April 16 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Thursday as investors continued to digest a corporate reporting season that has come in ahead of profit expectations but shows little in the way of organic growth.
* Of the 36 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported thus far, 81 percent have exceeded profit expectations, over the long-term average of 63 percent. Only 47 have beaten on revenue, however, below the historical average of 61 percent. That suggests companies are boosting their bottomlines with c...
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