Nov 20 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Tuesday:
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FUTURES FLAT AFTER TWO-DAY RALLY, FRANCE DOWNGRADE
U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, indicating the S&P 500 index may pause after a two-day rally as a credit downgrade of France by Moody’s reminded investors of the problems plaguing the global economy.
S&P 500 futures rose 1.1 points. Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 2 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures added 3 points.
** HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, Monday close $13.30, down 7 pct premarket
** DELL INC, Monday close $9.13, down 2 pct premarket
Hewlett-Packard’s quarterly revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations as the company’s share of the personal computer market shrank and sales of its printers declined. Shares of rival Dell Inc were also down.
** GROUPON INC Monday close $3.11, up 6 pct post market
Tiger Global Management, a technology-focused hedge fund run by Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan, disclosed a big stake in the company on Monday, a vote of confidence for the struggling daily deal website.
** KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS INC, Monday close $7.54, up 11 pct aftermarket
The doughnut retailer reported better-than-expected third-quarter profit on Monday, helped by higher sales of its doughnuts and beverages in the United States and international markets, and raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.
** STURM RUGER & CO INC, Monday close $48.83, up 5 pct aftermarket
The firearms maker declared a special dividend of $4.50 per share which will be paid to shareholders on Dec 21, 2012.
** SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC, Monday close $5.62, down 3 pct post market
The U.S. oil and gas company, under fire from shareholders upset about company performance, said on Monday its board of directors adopted a shareholder rights plan that would make it more difficult to take control of the company.
** ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP, Monday close $24.06
The oil and natural gas producer said it would buy about 35 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) of proved reserves in the Barnett Shale and Marble Falls for $255 million from DTE Energy.
Atlas also raised its 2013 distribution guidance to a range of $2.35 per unit to $2.50 per unit from $2.30 to $2.45 per unit.
** C&J ENERGY SERVICES INC, Monday close $19.47, down 2.7 pct post market
The oilfield services provider’s second-largest shareholder, Energy Spectrum, will sell all of its 3.3 million shares in the company after the completion of its investment period. C&J Energy will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares.
** LEARNING TREE INTERNATIONAL INC, Monday close $5.50, up 7 percent post market
Mill Road Capital on Monday reported a 10 percent stake in the company that provides training to information technology professionals, and said it intends to acquire Learning Tree.(r.reuters.com/xyg24t)
The private investment firm first offered to buy Learning Tree for $5.80 per share in October, when it reported a 6 percent stake in the company.
** INTEL CORP, Monday close $20.25
The top chipmaker’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini will retire sooner than expected and the company said it may name an outsider for the position for the first time to steer a difficult transition toward mobile computing.
** TRINA SOLAR LTD, Monday close $2.40
The Chinese solar panel maker reported its fifth straight quarterly loss and cut its full-year shipment outlook for the second time in four months as it struggles with weak panel prices and faces import duties in the United States.
** BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS INC $5.54, down 1 pct post market
The networking equipment maker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results but forecast earnings marginally below Wall Street’s expectations.
** CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP, Monday close $17.47, up 2 pct premarket
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, one of the largest shareholders in the natural gas producer, raised his stake in the embattled company to 8.9 percent from 7.56 percent.
** HORMEL FOODS CORP, Monday close $31.30
The seller of Spam canned ham, Hormel meats and Jennie-O turkeys reported higher quarterly earnings on Tuesday as losses in the company’s hog operations were offset by profit gains in other parts of the business.
** CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC, Monday close $35.29, down 4.8 pct premarket
The largest North American producer of iron ore pellets for steelmaking said on Monday that it will delay a mine expansion in Quebec and idle some production at two U.S. iron ore operations due to weak iron ore prices.
Brokerage firm Goldman Sachs cut the rating on the company’s stock to sell, Benzinga.com reported.
** SCHIFF NUTRITION, Monday close 44.15, down 5 pct premarket
German drugmaker Bayer AG gave up trying to buy the company after Reckitt Benckiser made a higher offer for the U.S. vitamin maker.
** GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS INC, Monday close $27.33, up 2.4 pct premarket
The maker of Keurig coffee brewers appointed Brian Kelley as chief executive, replacing Lawrence Blanford who had led the company since 2007.
** H.J. HEINZ CO, Monday close $58.72, up 1 pct post market
The ketchup maker reported higher quarterly earnings on Tuesday, boosted by growth in emerging markets, a favorable tax rate and other factors.
** RESEARCH IN MOTION LTD , Monday close $9.59, up 5 pct premarket
Brokerage firm Jefferies raised its rating on the stock to hold from underperform.
Analyst Peter Misek said preliminary results of its quarterly handset survey show carriers will support BlackBerry 10 devices and the response will be far less muted than he expected.
Misek said BB10 has a 20-30 percent probability of success for RIM, which has lost market share to Apple Inc’s iPhone and to devices powered by Google’s Android operating system. (Compiled by Tej Sapru in Bangalore)