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Wall Street was poised to tumble at the open on Friday and was set for its first monthly decline since August, hurt by weaker-than-expected inflation data in the euro zone and ongoing concerns about turbulence in emerging markets. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.94 percent at 15,585, S&P 500 futures were down 0.86 percent at 1,765.8 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.40 percent at 3,488.


** CHEVRON CORP, Thursday close $116.45

The second-largest U.S. oil company said its fourth-quarter profit dropped 32 percent as refining margins and production fell around the world.


** WAL-MART STORES INC, Thursday close $74.75, -1.10 pct premarket

The world's largest retailer shaved its outlook for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year to account for special items, including those tied to its store closures in Brazil and China and its Sam (Paris: FR0011660836 - news) 's Club restructuring in the United States..


** BP PLC (LSE: BP.L - news) , Thursday close $47.41, -1.60 pct premarket

BP is dropping plans to invest in a refinery in China, three sources with direct knowledge said, the fourth refining project in recent months to fall foul of a slowdown in growth in the world's second-largest economy.


** MASTERCARD INC, Thursday close $79.76, -5.33 pct premarket

The world's No.2 credit and debit card company reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly profit but missed analysts' average forecast as expenses rose.


** TWITTER INC (NYSE: TWTR - news) , Thursday close $63.47, -0.09 pct premarket

The social media company bought 900 patents and signed a cross-licensing agreement with IBM (NYSE: IBM - news) , making peace with Big Blue and bulking up on its intellectual property portfolio as it takes on larger rivals Google Inc (NasdaqGS: GOOG - news) and Facebook Inc (NasdaqGS: FB - news) .


** LEGG MASON INC (NYSE: LM - news) , Thursday close $43.3, -1.27 pct premarket

The asset manager reported a profit in the year-end quarter and posted a net inflow of investor cash.


** ACCURAY INC, Thursday close $9.24, +10.28 pct premarket

The maker of cancer radiation devices reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, helped by revenue growth and strong margins, and raised its 2014 revenue forecast.


** ABAXIS INC (NasdaqGS: ABAX - news) , Thursday close $38.04, -10.57 pct premarket

The blood analysis systems maker reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as sales of its instruments to veterinary clinics dipped due to decreased orders from its largest distributors, who held excess inventory.


** HANGER INC (NYSE: HGR - news) , Thursday close $39.09, -13.28 pct premarket

The orthotic and prosthetic products provider estimated full-year earnings significantly below analysts' average expectations due to operational issues at one of its units.

Brokerage Noble Financial cut its price target on the company's stock to $38 from $40.

** PACCAR INC (NasdaqGS: PCAR - news) , Thursday close $57.45, -3.66 pct premarket

The company, which makes vehicles sold under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF brand names, reported higher quarterly profit on Friday as the maker of commercial trucks and engines benefited from recovering demand in Europe.


** SOLAZYME INC (NasdaqGS: SZYM - news) , Thursday close $9.77, +11.57 pct premarket

The renewable oil producer said on Thursday that commerical operations had begun at both Archer Daniels Midland Co's facility in Clinton, Iowa, and at another facility in Galva, Iowa, operated by American Natural Products. Oil products - used in lubricants, metalworking, home and personal care - made at the facilities by the three companies, are being sold in the United States and Brazil, Solazyme said.

** SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS LP, Thursday close $16.91, -4.02 pct premarket

The natural gas pipeline company priced its public offering of 8 million common units at $16.50 each, below Thursday's closing price of $16.91.


** CONSOL ENERGY INC (NYSE: CNX - news) , Thursday close $37.9, +0.18 pct premarket

The company's adjusted core earnings declined 20 percent in the fourth quarter as weak realized prices for coal and natural gas squeezed margins.


** STATE STREET CORP, Thursday close $68.24

Britain's financial watchdog has fined the company 22.9 million pounds ($38 million) for deliberately overcharging some of its clients, and said the custody bank acted with "complete disregard" for the interests of its customers. Between June 2010 and September 2011 State Street UK, a unit of the world's second-largest standalone custody bank State Street (Frankfurt: ZYA.F - news) , overcharged six clients a total of $20.2 million, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said.


