MARKET PULSE-Xerox, BioDelivery, Syngenta, Stanley Black, P&G

Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:10am 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, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second week of declines, in the wake of a selloff in emerging market assets as expectations grew that the Federal Reserve will trim its stimulus measures further next week. Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.51 percent at 16,069, S&P 500 futures were down 0.58 percent at 1,813.6 and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.49 percent at 3,596.

** MICROSOFT CORP, Thursday close $36.055, +3.51 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, -17.81 pct premarket

The company said a committee of the European Medicines Agency recommended against a conditional approval to its drug for the treatment of a rare muscular disorder, sending its shares down nearly 30 percent in premarket trading.

** BIODELIVERY SCIENCES INTERNATIONAL INC, Thursday close $6.25, +41.92 pct premarket   Continued...