MARKET PULSE- Tesla Motors, Herbalife, Vivus, Angie's List, Ceva
(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. stocks fell on Thursday amid lingering market uncertainty as a partial U.S. government shutdown continued for a third day and leaders in Congress showed no sign of progress towards resolving the stalemate. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.73 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 0.75 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index was down 0.59 percent.
** TESLA MOTORS INC, $176.80, down 6 pct (10:31 a.m. ET)
The electric carmaker's stock price took another hit on Thursday and its sales were likely to suffer following a battery fire in its flagship Model S sedan in Washington state this week, analysts said.
** ELI LILLY AND CO, $49.95, down 3.5 pct (10:32 a.m. ET)
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.
** BP PLC, $42.70, up 1.1 pct (10:32 a.m. ET)
The London-listed shares of the company rose 1.7 percent in early trade on Thursday, the top gainer on Britain's FTSE 100, after the energy company won a legal reprieve in a case related to settlements over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.