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Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:48am EDT
 
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July 11 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:

FUTURES JUMP AS WORRIES EASE OVER EARLY STIMULUS PULLBACK

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 earlier than expected. S&P 500 futures were up 18.7 points, Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 149 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures jumped 31.25 points.

** ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INFC, 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...