January 31, 2014 / 1:44 PM / in 4 years

MARKET PULSE-Mastercard, Zynga, Amazon, Google, DFC Global, Cytrx

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U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Friday, setting Wall Street up for its first monthly decline since August, hurt by weaker-than-expected inflation data in the euro zone and ongoing concerns about turbulence in emerging markets. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.96 percent at 15,582, S&P 500 futures were down 0.95 percent at 1,764.3 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.48 percent at 3,485.25.

** MASTERCARD INC, Thursday close $79.76, -5.53 pct premarket

The world’s No.2 credit and debit card company reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly profit as more people across the world used plastic instead of cash.

** GREEN DOT CORP, Thursday close $26.73-100.00

The prepaid debit card company reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as it incurred higher operating expenses.

Brokerage SunTrust Robinson reduced its price target on the company’s stock to $22 from $25, but maintained its “neutral” rating. Green Dot forecast full-year revenue in the range of $640-$650 million, well above the average analyst estimate of $631.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

** CEPHEID INC, Thursday close $47.27, +8.84 pct premarket

The company reported a smaller-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter, helped by higher sales of its molecular diagnostics systems and reagents.

At least seven brokerages, including UBS, Citigroup and Canaccord Genuity raised their price targets on the company’s stock.

** MATTEL INC, Thursday close $43.01, -10.25 pct premarket

The world’s largest toy company missed Wall Street’s profit and sales estimates for the fourth quarter on weak demand in the United States during the all-important holiday selling season.

** ABBVIE INC, Thursday close $48.31, +3.50 pct premarket

The company reported lower fourth-quarter earnings, hurt by generic competition for its medicines, and issued a 2014 profit forecast below Wall Street expectations.

** COOPER TIRE & RUBBER CO, Thursday close $22.84, +1.14 pct premarket

The company said it could sell its 65 percent stake in its Chinese joint venture to partner Chengshan Group Co Ltd, clearing the way for the U.S. tire maker to look for a buyer for itself.

** CYTRX CORP, Thursday close $7.98, -10.65 pct premarket

The drug developer said on Thursday it would commence a public offering of its common stock. CytRx did not price the offering or disclose its size.

** BANCO SANTANDER BRASIL SA, Thursday close {BSBRs.K;$HST_CLOSE}, -0.64 pct premarket

The lender aims to increase lending at a faster rate than its private-sector peers this year as credit markets return to normal, margins recover and loan defaults decline, Chief Executive Jesus Zabalza said on Thursday.

** DFC GLOBAL CORP, Thursday close $10.57, -24.31 pct premarket

The pawn and payday lender reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as it earned lower fees from its consumer lending and pawn businesses, promoting several brokerages to lower their price targets on the company’s stock. Nomura downgraded the company’s stock to “buy” from “neutral.”

** MEDLEY CAPITAL CORP, Thursday close $14.34, -3.14 pct premarket

The business development finance company started a public offering of 6 million shares of its common stock. The company plans to use the proceeds from the offering for debt repayment, for investment and general corporate purposes.

$499.782-0.77** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $1,135.394, +3.91 pct premarket

The company’s quarterly revenue beat Wall Street’s target despite an ongoing decline in prices for its online ads and deepening losses at Motorola, the handset-making division to be sold to China’s Lenovo.

** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $36.86, +0.92 pct premarket

The world’s largest software company is likely to appoint its cloud-computing head, Satya Nadella, as its next chief executive, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the board concludes a five-month search for a tech-savvy heavy-hitter to lead the company.

** YAHOO INC, Thursday close $35.31, -1.76 pct premarket

Yahoo said it detected a “coordinated effort” to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts using malicious computer software.

** AUTOLIV, Thursday close $88.28, +1.71 pct premarket

The auto safety equipment maker reported a bigger-than-expected rise in fourth-quarter earnings and forecast continued sales growth this year, albeit at a slower pace than in 2013.

** TYCO INTERNATIONAL LTD, Thursday close $39.67, +4.11 pct premarket

The maker of fire safety and security systems reported first-quarter results above analysts’ estimates and said there were signs of recovery in non-residential construction markets in North America. Commercial construction has lagged a rebound in the U.S. housing market, which started recovering in late 2012.

** SIMON PROPERTY GROUP INC, Thursday close $152.95, +1.34 pct premarket

The largest owner of U.S. malls and outlet centers reported fourth-quarter results above analysts’ estimates due to higher rents and occupancy at its malls. The company also said it was boosting its quarterly dividend.

** AMAZON.COM INC, Thursday close $403.01, -8.48 pct premarket

Amazon missed Wall Street’s estimates for the crucial holiday period and cautioned investors about a possible operating loss this quarter as shipping costs climb.

** ELI LILLY AND CO, Thursday close $53.27-100.00

** Sanofi SA, Thursday close $50.18, -2.91 pct premarket

French drugmaker Sanofi is suing Eli Lilly for alleged patent infringements concerning its top-selling Lantus diabetes treatment, delaying the U.S. firm’s plans to produce a copycat version of Lantus. Lantus, the world’s most prescribed insulin product with annual worldwide sales of about $7 billion, is set to lose patent protection in the United States, the world’s largest pharmaceutical market, in February 2015.

** MCKESSON CORP, Thursday close $177.23, -1.12 pct premarket

The company, which last week reached a deal to acquire Germany’s Celesio AG, reported on Thursday a lower quarterly profit and trimmed its full-year outlook, citing higher taxes and one-time charges.

-0.83** ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $3.56, +19.66 pct premarket

Zynga will shed 15 percent of its workforce to slash costs and buy mobile game developer NaturalMotion for $527 million to refresh a stalled games pipeline.

** GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, Thursday close $165.84, -1.71 pct premarket

Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein received restricted stock worth $14.7 million this week as part of his 2013 bonus, Goldman reported in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

** CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO, Thursday close $53.08, -2.77 pct premarket

Canada’s largest rail operator reported higher quarterly earnings on Thursday, saying its full-year volumes and revenue hit record highs, but the results were tempered by extreme winter weather in December and came in slightly below estimates.

At least three brokerage’s raised their price target on the stock.

** CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC, Thursday close $493.96, +11.79 pct premarket

The burrito chain said on Thursday an increase in customer visits contributed to bigger-than-expected growth in quarterly sales at established restaurants.

** BROADCOM, Thursday close $29.21, +0.38 pct premarket

The company on Thursday posted fourth-quarter revenue and profits that were down from a year earlier, but the results slightly exceeded expectations of Wall Street analysts concerned about tepid smartphone sales.

** CHUBB CORP, Thursday close $86.76, -1.11 pct premarket

The property and casualty insurer reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as its claims fell 30 percent and announced a $1.5 billion share buyback.

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** AMGEN INC, Thursday close $120.89, -1.73 pct premarket

Amgen said its experimental drug from a promising new class of injectable medicines succeeded in treating patients with genetically high cholesterol levels, marking the fifth successful clinical study of the drug.

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** NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC, Thursday close $73.65, +2.24 pct premarket

The largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit, boosted by strength in its business that helps prepare oil and gas wells for production. $43.3+1.62

** LEAR CORP, Thursday close $76.84, +0.20 pct premarket

The company reported a better-than-expected 14 percent rise in quarterly revenue as an increase in U.S. vehicle sales boosted demand for its car seats and electrical power systems. -100.00

** TYSON FOODS INC, Thursday close {TSN;$HST_CLOSE}, {TSN;+IRGPRC % HST_CLOSE:2} pct premarket

The largest U.S. meat processor posted a 47 percent rise in first-quarter profit, helped by growth in sales volumes of chicken and beef.

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