MARKET PULSE-AMD, Gold miners, Rockwell Medical, Bridgepoint Education

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July 11 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:

FUTURES JUMP IN WAKE OF BERNANKE COMMENTS

U.S. stock index futures climbed, after comments by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank was unlikely to scale back its stimulus measures as early as recently expected. S&P 500 futures rose 16 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 129 points and Nasdaq 100 futures jumped 26.75 points.

** ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC, Wednesday close $3.98, up 8 pct premarket

Canaccord Genuity analysts raised their rating on the maker of microprocessors to "buy" from "hold," saying the company is likely to benefit from Microsoft Corp's plans to increase the number of Xbox gaming servers.

BofA Merrill raised the company's stock to "buy" from "underperform", according to Theflyonthewall.com.   Continued...