MARKET PULSE-BlackBerry, Walgreen, Red Hat, Carnival Corp, Navistar
(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, after data showed the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in almost two years in the third quarter. S&P 500 futures rose 2.9 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration of the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures added 5 points and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 18 points.
** BLACKBERRY LTD, Thursday close $6.25, +2.72 pct premarket
The smartphone maker said it had agreed to a five-year partnership with Foxconn Technology Co Ltd to develop and manufacture a handset for Indonesia as well as other fast-growing markets.
** WALGREEN CO, Thursday close $56.94, -2.09 pct premarket
The largest U.S. drugstore operator reported higher first-quarter sales but said an increase in promotions and a slowdown in the introduction of higher-profit generic drugs cut into the gross profit margin.
** CARNIVAL CORP, Thursday close $38.05, +3.52 pct premarket Continued...