** WYNN RESORTS LTD (NasdaqGS: WYNN - news) , Thursday close $15.2, -3.22 pct premarket

The casino operator on Thursday reported fourth-quarter results that beat analysts' estimates, driven by growth in revenue from its Macau and Las Vegas operations.

At least four brokerages raised their price targets on the company's stock on Friday.

** GREEN DOT CORP, Thursday close -13.95

The prepaid debit card company reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as it incurred higher operating expenses.

Brokerage SunTrust Robinson reduced its price target on the company's stock to $22 from $25, but maintained its "neutral" rating. Green Dot forecast full-year revenue in the range of $640-$650 million, well above the average analyst estimate of $631.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.


** CEPHEID INC, Thursday close $47.27, +6.41 pct premarket

The company reported a smaller-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter, helped by higher sales of its molecular diagnostics systems and reagents.

At least seven brokerages, including UBS (Xetra: UB0BL6 - news) , Citigroup (NYSE: C - news) and Canaccord Genuity (Other OTC: CCORF - news) raised their price targets on the company's stock.


** MATTEL INC (NasdaqGS: MAT - news) , Thursday close $43.01, -10.49 pct premarket

** HASBRO INC (NasdaqGS: HAS - news) , Thursday close $51.239, -5.56 pct premarket

The world's largest toy company missed Wall Street's profit and sales estimates for the fourth quarter on weak demand in the United States during the all-important holiday selling season.

Rival Hasbro's stock also fell on the results.


** ABBVIE INC (NYSE: ABBV - news) , Thursday close $48.31, +2.82 pct premarket

The company reported lower fourth-quarter earnings, hurt by generic competition for its medicines, and issued a 2014 profit forecast below Wall Street expectations.


** COOPER TIRE & RUBBER CO (NYSE: CTB - news) , Thursday close $22.84, -0.44 pct premarket

The company said it could sell its 65 percent stake in its Chinese joint venture to partner Chengshan Group Co Ltd, clearing the way for the U.S. tire maker to look for a buyer for itself.


** CYTRX CORP, Thursday close $7.98, -15.29 pct premarket

The drug developer priced a public offering of 11.5 million shares of its common stock at $6.50 each, a discount of 19 percent to its Thursday close. The company plans to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund trials of its cancer drug, aldoxorubicin, and for general corporate purposes.


** BANCO SANTANDER BRASIL SA, Thursday close {BSBRs.K;$HST_CLOSE}, -1.06 pct premarket

The lender aims to increase lending at a faster rate than its private-sector peers this year as credit markets return to normal, margins recover and loan defaults decline, Chief Executive Jesus Zabalza said on Thursday.


** DFC GLOBAL CORP (NasdaqGS: DLLR - news) , Thursday close $10.57, -23.84 pct premarket

The pawn and payday lender reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as it earned lower fees from its consumer lending and pawn businesses, promoting several brokerages to lower their price targets on the company's stock. Nomura downgraded the company's stock to "buy" from "neutral."


** MEDLEY CAPITAL CORP, Thursday close $14.34, -4.04 pct premarket

The business development finance company started a public offering of 6 million shares of its common stock. The company plans to use the proceeds from the offering for debt repayment, for investment and general corporate purposes.


** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $1,135.394, +2.67 pct premarket

The company's quarterly revenue beat Wall Street's target despite an ongoing decline in prices for its online ads and deepening losses at Motorola, the handset-making division to be sold to China's Lenovo.


** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $36.86, +1.00 pct premarket

The world's largest software company is likely to appoint its cloud-computing head, Satya Nadella, as its next chief executive, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the board concludes a five-month search for a tech-savvy heavy-hitter to lead the company.


** YAHOO INC (NasdaqGS: YHOO - news) , Thursday close $35.31, -1.76-1.76 pct premarket

Yahoo (TLO: YA-U.TI - news) said it detected a "coordinated effort" to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts using malicious computer software.


** AUTOLIV (NYSE: ALV - news) , Thursday close $88.28, +1.87 pct premarket

The auto safety equipment maker reported a bigger-than-expected rise in fourth-quarter earnings and forecast continued sales growth this year, albeit at a slower pace than in 2013.


