MARKET PULSE-Microsoft, Xerox, PTC Therapeutics, Qualcomm, P&G

Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:32am EST
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(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter; for the Morning News Call newsletter, U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.48 percent at 16,074, S&P 500 futures were down 0.47 percent at 1,815.6 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.49 percent at 3,596.

** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $36.055, +3.43 pct premarket

The company posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, boosted by strong sales of its software and services for businesses, a solid holiday season for its new Xbox game console and Surface tablets, and a slightly lower tax bill.

** PTC THERAPEUTICS INC, Thursday close $26.22, -20.10 pct premarket

The company said a committee of the European Medicines Agency did not recommend conditional approval for its drug for the treatment of a rare muscular disorder.

** XEROX CORP, Thursday close $11.76, -2.21 pct premarket   Continued...