6.-- Oracle (ORCL), the business software maker, posted fiscal second-quarter earnings that slipped slightly from a year earlier but still topped analysts' forecasts.

Oracle earned $2.55 billion, or 56 cents a share, compared with profit of $2.58 billion, or 53 cents a share, a year earlier. Adjusted profit in the latest second quarter was 69 cents a share. Analysts expected 67 cents a share.

Revenue rose 2% to $9.28 billion from $9.09 billion. Analysts called for revenue from Oracle of $9.18 billion in the second quarter.

7.-- Dish Network (DISH) is considering making a bid for T-Mobile US (TMUS) next year, Reuters reported, citing people close to the matter.

Dish, which lost out to Japan's Softbank in an attempt to buy Sprint (S) several months ago, has been sizing up T-Mobile as a takeover candidate and has talked to majority owner Deutsche Telekom about a potential deal, the three sources told Reuters.

It was reported last week by The Wall Street Journal that Sprint could make a bid for T-Mobile in the first half of 2014. 

8.-- Target (TGT) is investigating a security breach involving stolen credit card and debit card information for millions of its customers, one person involved in the investigation told The New York Times.

The breach was first reported Wednesday by security blogger Brian Krebs.

The security breach began the day after Thanksgiving, and may be continuing, the Times reported, citing the person involved in the probe.

The Secret Service confirmed Wednesday it's investigating the credit- and debit-card data theft at Target.

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-- Nike (NKE), the athletic apparel maker, is expected by analysts on Thursday to post fiscal second-quarter earnings of 58 cents a share on revenue of $6.44 billion.

10.-- Electric-car maker Tesla (TSLA) said its Model S and charging system didn't cause a fire in a Southern California garage last month.

While there was a fire at the wall socket where the vehicle was plugged in, the car itself wasn't part of the fire, Tesla said in e-mailed comments to Bloomberg. Investigators can't conclude whether the fire started in the wall socket or was caused by the charger, and found it had nothing to do with the battery, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority told Bloomberg.