October 22, 2012 / 1:32 PM / 6 years ago

MARKET PULSE-Caterpillar, Overseas Shipholding, Nexen, Avid, LDK Solar

Oct 22 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Monday:

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Index futures rose slightly, indicating the S&P 500 may recover after the worst one-day decline since late June as investors looked for direction from the latest earnings and company outlooks.

S&P 500 futures rose 3.8 points and were roughly even with fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 37 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 11.5 points.

** CATERPILLAR INC, Friday close $83.86, down 0.6 pct premarket

** DEERE & CO, Friday close $84.99, down 2 pct premarket

Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of tractors and excavators, slashed its 2012 forecast for the second time as it warned the global economy was slowing faster than it had expected.

Shares of agricultural machinery maker Deere & Co also fell on the news.

** OVERSEAS SHIPHOLDING GROUP INC, Friday close $3.25, down 50 pct premarket

The world’s No. 2 independent tanker operator by fleet size, said it was evaluating options including filing for bankruptcy protection.

** FREEPORT-MCMORAN COPPER & GOLD INC, Friday close $41.18, down 1 pct premarket

The company said third-quarter profit fell sharply, missing Wall Street estimates, due in part to a big drop in gold production at its vast Grasberg mine in Indonesia.

** NEXEN INC , Friday close $22.5, down 11 pct

** TALISMAN ENERGY INC, Friday close $13.12, down 3 pct premarket

U.S.-listed shares of the Canadian oilsands producer, target of a $15.1 billion takeover bid from Chinese oil group CNOOC , fell on uncertainties after the Canadian government blocked the C$5.17 billion acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp by Malaysian state oil company Petronas on Friday.

There are fears now that the government might nix the CNOOC bid as well, as Canadians debate the prospect of more of the Alberta oil sands being controlled by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

Shares of Talisman Energy were also down on the news.

** PROSPECT GLOBAL RESOURCES INC, Friday close $2.88, up 39 pct premarket

A state-owned Chinese fertilizer company signed a 10-year potash supply agreement with the U.S. miner, guaranteeing China a steady flow of the crucial fertilizer and helping it partially sidestep multinational suppliers like Potash Corp.

** SUPERNUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Friday close $12.97, up 20 pct premarket

The company’s experimental epilepsy drug Oxtellar XR won marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the second drug approval for the company since it went public in May.

** AVID TECHNOLOGY INC, Friday close $6.98, down 14.4 pct premarket

The company, which makes editing and recording software for digital media, estimated third-quarter results to miss Wall Street’s expectations, hurt by “some transitional issues related to implementation of strategic actions”.

** LDK SOLAR CO LTD, Friday close $0.71, up 10 pct premarket

The Chinese solar power equipment maker sold a stake amounting to 19.9 percent of its outstanding shares to state-backed Heng Rui Xin Energy, providing the debt-laden company with some much-needed liquidity.

** PEABODY ENERGY CORP, Friday close $25.89, up 7 pct premarket

The coal miner’s third-quarter profit beat analysts’ expectations as improved U.S. margins and higher Australian sales volumes offset price declines.

** ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC, Friday close $68.43, down 5 pct premarket

** O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE INC, Friday close $80.58, down 3 pct premarket

** AUTOZONE INC, Friday close $369.00, down 2 pct premarket

** AUTONATION INC, Friday close $48.45, down 1 pct premarket

Advance Auto Parts cut its full-year outlook for the second time this year and forecast third-quarter earnings below analysts’ expectations. The auto parts maker said a drop in spending on maintenance and failure parts, especially in colder weather markets, could constrain its performance for the rest of the year.

Shares of competitors Autozone, O’Reilly Automotive and AutoNation also fell on the news.

** ANCESTRY.COM INC, Friday close $29.18, up 8 pct premarket

The U.S. genealogy website Ancestry.com said it will be acquired by a group led by Europe-based private equity firm Permira in a $1.6 billion deal.

** AMC NETWORKS INC, Friday close $45.52, up 4 pct premarket

** DISH NETWORK CORP, Friday close $35.47

** CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORP, Friday close $18.39, up 3 pct premarket

Dish, United States’s third-largest pay-TV provider, settled a four-year old lawsuit filed by Cablevision and AMC over a high-definition programming agreement, according to statements from the companies on Sunday.

