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May 6 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Monday:
FUTURES LITTLE CHANGED AFTER DOW, S&P CLOSE AT RECORD HIGHS
U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday as investors paused following steep gains in the previous session that took the Dow and S&P 500 to new closing highs. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 0.8 point and the Dow Jones down 1 point, while futures for the Nasdaq 100 were up 2 points.
** BMC SOFTWARE INC, Friday close $45.42, up 3.5 pct premarket
A private equity group made up of Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital Corp are nearing a deal to acquire BMC Software and an announcement could come as early as Monday, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday.
** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Friday close $52.68
Some shareholders of Verizon Communications said they could be happy for the company to pay up to $130 billion for Vodafone Group Plc’s stake in their U.S. wireless venture.
** GOOGLE INC, Friday close $845.72
** APPLE INC, Friday close $449.98, up 1 pct premarket
The European Commission said it believed Motorola Mobility, a unit of Google, was abusing its market position by seeking and enforcing an injunction against Apple in Germany over patents essential to mobile phone standards.
** FACEBOOK INC, Friday close $28.31
Facebook’s shares, which were given a boost last week when the social networking company reported first-quarter results that largely met analysts’ expectations, may be over valued, financial newspaper Barron’s said on Sunday. The company is probably worth no more than $25 a share, Barron’s said, reiterating a stance it took in February.
** TYSON FOODS INC, Friday close $24.93, down 3.7 premarket
The largest U.S. meat processor reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as shoppers and restaurants switched to cheaper chicken from beef, and the company cut its full-year sales forecast.
** CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Friday close $19.91, up 4 pct premarket
FBR Capital Markets raised its rating on the U.S. iron ore and steel making coal miner’s stock to “outperform” from “market perform,” citing the company’s “ability” to withstand weak iron ore prices and higher domestic supply.
** NIELSEN HOLDINGS N.V., Friday close $35.64, up 1 percent premarket
Canadian private equity company Onex Corp said it will buy the TV ratings firm’s expositions business for $950 million.
** INTEL CORP, Friday close $23.96, up 1.3 pct premarket
Intel Corp’s security software division McAfee said it plans to buy Finland’s network firewall maker Stonesoft Oyj for around $389 million in cash, a 128 percent premium to the company’s stock market value at Friday’s close.
** CLEARWIRE CORP, Friday close $3.38, down 2.3 pct premarket
The wireless service provider sent a letter to shareholders saying the proposed transaction with majority owner Sprint Nextel Corp provides the “best strategic alternative” for Clearwire’s minority stockholders.
** APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC, Friday close $26.59, up 5.3 pct premarket
Billionaire Leon Black’s alternative asset manager reported a 72 percent increase in first-quarter profit per share, easily beating expectations as it took advantage of favorable capital market conditions to exit investments.
** MICROSOFT CORP, Friday close $33.49, down 0.3 pct premarket
Microsoft is expected to release new data on its Windows 8 software sales and its plans for updating the new operating system software.
** MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CO, Friday close $60.71, up 3.3 pct after market
The media, sports and entertainment group reported better-than-expected third-quarter results, helped by higher revenue from the media business, which comprises about 44 percent of the total revenue.
Brokerage Albert Fried raised its price target on the company’s stock to $80 from $65.
** JOHNSON & JOHNSON, Friday close $85.75
U.S. regulators have approved J&J’s Sedasys system to sedate patients during colonoscopies without the need for a physician to monitor delivery of the injectable sedating agent, the company said on Friday.
** MERCK & CO, Friday close $45.67
** PFIZER INC, Friday close $28.96
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a cholesterol lowering pill by Merck that combines a generic version of Pfizer’s Lipitor with its own Zetia, Merck said on Friday.
** YUM BRANDS INC, Friday close $68.91, down 2.3 pct premarket
Shanghai authorities are testing mislabeled mutton from a wholesaler a government website said supplies a chain of hot pot restaurants run by U.S. fast food firm Yum Brands, the latest safety scare to taint China’s food industry.
** AMAZON.COM INC, Friday close $258.05
The online retailer launched an Android application store that offers paid apps in China, beating Google Inc, as Amazon seeks to increase the amount of digital content it offers in the world’s largest mobile phone market.
Amazon, which opened its Kindle e-book store in China in December, launched its Android app store over the weekend for China users to download both free and paid apps.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, Friday close $54.55, up 2.2 pct premarket
The automaker, led by billionaire Elon Musk, overhauled financing strategy for the Model S electric sedan in response to criticism that its initial plan last month overstated the potential cost savings.
** GRAN TIERRA ENERGY INC,, Friday close $5.65
The Canadian oil exploration and production company reported a first-quarter profit and said it would increase its 2013 capital expenditure by about 17 percent to $424 million.
** CRESTWOOD MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP, Friday close $23.85
** INERGY LP, Friday close $22.30
Pipeline operator Crestwood will acquire control of Inergy to form an entity with an enterprise value of about $7 billion, the companies said. (Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)