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*Forest Labs shares jump, Actavis to purchase. NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stocks edged up on Tuesday, following Wall Street's biggest gain of the year, as merger activity boosted confidence there is still value in the market even as the S&P 500 nears a record high.
*Sales fall 4 pct to $11.04 bln vs est $11.31 bln. Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's quarterly global sales volumes rose less than the company estimated and fell in North America, but the company said it expects to restore sales momentum in 2014..
*Forest Labs surges after Actavis confirms acquisition. "Much of the recent concern over the health of the U.S. economy has been explained at the hands of the weather," said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Interactive Brokers LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut.
*Forest Labs surges after Actavis confirms acquisition. NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday after Wall Street's biggest gain of the year as disappointing economic reports weighed on investor sentiment.
Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's global sales volumes rose less than the company expected in the fourth quarter and fell in North America, sending its shares down as much as 4 percent. Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been battling declining soda sales in developed markets, especially the United States, as people reach for healthier options.
Discussing Coca-Cola's Q4 earnings and declining soda consumption, with John Faucher, JPMorgan senior analyst, and Jordan Posner, Matrix Asset Advisors managing director.
Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's global sales volumes rose less than it expected in the fourth quarter and fell in North America, sending its shares down almost 2 percent in premarket trading. Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been battling declining soda sales in developed markets, especially the United States.
U.S. stock index futures turned higher early Tuesday, with Wall Street reopening after the President's Day long weekend.
*Forest Labs surges after Actavis confirms acquisition. *Shares of Forest Laboratories Inc rocketed more than 35 percent in premarket trading after Actavis said it would acquire the specialty pharmaceuticals company in a massive cash and stock deal valued at about $25 billion.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Discussing how critical weather is to Coke's performance, and the company's Q4 earnings, with William Schmitz, Deutsche Bank analyst.
Coca-Cola reported quarterly earnings matched analysts' expectations on Tuesday.
The Fed writes the script for Wall Street. Wall Street will resume trading on Tuesday. "We want to see any discussion on the language moving away from the thresholds," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey.
NEW YORK, Feb 14- With economic data being shoveled aside like snow and earnings season winding down, U.S. stock investors could zero in next week on the Fed's view of the economy and technical analysis charts as the S&P 500 nears its record high.
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Feb 13- PepsiCo Inc, rejecting a proposal by activist investor Nelson Peltz, said it had decided not to spin off its North-American beverage business, which posted another drop in sales in the fourth quarter.
Feb 13- Beverage cans maker Rexam Plc said it bought a 51 percent stake in Saudi Arabia's United Arab Can Manufacturing Ltd, a supplier to The Coca-Cola Co, for $122 million as part of its strategy to expand in emerging markets.
Some of Tuesday's midday movers:
*SodaStream shares up on takeover speculation. Feb 6- Coca-Cola Co's $1.3 billion investment in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc puts pressure on at-home soda leader SodaStream International Ltd to bolster its position through a partnership or merger with the likes of a PepsiCo Inc or Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc..