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U.S. stock futures are higher this morning ahead of the employment report.

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The big news of day so far is Nasdaq’s $11.3 billion hostile bid for NYSE. The Japanese government is planning on acquiring a 50% stake in TEPCO to help out the company in the wake of the Fukushima crisis.

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square bought an 8.6% stake in Alexander & Baldwin which sent its shares surging.

There was a ton of earnings news out though most of the companies’ reports came in below analyst expectations and were way down in after-hours trading. Here is a roundup of earnings:

  • Krispy Kremes fell below expectations
  • Medifast missed analyst estimates
  • GNC Holdings will start publicly trading today

STAKEHOLDER DEAL: Bill Ackman's Pershing Square bought an 8.6% stake in Alexander & Baldwin for $148 million. Shares were up over 9% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $45.65

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EARNINGS MISS: Xyratex fell below expectations with earnings of $0.15 a share for Q1. Shares were down 6% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $11.16

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FAILED SURGERY TREATMENT: Omeros Corp. shares plunged 38% in after-hours trading after its knee surgery treatment study failed to meet its goals.

Closing price: $8.00

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EARNINGS MISS: Krispy Kreme failed to meet expectations with earnings of $0.02 per share. Shares were down 9% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $7.04

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EARNINGS MISS: DemandTec missed analyst expectations with its earnings of $0.09 per share. Shares were down over 5% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $13.16

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RIVAL BID: NASDAQ and ICE bid $11.3 billion for the NYSE.

IPO: GNC Holdings will begin public trading today. Its offering of 22.5 million Class A shares priced at $16 each.

EARNINGS MISS: Medifast Inc. missed street predictions with earnings of $0.23 per share for the fourth quarter.

Closing price: $19.75

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EARNINGS MISS: Cascade Corp. missed expectations with earnings of $0.33 per share.

Closing price: $44.58

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ANALYST DOWNGRADE: Goldman Sachs downgraded Allstate to neutral from buy.

Closing price: $31.78

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