Stock Futures Fall; Corporate News in Focus

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Stock futures were in the red Wednesday after a two-day swing on Wall Street as traders parsed through a slew of headlines on high-profile companies.  

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As of 8:10 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 29 points to 13880, S&P 500 futures dipped 4.3 points to 1502 and Nasdaq 100 futures slipped 11 points to 2738.

Tuesday's steep selloff proved to be but a blip on the radar for the markets' big run this year, with the major market averages nearly making up for the losses in a rally the following session. The Dow is up 6.7% for the year, while the broader S&P 500 is up 6%. Both are eyeing record highs. 

With very little in the way of data out on the day, focus was on corporate news. 

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Walt Disney (DIS) unveiled better-than-expected results for its fiscal first quarter. Shares of the Dow component jumped more than 3% in early trading. CVS Caremark (CVS) also posted a beat on the top and bottom lines, while Time Warner (TWX) revealed profits that topped expectations with sales that fell short. 

The pace of mergers and acquisitions continues heating up after Dell's (DELL) big take-private deal announced Tuesday. Liberty Global (LBTYA) said it would buy Virgin Media (VMED) for $16 billion in a cash and stock deal. It is expected to shake up the U.K. cable market. 

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares also got a boost on a report from online magazine Quartz, saying the struggling PC-maker's board is considering a breakup among several options. However, a source familiar with the matter tells FOX Business the company wants to stay together. 

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission ordered Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to pay $325 million over manipulation of Libor, a benchmark global interest rate. 

Oil futures came under heavy selling pressure. The benchmark contract traded in New York fell $1.21, or 1.2%, to $95.45 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline fell a penny, or 0.4%, to $3.025 a gallon. In metals, gold rose $2.70, or 0.16%, to $1,676 a troy ounce. 

Foreign Markets

The Euro Stoxx 50 fell 0.79% to 2630, the English FTSE 100 rose 0.32% to 6304 and the German DAX dipped 0.47% to 7628.

In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 surged 3.8% to 11464 and the Chinese Hang Seng edged up by 0.47% to 23257.


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