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June 27th, 2014

U.S. stocks rose, paring a weekly drop for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as equities reversed losses in the final hour of trading amid Russell Investments’ annual revisions to its benchmark indexes.

Nike Inc. (NKE) added 1.1 percent after the largest sporting-goods maker posted profit that beat analysts’ estimates. GoPro Inc. (GPRO) rallied for a second day after going public. DuPont fell 3.3 percent after the maker of genetically-modified corn trimmed its profit estimate as farmers switched to soybeans. Dollar General Corp. sank 7.3 percent after the company’s chief executive said he would retire.

The S&P 500 increased 0.2 percent to 1,960.96 at 4 p.m. in New York after losing 0.3 percent earlier. The benchmark index has advanced 4.7 percent this quarter, its sixth straight gain for the longest winning streak since 1998. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 5.71 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 16,851.84 today following an earlier drop of as much as 72 points. The Russell 2000 (RTY) Index of smaller stocks increased 0.7 percent on trading volume 161 percent higher than the 30-day average.

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April 4th, 2014

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks fell the most in three weeks, as technology and consumer shares sank, after benchmark indexes had climbed to records on a government report showing employers added to payrolls last month.

A gauge of biotechnology stocks plunged 4.2 percent to erase a gain for the week. Microsoft Corp. lost 2.9 percent as an index of software makers fell 2.3 percent, the most among 24 groups in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Utility shares added 0.9 percent. GrubHub Inc. surged 38 percent in its trading debut. Mylan Inc. jumped 3.3 percent after Meda AB said it rejected a takeover offer from the U.S. drugmaker.

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S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks dropped, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a third day of losses, after minutes from the Federal Reserve signaled the central bank may reduce bond purchases in the coming months.

J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) jumped 8.4 percent as its sales decline abated in the third quarter. Yahoo (YHOO)! Inc. advanced 2.9 percent after the owner of the largest U.S. Internet portal boosted its stock-buyback plan by $5 billion. Deere & Co. (DE) rose 2.1 percent as it forecast better-than-estimated annual earnings on rising demand for construction and forestry machinery. Lowe’s (LOW) Cos., the second-biggest home improvement retailer, slipped 6.2 percent after profit trailed analysts’ projections.

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June 17th, 2013

U.S. stocks advanced, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from last week’s decline, as investors awaited this week’s Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting.

The S&P 500 (SPX) climbed 0.7 percent to 1,638.26 at 9:31 a.m. in New York.

“Markets have now come to terms with all this tapering talk and we’re going to have a relief rally this week,” Alan Higgins, chief investment officer at Coutts & Co. in London, told Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television. “There has been a lot of communication from a lot of people involved in the Fed, but Bernanke is definitely in charge. He can’t back away completely from tapering, but he’s likely to be dovish.”

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s&p 500 futures advance

May 17th, 2013

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks advanced, putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index on track for its fourth straight week of gains, as gauges for leading indicators and consumer sentiment advanced more than estimated.

Northrop Grumman Corp. climbed 3.8 percent after increasing its share-buyback program by $4 billion. Boeing Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. added added more than 2 percent to pace gains in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (INDU) J.C. Penney Co. slid 3.7 percent after its first-quarter loss widened.

The S&P 500 (SPX) rose 0.5 percent to 1,658.59. at 11:55 a.m. in New York. The equity benchmark is heading for a 1.5 percent weekly gain. The Dow advanced 61.95 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,295.17, a fresh record. Options contracts on stocks, exchange-traded funds and indexes expire today, leading investors to adjust their holdings of some securities. Trading of S&P 500 stocks was 3.4 percent higher than the 30-day average at this time of day.

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October 11th, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks advanced, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index higher for the first time in five days, as American jobless claims slid to a four-year low and Italy’s bond yields fell after a debt sale.

The S&P 500 added 0.6 percent to 1,440.59 at 9:31 a.m. in New York. The benchmark gauge fell to the lowest level in a month yesterday on concern that the global economy is slowing down and will hurt corporate earnings.

“Recent U.S. macroeconomic data indicate things are not worsening,” said Manish Singh, who helps manage more than $2 billion as head of investment at Crossbridge Capital in London. “It’s fair to say Europe has been driving the risk in the market for some time. With the European Central Bank’s outright monetary transactions program on standby, the chances of a sell- off is remote. The downside risk to the economy will beget more monetary easing from both the developed and emerging world.”

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September 26th, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks fell for a fifth day, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its longest retreat since July, as concern grew Europe’s debt crisis is worsening.

PulteGroup Inc. (PHM) dropped 4.7 percent, helping to give homebuilders their biggest decline since June, after new homes sales missed estimates. Energy and technology companies dropped the most among the benchmark gauge’s 10 industry groups as oil fell to a seven-week low and Jabil Circuit Inc. (JBL) tumbled 9.9 percent amid a disappointing forecast.

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September 24th, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell a third day, its longest decline in seven weeks, as European leaders clashed on ways to stem the debt crisis and data from China and Germany signaled the slowdown is deepening.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) retreated 1.3 percent after reporting debut weekend sales for the iPhone 5 that fell short of some analysts’ projections on supply constraints. Facebook Inc. (FB), the world’s largest social-networking service, decreased 9.1 percent amid concern the company’s stock is overpriced. U.S. Steel Corp. (X), Peabody Energy (BTU) Corp. and Micron (MU) Technology Inc. declined at least 1.6 percent after analysts downgraded the shares.

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September 19th, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks rose, snapping a two- day decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as the Bank of Japan increased its asset-purchase target and sales of existing American homes rose more than forecast.

Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and Alcoa Inc. (AA) added at least 1.3 percent to pace advances in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. An S&P index of homebuilders soared 3.6 percent as PulteGroup Inc. (PHM) rallied 6.1 percent. Corning Inc. (GLW) gained 2.7 percent after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. advised investors to buy the stock. Energy shares sank the most among 10 groups in the S&P 500 as crude prices tumbled.

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September 14th, 2012

S&P 500 Futures – U.S. stocks rose, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed to its highest level since 2007, as markets rallied around the world on the Federal Reserve’s bond-purchase program.

The S&P 500 advanced 0.3 percent to 1,463.73 at 9:31 a.m. in New York. The gauge rose yesterday for the third straight day and closed at the highest level since Dec. 31, 2007.

“It was a strong signal from the Fed and a very welcome move but we’ll have to wait and see if this is more than a one or two-day wonder for the market,” said Mike Lenhoff, chief strategist at Brewin Dolphin Securities Ltd. in London. “All of this central-bank policy removes a degree of uncertainty that has been plaguing markets.”

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