MARKET PULSE-Ballard Power, J.C. Penney, Finisar, Sears, Ambarella

Fri Dec 6, 2013 9:14am 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 extended gains in volatile trading on Friday after data showed employers hired more workers than expected in November and the jobless rate fell to a five-year low, which could fan speculation the Federal Reserve could soon start reducing its bond purchases program. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.95 percent at 15,967, S&P 500 futures were up 1.08 percent at 1,803.3 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.87 percent at 3,509.

** J.C. PENNEY CO INC, Thursday close $8.85, -2.26 pct premarket

The struggling department store chain said it received a letter of inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, seeking an explanation on the company's financial position.

** INTEL CORP, Thursday close $24.26, +2.76 pct premarket

Citigroup raised its rating on the chipmaker's stock to "buy" from "neutral," according to

** BIG LOTS INC, Thursday close $37.13, -8.43 pct premarket   Continued...