MARKET PULSE-Costco, Staples, AirMedia, Logitech
(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. stock index futures ticked higher on Thursday ahead of labor and factory data, while developments in the Ukrainian crisis kept traders on edge. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.19 percent at 16,386, S&P 500 futures were up 0.14 percent at 1,875.1 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.07 percent at 3,730.75.
** COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP, Wednesday close $116.47, -2.02 pct premarket
The warehouse retailer's quarterly profit fell 15 percent, missing analysts' estimates, hurt by weaker gross margins in its fresh-food business and some non-foods merchandises.
** STAPLES INC, Wednesday close $13.4, -9.18 pct premarket
The largest U.S. office supplies retailer forecast a fall in current-quarter sales as it loses customers to mass market chains and e-retailers, and the company said it would close up to 225 stores in North America by 2015.
** AIRMEDIA GROUP INC, Wednesday close $3.18, -15.09 pct premarket Continued...