Stocks – Altria, Starbucks, Facebook, Apple Rise Premarket

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© Reuters. © Reuters. – Stocks in focus in premarket trading on Thursday:

• Altria (NYSE:) stock gained 1.4% in premarket trade by 8:20 AM ET (11:20 GMT) after its profit and revenue came in above forecasts, while it also said it took a $4.5 billion writedown on its investment in e-cigarette maker Juul due to Food and Drug Administration regulations related to vaping.

•Starbucks (NASDAQ:) stock was up 2.2% in premarket trade after the coffee maker said iced coffee and other cold drinks helped boost same-store sales by 5% globally in the three months to September.

Lyft (NASDAQ:) stock rose 4% as its earnings came in better than expected, with the ride-sharing company losing less money than forecast in the last quarter.

Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:) stock slumped 9% after news that its CEO Steve Milligan plans to retire.

• Apple (NASDAQ:) stock inched up 1.7% after expanding iPad and AirPod sales cushioned a drop in iPhone sales in the final quarter of its fiscal year. The group forecast a return to revenue growth in the current quarter.

• Facebook (NASDAQ:) stock jumped 4.3% after its earnings came in much higher than expected, while its average revenue per user came in at $7.26, also higher than forecast.

• Twitter (NYSE:) stock slipped 1.7% after it said it will ban all political ads starting Nov. 22 as it attempts to address concerns about false information on social media sites.

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