PARIS, April 25 U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for
the S&P 500 up 0.04 percent, Dow Jones futures up
0.16 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.15 percent at
* Verizon Communications Inc will be in focus after
sources said it has hired advisers to prepare a possible $100
billion cash and stock bid to take full control of Verizon
Wireless from joint venture partner Vodafone Group Plc.
* European stocks dipped in morning trade, halting a sharp
rally started earlier in the week, as a raft of mixed corporate
earnings dented investors' appetite for equities.
* A flurry of U.S. companies were set to report results on
Thursday, including Amazon.com Inc, Bristol-Myers
Squibb, Coca-Cola Enterprises, ConocoPhillips
Harley-Davidson, Starbucks United
Parcel Service and Exxon Mobil Corp.
* Chipmaker LSI Corp reported quarterly results
above analysts' estimates and forecast current-quarter revenue
largely above expectations at a time when weak PC sales and a
slow economy have created uncertainty about demand for storage
* U.S. life insurer Aflac Inc, which counts on Japan
for almost 80 percent of its business, reported a
better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly profit but a
weaker yen took a big chunk out of its premium income.
* Cloud computing software maker Citrix Systems Inc
forecast a lower-than-expected profit for the current quarter as
its customers reduce IT spending and delay orders, sending its
shares down 10 percent in extended trading.
* The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said United
Parcel Service should pay a $4 million civil penalty for
not complying with certain rules on maintaining and operating
* Hard disk drive maker Western Digital Corp
forecast current-quarter revenue largely above analysts'
expectations as higher demand for internet storage more than
offsets the effects of a fall in personal computer sales.
* General Motors Co GM.N Chief Executive Dan Akerson said he
sees the U.S. auto industry's new-vehicle sales in April rising
at a similar rate as the previous month, when they increased 3.4
* Supply issues have snarled the U.S. rollout of Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd's latest flagship smartphone,
which will go on sale at carriers Sprint S.N and T-Mobile later
than expected, the wireless service providers said on Wednesday.
* The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended flat on Wednesday with
Boeing's five-year high among the day's highlights, but weakness
in Procter & Gamble and AT&T kept the Dow in negative territory.
* The Dow Jones industrial average fell 43.16 points
or 0.29 percent, to end at 14,676.30. But the S&P 500
eked out a gain of a mere 0.01 of a point to finish at 1,578.79.
And the Nasdaq Composite added just 0.32 of a point or
0.01 percent to close at 3,269.65.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson/editing by Chris Pizzey, London
MPG Desk, +44 (0)207 542-4441)