MARKET PULSE-Deere, Ventrus, Thomson Reuters, Owens Corning

Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:18am EST
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U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, after a four-day rally left the S&P 500 within striking distance of a fresh record high. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.09 percent at 15,943, S&P 500 futures were up 0.19 percent at 1,817 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.05 percent at 3,614.5.

** DEERE & CO, Tuesday close $87.46, +1.04 pct premarket

The world's largest maker of farm equipment posted a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit on Wednesday as the company's efforts to control costs offset moderating demand from farmers for its tractors, harvesters and other agricultural machinery.

** VENTRUS BIOSCIENCES INC, Tuesday close $4.38, -64.16 pct premarket

The company said its lead experimental drug to treat anal fissures failed to reduce pain more than a placebo in a late-stage trial.