REFILE-US STOCKS-Futures little changed, foreign issues remain

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* Reports of Japan radiation, Libya violence unsettle bulls
* February pending home sales data on tap
* Baird upgrades AT&T, Verizon to "outperform"
* Futures up: Dow 7 pts, S&P 1 pt, Nasdaq 6.25 pts
* For up-to-the-minute market news see [STXNEWS/US]
 By Ryan Vlastelica
 NEW YORK, March 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures
were little changed on Monday as foreign headwinds remained in
view following three days of U.S. equities gains, suggesting
the recent period of volatility wasn't over.
 * Reports of soaring radiation levels at a damaged nuclear
plant in Japan renewed worries over the country's reactors,
which were damaged after an earthquake and tsunami, though
Nikkei futures (NKc1: Quote, Profile, Research) were slightly higher. For details, see
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 * Investors also watched spreading violence in the Middle
East and North Africa as rebels in Libya pushed west over the
weekend to retake a series of towns from the forces of Muammar
Gaddafi. In Syria, President Bashar al-Assad deployed the army
in the country's main port of Latakia for the first time after
nearly two weeks of protests spread across the country.
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 * The issues surrounding the nuclear disaster and civil
unrest have pressured markets in recent weeks, and while much
of those losses have been recouped, upside volume has been
limited as investors continue to watch headlines closely for
trading cues.
 * Market participants are also looking ahead to February
pending home sales data at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT), which are seen
falling by 1 percent. Recent data on the sector has come in
weaker than expected, raising concerns there may be further
downside ahead for the battered sector.
 * S&P 500 futures (SPc1: Quote, Profile, Research) rose 1 point and were above fair
value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account
interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the
contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures (DJc1: Quote, Profile, Research) added 7
points and Nasdaq 100 futures (NDc1: Quote, Profile, Research) rose 6.25 points.
 * Robert W. Baird upgraded a number of telecom companies to
"outperform," including Dow components AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and
Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research), saying AT&T's deal to buy
T-Mobile would help stabilize the hyper-competitive industry.
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 * Procter & Gamble (PG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Unilever (ULVR.L: Quote, Profile, Research) will raise
their prices on detergent and soap in China by up to 15 percent
next month, according to a report in the Shanghai Daily.
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 * A strong forecast from Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) lifted Wall
Street to a third straight day of gains on Friday, giving the
S&P its best weekly performance since early February, but
volume remained light as global uncertainty persisted.
 ( Editing by W Simon )


REFILE-US STOCKS-Futures little changed, foreign issues remain