MARKET PULSE-Quiksilver, Hillshire Brands, Spherix, Prosensa
(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 0.16 percent at 16,696, S&P 500 futures were down 0.22 percent at 1,917.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.28 percent at 3,717.
** QUIKSILVER INC, Monday close $5.79, -40.41 pct premarket
The apparel and accessories retailer reported a bigger quarterly loss, hurt by lower wholesale sales in North America and Europe.
** PROSENSA HOLDING NV, Monday close $10.59, +15 pct premarket
The company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had outlined a regulatory path for the accelerated approval of its lead drug. The drug, drisapersen, is being developed to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy - a muscle-wasting disorder that affects one in every 3,500 newborn boys - that has no available cure.
** PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORP, Monday close $25.92
** HILLSHIRE BRANDS CO, Monday close $53.57, +8.89 pct premarket Continued...