MARKET PULSE-Staples, Pixelworks, AirMedia, Sangamo, China New Borun
(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 0.17 percent at 16,382, S&P 500 futures were up 0.14 percent at 1,875 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.11 percent at 3,732.5.
** COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP, Wednesday close $116.47, -2.70 pct premarket
The warehouse retailer reported a bigger-than-expected 15 percent fall in profit as unusually deep discounting in the holiday shopping season hurt margins.
** STAPLES INC, Wednesday close $13.4, -12.54 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.
** PIXELWORKS INC, Wednesday close $4.8, +37.50 pct premarket Continued...