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U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday. Dow Jones industrial
average futures were down 0.48 percent at 16,074, S&P 500
futures were down 0.47 percent at 1,815.6 and Nasdaq 100
futures were down 0.49 percent at 3,596.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $36.055, +3.43
The company posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit
on Thursday, boosted by strong sales of its software and
services for businesses, a solid holiday season for its new Xbox
game console and Surface tablets, and a slightly lower tax bill.
** PTC THERAPEUTICS INC, Thursday close
$26.22, -20.10 pct premarket
The company said a committee of the European Medicines
Agency did not recommend conditional approval for its drug for
the treatment of a rare muscular disorder.
** XEROX CORP, Thursday close $11.76, -2.21 pct
The company, best known as a maker of printers and copiers,
reported weaker-than-expected quarterly revenue.
** EBAY INC, Thursday close $54.94, -0.89 pct
Activist investor Carl Icahn's stake in e-commerce company
eBay is more than previously reported at close to 2 percent, a
source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. EBay said this
week that Icahn had taken a 0.82 percent interest in the company
earlier this month and made a non-binding proposal for eBay to
spin off its PayPal payments business.
** GENERAL MOTORS, Thursday close $38.42, -0.08 pct
The company is seeking to cut shifts by half at one of its
South Korean factories as it realigns global manufacturing in a
move that could affect about 1,100 jobs, a source with direct
knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.
** STARBUCKS CORP, Thursday close $73.39, +0.98 pct
The world's biggest coffee chain's quarterly sales at
established restaurants in its U.S.-dominated Americas region
cooled more than analysts expected as online shopping kept more
consumers at home and reduced their visits to its coffee bars.
However, the company boosted its fiscal 2014 earnings per
share forecast to a range of $2.59 to $2.67, from $2.55 to $2.65
** INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC, Thursday close
$439, -5.90 pct premarket
The company said on Thursday that it expected to sell fewer
of its high-priced da Vinci surgical robot systems in 2014 than
last year and diverged from past practice by not providing a
revenue forecast for the year.
** JUNIPER NETWORKS INC, Thursday close
$26.01, +5.73 pct premarket
Jana Partners LLC has taken a large stake in the network
gear maker, a move that comes at a time when Juniper is being
urged by one of its prominent investors to increase shareholder
** HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close
$89.8, -0.22 pct premarket
The diversified U.S. manufacturer reported
higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue on
Friday, as sales grew across its major segments.
** STATE STREET CORP, Thursday close $72.76
The world's second-largest standalone custody bank said
fourth-quarter profit rose 17 percent as it earned more from
servicing client assets and managing money.
** BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO, Thursday close
$53.95, +0.83 pct premarket
The drugmaker's quarterly sales and earnings beat Wall
Street expectations, helped by cost cuts and growing sales of
its treatments for cancer, blood clots and diabetes.
** BOEING, Thursday close $141.31, -0.69 pct
The reliability of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is slowly
improving but it is still not at a satisfactory level and the
firm is working to improve the jet's performance, said Mike
Fleming, Boeing's vice president for 787 support and services.
** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, Thursday close $78.24, +0.66
** KIMBERLEY CLARK CORP, Thursday close
$105.42, +1.74 pct premarket
Procter & Gamble, the world's largest household products
maker, said it expected organic sales, which strip out the
impact of currency changes as well as acquisitions and
divestitures, to rise 3-4 percent, and core earnings to rise 5-7
percent in 2014. However, the company reported lower quarterly
profit, hurt by unfavorable currency movements and lower gross
Rival Kimberley Clark said its organic sales rose 5 percent,
and forecast that they would rise 3-5 percent in 2014.
** CST BRANDS INC, Thursday close $32.71, -3.90 pct
The gas station operator and convenience merchandise
retailer said on Thursday that its fourth-quarter motor fuel
volume in both the United States and Canada was expected to be
close to the low-end of its previous estimate.
Motor fuel volume is expected to be 4,850-4,950 gallons per
site per day in the United States and 3,300-3,400 gallons per
site per day in Canada.
The company also said it expected North America merchandise
sales in the quarter to be at the low end of its prior forecast.
** COMPUWARE CORP, Thursday close $10.55, -2.10 pct
The business software maker reported lower-than-expected
third-quarter revenue on Thursday, hurt by lower fee from its
software license business coupled with stagnant maintenance
activities fee and professional services revenue.
** QUALCOMM INC, Thursday close $75.87, -0.74 pct
** HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, Thursday close $29.37, -0.75
Chipmaker Qualcomm acquired a patent portfolio from
Hewlett-Packard, including those of its iPaq smartphone, for an
undisclosed amount. The portfolio comprises about 1,400 granted
patents and pending patent applications from the United States
and about 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications
from other countries.
** STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC, Thursday close
$80.41, +1.67 pct premarket
The power tools maker reported fourth-quarter results that
beat analysts' estimates, driven by a 7 percent rise in volumes.
The company reported a profit of $1.32 per share on revenue
of $2.90 billion. Analysts on average had expected a profit of
$1.30 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion, according to
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
** CONSOL ENERGY INC Thursday close $38
The company forecast first-quarter natural gas output at
47-48 billions of cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) of gas, flat from
48.5 Bcfe it produced in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. It
estimated first-quarter coal production at 7.2-7.6 million tons
compared with 7.1 million tons produced in the fourth quarter.
