February 14, 2014 / 2:28 PM / 4 years ago

MARKET PULSE-AMCOL, Johnson & Johnson, Jos. A. Bank, GNC Holdings

(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. stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its first two-week winning streak of the year, ahead of data on consumer confidence. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.01 percent at 15,977, S&P 500 futures were down 0.02 percent at 1,823.9 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.05 percent at 3,652.75.

** AMCOL INTERNATIONAL CORP, Thursday close $41.35, +6.53 pct premarket

** MINERALS TECHNOLOGIES INC, Thursday close $53.08

Minerals Technologies offered to buy minerals and materials group AMCOL International for $1.36 billion, topping an offer from France’s Imerys.

** JOS. A. BANK CLOTHIERS INC, Thursday close $54.92, -2.18 pct premarket

** MEN‘S WEARHOUSE INC, Thursday close $46.53, -8.12 pct premarket

Men’s clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, the target of an unwelcome bid from rival Men’s Wearhouse, said it would buy outdoor clothing retailer Eddie Bauer for $825 million in its latest effort to stay independent.

** J.M. SMUCKER CO, Thursday close $95.14, -3.30 pct premarket

The maker of Folgers coffee and Jif peanut butter cut its full-year adjusted earnings forecast and said sales would likely fall more than it had expected due to lower selling prices for coffee and peanut butter.

** AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC, Thursday close $60.08, -5.13 pct premarket

The company cut its full-year adjusted profit forecast, citing lower revenue from its electronic measurement business due to “challenges” in the aerospace and defense market.

Cowen and Co cut its price target on the company’s stock to $63 from $65.

** CAMPBELL SOUP CO, Thursday close $40.97, +4.95 pct premarket

The company reported a 71 percent rise in quarterly profit, as more people bought soup during a spell of harsher-than-usual winter weather in the United States.

** CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Thursday close $21.9, +6.62 pct premarket

The iron ore and coal miner, which is battling an activist investor who wants to break up the mining company, reported much better-than-expected earnings, helped by a drop in costs and higher iron ore prices.

** GNC HOLDINGS INC, Thursday close $52.39, -14.01 pct premarket

The health supplements retailer reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results, hurt by heavy promotions during the holiday shopping period.

** HEALTHWAYS INC, Thursday close $13.9, -4.68 pct premarket

The healthcare services provider reported a surprise fourth-quarter loss, as it failed to record a $10 million service fee from a customer in the fourth quarter.

The company said it collected the payment in January 2014 and would record it in its first-quarter results.

** OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP, Thursday close $92.27, +2.69 pct premarket

The oil and gas producer said it would spin off its California assets into a separately traded company, creating the state’s largest natural gas producer.

** JOHNSON & JOHNSON, Thursday close $92.56

U.S. health regulators have declined to approve a proposed wider use of Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s anti-clotting drug Xarelto, Bayer said on Friday.

** NAVIOS MARITIME ACQUISITION CORP, Thursday close $4.15, -6.51 pct premarket

The owner and operator of tanker vessels announced plans to offer 12 million shares of its common stock.

** LCA-VISION INC, Thursday close $4.25, +26.12 pct premarket

** PHOTOMEDEX INC, Thursday close $13.82

Skin health company PhotoMedex said it would buy LCA-Vision, which provides laser vision correction services under the Lasik Plus brand, for about $106 million.

** COLFAX CORP, Thursday close $69.71, -0.72 pct premarket

The pumps and fluid-handling products maker increased the size of its offering of common shares to 8 million from 6.5 million. Colfax said it would offer each share at $68.75.

** TRULIA INC, Thursday close $36.43, -15.02 pct premarket

** ZILLOW INC, Thursday close $90.00, $90, -3.89 pct premarket

The online real-estate listings service provider reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit due to a jump in marketing expenses and said it would start a campaign this year to target customers using mobile devices.

Shares of bigger rival Zillow also fell.

** SILVERCORP METALS INC, Thursday close $3.3, -16.06 pct premarket

The Canadian silver miner said on Thursday that it had cut its quarterly dividend to 0.5 Canadian cents (C$0.005) from 2.5 Canadian cents (C$0.025).

