May 6, 2013 / 1:22 PM / 4 years ago

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May 6 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Monday:

FUTURES POINT TO FLAT OPEN AS MARKET PAUSES AFTER RALLY

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open as investors paused after stocks hit record highs last week, with the S&P 500 up more than 13 percent so far this year. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 0.1 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

BMC said it agreed to be acquired by a private equity group led by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital Corp for about $6.9 billion.

** CRESTWOOD MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP, Friday close $23.85, up 7 pct premarket

** INERGY LP, Friday close $22.30, up 4 pct premarket

Pipeline operator Crestwood will acquire control of Inergy to form an entity with an enterprise value of about $7 billion, the companies said.

** 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.

** 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

Wireless service provider Clearwire said its proposed buyout by majority owner Sprint Nextel Corp was the best option for Clearwire’s minority stockholders.

** APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC, Friday close $26.59, up 5.3 pct premarket

Apollo reported a 72 percent increase in first-quarter profit per share, its best quarterly results as a publicly listed alternative asset manager, as it took advantage of favorable capital markets 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. (Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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