August 12, 2013 / 11:55 AM / 4 years ago

MARKET PULSE-BlackBerry, Vical, HD Supply, Apple, Zoltek

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Aug 12 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Monday:

FUTURES LOWER, SUGGESTING RECENT DECLINE WILL PERSIST

U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, indicating the previous week’s decline would continue as investors found few reasons to buy.

S&P 500 futures fell 8.5 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures lost 50 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures slid 14.5 points.

** BLACKBERRY LTD, Friday close $9.76

U.S.-listed shares of the Canadian smartphone maker were halted in premarket trading on Monday. Reuters reported last week that the company is warming up to the possibility of going private as it battles to revive its fortunes.

** VICAL INC, Friday close $3.58, down 60 pct premarket

The drugmaker said it would stop developing its most advanced drug, cancer therapy Allovectin, after a late-stage trial failed to show that the treatment was significantly better than chemotherapy.

** APPLE INC, Friday close $454.45, up 0.53 pct premarket

The company is expected to present its redesigned iPhone on Sept. 10, technology blog AllThingsD said.

** ZOLTEK COS INC, Friday close $13.76, down 2.6 pct premarket

The carbon fiber maker reported a third-quarter loss on Friday because of weak demand from the wind energy market. The company supplies carbon fibers used in the manufacture of wind turbines.

Zoltek reported a loss of $0.9 million, or 3 cents per share, compared with an income of $5.6 million, or 16 cents per share, a year earlier.

** HEALTH MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES INC, Friday close $13.24, down 2.3 pct after market

The hospital operator, which is being bought by larger peer Community Health Systems Inc, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly revenue due to reduced patient admissions, surgeries and emergency room visits.

The company posted a revenue of $1.46 billion for the second quarter. Analysts were expecting $1.70 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Friday close $36.02

The automaker has begun gradually lowering its presence in South Korea after mounting labor costs and militant unionism triggered a rethink of its reliance on the country for a fifth of its global production, three individuals familiar with GM’s thinking said.

** DELL INC, Friday close $13.74

Months of public bickering, secretive backroom negotiations and eleventh-hour deals for control of Dell Inc belie the fact that the combatants are vying for a company facing steadily declining sales prospects.

** ROCKWELL COLLINS INC, Friday close $74.42

The supplier of avionics and other electronic systems for commercial and military aircraft has agreed to buy aerospace communications firm Arinc Inc for $1.39 billion from the Carlyle Group LP.

** EXXON MOBIL, Friday close $90.72

China’s biggest energy firm PetroChina will join Exxon Mobil in developing Iraq’s giant West Qurna oilfield and is in talks with Lukoil to buy into a second project at the field, industry sources said on Friday.

** J.C. PENNEY CO, Friday close $12.87

The public battle between J.C. Penney and leading shareholder Bill Ackman escalated on Friday with the hedge fund manager demanding the ouster of the retailer’s chairman as well as the interim chief executive, while Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz joined the fray urging the billionaire’ s removal from the board.

** HD SUPPLY HOLDINGS INC, Friday close $23.08

Shares of commercial construction products supplier HD Supply Holdings could rise more than 20 percent within a year and hit $42 within three years, according to a report in business weekly Barron’s on Sunday.

HD Supply was a division of the Home Depot until 2007 and went public in late June.

** AMERICA MOVIL, Friday close $20.97

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil wants to ‘unlock value’ from Dutch telecoms group KPN and is not just interested in its German business E-Plus, a Dutch newspaper reported on Monday, quoting the Mexican group’s finance chief.

** PHARMERICA CORP, Friday close $14.08

The U.S. government has sued the pharmaceutical company, accusing it of dispensing controlled drugs without valid prescriptions and defrauding Medicare by causing claims to be submitted for the illegally dispensed drugs.

** PETROLEO BRASILEIRO PETROBRAS SA, Friday close $14.28, up 1.54 pct premarket

Oil industry suppliers Technip and DOF Subsea said on Monday they have won major contracts from Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras . (Compiled by Neha Alawadhi; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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