MARKET PULSE- Google, AMD, Alimera, GE, Morgan Stanley, Ariad Pharma

Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:55am EDT
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S&P 500 futures were up 3.9 points. Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 22 points while Nasdaq 100 futures added 16.5 points.

** GOOGLE INC, Thursday close $888.79, up 10 pct premarket

The company's quarterly results beat Wall Street's expectations as the Internet search giant expanded its mobile and overseas businesses while keeping ad-rate declines in check.

** ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC, Thursday close $4.09, down 5.6 pct premarket

The company posted a 6 percent decline in personal computer chip sales, dampening hopes that its fast-growing gaming-console business can take up the slack.

Brokerage BofA Merrill Lynch cut its rating on the company's stock to "neutral" from "buy," according to   Continued...