MARKET PULSE-Intercept Pharma, Family Dollar, Macy's, YRC Worldwide

Thu Jan 9, 2014 9:06am EST
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Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday ahead of labor market data, with Macy's raising the bar for retailers after a stellar holiday season. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.29 percent at 16,454, S&P 500 futures were up 0.17 percent at 1,835.7 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.16 percent at 3,570.5.

** INTERCEPT PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $72.39, +227.66 pct premarket

The company said an analysis by an independent safety committee showed that its liver disease drug met the main goal of a mid-stage trial.

** YRC WORLDWIDE INC, Wednesday close $18.66, -14.47 pct premarket

The deadline for a union members' vote to extend the employment of about 26,000 workers at the trucker expired on Wednesday. The counting of ballots is scheduled to begin on Thursday morning, with results expected by the end of day, according to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' website. (

The Teamsters' vote is key to YRC Worldwide's plan to refinance debt. The Overland Park, Kansas-based company has to start repaying debt of $1.36 billion from February.   Continued...