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

Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:23am 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. 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.   Continued...