REFILE-MARKET PULSE-Morgan Stanley, Verizon, Pepsi, Nokia, Exact Sciences

Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:23am EDT
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(Corrects item on PrivateBancorp to change day of the week to Wednesday from Thursday)

April 18 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:


Index futures slightly added to gains on Thursday after data showed new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week, allaying fears of a major setback in the labor market recovery. S&P 500 futures were up 5.8 points. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 58 points and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 10.5 points.

** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Wednesday close $49.54, up 2 pct premarket

The telephone company reported a higher-than-expected first-quarter profit, driven by strength in its wireless business.

** MORGAN STANLEY, Wednesday close $21.47, down 0.3 pct premarket   Continued...