MARKET PULSE-Hologic, Target, GM, Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Dollar Tree
(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) Wall Street was set to rise at the open on Thursday after data suggested stronger labor market conditions and subdued inflation pressures, while traders digested the Federal Reserve's latest assessment of the economy. S&P 500 futures rose 5 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures 49 points and Nasdaq 100 futures 13 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.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Wednesday close $37.69, up 2.7 pct premarket.
The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it had completed the sale of 70.2 million shares of General Motors stock and planned to sell its remaining 31.1 million shares by year-end, depending on market conditions.