** OREXIGEN THERAPEUTICS INC, Friday close $6.15, up 4 percent premarket

Orexigen received indications from an agency of the U.S. health regulator that it would be willing to discuss a faster resubmission of the company’s application to market its weight loss pill.

** BP PLC, Friday close $43.10, up 0.1 pct premarket

NK Rosneft’ OAO announced a two-part deal worth around $55 billion that gives British oil company BP a stake of 19.75 percent in the state-controlled Russian energy firm and two seats on the board, and offers an exit for the TNK-BP’s other shareholders AAR, as well.

** HALCON RESOURCES CORP, Friday close $7.07

The oil and gas producer said it will buy some assets in the Williston Basin in North Dakota from privately held Petro-Hunt LLC and its affiliate for about $1.45 billion, boosting its proved reserves by 58 percent.

** SANDISK, Friday close $44.02, down 1.5 pct premarket

RBC Capital Markets cut the stock to “sector perform” from “outperform.”

** HASBRO INC, Friday close $39.05, down 0.1 pct premarket

The No. 2 U.S. toy company’s sales fell 2 percent to $1.35 billion, below analysts’ average estimate of $1.38 billion.

** APPLE INC, Friday close $609.84, up 0.2 pct premarket

** ORACLE CORP, Friday close $30.47

Apple is removing old versions of Oracle Corp’s Java software from Internet browsers on the computers of its customers when they install the latest update to its Mac operating system.

** CITIGROUP, Friday close $37.18, up 0.2 pct premarket

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has a stake in Citigroup, said on Monday the U.S. bank has great potential under new management following the departure of Vikram Pandit as chief executive.

** PFIZER INC, Friday close $25.76

The company said it would buy privately held NextWave Pharmaceuticals for $255 million, gaining access to the company’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug, the first once-daily liquid medicine approved to treat the condition in the United States.

** STARBUCKS CORP, Friday close $45.68

The coffee chain’s reputation among consumers in Britain has been hit by wave of criticism of its tax affairs from politicians and the media, pollster YouGov said.

** VISA INC, Friday close $139.97

** MASTERCARD INC, Friday close $470.06

A proposed $7.2 billion settlement between merchants and Visa and Mastercard over credit-card fees was submitted on Friday for approval by a federal judge, setting in motion what will be a contentious and closely watched battle over the fate of the potentially historic pact.

** ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND CO, Friday close $28.52

The U.S. agriculture giant bid $2.8 billion for GrainCorp , sending shares in Australia’s last independent grains handler soaring, as markets bet on a higher offer price or rival bids being flushed out.

** EMERSON RADIO CORP, Friday close $2.14, down 5 pct post-market

Emerson Radio on Friday said Wal-Mart will stop buying two of its microwave oven products from spring 2013.

** GILEAD SCIENCES INC, Friday close $66.59

Bayer AG’s experimental riociguat pill showed promise against a life-threatening form of high blood pressure in the lungs, a potential challenge to existing treatments from Actelion Ltd and Gilead.

** ZIOPHARM ONCOLOGY INC, Friday close $4.35

A report on Forbes’ website alleged that the cancer drugmaker withheld crucial information from its investors, including a regulatory warning letter related to mid-stage trial data of its chemotherapy drug palifosfamide.

** SUNTRUST BANKS INC, Friday close $28.63

The bank’s third-quarter profit surged as the lender gained from the accelerated sale of its shares in Coca-Cola Co that produced a pre-tax gain of $1.9 billion.

** EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP, Friday close $86.14

The company said U.S. health regulators widened the approved use of its Sapien artificial heart valve to include patients who are eligible for surgery but at high risk of serious surgical complications or death.

** AT&T INC, Friday close $35.32

The company said on Friday it will contribute a stake in its wireless business to the company’s pension plan worth $9.5 billion to secure the fund, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

** CAI INTERNATIONAL, Friday close $20.73

Keefe Bruyette & Woods assumed coverage on the stock with “outperform” rating.


Stifel Nicolaus raised the company to “buy” from “hold.”

** KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN, Friday close $78.43

BB&T Capital Markets cut it to “hold” from “buy.” (Reporting by Ranjita Ganesan in Bangalore)

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