MARKET PULSE-Ameren, Amazon, JC Penney, Ebay, Tower Group

Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:24am EDT
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March 14 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday: (For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for The Day Ahead newsletter; for the Morning News Call newsletter,


S&P 500 index futures added slightly to gains on Thursday after data showed the number of Americans filing for first-time jobless benefits fell unexpectedly last week.

S&P 500 futures rose 4.4 points while Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 20 points and Nasdaq 100 futures added 10.5 points.

** SINOVAC BIOTECH LTD, Wednesday close $3.19, up 18 pct premarket

The China-based company said a late-stage trial of its experimental vaccine for hand, foot and mouth disease met the main study goal of preventing the infection in infants between the ages of 6 and 35 months.

** EBIX INC, Wednesday close $15.54, up 14 pct premarket   Continued...