MARKET PULSE-GM, Manulife, Actavis, Facebook, Visa, Yelp

Thu May 2, 2013 7:42am EDT
 
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May 2 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:

FUTURES GAIN AHEAD OF ECB RATE DECISION

U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday ahead of the European Central Bank's decision on interest rates and its assessment on the state of the euro zone's economy. S&P 500 futures rose 0.25 percent, Dow Jones futures gained 0.16 percent Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.28 percent at 1126 GMT.

** GENERAL MOTORS CO, Wednesday close $30.18

The U.S. automaker posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as its North American business was better and its loss in Europe was smaller than Wall Street estimated.

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