MARKET PULSE-BlackBerry, T-Mobile, BP, Target, UPS, Comcast

Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:29am 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 were up on Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.38 percent at 16,365, S&P 500 futures were up 0.15 percent at 1,831.9 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.18 percent at 3,576.

** BLACKBERRY LTD, Tuesday close $7.73, -0.39 pct premarket

The smartphone maker's co-founder Mike Lazaridis cut his stake in the company on Tuesday to 4.99 percent from 8 percent, and said that a group, which included Lazaridis, walked away from exploring a bid for the troubled company.

** T-MOBILE US INC, Tuesday close $32.19, +4.07 pct premarket

** SPRINT CORP, Tuesday close $9.66

Japan's SoftBank Corp is in talks to acquire U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US and is discussing funding for a deal with financial institutions, sources close to the matter said on Wednesday. SoftBank is looking to have its recently acquired U.S. unit Sprint take a majority stake in T-Mobile from the latter's parent Deutsche Telekom AG in the financial year starting April, one of the sources added.