MARKET PULSE-Apple, Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Family Dollar, Sequenom

Thu Jan 9, 2014 7:49am EST
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Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were up on Thursday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.32 percent at 16,459, S&P 500 futures were up 0.27 percent at 1,837.4 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.29 percent at 3,575.

** APPLE INC, Wednesday close $543.46, +0.71 pct premarket

Apple and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before Feb. 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only.

** BED BATH & BEYOND INC, Wednesday close $79.68, -9.89 pct premarket

The home furnishings retailer cut its full-year earnings forecast due to a lowered sales expectation and weakening margins.