April 18, 2013 / 12:53 PM / 5 years ago

REFILE-MARKET PULSE-Morgan Stanley, Verizon, Pepsi, Nokia, Exact Sciences

(Corrects item on PrivateBancorp to change day of the week to Wednesday from Thursday)

April 18 (Reuters) - Some U.S. stocks to watch on Thursday:


Index futures slightly added to gains on Thursday after data showed new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week, allaying fears of a major setback in the labor market recovery. S&P 500 futures were up 5.8 points. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 58 points and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 10.5 points.

** VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, Wednesday close $49.54, up 2 pct premarket

The telephone company reported a higher-than-expected first-quarter profit, driven by strength in its wireless business.

** MORGAN STANLEY, Wednesday close $21.47, down 0.3 pct premarket

The sixth-largest U.S. bank by assets reported a first-quarter profit of $958 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $119 million. Excluding items, total revenue fell 4.8 percent to $8.48 billion.

** PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL INC, Wednesday close $94.04, down 1.5 pct premarket

The company, which sells Marlboro, reported first-quarter profit that missed estimates as cigarette shipment volumes declined 6.5 percent.

** PRIVATEBANCORP INC, Wednesday close $17.39, up 4 pct premarket

The lender reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by mortgage banking and syndication fee revenue. Non-interest income rose 11 percent to $30.5 million.

** TRAVELZOO INC, Wednesday close $21.73, up 10 pct pre-market

The online travel deals company reported a 7 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, with its Europe travel business growing 14 percent.

** EXACT SCIENCES CORP, Wednesday close $9.97, down 28 pct premarket

The company said its molecular screening test for colorectal cancer met a late-stage trial goal of detecting the disease in more patients than other commonly used tests. But its results were not as robust as some were expecting.

** ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORP, Wednesday close $79.45, up 1 pct premarket

The company said it discovered a large new natural gas accumulation in a well in the gas-rich Rovuma basin off the coast of Mozambique.

** CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP, Wednesday close $10.95, up 5 pct premarket

The chipmaker reported a higher-than-expected adjusted profit for the first quarter.

** UNIPIXEL INC, Wednesday close $38.07, down 9 pct premarket

The LCD film maker said its offering of 1.2 million shares was priced at $32 per share, a 16 percent discount to the stock’s closing price on Wednesday.

** PEPSICO INC, Wednesday close $78.85, up 1 pct premarket

The maker of Pepsi sodas, Tropicana juices, Frito-Lay snacks and Quaker oatmeal reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings, as price increases helped margins.

** UNION PACIFIC CORP, Wednesday close $136.94, up 1.5 pct premarket

The No.1 U.S. railroad reported a first-quarter profit above analysts’ expectations as higher freight rates offset a decline in coal shipments.

** NOKIA , Wednesday close $3.58, down 6.4 pct premarket

A big fall in sales of the company’s basic phones overshadowed a stronger performance from its Lumia smartphones in the first quarter, and it said it expected operating margins to deteriorate.

Chief Executive Stephen Elop said tougher competition was the main reason behind the fall in sales of regular mobile phones.

** UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC, Wednesday close $62.03, down 3.7 pct premarket

The nation’s largest health insurer said its first-quarter profit had fallen, in part because of lower government payments for its private Medicare services and prescription plans for older Americans.

** SELECT COMFORT CORP, Wednesday close $17.56, down 3.5 pct premarket

The specialty mattress maker said it would revert to its earlier marketing strategy after a shift in advertising reduced exposure of its products to already cautious customers and hit sales.

** ALLISON TRANSMISSION HOLDINGS INC, Wednesday close $21.16, up 8 pct premarket

The maker of fully-automatic transmissions said late on Wednesday that investment funds affiliated with Carlyle Group LP and Onex Corp would not proceed with a secondary offering of Allison Transmission’s common stock due to market conditions.

** SANDISK CORP, Wednesday close $55.72, up 2.2 pct premarket

The company raised its forecast for revenue this year and said it expects higher prices for its NAND memory chips, which are used in smartphones and tablets.

** EBAY INC, Wednesday close $56.10, down 3.5 pct premarket

The e-commerce company gave a disappointing earnings forecast for the second quarter and said Europe was weak, pushing its shares lower in after-hours trade.

** THERAVANCE INC, Wednesday close $28.01, up 15.2 pct premarket

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended that the agency approve an experimental treatment for smoking-related lung damage made by Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Theravance.

** VALE SA ADR , Wednesday close $15.82, up 2.2 pct premarket

The top global iron ore miner’s mega ship called at a port in eastern China this week, marking the first entry of the vessels since Beijing banned them in January 2012.

** SINOVAC BIOTECH LTD, Wednesday close $4.13, up 2.9 pct premarket

The pharmaceutical company said the Mexico health regulator granted marketing approval to its seasonal flu vaccine, named Anflu. Sinovac said the certificate of commercial approval is valid from April 1, 2013 to April 1, 2018. (Compiled by Aditi Shrivastava; Editing by Joyjeet Das)

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