(For faster updates on individual market-movers, Eikon users please use search string "STXBZ US"; for the Day Ahead newsletter, http://link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning Call newsletter, http://link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday as investors digested results from tech heavyweights, disappointing economic data from the euro zone and China, and ahead of weekly U.S. jobless claims figures. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.29 percent at 17,893, S&P 500 futures were down 0.25 percent at 2,095 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.21 percent at 4,436.
The world's largest construction and mining equipment maker reported a higher quarterly net profit despite a dip in revenue, citing a boost from the strong U.S. dollar on imported goods, especially from Japan, and a pre-tax gain from the sale of a third-party logistics business.
The U.S. drugmaker reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by strong sales of its arthritis drug, Humira. The company's profit rose to $1.02 billion, or 63 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $980 million, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier.
** 3M CO, Wednesday close $164.67, -2.53 pct premarket
The U.S. manufacturer posted slightly lower quarterly net income and cut its full-year profit forecast as the strong dollar bit into sales more than it previously forecast.
** LAZARD LTD, Wednesday close $56.56
The investment bank and asset manager reported a 27 percent rise in quarterly adjusted profit as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted advisory fees from mergers and acquisitions.
The food and beverage company said its quarterly revenue fell 3.2 percent, largely due to a strong dollar. Net income attributable to PepsiCo was little changed at $1.22 billion, but earnings per share rose to 81 cents from 79.
** INGERSOLL-RAND PLC, Wednesday close $67.49
The company reported a 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it sold more heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Net profit attributable to shareholders, however, fell to $51.3 million, or 19 cents per share, from $79 million, or 28 cents per share.
** HERSHEY CO, Wednesday close $98.33, -1.86 pct premarket
The chocolate maker reported a 3 percent drop in quarterly profit, hurt by higher costs and weaker-than-expected sales in China.
The largest U.S. auto parts supplier reported a 103 percent rise in quarterly profit as margins expanded. The company also recorded income from discontinued operations of $78 million for the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $143 million, a year earlier.
** D.R. HORTON INC, Wednesday close $27.03, -1.07 pct premarket
The homebuilder's first-quarter home sales fell 2 percent to 3,365 units, hurt by construction delays. Net income declined 27 percent, hurt by higher income tax expense and acquisition accounting.
The stocks of other homebuilders were also down.
The iPhone maker will launch the Apple Watch with a whisper rather than a bang on Friday, an unusual start for the company that may reflect early uncertainty about demand for Apple Inc boss Tim Cook's first new product. The company has not revealed how many orders it has received in the run-up to the April 24 launch, a contrast to previous launches of iPhones and iPads. Apple stores will not have any watches to sell on Friday, even though some luxury shops around the world will.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Wednesday close $37.16, -3.09 pct premarket
The company's return to selling smaller pickups in the United States has resuscitated a moribund market segment, but new data highlights the risk that the automaker's new trucks are cannibalizing sales of higher-priced models.
** QUALCOMM INC, Wednesday close $68.94, -2.42 pct premarket
The company forecast current-quarter revenue and profit below analysts' expectations, saying the loss of a key customer and delays in product launches by some smartphone makers would hurt sales of its flagship Snapdragon chips. At least 6 brokerages cut their price targets on the stock
The world's largest Internet social network posted its slowest growth in quarterly revenue in two years even as higher spending on research and development ate into profits. Facebook has warned of heavy investments in 2015 as it steps up efforts to expand a collection of products that include messaging service WhatsApp, photo-sharing service Instagram and virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift. At least one brokerage cut its price target on the stock.
The company's sale of its Australian real estate unit, Investa Property Group, is expected to fetch more than A$3 billion ($2.32 billion) and has attracted more than 20 bids, a source with direct knowledge of the deal told Reuters.
** COMCAST CORP, Wednesday close $58.76, -0.66 pct premarket
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's staff has recommended that the agency designate Comcast Corp's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable for a hearing, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, calling it a significant setback for the deal.
The oil and gas driller reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as demand for its high-tech rigs remained resilient despite the slump in crude prices.
