MARKET PULSE-Oracle, Guess, KB Home, Apple, HP, Yahoo

Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:14am EDT
 
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March 21 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:for the Morning News Call newsletter,)

WALL ST FLAT AFTER JOBLESS CLAIMS, HOUSING DATA TO COME

U.S. stock index futures were little changed as jobless claims last week were in line with expectations and investors awaited data on the housing and manufacturing sectors. S&P 500 futures were flat and in line with fair value, Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 15 points while Nasdaq 100 futures fell 2.5 points.

** ORACLE CORP, Wednesday close $35.765, down 8 pct premarket

The world's No. 3 software maker blamed its rapidly expanding salesforce for a severe miss in third-quarter software sales and warned that its ailing hardware business will lose more ground this quarter.

Separately, Blackstone Group LP, which is weighing an offer for Dell Inc, is making an aggressive push to recruit Oracle President Mark Hurd to be the chief executive of the world's No. 3 PC maker, a person familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

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