Infosys Ltd. (NYSE:INFY) stock climbed 6.94 percent to $47.00 in pre-market trading. The company reported third quarter net income of $434 million or $0.76 per share, down from $458 million or $0.80 per share in the same period last year, but topped Reuters estimation of $0.72 per share. The India's second largest software services firm, currently expects fiscal 2013 revenue to be at least $7.45 billion, up from prior estimation of $7.343 billion and also above analysts’ estimation of $7.32 billion.
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) stock advanced 1.59 percent to $14.05 in pre-market trading. The company announced Friday that it plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers this year to fill jobs in such key areas as Product Development, Manufacturing and IT.
Barclays Plc (NYSE:BCS) stock advanced 1.21 percent to $19.31 in pre-market trading. The stock has a 52-week low of $9.23, a 52-week high of $19.17 and $58.39 billion in market capitalization.
AFLAC Inc. (NYSE:AFL) stock gained 1.18 percent to $54.00 in pre-market trading. The stock has a 52-week low of $38.13, a 52-week high of $54.93 and $25.03 billion in market capitalization.
BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE:BHP) stock plunged 2.68 percent to $76.58 in pre-market trading. Mining shares plunged in Europe as China’s inflation rate accelerated to a seven-month high in December, denting hopes of further stimulus measures to boost the ongoing recovery in the world’s second largest economy.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) stock declined 1.91 percent to $2.57 in pre-market trading. The stock has a 52-week low of $1.81, a 52-week high of $8.35 and $1.87 billion in market capitalization.
Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) stock declined 1.13 percent to $65.50 in pre-market trading. Yum! Brands head of operations in China publicly apologized to KFC customers Thursday after a high-profile official probe into chicken suppliers hurt its sales, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
BP Plc (NYSE:BP) stock declined nearly 1 percent to $44.58 in pre-market trading. The stock has a 52-week low of $36.25, a 52-week high of $48.34 and $142.95 billion in market capitalization.