MARKET PULSE-GM, Visa, Facebook, ING US, Gilead, Yelp, Monster Worldwide
May 2 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:
WALL STREET UP ON DATA, ECB MOVE
U.S. stocks rose on Thursday as an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank and better-than-expected weekly jobless claims data in the U.S. boosted investors' appetite for risky assets, a day after the largest drop on the S&P 500 in two weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 gained 0.3 percent and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.33 percent.
** GENERAL MOTORS CO, $31.5, up 4 pct (0930 ET)
The U.S. automaker posted stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as it kept a tight grip on costs in its North American and European businesses.