MARKET PULSE-Exxon Mobil, Merck, Pfizer, Dell, Audience

Fri Feb 1, 2013 8:28am EST
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Feb 1 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Friday:

Futures Climb Ahead Of Payrolls Report

Index futures gained as investors anticipated data that was expected to show that U.S. jobs growth picked up in January. S&P 500 futures rose 4 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures added 63 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 6.5 points.

** MERCK & CO, Thursday close $43.25, down 1.8 pct premarket

The No. 2 U.S. drugmaker forecast 2013 profit at the low end of Wall Street expectations.   Continued...