MARKET PULSE-Hologic, Target, Williams-Sonoma, Johnson Controls
(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 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. (r.reuters.com/zah84v)
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.