April 11th, 2013

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stocks rose, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rallied to a record yesterday, as a bigger-than-estimated drop in jobless claims and gains by retailers (S5RETL) offset a slump in technology shares.

Ross Stores Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. climbed at least 4.7 percent amid better-than-forecast March sales. Technology shares slumped after personal-computer shipments in the first quarter plunged the most since at least 1994 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. downgraded Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) shares. Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Co. lost more than 4.8 percent.

The S&P 500 increased 0.5 percent to a record 1,594.94 at 10:58 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 61.63 points, or 0.4 percent, to 14,863.87, also a record. Trading in S&P 500 stocks was 9.1 percent above the 30-day average at this time of day.

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March 15th, 2013

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stocks fell after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index moved within two points of its record high yesterday and as an index of consumer confidence unexpectedly fell in March.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) slid 1.8 percent while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) erased losses after being asked to submit new capital plans to regulators in the wake of stress tests. Bank of America Corp. (BAC) gained 3.4 percent after it won federal approval for a share buyback. Morgan Stanley added 2.6 percent after it got permission to buy the remaining stake in its wealth-management venture.

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January 2nd, 2013

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stock futures rose, after the largest year-end rally for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since 1974, as lawmakers passed a bill averting spending cuts and tax increases threatening a recovery in the world’s biggest economy.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) jumped more than 2.7 percent to lead gains among the largest companies. Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. surged at least 2.9 percent as banks rallied. United States Steel Corp. climbed 3.9 percent after the shares were upgraded at Credit Suisse Group AG. Zipcar Inc. soared 48 percent after Avis Budget Group Inc. agreed to buy the company.

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October 16th, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stocks advanced, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index toward its biggest two-day gain in a month, as industrial production rose more than forecast and corporate earnings topped estimates.

Johnson & Johnson rallied 1.1 percent after raising its 2012 profit forecast. Citigroup Inc. added 1 percent after Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit stepped down. Fossil Inc. jumped the most in the S&P 500, gaining 7.8 percent after Citigroup recommended investors buy the shares.

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October 10th, 2012

Dow Jones Futures – U.S. stocks were little changed, following three straight days of losses for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as investors weighed earnings reports amid concern about global economic growth.

The S&P 500 (SPX) slipped less than 0.1 percent to 1,440.96 as of 9:31 a.m. in New York. The benchmark gauge fell 1 percent yesterday, extending its three-day decline to 1.4 percent.

“The fear is that this is going to be a really bad earnings season,” Hank Smith, chief investment officer at Haverford Trust Co. in Radnor, Pennsylvania, said in a telephone interview. His firm oversees $6.5 billion in assets. “If S&P 500 earnings come in better than expectations, the markets are going to view that positively. We’re off to a good start but we’ve got a long way to go.”

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