(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter http://link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, http://link.reuters.com/nex49s) Wall Street rebounded modestly on Monday after its worst week since June 2012, with investors focused on corporate earnings from big names like Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT - news) and Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) . The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.19 percent at 15,909.01, the S&P 500 was up 0.12 percent at 1,792.35 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.14 percent at 4,122.271.
** APPLE INC, $551.9, +1.07 pct
The iPhone maker may notch its most successful holiday shopping season yet when it reports quarterly results after markets close, setting records for sales of its gift-friendly iPhones and iPads.
** CATERPILLAR INC, $91.33, +5.99 pct
Caterpillar posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Monday as the world's largest mining and construction equipment aggressively cut costs to offset continued sluggish sales of its earth-moving equipment.
** VODAFONE GROUP PLC, $37.18, -2.26 pct
** SPRINT CORP, $8.88, +5.71 pct
U.S. mobile group AT&T has ruled out a bid for Britain's Vodafone for now, with banking sources saying a U.S. spying scandal and a surge in European telecom shares may have disrupted a deal that many think could still happen.
** ROYAL CARIBBEAN, $48.74, +3.42 pct
** CARNIVAL CORP, $39.88, +1.86 pct
The world's second-largest cruise operator reported a fourth-quarter profit, compared to a year-earlier loss, buoyed by increased bookings in most markets.
Carnival Corp shares were also up on the news.
** GERON CORP, $4.7304, -15.83 pct
The company said about 20 patients enrolled in a trial testing its cancer drug, imetelstat, dropped out of the study. The company said the investigator-sponsored trial had enrolled 79 patients since it started. The study was testing imetelstat in patients with myelofibrosis and other myeloid malignancies, a group of blood cancers.
** YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING COMPANY LTD, $6.12, +4.44 pct
** TRINA SOLAR LTD, $14.29, +4.92 pct
** JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO LTD, $30.25, +1.85 pct
** JA SOLAR HOLDINGS CO LTD, $8.99, +2.28 pct
** SOLARCITY CORP, $71.2101, +1.04 pct
** SUNPOWER CORP, $31.6838, +1.75 pct
Analysts at Roth Capital said confusion regarding China's targeted demand for solar consumption in 2014, along with the ongoing U.S.-China trade war and U.S. suspension of Chinese units of four accounting firms weighed on the solar companies' stocks. Analysts said the U.S. trade officials' investigation into imports of certain solar products from China and Taiwan, and the SEC suspension of accounting firms represent potential near-term industry headwinds.
The investigation could bar import of modules assembled in China into the U.S. market, resulting in higher prices and lower demand. "Not only could this adversely impact Chinese module manufacturers and Taiwanese cell manufacturers, but it could also negatively impact downstream companies in the US and the US market overall," analysts said in a note.
** SHANDA GAMES LTD, $6.25, +10.62 pct
The Chinese online game developer said it received a $1.9 billion buyout offer from a consortium led by its controlling shareholder.
Barclays Capital cut its rating on the chip-component maker's stock to "underweight" from "equal weight," saying the stock was reflecting insufficient concern for revenue headwinds after its cost-cutting efforts.
Wells Fargo (Berlin: NWT.BE - news) analyst Brian Abrahams cut his rating on the stock to "market perform" from "outperform," saying the company's current valuation reflected potential revenue from its influenza injection and the promise of its experimental drug to treat hereditary angioedema, a rare disease characterized by swelling of the body.
Teamsters union members have approved YRC Worldwide's revised labor contract, clearing the way for the struggling trucking company to proceed with its refinancing plans.
Analysts at BofA Merrill Lynch raised their rating on the U.S. coal miner to "neutral" from "underperform", according to Theflyonthewall.com
Brokerage Cantor Fitzgerald raised its price target on the social network's stock to $65 from $63 and said it expects Facebook to report solid fourth-quarter results on Wednesday, driven mainly by higher mobile ad revenue.
The airplane maker said on Friday it is producing its 787 Dreamliner at the highest ever rate of 10 per month, a milestone the company had hoped to achieve by the end of 2013.
JPMorgan cut its rating on Cisco's stock to "underweight" from "neutral," citing weakness in emerging markets service providers and delayed spending in the switching market driven by software-defined networking. The brokerage cut its price target on the stock to $17 from $21.
** PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, $78.76, -0.53 pct
** KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP, $107.44, +0.04 pct
The companies, two of the world's biggest household products makers, forecast strong sales gains in emerging markets on Friday, quelling investor fears that slowing growth in some countries would hurt their prospects. P&G, the maker of Pampers diapers and Tide (Oslo: TIDE.OL - news) detergent, said revenue rose 8 percent in developing countries in its fiscal second quarter, but barely edged up in mature markets like the United States and Europe. It stuck to its 2014 sales and profit forecasts. Kimberly-Clark reported similar gains in emerging markets, helped by strong growth in China, and gave an upbeat 2014 forecast.
Google and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which are frequently involved in patent infringement lawsuits but not against each other, announced on Sunday that they have reached a global patent cross-licensing agreement.
** TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES, $43.39, +1.07 pct
An EMA committee on Friday said it had concerns about animal studies showing a higher occurrence of cancers after long-term exposure to Teva's multiple sclerosis (MS) drug laquinimod. (Compiled by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Joyjeet Das)