MARKET PULSE- Eli Lilly, Tesla Motors, BP, Constellation Brands
(For more market insights, including options activity, click on ; for the Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s; for the Morning News Call newsletter, link.reuters.com/nex49s) U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday amid lingering market uncertainty as a partial U.S. government shutdown extended to a third day and leaders in Congress showed no sign of progress towards resolving the stalemate. S&P 500 futures were down 0.18 percent, Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 0.25 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.17 percent.
** ELI LILLY AND CO, Wednesday close $50.54, down 1 pct premarket
The U.S. drugmaker, which is trying to rebound from painful patent expirations on its medicines, said it would be able to meet its financial goals through 2014 with difficulty and announced it would buy back $5 billion of its stock over time.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, Wednesday close $174.99, down 1.3 pct premarket
Shares of the electric car maker fell as much as 6 percent on Wednesday after an automotive blog published images of a Model S electric sedan in flames after an accident on Tuesday morning just south of Seattle, Washington.
The blog, called Jalopnik, posted pictures and a video of the Model S fire on Wednesday. Tesla confirmed the authenticity of the images and said the car caught fire after the driver ran over a "large metallic object" causing extensive damage to the front end of the car.
** BP PLC, Wednesday close $42.11, up 1.1 pct premarket Continued...