LONDON Feb 6 U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with
futures for the S&P 500 up 0.1 percent at 1006 GMT.
* Dow Jones futures added 0.3 percent while contracts
on the Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.2 percent.
* Visa, the world's largest credit and debit card
network, is expected to report earnings per share of $1.79 for
its first quarter, up 1.49 from a year earlier. Smaller rival
MasterCard recently reported better-than-expected results
but said its revenue growth could decelerate in the first half
of the year due to economic uncertainty.
* Media groups Time Warner Inc. and News Corp.
were also among U.S. companies due to report results.
* Liberty Global won't change Virgin Media's
strategy on network roll-out and content if
its deal to buy the British cable group goes through, Liberty's
chief executive said on Wednesday.
* Walt Disney Co beat estimates in quarterly
adjusted earnings and said it expects the next few quarters to
be better on a stronger lineup of movies and rising attendance
at its theme parks. The results helped lift the media giant's
shares 1.7 percent in after-hours trading.
* Take-Two Interactive Software Inc reported higher
revenue and earnings in the third quarter that blew past Wall
Street expectations, as the video games publisher gears up to
launch a new title from its mega-blockbuster "Grand Theft Auto"
series. Take-Two shares were up about 7 percent in after-hours
trading after closing at $12.66 on the Nasdaq.
* Online gaming firm Zynga Inc reported an
unexpected fourth-quarter profit after embracing steep cost cuts
and shifting forward deferred revenue. The results were a relief
to investors who had feared the company might be in free fall
and Zynga's shares jumped 7 percent to $2.93 in after-hours
* Nasdaq OMX Group Inc is in preliminary talks with
U.S. securities regulators over a possible settlement for the
glitch-ridden stock market debut of social networking site
Facebook Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on
Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the discussions.
* Online photo-sharing service provider Shutterfly Inc's
results beat analysts' estimates in the traditionally
strong fourth quarter on higher demand during the holiday
season, particularly in its enterprise unit. The company's
shares rose 13 percent in after-hours trading.
* European stocks were a touch higher on Wednesday, with
shares in the world's largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal
, rising after its upbeat outlook reassured investors.
* Japan's Nikkei average surged 3.8 percent to its highest
close since October 2008 after the yen fell sharply on bets the
early exit of the central bank governor would open the way for a
successor who pursues aggressive monetary easing.
* The Dow Jones industrial average closed 99.22
points, or 0.71 percent, higher at 13,979.30 on Tuesday. The
Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 15.58 points, or 1.04
percent, at 1,511.29. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up
40.41 points, or 1.29 percent, at 3,171.58.