The company’s third-quarter revenue more than halved, hurt by a lower realized price of the metal and a sharp decline in production.

** J2 GLOBAL INC, Thursday close $46.84, +12.08 pct premarket

The cloud services provider forecast full-year results well above the average analyst estimate, after posting a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, helped by growth in its digital media business.

** WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $30.58, -22.99 pct premarket

Weight Watchers, which is facing increasing competition from diet apps and calorie-counting gadgets, forecast a full-year adjusted profit far below the average analyst estimate and said it plans to “resize” its business. “The start of our year is proving to be every bit as challenging as we thought, if not more so,” Chief Executive Jim Chambers said.

** CAFEPRESS INC, Thursday close $6.64, -16.42 pct premarket

The print-on-demand website reported a much smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, hurt by a decrease in average order size, lower conversion rates and higher costs related to the short holiday season.

** LOGMEIN INC, Thursday close $33.27, +19.84 pct premarket

The remote-access software maker forecast better-than-expected current-quarter results after posting fourth-quarter results above expectations, as its browser-based online meeting and screen-sharing service, join.me, saw strong year-on-year revenue growth.

** CRAY INC, Thursday close $29.97, +15.28 pct premarket

The supercomputer maker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, helped by higher sales.

** RENESOLA LTD, Thursday close $3.35, +1.49 pct premarket

The Chinese solar products maker said it has provided 10,000 of its solar photo-voltaic modules to US-based Chevron Energy Solutions, for a 3.1 megawatt (MW) multi-site project in Lemoore, California.

** STAMPS.COM INC, Thursday close $38.65, -8.41 pct premarket

The online postal services provider, which reported fourth-quarter results on Thursday, forecast full-year profit largely below the average analyst estimate, saying it expects enhanced promotion revenue and PhotoStamps revenue to be down in 2014, compared with 2013.

** BANKRATE INC, Thursday close $17.4, +9.20 pct after market

The operator of personal finance websites reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter adjusted profit, helped by a 30 percent rise in revenue. For the full year, Bankrate forecast revenue between $520 million and $530 million, largely beating the average analyst estimate of revenue of $522.5 million.

At least four brokerages, including JP Morgan and RBC, raised their price targets on the company’s stock.

** EQUIFAX INC, Thursday close $71.83, -5.42 pct after market

The credit reporting agency’s fourth-quarter results met expectations, but it forecast lower-than-expected earnings for 2014.

** ENERGY TRANSFER EQUITY LP, Thursday close $15.36, +4.41 pct after market

The limited partnership company is undervalued by 50 percent and could receive a shot in the arm from its plan to issue this year a new master limited partnership security tied to its Lake Charles natural gas liquefaction facility, hedge fund Kingdon Capital Management said.

** ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Thursday close $81.56, -3.75 pct after market

The company reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to increased spending on research and development.

** INGRAM MICRO, Thursday close $25.95, +5.59 pct premarket

The electronics distributor reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results on Thursday, as revenue rose 4 percent year-on-year to $11.8 billion.

Brokerage Needham and Co Inc raised its price target on the company’s stock.

** JUST ENERGY GROUP INC, Thursday close $6.82, +2.64 pct premarket

The natural gas and electricity retailer reported higher third-quarter sales compared with the previous year, helped by an increased customer base and higher consumption of electricity and gas due to colder weather conditions.

** TRINA SOLAR LTD, Thursday close $15.36, +2.60 pct premarket

The China-based company said it has bought a majority stake in Hubei Hongyuan PV Science and Tech, a photo-voltaic cell maker, to help Hubei expand its production facilities to achieve an expected capacity of 420 mega watts by mid-2014. China-based Hubei is a subsidiary of Shenzhen S.C. New Energy Technology Corp.

** HYATT HOTELS CORP, Thursday close $49.39

The hotel operator reported a better-than-expected 9 percent rise in quarterly revenue as growing confidence in the U.S. economy led to a rise in the number of business travelers staying at its hotels worldwide.

** ENBRIDGE INC, Thursday close $49.39

Canada’s largest pipeline company, reported a lower-than-expected adjusted profit in the fourth quarter, mainly due to losses on hedging contracts.

Compiled by Garima Goel in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings

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