MARKET PULSE-Hologic, Target, Williams-Sonoma, Johnson Controls

Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:38am EST
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(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter; for the Morning News Call newsletter, U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, following three days of declines on the S&P 500, as traders digested the Federal Reserve's latest assessment of the economy ahead of inflation and job market data. S&P 500 futures rose 3 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures 31 points and Nasdaq 100 futures 10 points.

** HOLOGIC INC, Wednesday close $22.28, up 8 pct premarket

Activist investor Carl Icahn said he may discuss the possibility of adding members to the provider of medical diagnostic products' board after disclosing a 12.6 percent stake in the company, according to a regulatory filing. (

Separately, the company adopted a poison pill that would be triggered if a buyer acquired 10 percent or more shares of the company.

** TARGET CORP, Wednesday close $66.49, down 3.7 pct premarket

The discount chain blamed "constrained" consumer spending for a tepid rise in third-quarter comparable sales, and lowered its full-year profit forecast as a Canadian expansion proved costlier than expected.