MARKET PULSE-Cisco, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Twitter, Vodafone, Gentiva
(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 were little changed on Thursday ahead of a slew of economic data that could provide a better picture of the health of the economy. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.13 percent at 16,565, S&P 500 futures were down 0.11 percent at 1,883.3 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.08 percent at 3,599.25.
** CISCO SYSTEMS INC, Wednesday close $22.8099, +7.54 pct premarket
The network equipment maker posted a shallower-than-expected 5.5 percent drop in quarterly revenue, as recovering demand in regions like the United States and Northern Europe helped offset sluggish sales in emerging markets.
At least 13 brokerages raised their price targets on the company's stock.
** WAL-MART STORES INC, Wednesday close $78.74, -2.72 pct premarket
The company reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly profit as a severe winter in the United States kept shoppers from its stores.