MARKET PULSE-Apple, Faceboook, UNS Energy, Ciena, Lululemon, Athenahealth
(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures dipped on Thursday, setting Wall Street up for a third day of losses, as investors awaited a batch of economic data that may provide clues on how soon the Federal Reserve will start trimming back its stimulus efforts. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.13 percent at 15,815, S&P 500 futures were down 0.13 percent at 1,778.4 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.09 percent at 3,467.25.
** APPLE INC, Wednesday close $561.36, +0.29 pct premarket
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday lost its bid to ban sales of Apple's older iPhone and iPad in South Korea after a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. firm had infringed on three of Samsung's mobile patents.
Separately the iPhone maker on Thursday said it sent medical experts to contractor Pegatron Corp's Shanghai factory last month after a 15-year-old employee died of pneumonia.
** FACEBOOK INC, Wednesday close $49.38, +3.69 pct premarket
** WILLIAMS COS, Wednesday close $34.34
Standard & Poor's said on Wednesday Facebook will join its S&P 500 stock index after the close of trading on Dec. 20, cementing the social media network's rise into one of the biggest, most powerful U.S. companies.
Facebook will also replace Williams Cos in the S&P 100 index of large U.S. companies. Williams will remain in the S&P 500. Continued...