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*Best Buy falls in premarket after results. NEW YORK, May 22- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, ahead of data on the labor and housing markets, after the S&P 500 advanced for a third time in four sessions. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures gained 8 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 2.75 points.
LONDON, May 22- European stocks edged higher at the open on Thursday, boosted by expectations the Federal Reserve would continue to support the U.S. economy and by data showing a pick-up in Chinese factory activity.
NEW YORK, May 21- Reynolds American Inc is in active discussions to buy Lorillard Inc in a complicated, three-way transaction that could see British American Tobacco PLC take a major role to back a potential merger, according to people familiar with the matter.
Lorillard is among the companies making headlines after the bell Wednesday: Lorillard, NetApp, Rexnord & more.
Stocks rose on Wednesday, as investors cheered the latest release from the Fed.
Reynolds is in talks to buy Lorillard in a three-way transaction that could see British American Tobacco take a major role to back a potential merger.
I started throwing up, "said one 16- year-old worker, who worked pulling tops off of tobacco plants to help increase yields, according to Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 141 youths aged 7 to 17 working on tobacco farms in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The electronic cigarette industry reacted positively to proposed FDA regulations which could bring further legitimacy to the nicotine vapor devices.
WASHINGTON, April 24- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.
NEW YORK, April 23- A U.S. appeals court has revived a European Union lawsuit accusing R.J. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge erred in finding that a U.S. anti-racketeering law known as RICO did not cover foreign conduct, barring claims by France, Germany, Italy and 23 other European countries.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge erred in concluding that a U.S. anti-racketeering law, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute, cannot apply to foreign enterprises or to conduct outside the United States.
Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request.
NEW YORK, March 25- A smokers' rights group filed a legal challenge on Tuesday to New York City's ban on electronic cigarettes in restaurants, parks and many other public places. The group has asked the state Supreme Court to void the law. The City Council said it believed the court would uphold the law.
A merger between Reynolds American and Lorillard would have benefits in their domestic market. It could also kick off more deals overseas.
Companies are making headlines after the bell Monday.
RJ Reynolds is exploring a bid for rival cigarette-maker Lorillard, shaking up the global tobacco market at a time when it is being reshaped.
The "Fast Money" traders share their final trades of the day.
Some of Wednesday's midday movers:
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Tobacco companies that split apart to protect investors from litigation may consider reuniting, especially BAT and Reynolds American.