Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Feb 6- Oil and natural gas producer Noble Energy Inc said on Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 47 percent due to hedging losses and higher drilling costs. For the quarter, the company posted net income of $134 million, or 37 cents per share, compared with $251 million, or 70 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
MEXICO CITY, Feb 6- Mexico's Cemex, one of the world's biggest cement companies, reported a smaller fourth-quarter loss on Thursday.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau has the numbers on the automaker's quarterly results.
DETROIT, Feb 6- General Motors Co posted a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as results in North America, Asia and South America disappointed. Net income rose to $913 million, or 57 cents a share, from $892 million, or 54 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.
Tim Armstrong, chairman & CEO of AOL, breaks down the company's fourth quarter results and shares his thoughts on where the company is seeking growth after reaching a deal with private equity firm Hale Global to reduce its holdings in its Patch news service. We want to restructure Patch, says Armstrong.
Francisco D'Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, breaks down his company's earnings, and weighs in on the shift in the landscape of technology.
AOL is making a change in the way it distributes 401(k) matching contributions to employees because of Obamacare costs, Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong told CNBC.
Feb 6- Digital media and entertainment company AOL Inc reported a better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue as its advertising revenue rose, especially from video. Net income attributable to AOL rose to $36 million, or 43 cents per share, in the quarter from $35.7 million, or 41 cents per share a year earlier.
*Alcatel-Lucent surges 11.5 percent after results. LONDON, Feb 6- European equities bounced back from oversold technical levels on Thursday after a sharp two-week drop, with reassuring earnings from major companies Alcatel-Lucent and AkzoNobel boosting their shares.
Feb 6- Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc reported a better-than-expected profit as the rates it earned for its ultra-deepwater rigs shot up in the fourth quarter. Diamond Offshore also received delivery of a deepwater rig, Chief Executive Larry Dickerson said in a statement.
Feb 6- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday said fourth-quarter profit rose due to the acquisition of Coventry Healthcare, and it forecast an increase in medical customers in its private Medicare business in 2014..
The company said its net loss widened to C $148.2 million, or 67 Canadian cents per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from C $18.7 million, or 9 Canadian cents, a year earlier. MEG, whose key operations are in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta, said it ended 2013 with net debt of C $2.90 billion.
Tony Wible, Janney Capital Markets, dissects Disney's stellar first quarter numbers, and provides an outlook on its parks, movies and cable networks.
Chris Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi, said the company is looking forward to a "very good year" in 2014.
Feb 6- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday said fourth quarter profit rose due to the acquisition of Coventry Healthcare and forecast an increase in medical customers in its private Medicare business in 2014..
Feb 6- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc reported a 23 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by higher growth in sales at its Dunkin' Donuts coffee and sandwich outlets. The company's net income rose to $42.1 million, or 39 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 28 from $34.3 million, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.
*Q4 sales $6.84 bln vs consensus $6.88 bln. *Q4 core earnings per share $1.23 vs consensus $1.16. LONDON, Feb 6- AstraZeneca expects earnings to keep falling in 2014 as generic competition to its popular heartburn and ulcer drug Nexium takes a big bite out of U.S. profits from late May.
Bruno del Ama, CEO at Global X Funds, says Twitter's results were "incredible" on a purely financial standpoint but that the deceleration in user growth and engagement is "a bit of a problem."
Ranjith Gopinathan, program manager for Europe's Healthcare Practice at Frost & Sullivan, comments on GSK's results and says that "it's only going to improve" going forward.