MARKET PULSE-Abercrombie & Fitch, Intercept Pharma, Palo Alto
(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 up in low volume on Thursday ahead of data on the labor market and economic growth, with the S&P 500 poised to challenge its record high after falling a couple of points the previous session. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.10 percent at 16,644, S&P 500 futures were up 0.07 percent at 1,910.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.07 percent at 3,718.5.
** ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO, Wednesday close $35.12, +6.92 pct premarket
The teen apparel retailer's quarterly sales fell less than expected for the first time in six quarters, helped by improvements in its women's clothing business and its namesake brand.
** SANDERSON FARMS INC, Wednesday close $87.66, +3.81 pct premarket
The third-largest U.S. poultry producer reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a rise in demand for its products and lower grain costs.
** PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC, Wednesday close $69.51, +13.02 pct premarket
** JUNIPER NETWORKS INC, Wednesday close $25.23, +1.2 pct after market Continued...