MARKET PULSE-Cisco, Wal-Mart, Sorrento, Kohl's, Gentiva, Bristol-Myer
(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 fell on Thursday, pressured by weaker-than-expected earnings from Wal-Mart Stores, the biggest U.S. retailer. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.96 percent at 16,454.2 and the S&P 500 was down 1.05 percent at 1,868.61.
** CISCO SYSTEMS INC, $24.45, +7.19 pct
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, $77.21, -1.94 pct
The company reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly profit as a severe winter in the United States kept shoppers from its stores.