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MARKET PULSE-Google, NuVasive, Facebook, Wet Seal, Applied Materials

Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:32 AM ET

Oct 4(Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:

(For The Day Ahead newsletter click on ) STOCK INDEX FUTURES SIGNAL HIGHER WALL ST OPEN

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 , the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 rising between 0.2 and 0.5 percent.

** NUVASIVE INC , Wednesday close $22.62, down 27.4 pct premarket

The medical device maker estimated third-quarter revenue below its earlier forecast citing "an unusually high" number of customers turned to competitors.

Brokerages Canaccord Genuity and Robert W. Baird & Co cut their price targets on the stock.

** TARGET CORP , Wednesday close $63.09 ** MACY'S INC , Wednesday close $39.49 ** LIMITED BRANDS INC , Wednesday close $50.24 ** ROSS STORES INC , Wednesday close $66.68 ** THE BUCKLE INC >, Wednesday close $46.21 ** KOHL'S CORP , Wednesday close $52.24 ** NORDSTROM INC , Wednesday close $55.88 ** SEARS HOLDINGS CORP , Wednesday close $56.46

September sales at U.S. retailers looked solid, not stellar, as shoppers finished up their back-to-school buying and put the brakes on more big spending before the holiday season.

** COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP , Wednesday close $99.62

The U.S. retailer posted a better-than-expected 6 percent rise in September sales at stores open at least a year, helped by higher gasoline prices and stronger dollar. {ID:nL3E8L43U2]

** GOOGLE INC , Wednesday close $762.50, up 0.28 pct premarket

The company said planned job cuts at its Motorola Mobility mobile phone unit will cost about $340 million in severance and other costs in the third quarter and it warned of further restructuring.

** UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC , Wednesday close $73.39, down 0.13 pct premarket

RBC Capital Markets downgrades the stock to "sector perform" from "outperform" and cuts price target to $75 from $84.

** APPLIED MATERIALS INC , Wednesday close $11.16, up 0.45 pct post-market

The company said it would cut its workforce by 6 to 9 percent to reduce costs as it struggles with a slowdown in its chip manufacturing equipment business and troubles at its solar and display groups.

** WET SEAL INC , Wednesday close $3.16

The struggling clothing retailer urged its shareholders on Wednesday to reject efforts by its third-largest investor Clinton Group to gain control of the board, saying the company needed the experience of its current directors.

** MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL , Wednesday close $3.16

The hotel operator reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday on stronger group and corporate business and lower costs.

** 3M CO , Wednesday close $93.78 ** AVERY-DENNISON CORP , Wednesday close $31.45

Diversified U.S. manufacturer 3M dropped its effort to buy Avery-Dennison Corp's office and consumer products business on Wednesday, about a month after U.S. regulators raised anti-trust concerns over the proposed deal.

** METROPCS COMMUNICATIONS INC , Wednesday close $12.24

** SPRINT NEXTEL CORP , Wednesday close $5.20

T-Mobile USA, which plans to merge with MetroPCS, will have to overcome technology hurdles to be able to take on bigger rivals Verizon Wireless , AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel.

** FACEBOOK INC , Wednesday close $21.83, up 0.86 pct premarket

The company is letting users in the United States pay a fee to boost the visibility of their postings on the social network, the company's latest effort to look beyond advertisers for revenue.

** EBAY INC , Wednesday close $48.59

Nomura Equity Research raised the company's stock to "buy" from "neutral."

** ENERSYS , Wednesday close $36.08 Stifel Nicolaus downgraded the stock to "hold" from "buy." ** POLYCOM INC , Wednesday close $9.75

UBS Investment Research downgraded the stock to "neutral" from "buy" and cut its price target to $10 from $12.

** CERNER CORP , Wednesday close $79.67

Jefferies & Co started the company's stock with a "hold" rating.

** TIME WARNER CABLE INC , Wednesday close $98.31

Needham & Co raised its price target on the second largest U.S. cable provider's stock by $20 to $115, saying it expects the company to report stronger operating margin in the third quarter as a result of more efficient cost cutting measures.

(Complied by Aditi Shrivastava in Bangalore)

(aditi.shrivastava@thomsonreuters.com, within U.S. +1 646 223 8780, outside U.S. +91 80 4135 5783, Reuters messaging: aditi.shrivastava.reuters.com@reuters.net)

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