US STOCKS-Wall St set to open slightly lower, indexes near record

Reuters - UK Focus

* Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) shares in spotlight after closing above $600

* Office Depot (NYSE: ODP - news) to close 400 U.S. stores, post loss

* U.S. trade deficit narrows in March, exports bounce back

* Futures: Dow off 14 pts; S&P off 1.5 pt; Nasdaq off 2 pt

NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , May 6 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set for aslightly lower open on Tuesday as investors hesitated to pushthe market higher, with major indexes near record levels.

* Data showed the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March asexports rebounded, but the improvement was probably not enoughto help first-quarter growth.

* Shares of Office Depot Inc jumped 10 percent inpremarket trading even as it reported a quarterly loss and saidit would shut at least 400 stores in the United States, hurt bycompetition from e-retailers, mass market chains and drugstores.

* Apple Inc shares were likely to be in thespotlight after the stock traded above $600 for the first timesince late 2012. Shares were flat in premarket trading.

* Shares of Athenahealth Inc (NasdaqGS: ATHN - news) fell 12 percent inpremarket trading, a day after hedge fund manager David Einhornsaid his Greenlight Capital was betting against the company.

* S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 1.5 points andwere in line with fair value, a formula that evaluates pricingby taking into account interest rates, dividends and time toexpiration on the contract. Dow Jones e-minis lost 14points and Nasdaq 100 e-minis lost 2 points.

* Senior management from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer (NYSE: PFE - news) andBritish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN - news) will be calledbefore a British parliamentary committee to answer questions ona potential takeover deal. Last week,AstraZeneca rejected a 63 billion-pound ($106 billion) bid fromPfizer, but the U.S. firm is expected to pursue its efforts toacquire Britain's second-largest pharmaceutical company.

* U.S. stocks ended slightly higher on Monday as data showedstrength in the services sector and Apple shares rallied,boosting the Nasdaq. (Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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