* Whole Foods tumbles after earnings, outlook
* Yellen congressional testimony due
* Futures up: Dow 47 pts, S&P 4 pts, Nasdaq 9.5 pts
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By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, May 7 U.S. stocks were set to bounce
at the open on Wednesday, on the heels of the biggest drop in
the S&P 500 since mid-April, as earnings season winds down and
ahead of congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chair
* Developments in Ukraine helped sentiment, as Russian
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he was ready to discuss
a way out of the crisis with the head of the Organization for
Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
* Testimony from Fed Chair Yellen to the Joint Economic
Committee, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT), will be closely
monitored. While Yellen is largely expected to maintain a dovish
policy stance, investors will look for clues on how soon
interest rates will be raised, with many expecting hikes
beginning in 2015.
* U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, closing at session lows as
the S&P 500 suffered its biggest percentage decline since
April 11. AIG dragged on financial shares after
disappointing earnings and a slide in Twitter hurt
other names in the technology and internet space.
* Over 20 S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report earnings
on Wednesday. Whole Foods Market Inc tumbled 18 percent
to $39.31 in premarket trading after the organic grocer posted
second-quarter results and cut its 2014 outlook on Tuesday.
* S&P 500 e-mini futures rose 4 points 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 e-mini futures
gained 47 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 9.5
* According to Thomson Reuters data through Tuesday morning,
of 397 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings,
67.5 percent beat expectations, above the 63 percent average
since 1994 and 66 percent beat rate for the past four quarters.
* Profits are expected to rise 4.6 percent this quarter,
down from 6.5 percent growth estimated at the start of the year,
but above the low of 0.6 percent in mid-April, according to
Thomson Reuters data.
* U.S. nonfarm productivity fell at its fastest pace in a
year in the first quarter due to severe weather, leading to the
largest gain in unit labor costs in more than a year.
Productivity fell at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the quarter,
the Labor Department said.
* Mondelez International Inc jumped 9.5 percent to
$38.70 before the opening bell after the company posted
first-quarter earnings and said it reached a deal with Dutch
coffee and tea company D.E Master Blenders 1753 BV to combine
* Electronic Arts surged 16.9 percent in premarket
trading after the video game publisher posted quarterly profit
and revenue that beat expectations late Tuesday.
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Bernadette Baum)