February 14, 2014 / 1:42 PM / 4 years ago

MARKET PULSE-Jos. A. Bank, J.M. Smucker, Cliffs, J2 Global

(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its first two-week winning streak of the year, ahead of data on consumer confidence. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.08 percent at 15,992, S&P 500 futures were up 0.06 percent at 1,825.4 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.22 percent at 3,659.

** JOS. A. BANK CLOTHIERS INC, Thursday close $54.92, -3.26 pct premarket

The men’s clothing retailer said it would buy outdoor wear specialist Eddie Bauer for $825 million from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.

** J.M. SMUCKER CO, Thursday close $95.14, -3.30 pct premarket

The maker of Folgers coffee and Jif peanut butter cut its full-year adjusted earnings forecast and said sales would likely fall more than it had expected due to lower selling prices for coffee and peanut butter.

** AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC, Thursday close $60.08, -6.36 pct premarket

The company cut its full-year adjusted profit forecast, citing lower revenue from its electronic measurement business due to “challenges” in the aerospace and defense market.

Cowen and Co cut its price target on the company’s stock to $63 from $65.

** CAMPBELL SOUP CO, Thursday close $40.97, +4.25 pct premarket

The company reported a 71 percent rise in quarterly profit, as more people bought soup during a spell of harsher-than-usual winter weather in the United States.

** CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Thursday close $21.9, +6.89 pct premarket

The iron ore and coal miner, which is battling an activist investor who wants to break up the mining company, reported much better-than-expected earnings, helped by a drop in costs and higher iron ore prices.

** GNC HOLDINGS INC, Thursday close $52.39, -15.16 pct premarket

The health supplements retailer reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results, hurt by heavy promotions during the holiday shopping period.

** NAVIOS MARITIME ACQUISITION CORP, Thursday close $4.15, -7.95 pct premarket

The owner and operator of tanker vessels announced plans to offer 12 million shares of its common stock.

** LCA-VISION INC, Thursday close $4.25, +28.24 pct premarket

** PHOTOMEDEX INC, Thursday close $13.82

Skin health company PhotoMedex said it would buy LCA-Vision, which provides laser vision correction services under the Lasik Plus brand, for about $106 million.

** COLFAX CORP, Thursday close $69.71, -0.44 pct premarket

The pumps and fluid-handling products maker increased the size of its offering of common shares to 8 million from 6.5 million. Colfax said it would offer each share at $68.75.

** TRULIA INC, Thursday close $36.43, -13.53 pct premarket

** ZILLOW INC, Thursday close $90.00, $90, -2.80 pct premarket

The online real-estate listings service provider reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit due to a jump in marketing expenses and said it would start a campaign this year to target customers using mobile devices.

Shares of bigger rival Zillow also fell.

** J2 GLOBAL INC, Thursday close $46.84, +19.60 pct after market

The cloud services provider forecast full-year results well above the average analyst estimate, after posting a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, helped by growth in its digital media business.

** WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $30.58, -20.86 pct premarket

** NUTRISYSTEM INC, Thursday close $14.91, -1.48 pct premarket

Weight Watchers, which is facing increasing competition from diet apps and calorie-counting gadgets, forecast a full-year adjusted profit far below the average analyst estimate and said it plans to “resize” its business. “The start of our year is proving to be every bit as challenging as we thought, if not more so,” Chief Executive Jim Chambers said.

Shares of rival Nutrisystem also fell.

** CAFEPRESS INC, Thursday close $6.64, -17.17 pct after market

The print-on-demand website reported a much smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, hurt by a decrease in average order size, lower conversion rates and higher costs related to the short holiday season.

** LOGMEIN INC, Thursday close $33.27, +22.03 pct premarket

The remote-access software maker forecast better-than-expected current-quarter results after posting fourth-quarter results above expectations, as its browser-based online meeting and screen-sharing service, join.me, saw strong year-on-year revenue growth.

** CRAY INC, Thursday close $29.97, +11.48 pct premarket

The supercomputer maker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, helped by higher sales.

** BANKRATE INC, Thursday close $17.4, +9.20 pct after market

The operator of personal finance websites reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter adjusted profit, helped by a 30 percent rise in revenue. For the full year, Bankrate forecast revenue between $520 million and $530 million, largely beating the average analyst estimate of revenue of $522.5 million.

At least four brokerages, including JP Morgan and RBC, raised their price targets on the company’s stock.

** STAMPS.COM INC, Thursday close $38.65, -6.42 pct premarket

The online postal services provider, which reported fourth-quarter results on Thursday, forecast full-year profit largely below the average analyst estimate, saying it expects enhanced promotion revenue and PhotoStamps revenue to be down in 2014, compared with 2013.

** EQUIFAX INC, Thursday close $71.83, -5.42 pct after market

The credit reporting agency’s fourth-quarter results met expectations, but it forecast lower-than-expected earnings for 2014.

** AMCOL INTERNATIONAL CORP, Thursday close $41.35, +5.20 pct after market

Minerals Technologies Inc has made a $42 per share all-cash bid for the minerals and materials producer, in an effort to top the company's standing deal with France's Imerys , the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. (link.reuters.com/pyg86v)

** ENERGY TRANSFER EQUITY LP, Thursday close $15.36, +4.41 pct after market

The limited partnership company is undervalued by 50 percent and could receive a shot in the arm from its plan to issue this year a new master limited partnership security tied to its Lake Charles natural gas liquefaction facility, hedge fund Kingdon Capital Management said.

** ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Thursday close $81.56, -3.75 pct after market

The company reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to increased spending on research and development.

** INGRAM MICRO, Thursday close $25.95, +6.74 pct premarket

The electronics distributor reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results on Thursday, as revenue rose 4 percent year-on-year to $11.8 billion.

Brokerage Needham and Co Inc raised its price target on the company’s stock.

** JUST ENERGY GROUP INC, Thursday close $6.82, +2.50 pct after market

The natural gas and electricity retailer reported higher third-quarter sales compared with the previous year, helped by an increased customer base and higher consumption of electricity and gas due to colder weather conditions.

** TRINA SOLAR LTD, Thursday close $15.36, +1.50 pct premarket

The China-based company said it has bought a majority stake in Hubei Hongyuan PV Science and Tech, a photo-voltaic cell maker, to help Hubei expand its production facilities to achieve an expected capacity of 420 mega watts by mid-2014. China-based Hubei is a subsidiary of Shenzhen S.C. New Energy Technology Corp.

** HYATT HOTELS CORP, Thursday close $49.39

The hotel operator reported a 9 percent rise in fourth-quarter revenue due to higher occupancy and room rates across most of its properties.

** ENBRIDGE INC, Thursday close $49.39

Canada’s largest pipeline company, reported a fourth-quarter loss, mainly due to losses on hedging contracts.

Compiled by Garima Goel in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings

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