NEW YORK (
) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, April 25:
were eyeing a higher open Thursday ahead of a slate of earnings reports from companies including
and prior to a report from the U.S. government that is predicted to show a dip in joblessness.
in the U.S. Thursday includes initial jobless claims for the week ended April 20 at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
on Wednesday finished mixed.
closed unchanged at 1,578.79. The index has gained 11% this year. The
Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 0.3% to 14,676.30, while the
added 0.01% to 3,269.65.
hired advisers to prepare a possible cash and stock bid of $100 billion to take full control of
from joint venture partner
, two people familiar with the matter told
Verizon owns 55% of Verizon Wireless. It has yet to put forward a proposal to Vodafone but it has hired both banking and legal advisers for a possible bid, the sources said.
Verizon hopes to start discussions with Vodafone soon for a friendly deal but could take a bid public if Vodafone doesn't engage in talks, one of the sources told
-- Analysts expect oil giant
on Thursday to post first-quarter profit of $2.05 a share on revenue of $119.83 billion.
In last year's first quarter, Exxon, the world's most valuable company, earned $9.45 billion, or $2 a share, on revenue of $124 billion.
on Thursday said first-quarter earnings rose 33% from a year earlier to $550 million, or 46 cents a share.
Adjusted earnings in the quarter were 69 cents a share.
Net sales in the quarter fell to $14.4 billion from $14.7 billion a year earlier.
, the online retailer, is expected by Wall Street on Thursday to post first-quarter earnings of 8 cents a share on revenue of $16.14 billion.
For the same quarter last year, the company earned 28 cents a share on revenue of $13.2 billion.
Amazon's report is scheduled for after the markets close on Thursday.
is forecast to report after Thursday's closing bell fiscal second-quarter earnings of 48 cents a share on sales of $3.59 billion.
United Parcel Service
is seen by Wall Street posting profit of $1.01 a share in the first quarter on revenue of $13.46 billion.
predicted losses per share in the second quarter on Wednesday as the
struggles to adapt to consumers' growing taste for mobile-based games.
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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