The U.S. equity markets woke up on Wednesday morning and hit the ground running.
U.S. futures at 8:50 a.m.: DJIA: +0.07%, S&P 500: +0.15%, NASDAQ: +0.29%.
General Electric (NYSE:GE) climbed as much as 4 percent in pre-market trading after news circulated that the industrial giant will be selling its 49 percent stake in NBC Universal to Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) for $16.7 billion. The deal will give full control of one of the largest cable networks to the largest cable operator in the nation. Comcast climbed as much as 8 percent before the opening bell.
Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) was moving cautiously higher ahead of its post-market earnings report today. Analysts are looking for modest growth as the company, and its industry, continues to struggle against economic headwinds that have subdued sales and limited growth prospects. Shares were up about 0.43 percent in pre-market trading.
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has reportedly hired Spencer Stuart & Associates, a global executive search firm, to help find its next chief executive officer. The decision is particularly interesting given the fact that Intel has consistently filled its top executive position with a company insider since it was founded in 1968. While internal candidates are being considered, and people with knowledge of the matter tell Bloomberg that they are favored for the position, Intel owes the process due diligence, and will be vetting external candidates.