BUZZ-U.S. Stocks on the Move-Yum Brands, Whole Foods Market, Akamai

Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:22am EDT
 
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U.S. stock index e-mini futures fell on Thursday: Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.50 percent at 16,737, S&P 500 futures were down 0.55 percent at 1,954.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.60 percent at 3,944.5.

** MCDONALD'S CORP, Wednesday close $95.95, -0.24 pct premarket

** YUM BRANDS INC, Wednesday close $73, -6.16 pct premarket

A food safety scare in China is testing local consumers' loyalty to foreign fast-food brands, including McDonald's and Yum Brands, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains.

** WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC, Wednesday close $39.11, -4.12 pct premarket

The company cut on Wednesday its 2014 forecasts for the fourth time as it battles growing competition in the natural and organic grocery sector it dominates.   Continued...