December 3, 2012 / 2:13 PM / 5 years ago

MARKET PULSE-Dean Foods, Supervalu, Deckers, Dell, Conn's

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Monday: (For the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s. For more market insights, including options activity, click on STXNEWS/US; for the day ahead newsletter, link.reuters.com/mex49s)

** CHINA DATA LIFTS FUTURES, FISCAL CLIFF WOES LINGER

U.S. stock index futures edged higher on upbeat factory data from China, but concerns over budget dealings in Washington are expected to keep traders cautious. Futures for the S&P 500 were up 0.45 percent, the Dow Jones up 0.44 percent and the Nasdaq 100 up 0.65 percent.

** DEAN FOODS CO, Friday close $17.14, up 5 pct premarket

Canadian dairy products maker Saputo Inc said it had agreed to buy Dean Foods’ Morningstar dairy division for $1.45 billion to widen its manufacturing and distribution footprint and product offerings in the United States.

** SUPERVALU INC, Friday close $2.38, up 12 pct premarket

Cerberus Capital Management LP, working on an acquisition of the troubled grocer, has indicated it is willing to pursue multiple options for the company, including a deal to buy Supervalu's entire business and another to purchase its Albertsons stores, the Wall Street Journal reported. (link.reuters.com/hah44t)

** DECKERS OUTDOOR CORP, Friday close $38.29, up 10 pct premarket

Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc raised the shoe maker to “buy” from “neutral”, citing improvement in the company’s product offerings and steps taken to revitalize its UGG brand for the fall collection.

** DELL INC, Friday close $9.64, up 5 pct premarket

Goldman Sachs upgraded the No. 3 PC maker to “buy” from “sell” and raised its price target on the stock to $13 from $9, according to Streetinsider.com.

** CONN‘S INC, Friday’s close $28.28, up 3 pct premarket

The home appliances and electronics retailer posted quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations, driven by higher sales of its furniture and mattress, along with improved demand for home office equipment and appliances. The company also raised its full-year outlook for the fourth time.

** GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS INC, Friday close $36.67, up 2 pct premarket

Lazard Capital Markets raised its price target on the Keurig brewing system-maker’s stock to $56 from $42, citing increased confidence in the company’s technological advantage.

** RESEARCH IN MOTION, Friday close $11.60, down 2 pct premarket

Canaccord Genuity downgraded the smartphone maker’s stock to “sell” from “hold” as its analysis does not indicate the consumer pull or developer excitement necessary for BlackBerry 10 to reverse the challenging trends faced by the company.

** NEWS CORP, Friday close $24.64

Rupert Murdoch’s media firm named Robert Thomson as the chief executive of its new publishing company. (Compiled by Maria Ajit Thomas in Bangalore)

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