** TYCO INTERNATIONAL LTD (NYSE: TYC - news)

The maker of fire safety and security systems reported first-quarter results above analysts' estimates and said there were signs of recovery in non-residential construction markets in North America. Commercial construction has lagged a rebound in the U.S. housing market, which started recovering in late 2012.


** SIMON PROPERTY GROUP INC, Thursday close $152.95, -0.34 pct premarket

The largest owner of U.S. malls and outlet centers reported fourth-quarter results above analysts' estimates due to higher rents and occupancy at its malls. The company also said it was boosting its quarterly dividend.


** AMAZON.COM INC, Thursday close $403.01, -7.67 pct premarket

Amazon missed Wall Street's estimates for the crucial holiday period and cautioned investors about a possible operating loss this quarter as shipping costs climb.


** ELI LILLY AND CO, Thursday close $53.27, -0.39 pct premarket

** Sanofi SA, Thursday close $50.18, -2.83 pct premarket

French drugmaker Sanofi (NasdaqGM: GCVRZ - news) is suing Eli Lilly for alleged patent infringements concerning its top-selling Lantus diabetes treatment, delaying the U.S. firm's plans to produce a copycat version of Lantus. Lantus, the world's most prescribed insulin product with annual worldwide sales of about $7 billion, is set to lose patent protection in the United States, the world's largest pharmaceutical market, in February 2015.


** MCKESSON CORP, Thursday close $177.23, -0.71 pct premarket

The company, which last week reached a deal to acquire Germany's Celesio AG (Other OTC: CAKFF - news) , reported on Thursday a lower quarterly profit and trimmed its full-year outlook, citing higher taxes and one-time charges.


** ZYNGA INC (NasdaqGS: ZNGA - news) , Thursday close $3.56, +19.38 pct premarket

Zynga will shed 15 percent of its workforce to slash costs and buy mobile game developer NaturalMotion for $527 million to refresh a stalled games pipeline.


** GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, Thursday close $165.84, -1.47 pct premarket

Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein received restricted stock worth $14.7 million this week as part of his 2013 bonus, Goldman reported in a regulatory filing on Thursday.


** CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO, Thursday close $53.08, -3.32 pct premarket

Canada's largest rail operator reported higher quarterly earnings on Thursday, saying its full-year volumes and revenue hit record highs, but the results were tempered by extreme winter weather in December and came in slightly below estimates.

At least three brokerage's raised their price target on the stock.


** CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC (NYSE: CMG - news) , Thursday close $493.96, +11.85 pct premarket

The burrito chain said on Thursday an increase in customer visits contributed to bigger-than-expected growth in quarterly sales at established restaurants.


** BROADCOM (NasdaqGS: BRCM - news) , Thursday close $29.21, -0.10 pct premarket

The company on Thursday posted fourth-quarter revenue and profits that were down from a year earlier, but the results slightly exceeded expectations of Wall Street analysts concerned about tepid smartphone sales.


** CHUBB CORP, Thursday close $86.76, -1.23 pct premarket

The property and casualty insurer reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as its claims fell 30 percent and announced a $1.5 billion share buyback.


** AMGEN INC (Xetra: 867900 - news) , Thursday close $120.89, -1.59 pct premarket

Amgen said its experimental drug from a promising new class of injectable medicines succeeded in treating patients with genetically high cholesterol levels, marking the fifth successful clinical study of the drug.


** NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC (NYSE: NOV - news) , Thursday close $73.65, +1.29 pct premarket

The largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit, boosted by strength in its business that helps prepare oil and gas wells for production.


** LEAR CORP (NYSE: LEA - news) , Thursday close {LEA;$HST_CLOSE}, {LEA;+IRGPRC % HST_CLOSE:2} pct premarket

The company reported a better-than-expected 14 percent rise in quarterly revenue as an increase in U.S. vehicle sales boosted demand for its car seats and electrical power systems.

** TYSON FOODS INC (NYSE: TSN - news) , Thursday close $34.49, +3.62 pct premarket

The largest U.S. meat processor posted a 47 percent rise in first-quarter profit, helped by growth in sales volumes of chicken and beef.


** E*TRADE FINANCIAL CORP, Thursday close $20.35

The company said on Thursday that it formed a "retail alliance" giving its customers access to initial public offerings and follow-on offerings underwritten by middle-market investment bank Jefferies LLC.