MARKET PULSE-Loews, Precision Drilling, Google, Apple, Merck
April 28 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.25 percent at 16,364, S&P 500 futures were up 0.25 percent at 1,864.8 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.24 percent at 3,539.
** PRECISION DRILLING CORP, Friday close $12.56
Canada's largest oil and gas drilling contractor reported a 9 percent rise in first-quarter profit, helped by higher prices and strong drilling activity in North America and internationally.
** LOEWS CORP, Friday close $44.14
Hotel, energy and financial services conglomerate Loews Corp reported a 75 percent drop in quarterly profit as it booked a loss related to the pending sale of the annuity and pension deposit business of CNA Financial Corp.
** CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC, Friday close $130.01 Continued...