July 10, 2013 / 11:45 AM / 4 years ago

MARKET PULSE-BlackBerry, Family Dollar, Smithfield, Nabors, Microsoft

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July 10 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Wednesday:


U.S. stock index futures dipped, indicating the S&P 500 may halt a four-day winning streak, after weaker-than-expected economic data from China and as investors looked to the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s June meeting. S&P 500 futures were down 2.8 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures down 11 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures down 4.5 points.

**BLACKBERRY, Tuesday close $9.63

The Canadian smartphone maker signaled on Tuesday that a licensing deal, or even an outright sale of the company, was still a possibility, pleasing shareholders still reeling from the disappointing debut for its new line of smartphones. [ID: nL1N0FF0ZO]

**GOOGLE INC, Tuesday close $905.23

**MICROSOFT CORP, Tuesday close $34.35

Microsoft said hackers have attacked some computers by exploiting a bug in Windows first disclosed two months ago by a Google Inc researcher, who came under fire at the time for publicizing the flaw without going to the software company first.


** GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, Tuesday close $23.62

The U.S. financial risk council on Tuesday said it has designated American International Group and GE Capital as systemically risky, bringing them under stricter regulatory oversight. [ID: nL1N0FF1VW]

**SMITHFIELD FOODS INC, Tuesday close $32.86

Chinese plans to buy America’s Smithfield Foods - the world’s biggest pork producer - will face intense scrutiny on Wednesday when U.S. senators question Smithfield’s chief executive about food safety and foreign ownership.

** FAMILY DOLLAR STORES INC, Tuesday close $63.95, up 3 pct premarket

The discount retailer posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales at stores open for more than a year rose 3 percent, and forecast full-year same-store sales to rise 3 to 4 percent.

** NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD, Tuesday close $16, down 4 pct after market

The owner of the world’s largest land-drilling rig fleet warned on Tuesday that its second-quarter operating profit would fall short of market expectations due to competition and reduced rental activity.

** TW TELECOM INC, Tuesday close $29.99, down 2 pct premarket

RBC Capital Markets downgraded the telecommunications company’s stock to “sector perform” from “outperform”, citing slower revenue growth and pressure on margins. RBC cut its price target to $30 from $31.

** CHEVRON CORP, Tuesday close $123.27

The second-largest U.S. oil company is expected to give an update on how its operations fared in the second quarter, when its long-delayed Angola LNG plant started up and its Richmond refinery returned to full production after a fire last August.

** T-MOBILE US INC, Tuesday close $24.09

The No. 4 U.S. mobile operator, hosts an event in New York to showcase its “boldest moves yet” regarding a strategy which so far has focused on the elimination of service contracts and having consumers pay for their phones in installments. It is the first big press event following its merger with MetroPCS.

** HELEN OF TROY LTD, Tuesday close $42, up 3 pct after market

The consumer products maker posted quarterly results that beat analyst expectations, helped by higher demand for its healthcare and home environment products.

** NU SKIN ENTERPRISES INC, Tuesday close $66.57, up 13 pct after market

** HERBALIFE LTD, Tuesday close $48.9, up 2 pct after market

Personal-care products maker Nu Skin said its second-quarter results would exceed its own forecast. It estimated earnings of about $1.20 per share and revenue of about $680 million. It had earlier forecast earnings of 91-95 cents per share on revenue of $570 million-$580 million. The company, which sells nutritional supplements under its namesake and Pharmanex brands, also raised its full-year profit and revenue outlook.

Shares of peer Herbalife also rose on the news.

** OPENTABLE INC, Tuesday close $67.90, down 3.5 pct after market

Citi started the online restaurant booking service's stock with a "sell" rating, saying revenue growth is likely to decelerate to 10-15 percent from the recent 15-20 percent over two-three years, Streetinsider.com reported late on Tuesday. (link.reuters.com/mem59t)

** FLY LEASING LTD Tuesday’s close $17.29, down 7 pct after market

The Dublin-based aircraft lessor said late on Tuesday it intends to sell up to $160 million of its common shares in ADS in an underwritten public offering. The company has a market value of about $486 million.

** KAYNE ANDERSON MLP INVESTMENT CO, Tuesday close $37.61, down 4.8 pct after market

The investment company said it has commenced a public offering of 5.8 million shares of its common stock, representing 6 percent of its outstanding shares as of May 6. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to make additional portfolio investments, it said.

**HARRIS TEETER SUPERMARKET, Tuesday close $49.26

**KROGER CO, Tuesday close $37.15

Kroger, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, said on Tuesday it would buy regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets in a $2.5 billion deal, the latest in a string of grocery industry consolidations.

**NEWS CORP, Tuesday close $15.71,

**COMCAST CORP, Tuesday close $42.67

NBCUniversal, cable giant Comcast’s Hollywood unit, has signed Thomas Tull, luring the producer behind big budget blockbusters such as “The Dark Knight” and “Man of Steel” away from Warner Brothers and beating out other studios including Sony and 20th Century Fox.

** LSB INDUSTRIES INC Tuesday close $32.02

The company, which makes chemical products for the mining, agricultural and industrial markets, said it expects second-quarter profit between 20 cents and 30 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected 83 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. LSB also estimated its operating income to be hit by about $22 million to $24 million due to lower production at its Pryor and Cherokee manufacturing units and the late start of the agricultural season.

** YUM BRANDS INC, Tuesday close $73

The biggest western restaurant operator in China issues its report card on June sales for that market - its biggest for sales and profit. Yum has been struggling to recover from a food safety scare and an outbreak of avian flu, both of which hurt demand for chicken. Yum also reports second-quarter results. (Compiled by; Editing by)

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