MARKET PULSE-Motorola, Walter Energy, Lazard, Mastercard, Viacom

Thu May 1, 2014 8:02am EDT
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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 were little changed on Thursday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.07 percent at 16,522, S&P 500 futures were down 0.01 percent at 1,877.8 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.27 percent at 3,583.

** MASTERCARD INC, Wednesday close $73.55, +0.61 pct premarket

The world's second-largest debit and credit card company posted a 14 percent rise in quarterly profit as more customers used cards to shop.

** MERRIMACK PHARMACEUTICALS INC, Wednesday close $4.39, +77.68 pct premarket

Merrimack said its lead experimental cancer drug when used as a combination improved the overall survival rate in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, doubling its shares in premarket trading.

** CME GROUP INC, Wednesday close $70.39   Continued...