** MCKESSON CORP, Thursday close $172.37, +2.98 pct
The U.S. drugs distributor succeeded in its second attempt
to win control of German peer Celesio in a deal with
Celesio's two largest shareholders, German investment group
Haniel and U.S. hedge fund Elliott.
** INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY, Thursday close
$17.65, -11.33 pct premarket
The slot-machine maker warned that its full-year profit
would more likely be towards the lower end of its previous
forecast due to continued weakness in the North American gaming
** JA SOLAR HOLDINGS CO LTD, Thursday close $9.31
** RENESOLA LTD, Thursday close $3.78
** YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING CO LTD, Thursday
** TRINA SOLAR LTD, Thursday close $15.1
U.S. trade officials opened investigations on Thursday into
imports of certain solar power products from China and Taiwan,
following a complaint at the end of last year by the U.S. unit
of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG.
The company at the time said it was seeking to close a
loophole that enabled Chinese solar panel producers to evade
U.S. import duties by using cells manufactured in other
countries, mainly Taiwan.
** LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP, Thursday close $150.49,
-0.66 pct premarket
A new U.S. Defense Department report warns that ongoing
software, maintenance and reliability problems with Lockheed
Martin's F-35 stealth fighter could delay the Marine Corps'
plans to start using its F-35 jets by mid-2015.
The company forecast on Thursday higher earnings in 2014
after charges linked to U.S. defense budget cuts and workforce
reductions depressed earnings in the fourth quarter.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Thursday close
$16.86, -0.71 pct premarket
The lender is looking to win more advisory and stock
underwriting business to offset an expected slowdown in the
issuance of corporate bonds, a top executive said in an
interview on Thursday.
** SYNGENTA AG, Thursday close $77.81, -3.12 pct
Two leading U.S. grain groups have asked the world's largest
crop chemicals company to suspend the commercial use
in the United States of two genetically modified strains of corn
not currently approved in China.
** DIGI INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close
$12.09, -11.00 pct after market
The networking device maker forecast current-quarter results
below analysts' estimates, after reporting lower-than-expected
results for the first quarter on Thursday due to a fall in
revenue in its product business.
The company said its product revenue was hurt by a delay in
orders from some customers.
** APPLIED MICRO CIRCUITS CORP, Thursday close
$11.35, -2.20 pct after market
The chipmaker reported third-quarter revenue slightly below
estimates on Thursday, prompting brokerage BMO Capital Markets
to lower its price target on the company's stock to $12 from
** ALTERA CORP, Thursday close $32.93, +3.20 after
The company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter
results, helped by higher sales of its new programmable chips.
** E*TRADE FINANCIAL CORP, Thursday close
$21.04, +1.00 pct premarket
One year after hiring a new chief executive to help it
recover from a near brush with bankruptcy, the company said it
earned $57.9 million in the fourth quarter, reversing a
year-earlier loss, as clients revved up trading while costs for
bad loans fell.
** DISCOVER FINANCIAL SERVICES, Thursday close
$52.4, +1.62 pct premarket
The credit card issuer reported a better-than-expected 11
percent rise in quarterly profit as more consumers used cards to
** OPEN TEXT CORP, Thursday close $90.62, +7.54 pct
The Canadian business software maker's
second-quarter results beat analysts' estimates, driven by
higher license sales and customer service revenue.
** PROGENICS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Thursday close
$6.73, -4.46 pct premarket
The company filed a prospectus, called a shelf registration,
with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to
raise up to $150 million through the potential sale of
securities that could include stock, debt securities, or
** MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS INC, Thursday close
$28.88, -0.45 pct premarket
The chipmaker reported lower-than-expected second-quarter
profit on Thursday as operating expenses rose 15 percent. The
company also forecast current-quarter results largely below
** KKR & CO, Thursday close $25.77
** BLACKROCK INC, Thursday close $315.57
KKR & Co and BlackRock are among the investors in talks to
buy a stake in China Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd as the bad
debt manager seeks to raise more than $2 billion, people
familiar with the matter told Reuters.
** NOVARTIS, Thursday close $81.79, -1.08 pct
The company still sees heart failure drug serelaxin as a
potential blockbuster, even after backing down from original
launch plans when the European health regulator dealt the drug a
** AMGEN INC, Thursday close $123.6
A cholesterol fighter developed by Amgen from a highly
promising new class of medicines significantly lowered levels of
"bad" LDL cholesterol in a late stage trial in patients unable
to tolerate statin drugs, the company said on Thursday.
** GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, Thursday close
$170.75, -0.80 pct premarket
The bank may stop traders from using certain chat messaging
services to protect internal conversations that are lately being
subjected to intense regulatory scrutiny, the Wall Street
** HESS CORP, Thursday close $77.4
The oil and gas producer said on Thursday that it would
spend $5.8 billion on exploration and production this year, a 15
percent drop from 2013 as it focuses more on greater efficiency
in its U.S. shale fields.
** RAYTHEON CO, Thursday close $91.1
The U.S. arms maker announced on Thursday that it received a
$1.28 billion order from Oman for an advanced surface-to-air
missile system. The company said the contract was awarded in the
fourth quarter of 2013 and included ground support equipment,
training support and technical assistance.
(Compiled by Neha Dimri in Bangalore; Edited by Kirti Pandey)