2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and wholesale inventories at 10 a.m.
3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday finished higher as investors bought equities rather than be left out of a surging market. The S&P 500 rose 0.41% to 1,632.69 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.32% to 15,105.12 after closing above 15,000 for the first time. The Nasdaq gained 0.49% to 3,413.27
4. -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) is looking for more directors who can serve on the board's risk committee, amid calls from some investors for corporate-governance changes at the largest U.S. bank, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the company. The search for directors is wide ranging and could also include experts in audit or marketing or executives who have chief-executive-level experience, one of the people told the newspaper.
5. -- News Corp. (NWSA - Get Report) posted first-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates on double-digit increases for subscriber fees at its cable networks, including Fox News Channel. News Corp. reported on Wednesday adjusted earnings per share of 36 cents for the quarter ended in March, beating analysts' estimates of 35 cents a share. Sales increased 14% to $9.5 billion, also beating estimates of $9.2 billion.
6. -- Groupon (GRPN - Get Report), the daily deals Web site, posted first-quarter revenue that exceeded forecasts. Groupon said revenue rose 8% to $601.4 million in the March-ended quarter from $559.3 million in the year-earlier period.
7. -- Facebook (FB - Get Report) is in advanced talks to acquire Waze, the Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up, for $800 million to $1 billion, according to a report in business daily Calcalist. Talks began six months ago. Due diligence is underway after a term sheet was signed, Calcalist reported.
8. -- Wall Street expects Priceline.com (PCLN - Get Report) on Thursday to post first-quarter earnings of $5.27 a share on sales of $1.28 billion.