MARKET PULSE-J.C. Penney, UnitedHealth, Express, Omnivision, Guidewire

Wed Dec 4, 2013 7:35am 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 were flat on Wednesday, ahead of a flurry of economic data, including a report on the labor market. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.18 percent at 15,920, S&P 500 futures were up 0.01 percent at 1,791.5 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.14 percent at 3,480.5.

** J.C. PENNEY CO INC, Tuesday close $10.11, +2.57 pct premarket

The struggling department store operator said November comparable-store sales rose 10 percent, as its efforts to turn its fortunes around were starting to pay off.

** FORD MOTOR CO, Tuesday close $16.56, +0.36 pct premarket

** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Tuesday close $38.14, +0.29 pct premarket

Major automakers reported their best U.S. sales month in six and a half years in November as aggressive discounting and the continued popularity of big pickup trucks helped trounce Wall Street forecasts. But some investors were worried that the discounts signaled a return to the unhealthy practices that eroded industry profits in the years before the global recession of 2009.