MARKET PULSE-Quiksilver, Hillshire Brands, Spherix, Advanced Energy
(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 a touch lower on Tuesday as traders found few reasons to buy with major indexes at record levels, though the market's recent upward momentum appeared intact. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.23 percent at 16,683, S&P 500 futures were down 0.27 percent at 1,916.7 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.32 percent at 3,715.5.
** QUIKSILVER INC, Monday close $5.79, -38.00 pct premarket
The apparel and accessories retailer reported a bigger quarterly loss, hurt by lower wholesale sales in North America and Europe.
** PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORP, Monday close $25.92
** HILLSHIRE BRANDS CO, Monday close $53.57, +7.99 pct premarket
** TYSON FOODS INC, Monday close $43.4
Pilgrim's Pride Corp, the second largest U.S. chicken processor, raised its offer for Hillshire Brands, escalating a bidding war with Tyson Foods for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages.