92
The medical device maker said on Thursday its quarterly net earnings doubled due to strong heart valve sales and a positive impact from foreign exchange.
** AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Thursday close $35.39, -54.79 pct premarket
The drugmaker lost nearly three-quarters of its value after the company said its lead experimental eye drug failed a late-stage study. The eye drop, Rhopressa, did not lower pressure inside the eye as much as timolol, a commonly prescribed drug, the company said.
** ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD, Thursday close $82.28, +0.73 pct premarket
Oliver Weisberg has quit his role as a managing director of Citadel to help run a family office for Alibaba Group executives, Bloomberg reported, citing two people with knowledge of the matter.
** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Thursday close $50.05, -0.10 pct premarket
The company said on Thursday that Walt Disney Co and Twenty-First Century Fox are not running ads promoting the wireless carrier’s recently launched FiOS Custom TV service on its channels in the New York market.
** NASDAQ OMX GROUP, Thursday close $49.76
In a first for a U.S. stock exchange, Nasdaq on Thursday agreed to pay $26.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving its bungling of Facebook Inc’s $16 billion initial public offering, the plaintiffs’ lawyers said.
** CABELA‘S INC, Thursday close $57.32
Hunting, fishing and camping merchandise retailer reported a better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit as sales rose in its retail stores.
** SYNTEL INC, Thursday close $48.6
The IT service provider reported q quarterly profit and revenue below analysts’ average estimate.
** UBIQUITI NETWORKS INC, Thursday close $31.43, -14.89 pct premarket
The wireless networking equipment maker said Chief Financial Officer Craig Foster has resigned and named Hartley Nisenbaum, executive vice president of operations and legal affairs, interim CFO. The company also estimated third-quarter revenue and profit at the lower end of its forecast.
** HOMEAWAY INC, Thursday close $32.17, -11.41 pct premarket
The online vacation rental marketplace operator reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit, hurt by weakness in Europe business and strong dollar. HomeAway also said its Chief Operating Officer Brent Bellm will resign in June.
** JUNIPER NETWORKS INC, Thursday close $24, +8.13 pct premarket
The network gear maker reported a better-than-expected first-quarter profit, helped by cost cuts. Juniper reduced workforce by 6 percent in 2014 and said it would cut about $100 million in costs.
** GIGAMON INC, Thursday close $23.59
The network traffic management software maker reported a higher-than-expected first-quarter profit, helped by a 60 percent jump in product revenue. (Compiled by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru)