BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-PepsiCo, Rite Aid, Ballard Power
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U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open on Wednesday after the S&P 500 climbed to its highest level of the year and ahead of a meeting of euro zone finance ministers to discuss plans for Greece's debt. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were down 0.21 percent at 17,756, S&P 500 futures were down 0.15 percent at 2,059.25 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.02 percent at 4,277.
** PEPSICO INC, Tuesday close $97.99, +2.08 pct premarket
The beverage maker reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, driven by a 3 percent rise in revenue at its North American snack business.
** GENWORTH FINANCIAL INC, Tuesday close $7.81, +8.83 pct premarket
The U.S. life and mortgage insurer reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss as it took an after-tax charge of $478 million related to long-term care (LTC) policies it bought before 1996.
** BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC, Tuesday close $1.69, +43.20 pct premarket Continued...