MARKET PULSE- Tower Group, Talisman Energy, J C Penney, Jamba

Tue Oct 8, 2013 8:25am EDT
 
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(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 little changed on Tuesday as small signs of progress began to emerge in the fiscal standoff among politicians in Washington.

S&P 500 futures were down 0.2 point. Dow Jones industrial average futures were flat and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 1 point.

** TOWER GROUP INTERNATIONAL LTD, Monday close $7.41, down 24 pct premarket

The company said it expects to increase its loss reserves by about $365 million, much higher than what the property and casualty insurer previously indicated.

** J.C. PENNEY CO INC, Monday close $7.71, up 8 pct premarket

The struggling retailer reported a rise in same-store sales for September compared with August and said it was seeing positive signs in many areas of its business.

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