By Geoffrey Smith
Investing.com — Stocks in focus in premarket trade on Friday, 17th January. Please refresh for updates.
9:03 AM ET: Tesla (NASDAQ:) stock was down 1.3% after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will review a petition asking it to investigate 500,000 Tesla models over episodes of sudden unintended acceleration.
8:59 AM ET: Cheniere Energy (NYSE:) was down 0.9% after a Reuters report casting doubt on its plans to sign a $16 billion deal to supply China with liquefied . Reuters said Sinopec, the prospective buyer, wants to review the terms of the contract in the light of a sharp fall in LNG prices recently. Cheniere had hit a four-month high this week after the trade truce between the U.S. and China raised hopes that it could seal the deal.
8:47 AM ET: Gap (NYSE:) stock was up 2.5%, off overnight hights after the company said late on Thursday it didn’t have to discount as much as it feared during the holiday season. It’s also giving up its plan to spin off Old Navy, citing the “cost and complexity” of splitting into two companies.
The company also said Gap brand head Neil Fiske is to leave.
8:43 AM ET: JB Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ:) stock was down 4.8% after the logistics company missed expectations for fourth-quarter revenue and earnings, as higher costs for rail transportation and for drivers ate into incremental gains in revenue.
8:32 AM ET: CSX (NASDAQ:) stock fell 2.9% after the railroad company reported a 7% drop in freight volumes in the fourth quarter and forecasting a tough year ahead. Despite that, earnings were fractionally above expectations at 99c a share, against a forecast of 98c.
- 8:19 AM ET: Schlumberger (NYSE:) stock was up 2.6% after delivering fourth-quarter earnings slightly better than expectations, despite a slump in revenues from U.S. shale drillers.
- The company still brought in $1.5 billion in free cash flow after drastically down-sizing operations in North America. It expects its U.S. land business to stay weak this year, but forecast further growth internationally to compensate.
- 8:13 AM ET: Alphabet (NASDAQ:) (NASDAQ:) stock was advancing beyond the $1 trillion valuation that it hit for the first time late on Thursday. It was up 0.6% at $1,460.94, helped by UBS, which upgraded its price target to $1,675.
- UBS also upgraded its targets for Amazon.com (NASDAQ:) stock and Facebook (NASDAQ:), both of which were up 0.2%.
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