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