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FUTURES ADD TO GAINS ON DRAGHI COMMENTS
U.S. stock index futures added to gains after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said growth risks are on the downside and should be contained by effective policymaker action.
S&P 500 futures rose 7.4 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 53 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 12 points.
** NUVASIVE INC , Wednesday close $22.62, down 32 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, Robert W. Baird & Co, Mizuho Securities USA, BMO Capital Markets and ThinkEquity Llc cut their price targets on the stock.
** INFORMATICA CORP , Wednesday close $33.63, down 23 pct premarket
** TERADATA CORP , Wednesday close $76.06, down 2.9 pct premarket
** CITRIX SYSTEMS INC , Wednesday close $75.21, down 0.8 pct premarket
** QLIK TECHNOLOGIES INC , Wednesday close $20.84, down 4 pct premarket
** TIBCO SOFTWARE INC , Wednesday close $29.70, down 2.35 pct premarket
** RED HAT INC , Wednesday close $55.79,down 0.53 pct premarket
** VMWARE INC , Wednesday close $96.62, down 1.81 pct premarket
** EMC CORP , Wednesday close $27.04, down 0.66 pct premarket
Data-integration software maker Informatica estimated third-quarter results that fell far short of analysts' expectations as business in Europe weakened.
** TARGET CORP , Wednesday close $63.09, up 2.4 pct premarket
** MACY'S INC , Wednesday close $39.49, down 0.48 pct premarket
** LIMITED BRANDS INC , Wednesday close $50.24, down 3.5 pct premarket
** ROSS STORES INC , Wednesday close $66.68, down 0.2 pct premarket
** KOHL'S CORP , Wednesday close $52.24, down 2 pct premarket
** 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.
While higher gasoline prices and uncertainty about the upcoming election may weigh on shoppers' minds, consumer sentiment has ticked higher, hitting a four-month peak in September.
** THE BUCKLE INC , Wednesday close $46.21, down 1 pct premarket
The apparel and accessories retailer posted a 0.8 percent decline in comparable store sales for September as higher prices dissuaded female shoppers from visiting its stores.
The fall in same-store sales was contradictory to expectations of a rise of 1 percent, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
** COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP , Wednesday close $99.62, up 0.19 pct premarket
The U.S. retailer reported 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.
** INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY Corp , Wednesday close $28.45, down 12 pct premarket
The company reported lower than expected third-quarter results.
** METROPCS COMMUNICATIONS INC , Wednesday close $12.24, down 1.14 pct premarket
** SPRINT NEXTEL CORP , Wednesday close $5.20, down 2.7 pct premarket
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 2 pct premarket
The social media company said it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up by 45 million users since June.
** MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL , Wednesday close $39.00, up 2 pct premarket
The hotel operator reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday on stronger group and corporate business and lower costs.
** EBAY INC , Wednesday close $48.59, up 1.5 pct premarket
Nomura Equity Research raised the world's largest online marketplace's stock to "buy" from "neutral."
** MURPHY OIL CORP , $58.21, up 1 pct premarket
UBS Investment Research raised the energy company's price target to $62 from $54.
** GOOGLE INC , Wednesday close $762.50, up 0.28 pct premarket
The company revised up the bill for job cuts at its money-losing Motorola Mobility mobile phone unit in the third quarter and warned of further restructuring that may result in "significant" additional charges.
** UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC , Wednesday close $73.39, down 0.13 pct premarket
RBC Capital Markets downgraded the stock to "sector perform" from "outperform" and cut its 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.
** 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.
** ENERSYS , Wednesday close $36.08
Stifel Nicolaus downgraded the industrial battery maker's stock to "hold" from "buy."
** CALPINE CORP , Wednesday close $17.75
The largest U.S. independent power generator said it will buy an 800-megawatt power plant in Texas from Bosque Power Co Llc for $432 million plus adjustments.
** POLYCOM INC , Wednesday close $9.75, down 1.7 pct premarket
UBS Investment Research downgraded the videoconferencing company's stock to "neutral" from "buy" and cut its price target to $10 from $12.
** CERNER CORP , Wednesday close $79.67
Jefferies & Co started the health information technology 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)
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