The network gear maker said it would buy British set-top box maker Pace Plc (Other OTC: PCMXF - news) for $2.1 billion in cash and stock to expand its operations outside North America. The deal, involving the creation of a new company to be incorporated in the UK, will help Arris reduce corporate taxes.
** DOW CHEMICAL CO, Wednesday close $50.02, +1.46 pct premarket
The company's quarterly profit soared 45 percent, helped by higher margins in five of its six units.
The company on Wednesday reported a better-than expected profit and said fewer wireless customers switched to other networks at a rate not seen in any first quarter. The company, awaiting regulatory approval for its $48.5 billion proposal to buy DirecTV (NasdaqGS: DTV - news) , sees additional cost savings of more than double than it previously forecast from the deal. At least three brokerages cut their price targets on the stock.
The pharmacy service provider was exploring a sale, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
The e-commerce company reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as revenue surged from its payments business that includes PayPal, which the company said would be spun off in the third quarter. Revenue from the company's payments business rose 14 percent to $2.11 billion in the first quarter, accounting for nearly half of its total revenue. At least six brokerages raised their price targets on the stock.
** NCR CORP, Wednesday close $30.07, +3.96 pct premarket
The automated teller machine maker was looking at strategic options, although the sale of the entire company was unlikely, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
** BANK OF AMERICA CORP, Wednesday close $15.74, -0.06 pct premarket
The bank on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to toss a $1.27 billion penalty imposed in a mortgage fraud case, and in a rare move asked that the prominent Manhattan judge who oversaw its trial be replaced if the case were to continue.
The Swiss drugmaker beat first-quarter profit forecasts on Thursday, defying the impact of a strong dollar thanks to surprisingly strong margins.
** TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LTD, Wednesday close $63.01, +0.60 pct premarket
The generic drugmaker said it could "promptly" divest some operations to obtain regulatory clearance for its proposed $40 billion takeover of smaller rival Mylan NV.
** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, Wednesday close $83.09, -2.24 pct premarket
The consumer product company's sales fell for the fifth quarter in a row, hurt by a stronger dollar and lower demand for its beauty, hair and personal care products.
An experimental Ebola drug from the company cured all three monkeys intentionally infected with the virus, scientists reported on Wednesday, the first such success against the strain of Ebola in West Africa's 2014-2015 outbreak.
The company's shares rose sharply on Wednesday after investors learned it would introduce improved batteries for home and business use by the end of April. Deutsche Bank (Xetra: 514000 - news) said in a research note that the battery market was a significant opportunity, even though markets for home and utility energy storage are in their infancy.
The company sought to convince governments and multilateral agencies worldwide that hepatitis C could be eliminated with a demonstration project in Georgia offering free drugs to all those who need them.
The drugmaker launched its Saxenda obesity drug in the United States, a long-awaited milestone to provide a new revenue stream for the Danish drugmaker.
The mobile software maker estimated adjusted revenue of $32 million-$33 million for the first quarter, below the average analyst estimate of $36.3 million. Chief Executive Bob Tinker said multiple large deals from North American customers did not close as expected, near the end of the quarter.
** RAYTHEON CO, Wednesday close $109.65, +1.13 pct premarket
The maker of Tomahawk and Amraam missiles reported a 4 percent fall in quarterly sales as U.S. defense spending remained weak. Net income attributable to Raytheon fell to $551 million, or $1.79 per share, in the first quarter ended March 29, from $596 million, or $1.89 per share a year earlier.
** SELECT COMFORT CORP, Wednesday close $34.12, +2.90 pct premarket
The mattress maker raised full-year profit forecast to $1.35 per share, from $1.30 per share. It reported first-quarter sales and profit above analysts' average estimates on higher sales of its FlexFit adjustable mattresses.
The chipmaker forecast revenue for the second quarter below the average analyst estimate, citing weak demand for its chips from communication equipment and consumer electronics markets, and a strong dollar.
The casino gaming operator reported a lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and adjusted profit as revenue at Sands China business, its largest, fell 35 percent. (Compiled by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru)