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April 8th, 2015

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed before the Federal Reserve releases the minutes of its March meeting and as Alcoa Inc. unofficially kicks off earnings season.

Alcoa gained 1.6 percent before reporting its first-quarter results, due after the close of trading. Energy companies were little changed as a drop in oil prices offset news that Royal Dutch Shell Plc agreed to buy BG Group Plc for about $70 billion in the oil and gas industry’s biggest deal in at least a decade.

E-mini contracts on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June added 0.1 percent to 2,069.5 at 8:45 a.m. in New York. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures advanced 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,798.

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March 20th, 2012

Dow Jones Futures: U.S. stocks declined, snapping a three-day advance for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as commodities fell on concern about a Chinese economic slowdown.

Industrial and commodity shares slumped as China raised fuel prices by the most in two years and BHP Billiton Ltd. said the nation’s steel production is slowing. Caterpillar Inc. and Alcoa Inc. (AA) dropped more than 1.7 percent. Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) sank 3.6 percent as its profit forecast missed some estimates. Bank of America Corp. jumped 2.2 percent. Tiffany & Co. (TIF) surged 7.1 percent after forecasting profit that beat projections.

The S&P 500 lost 0.5 percent to 1,403.06 at 12:10 p.m. New York time. The benchmark gauge yesterday rose to the highest level since May 2008. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 63.87 points, or 0.5 percent, to 13,175.26. The Russell 2000 Index of small companies slid 1.1 percent to 828.77. About 2.9 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges today.

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March 7th, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – Record volatility in stocks pushed investors to the safety of large companies and handed the Dow (INDU) Jones Industrial Average the best risk-adjusted return since the bull market started in 2009, the first time the gauge has led a comparable recovery.

The BLOOMBERG RISKLESS RETURN RANKING shows the 30-stock Dow rose 5.9 percent from the market low on March 9, 2009, through yesterday when adjusted for volatility, the highest out of nine American benchmark equity gauges. Never before has the measure led a rebound in the three years after a market bottom, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and going back to 1966.

Investors, reeling from the widest price swings in equity market history in 2008, sacrificed returns for the stability of large companies such as Caterpillar (CAT) Inc. and their global revenue streams, as selloffs in May 2010 and last August cast doubt on the recovery and kept volatility elevated. Options show investors are betting the Dow will continue to be stable as Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis, the growing U.S. government debt and a slowdown in emerging markets overshadow the best stock- market start since 1998.

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