MARKET PULSE-Apple, BlackBerry, Darden, Ambac Financial, Target

Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:40am EST
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(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter; for the Morning News Call newsletter, U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.27 percent at 16,225, S&P 500 futures were up 0.42 percent at 1,822.2 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.59 percent at 3,553.

** APPLE INC, Friday close $549.02, +3.67 pct premarket

** CHINA MOBILE LTD, Friday close $51.63, +3.00 pct after market

Apple said it signed a long-awaited agreement with China Mobile to sell iPhones through the world's biggest network of mobile phone users. In a deal that could add billions of dollars to its revenue, Apple said its smartphones would be available to China Mobile customers starting Jan. 17.

** BLACKBERRY LTD, Friday close $7.22, +0.00 pct premarket

The company said on Friday that it was entering a handset production deal that lowered the risk it would have to take more massive writedowns on unsold smartphones. BlackBerry announced the five-year partnership with FIH Mobile Ltd. The Hong Kong-listed unit of Taiwan's Foxconn will initially build low-end devices for sale in Indonesia and other emerging markets.