MARKET PULSE-Care.com, Atossa, Generac, Uroplasty, shipping stocks
(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. stocks fell on Friday on the heels of a selloff in emerging market assets, hurt by growth concerns in China and as expectations grew that the Federal Reserve will trim its market-friendly stimulus measures further. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 1.17 percent at 16,008.45, the S&P 500 was down 1.25 percent at 1,805.66 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 1.44 percent at 4,158.071.
** MICROSOFT CORP, $37.195, +3.16 pct
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.
** COVIDIEN PLC, $68.49, +2.50 pct
The medical devices maker posted a quarterly profit above analysts' estimates, helped by strong sales of its surgical products, especially vessel sealing and stapling devices.
** FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GROUP INC, $9.28, -10.25 pct Continued...