MARKET PULSE-Acadia Pharma, Microsoft, Rite-Aid, Boyd Gaming, Amyris

Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:24am EDT
 
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April 11 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:

FUTURES EDGE UP AFTER CLAIMS DATA

U.S. stock index futures edged higher, after data showed that fewer than expected Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the latest week.

S&P 500 futures were up 1.8 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures added 17 points and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 5.25 points.

** ACADIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $7.97, up 54 pct premarket

The biopharmaceutical company said data from an initial late-stage trial would be sufficient to file for approval for its experimental Parkinson's Disease drug, and that it would not need to conduct an additional trial as planned earlier.   Continued...