November 1, 2012 / 12:52 PM / 6 years ago

MARKET PULSE-JDA Software, Zumiez, Estee Lauder, Avon, Radian, Visa

Nov 1 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks on the move on Thursday:

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U.S. stock index futures were little changed as investors looked ahead to data that could give a clue into the strength of the economy a day before the crucial payroll report. Futures for the S&P 500 were down 0.8 point, while Dow Jones futures were down 12 points and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 2.25 points.

** JDA SOFTWARE GROUP INC, Wednesday close $38.15, up 18 pct premarket

The enterprise technology maker agreed to be bought by privately held supply chain software maker RedPrairie Corp for about $1.9 billion in cash.

** ZUMIEZ INC, Wednesday close $25.32, down 16 pct premarket

The action sports apparel and equipment retailer’s October same-store sales missed estimates and the company cut its third-quarter profit outlook on weakness in its European business.

Janney Capital, Wedbush Securities and Roth Captial cut theier price targets on the stock.

** PFIZER INC, Wednesday close $24.87, down 1.6 pct premarket

Pfizer reported quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations, on sharply weaker sales of specialty care drugs and a pullback of emerging market revenue.

** ESTÉE LAUDER COS INC, Wednesday close $61.62, down 4 pct

The personal care products maker lowered the top end of its full-year sales forecast, pointing to uncertainty in some key markets.

** AVON PRODUCTS INC, Wednesday close $15.49, down 3 pct premarket

The company slashed its dividend by nearly 74 percent on Thursday, while also announcing measures to cut costs by at least $400 million within three years and reporting a steep plunge in third-quarter earnings.

** SIRIUS XM RADIO, Wednesday close $2.80, up 0.4 pct premarket

The satellite radio company reported a lower net profit as it recorded a charge to repay some debt, but said revenue jumped 14 percent on strong subscriber growth.

** RADIAN INC, Wednesday close $4.69, up 8.5 pct premarket

The mortgage insurer posted its first quarterly profit this year, as it wrote more new insurance and recorded net gains on investments in a recovering housing market.

** DOLLAR THRIFTY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, Wednesday close $77.00

The car rental company reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by increased rental demand, and raised the lower end of its full-year earnings forecast.

** AVG TECHNOLOGIES NV, Wednesday close $10.49, up 9 pct postmarket

The maker of free PC and mobile anti-virus software reported third-quarter profit above expectations as more users signed up for its services and the company forecast an upbeat current-quarter revenue.

** EXXON MOBIL, Wednesday close $91.17

The oil major, which spent billions in the third quarter to acquire oil and gas assets in North America, is expected to report quarterly earnings of $1.95 per share, down $2.13, hit by a 32 percent drop in U.S. natural gas prices.

** AIG INC, Wednesday close $34.93, up 0.5 pct premarket

The bailed-out insurer will report results on Thursday.

** STARBUCKS CORP, Wednesday close $45.90

The restaurant chain will report results on Thursday.

** KELLOGG CO, Wednesday close $52.32

The food group reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by strong performance in its Pringles business.

** CIRRUS LOGIC INC, Wednesday close $40.78, up 3 pct premarket

The audio chipmaker reported on Wednesday a 91 percent jump in second-quarter sales and its forecast for current-quarter revenue crushed analysts’ estimates.

** VISA INC, Wednesday close $138.76, up 3 pct premarket

The world’s largest credit and debit-card network ‘s fourth-quarter profit rose 89 percent, beating analyst estimates, and the company authorized a new $1.5 billion share repurchase program on Wednesday.

** BMC SOFTWARE INC, Wednesday close $40.70, up 1.7 pct premarket

The business software maker reported on Wednesday lower-than-expected revenue and announced a $1 billion share repurchase plan after a strategic review.

** OPEN TEXT CORP , Wednesday close $53.95

The Canadian business software company’s adjusted quarterly profit handily beat estimates on Wednesday but revenue from licenses fell short of its expectations.

** METLIFE INC, Wednesday close $35.49

The largest U.S. life insurer reported on Wednesday a third-quarter loss on a large goodwill impairment charge and derivative losses tied to its credit spreads and a change in interest rates.

** CON-WAY INC, Wednesday close $29.11

The U.S. trucking and logistics company reported on Wednesday a quarterly profit that fell short of Wall Street’s and its own expectations due to higher employee benefit costs.

** HERTZ GLOBAL HOLDINGS INC, Wednesday close $13.27

The car rental company reported on Wednesday a better-than-expected quarterly profit.

** NETFLIX INC, Wednesday close $79.23, down 1.7 pct premarket

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn bought 10 percent of the company, presaging another bruising corporate battle and raising the possibility that the pioneering movie and TV-streaming company would get acquired. Netflix shares rose 14 percent on the Nasdaq on Wednesday. (Compiled by Ranjita Ganesan in Bangalore)

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