Updated to include a number of earnings reports

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Here are five things you must know for Thursday, July 27:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing to gains on Wall Street after Facebook Inc. (FB) - Get Report shares jumped and investors on Thursday, July 27, looked push the major stock indexes to further records.

Stocks in the U.S. notched new records with modest gains on Wednesday, July 26, after the Federal Reserve tiptoed the line between hawk and dove.

The S&P 500 added 0.03% to 2,477 on Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.45% to 21,711, and the Nasdaq climbed 0.16% to 6,422. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were at records for their second day in a row.

The Fed on Wednesday left interest rates unchanged and said it would implement changes to its balance sheet "relatively soon" provided the economy expands as expected. Previous language in the Fed's statement had said those changes would come this year.

The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes Durable Goods Orders for June at 8:30 a.m. ET, International Trade in Goods for June at 8:30 a.m., and weekly Jobless Claims at 8:30 a.m.

2. -- Facebook shares rose 4.5% in premarket trading on Thursday after the social media giant reported second-quarter earnings and sales that topped Wall Street expectations.

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Facebook earned $1.32 a share in the quarter, surpassing estimates of $1.12. Revenue was $9.32 billion, which exceeded Wall Street estimates of $9.2 billion.

Advertising revenue jumped 47% from a year earlier to $9.16 billion, easily beating projections of $9.02 billion. Mobile ad revenue made up 87% of Facebook's total ad revenue during the second quarter, up from 84% a year earlier.

The company reported 1.32 billion daily active users during the quarter and said it had just more than 2 billion monthly active users for the first time ever, which was more than analysts expected. 

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"Overall, we view this as a great quarter for Facebook," said Cramer and the AAP team. "The company continues to over-deliver on the lofty expectations set by investors, even with the company continuing to spend to grow in scale."

3. -- Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) - Get Report reported second-quarter adjusted earnings of 52 cents a share, topping analysts' forecasts by 4 cents. Revenue rose 9.8% to $21.17 billion and also beat forecasts.

Comcast shares rose 0.6% in premarket trading.

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) - Get Report posted second-quarter adjusted profit of 96 cents a share, matching estimates, but revenue topped forecasts as the telco giant gained customers in the second quarter.

Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) - Get Report  earned an adjusted 85 cents a share in its fiscal fourth quarter; analysts expected 78 cents.

Earnings reports are also expected Thursday from Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) - Get Report , Twitter Inc. (TWTR) - Get Report , Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) - Get Report , Intel Corp. (INTC) - Get Report , Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) - Get Report , Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) - Get Report , United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) - Get Report , Western Digital Corp. (WDC) - Get Report , Mattel Inc. (MAT) - Get Report , MasterCard Inc. (MA) - Get Report , Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) - Get Report , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU) - Get Report , Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) - Get Report , Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI) - Get Report , ConocoPhillips (COP) - Get Report , Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) - Get Report , Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) - Get Report  and Celgene Corp. (CELG) - Get Report

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4. -- Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A)  , Europe's largest oil company by value, posted second-quarter adjusted earnings of $3.6 billion, beating analysts' expectations of about $3.5 billion following a strong performance by the company's chemicals and refining operations. 

Net profit climbed to $1.55 billion, up 31% from $1.17 billion in the same quarter last year. Free cash flow in the second quarter climbed to $12.2 billion, reversing the year-earlier loss of $3.2 billion. 

"Cash generation has been resilient over four consecutive quarters, at an average oil price of just under $50 per barrel," CEO Ben van Beurden said in a statement. "This quarter, we generated robust earnings excluding identified items of $3.6 billion, while over the past 12 months cash flow from operations of $38 billion has covered our cash dividend and reduced gearing to 25%."

American depositary receipts of Shell were rising 1.9% in premarket trading on Thursday.

5. -- Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) - Get Report is in the lead to acquire U.S. cable TV network owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (SNI)  in a deal likely valued at more than $12 billion, Reuters reported.

The acquisition would bring together Scripps' HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network and Discovery's Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.

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Discovery has entered into exclusive talks with Scripps after prevailing over a rival offer from Viacom Inc. (VIAB) - Get Report .

The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday that Viacom dropped out of the running to acquire Scripps.

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