REFILE-BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks
(Corrects to remove premarket movement in Interpublic item) U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to set a record closing high for the second straight day. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.09 percent at 17,997, S&P 500 futures were up 0.09 percent at 2,109 and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.56 percent at 4,506.5.
** APPLE INC, Thursday close $129.67, +0.51 pct premarket
The iPhone maker aimed to ship at least 20 million Apple Watches this year, well above many analysts' forecasts, according to supply chain sources. Shipment estimates vary widely as it's a relatively new type of consumer product and the market was largely untapped.
** MERCK AND CO INC, Thursday close $57.51, +1.10 pct premarket
The drugmaker presented trial results, showing that a once-daily combination of two experimental pills cured 95 percent of previously untreated hepatitis C patients after 12 weeks.
** FORD MOTOR CO, Thursday close $15.76, -0.06 pct premarket Continued...