MARKET PULSE- Pandora, Perion, Aeropostale, Microsoft

Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:23am EDT
 
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Sept 17 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Tuesday:

FUTURES FLAT BEFORE FED MEETING ON FUTURE OF STIMULUS

U.S. stock index futures were little changed before the start of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting on Tuesday that could lay out plans to begin reducing its stimulus measures. S&P 500 futures were flat, Dow Jones industrial average futures lost 2 points, while Nasdaq 100 futures rose 1.5 points.

** MICROSOFT CORP, Monday close $32.80, up 2 pct premarket

The software maker said it would buy back up to $40 billion of its shares and raise its quarterly dividend by 22 percent. The new share repurchase program, which has no expiration date, replaces a $40 billion buyback program that was set to expire on Sept. 30.   Continued...