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Sept 23 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Monday:
US STOCK FUTURES LITTLE CHANGED
S&P 500 futures and Dow Jones industrial average futures were little changed while Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.37 percent.
** BLACKBERRY LTD, Friday close $8.72, down 6 pct premarket
The smartphone maker's plan to retreat from the consumer market in favor of its traditional strength serving businesses and governments is widely seen as a desperate move that industry watchers warn will only accelerate its downward spiral.
** GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, Friday close $24.01, up 1.4 pct premarket
The industrial conglomerate said it signed three contracts valued at $2.7 billion with Algeria to supply power generation equipment and turbines to the country's power plants.
** APPLE INC , Friday close $467.41, up 0.3 pct premarket
A group of German hackers claimed to have cracked the iPhone fingerprint scanner on Sunday, just two days after the phone maker launched the technology that it promises will better protect devices from criminals and snoopers seeking access.
** CITIGROUP INC, Friday close $51.21, down 0.8 pct premarket
The third-largest U.S. bank had a significant drop in trading revenue during the third quarter which could hurt the bank's earnings, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with conversations between investors and the bank.
** J.C. PENNEY CO INC, Friday close $12.96, down 2.4 pct premarket
The retailer is looking to raise more money, possibly through a combination of debt and equity, according to a source familiar with the matter.
** VALERO ENERGY CORP, Friday close $34.44, down 1 pct premarket
The refining company said it reduced rates to some units at its 200,000 barrel-per-day refinery at Corpus Christi, Texas, due to a third-party power outage, according to a filing with regulators.
** SUNTECH POWER HOLDINGS CO LTD, Friday close $1.30
The Chinese solar panel maker said an Italian court has ruled to seize some solar farms constructed by investees of Global Solar Fund (GSF) controlled by Suntech, accusing GSF of improper operation.
** JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS INC, Friday close $7.60, up 9 pct after market
The broadcast company said on Friday it ended a two month-long programming dispute with Time Warner Cable, making available its stations in Milwaukee, Green Bay/Appleton, Omaha, Nashville and Palm Springs to Time Warner Cable's customers.
** APPROACH RESOURCES INC, Friday close $24.65, up 2.4 pct premarket
The oil and gas company should get a closer look for its operations in the Texas Permian Basin, where land values indicate that its shares could be worth at least 50 percent more, Barron's reported in its Sept. 23 edition.
** ABBVIE INC, Friday close $47.84
Belgian biotech firm Ablynx has signed a licensing agreement with the U.S. drugmaker worth up to $840 million for an experimental drug against rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
** LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP, Friday close $128
The Pentagon said on Friday it had finalized a contract worth nearly $4 billion with the defense weapon manufacturer to supply additional missile defense equipment to the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
** NIELSEN HOLDINGS NV, Friday close $35.87
** ARBITRON INC, Friday close $47.60
The television ratings giant won U.S. antitrust approval on Friday for a $1.6 billion deal to buy Arbitron, a company that dominates radio ratings measurement. 1/2IDL:nL2N0HG24M 3/8
** NEWS CORP, Friday close $16.63
The publishing company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, reported on Friday that annual revenue grew 2.7 percent to almost $8.9 billion on a rise in circulation and subscription revenue.
(Compiled by Avik Das; Editing by Don Sebastian)