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Dow Jones Futures Rise

August 7th, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stock futures advanced, indicating the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index will rally for a third day, amid better-than-estimated corporate earnings and speculation global central banks will act to boost growth.

CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS), the largest provider of prescription drugs in the U.S., climbed 2.7 percent as profit beat analysts’ projections. Chesapeake (CHK) Energy Corp., the second-largest U.S. natural-gas producer, increased 5.3 percent after reporting the highest quarterly profit in the company’s history. Sirius (SIRI) XM Radio Inc., the largest U.S. satellite-radio company, gained 2.3 percent after boosting its annual profit forecast.

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August 1st, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stocks declined, reversing earlier gains, as the Federal Reserve’s pledge to provide additional support for the economy disappointed investors anticipating a more definitive sign of further monetary easing.

Knight Capital Corp. (KCG), one of the largest market makers of U.S. stocks, plunged 33 percent as it experienced technology issues with trading. MasterCard Inc. (MA), the second-biggest payments network, slumped 2.2 percent as sales missed analysts’ estimates. Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), the largest U.S. cable company, and Allstate Corp. (ALL), the biggest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, rose at least 3 percent as earnings topped projections.

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July 2nd, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – Volatility in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is returning to levels that drove valuations and stock volume down to rates not seen since at least 2003.

Average daily price changes in the benchmark gauge for American equities doubled to 1 percent in June, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. At the same time, U.S. trading has plunged to 6.8 billion shares a day and valuations are 16 percent below the five-decade mean. Reaching those levels in tandem is unprecedented in at least nine years, the data show.

Investors whipsawed by volatility that reached twice the 50-year average in 2011 have pulled about $300 billion from mutual funds since the bull market began three years ago. With the third quarter marking the worst S&P 500 returns in election years since World War II, bears say widening price swings will keep individuals from returning to the market. Bulls say their exodus helped pull stocks lower just before growth in earnings and the economy helped spur the biggest June rally since 1999.

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June 20th, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stock futures rose, following a four-day rally in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as Greece worked toward a new government and investors awaited a Federal Reserve announcement on whether it will boost the economy.

Best Buy Co. (BBY) and Applied Materials (AMAT) Inc. added at least 2.3 percent to pace gains in the biggest companies. Adobe (ADBE) Systems Inc., the largest maker of graphic-design software, slid 6 percent after forecasting sales and profit that trailed some estimates. Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) fell 1.7 percent as the consumer-goods company cut its earnings projections.

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