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 3rd, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks advanced, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to an almost two-month high, as a report showing factory orders exceeded forecasts bolstered optimism in growth at the world’s largest economy.

Commodity, industrial and technology shares had the biggest gains among 10 S&P 500 groups. Alcoa Inc. (AA), Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and Chevron Corp. (CVX) added at least 1 percent. Ford Motor Co. (F) rallied 3 percent as deliveries of cars and light trucks beat estimates. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) fell 0.5 percent as it’s taking a $6.2 billion writedown for almost the entire amount it paid for Internet- advertising company AQuantive Inc.

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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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June 13th, 2012

CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) observed a record 2,105 short-dated new crop corn options contracts traded on the first day of trading for the product. [1] The trading volume surpassed the previous record of 1,840 soybean calendar spread options traded on the exchange on June 1, 2009. Short-dated new crop corn and soybean options started trading on June 4, and the company plans to launch trading for short-dated new crop wheat options on September 4, 2012.

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June 14th, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stocks rose as reports on inflation and jobless claims bolstered speculation the Federal Reserve will act to spur growth and investors awaited an election in Greece this weekend.

Home Depot Inc. (HD) and Intel Corp. (INTC) added more than 1.1 percent to pace advances among the biggest companies. Kroger Co. (KR), the largest U.S. grocery-store chain, climbed 3.4 percent after boosting its profit forecast and announcing a $1 billion share buyback. US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) jumped 4.2 percent after saying it expects “very strong” second-quarter and full-year results.

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June 6th, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks rallied, giving benchmark indexes their biggest gains in 2012, on speculation global policy makers will take steps to stimulate economic growth.

Bank of America Corp. surged 7.6 percent to pace gains among financial shares. Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) increased at least 3.3 percent. Home Depot Inc. (HD), the largest U.S. home-improvement retailer, climbed 3.4 percent after raising its stock repurchase plan by $500 million for fiscal 2012. Facebook Inc. (FB) added 3.6 percent, following a 32 percent decline since the biggest social-networking company went public.

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May 30th, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks fell, putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index on pace for its worst month since September, after a gauge of pending home sales dropped by the most in a year and concern that Greece will leave the euro grew.

A measure of homebuilders in S&P indexes sank 4.2 percent. Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and Chevron Corp. (CVX) dropped at least 2.2 percent to pace losses in the largest companies. Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. (C) slid more than 3.3 percent. Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) fell 6.9 percent after forecasting a surprise operating loss and hired banks to advise on strategic options. Facebook Inc. (FB) lost 0.1 percent after yesterday’s 9.6 percent slump.

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May 23rd, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stocks fell, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average toward the lowest level on a closing basis since December, amid concern Greece may leave the euro and as Dell Inc. (DELL) tumbled on a disappointing revenue forecast.

Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. retreated at least 1.5 percent, following losses in a measure of European banks. Dell slumped 16 percent, the most on a closing basis since 2000, as the personal computer maker also reported profit that missed estimates. Facebook Inc. (FB) the social networking site that raised $16 billion in an initial public offering last week rallied 4.3 percent after plunging 19 percent over the previous two days.

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May 23rd, 2012

Copper futures fell for a second day in New York on concern the euro-area debt crisis may threaten economic expansion in China, the world’s biggest consumer of the metal.

The Chinese economy may have the worst growth in more than two decades if Greece abandons the euro, economists at investment bank China International Capital Corp. said in an e- mailed report today. The Asian country’s growth will slow to 8.2 percent this year from 9.2 percent in 2011, the World Bank said.

“There are plenty of things to worry about,” Jesper Dannesboe, an analyst at Societe Generale SA in London, said by phone today. “It doesn’t seem quite right to say we’ve hit the bottom yet.”

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May 21st, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks rose, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its biggest rally in more than two months, after China signaled it would support growth while German and French officials said they will work to keep Greece in the euro.

Commodity, technology and industrial shares gained the most among 10 S&P 500 groups. Apple Inc., Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) and Boeing (BA) Co. added at least 3.8 percent. Cooper Industries Plc (CBE) surged 25 percent as Eaton Corp. (ETN) agreed to buy the company for $11.8 billion. Facebook Inc. tumbled 11 percent and closed below its offer price of $38 in its second trading day. JPMorgan (JPM) Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) slumped more than 2.7 percent.

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