MARKET PULSE-Deere, Mosaic, Apollo Investment, Comstock, Agilent

Wed May 15, 2013 7:57am EDT
 
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(For more market insights, including options activity, click on STXNEWS/US; for The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)

May 15 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Wednesday:

FUTURES FLAT AHEAD OF U.S. DATA FLURRY

U.S. stock index futures were little changed, indicating the S&P 500 may hold near its most recent record high, ahead of data on inflation and manufacturing. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 0.2 point, while futures for the Dow Jones were up 8 points and the Nasdaq 100 up 1 point.

** SONY CORP , Tuesday close $20.76

A surge in option market bets on Sony just before a large hedge fund investor announced a big stake and called for a major restructuring of the company on Tuesday has raised concerns that some traders may have had advance word of the news.

Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb also said on Wednesday Sony reminds him of Yahoo Inc before he waged a bitter proxy fight that triggered a boardroom shake-out at the Internet company last year.   Continued...