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  • #16
    Nasdaq nears 13-year high as technology becomes loved


    A four-day rally in the Nasdaq 100 Index has pulled the gauge within 0.1 percent of erasing a 7.5 percent selloff from earlier this year. Exchange-traded funds that buy computer and software shares absorbed $1.1 billion of fresh cash last week, more than any other industry tracked by Bloomberg. That’s a reversal from earlier in 2014 when investors were taking money out of the ETFs.


    More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...-to-loved.html

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    • #17
      Euro under a cloud in Asia, stocks sit on gains

      The euro came under mounting pressure on Wednesday as the European Central Bank's embrace of negative interest rates encouraged flows out of the zone, while Asian shares consolidated near recent highs.

      The single currency was slipping across the board as investors looked to borrow euros at super-low rates and buy higher-yielding assets abroad, the so-called carry trade.

      "The chase for yield looks like it has further to run," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital.


      More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0EL0BK20140611

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      • #18
        Global stocks near fresh highs, U.S. data in focus

        Global shares advanced toward fresh highs on Wednesday after European markets tracked gains in Asia, with investors looking to see if U.S. employment figures continue a run of upbeat data that has driven Wall Street to record highs.

        Economic indicators in most regions are pointing to a pick-up in production and offering support to equities despite stretched valuations.

        Risk appetite has also been whetted by dovish central bank monetary policy, with the lack of rate hike hints from the Federal Reserve keeping the dollar stuck near two-month lows.


        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0F633620140702

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        • #19
          U.S. stocks rise on earnings optimism as Citigroup jumps

          U.S. stocks advanced, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from the biggest weekly loss in three months, as Citigroup Inc. (C) rallied on better-than-forecast earnings and Internet shares rebounded.

          Citigroup climbed 3 percent, leading financial shares higher as trading revenue topped estimates. Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. paced gains in Internet stocks. Apple Inc. (AAPL) rose 1.3 percent after Barclays Plc advised investors to buy shares in the world’s biggest company by market value. URS (URS) Corp. jumped 12 percent after Aecom Technology Corp. agreed to acquire the construction-management company for about $4 billion.


          More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...-in-deals.html

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          • #20
            European stocks drop for a second day on ukraine conflict

            European stocks fell for a second day, paring a weekly advance, amid concern that conflict between Ukraine and Russia is deepening. U.S. index futures were little changed, while Asian shares declined.

            Shire Plc rose 1.9 percent after AbbVie Inc. agreed to buy the drugmaker for 52.48 pounds ($89.80) a share. Volvo AB retreated 4.8 percent after posting second-quarter profit that missed estimates. Air France-KLM and Ryanair Holdings Plc led a decline among European travel stocks. Schibsted ASA tumbled 4.7 percent after posting second-quarter profit that missed analysts’ predictions. Ericsson AB advanced the most since January 2013 after posting quarterly profit margin that beat projections.



            More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...-conflict.html

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            • #21
              Asia stocks rise as risk aversion wanes, Aussie spikes

              Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday as risk aversion triggered by recent geopolitical tensions continued to ebb, while the Australian dollar spiked on stronger-than-expected inflation data.

              Violence continued in Gaza, but hopes rose for an easing of tension in Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels handed the flight recorders and victims' remains from a downed Malaysian airliner to international authorities.

              MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7 percent, lifted after the S&P 500 hit a new high overnight as risk markets turned their attention to positive corporate earnings and economic data.


              More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0FS00V20140723

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              • #22
                Shares, dollar tumble as U.S. authorizes air strikes in Iraq

                World shares and the dollar tumbled on Friday and oil and gold jumped after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq, raising worries of another drawn-out conflict in the region.

                It came as fighting also resumed in Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel and with NATO's calls for Russia to "step back from the brink" of war in Ukraine still ringing in ears of volatile markets.

                "Earlier this week, one Iraqi in the area cried to the world, 'There is no one coming to help'," said Obama, who has been reluctant to go back into Iraq having withdrawn in 2011. "Well, today America is coming to help."


                More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0G80JM20140808

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                • #23
                  European stocks fall back as Ukraine tension grows

                  European shares fell on Tuesday, throwing a rally in the U.S. and Asia into reverse, and the euro dipped toward nine-month lows against the dollar as reports a Russian aid convoy was heading to Ukraine ratcheted up tension between Kiev and Moscow.

                  Investors were waiting for a closely watched gauge of German economic sentiment, which some analysts expected will reflect the impact on the euro zone's powerhouse of Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The ZEW indicator ECONDE is due at 0900 GMT.


                  More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0GC01B20140812

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                  • #24
                    Futures flat after four-day rally, Yahoo up early

                    U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday, implying that buyers were taking a pause following the biggest four-day rally for the S&P 500 since January 2013.

                    * Major indexes jumped about 2 percent on Tuesday, lifted by strong corporate results, especially in the tech sector, and a Reuters report that the European Central Bank was considering buying corporate bonds.


                    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0IB18I20141022

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                    • #25
                      U.S. Stock Futures Rise on Corporate Results Before Fed

                      U.S. stock futures rose, after equities slipped from a two-week high, as investors assessed corporate earnings and an unexpected drop in durables goods orders as the Federal Reserve prepares to end bond purchases.

                      Amgen Inc. climbed 2.2 percent after raising its full-year forecast. Aetna Inc. gained 0.7 percent as its operating result topped forecasts. T-Mobile US Inc. added 1.5 percent after boosting its estimate for subscriber acquisitions. Twitter Inc. sank 13 percent as its loss widened and user growth slowed.

                      Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in December climbed 0.4 percent to 1,964.10 at 8:32 a.m. in New York. Dow Jones Industrial Average contracts advanced 52 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,808 today.


                      More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-1...ter-drops.html

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                      • #26
                        Fed ends 6-year effort to stimulate economy

                        The Federal Reserve announced the end of its bond-buying program Wednesday, marking the close of a six-year effort to stimulate the economy.

                        The decision reflects how much the economy has improved since the recession. It's akin to taking the training wheels off of a child's bike.

                        More: http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/29/news....html?iid=Lead

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                        • #27
                          Dollar surges as Fed ends QE on hawkish note

                          The dollar surged to a three-week high, bond yields rose and gold fell on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its six-year quantitative easing bond-buying program.

                          The decision was widely expected, but a relatively hawkish tone to the accompanying statement was not. It prompted financial markets to rethink the growing consensus that the Fed's first interest rate hike would be late in 2015.


                          More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0IJ01J20141030

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                          • #28
                            Global stocks grind higher after central bank stimulus signals

                            World stock markets ground their way higher on Monday after a frenetic round of activity at central banks in Asia and Europe showed they are willing to do more to support economic growth and higher inflation.

                            European shares, which had their best day in a month on Friday after the People's Bank of China cut interest rates, edged higher still on Monday after sources told Reuters at the weekend Beijing was ready to ease policy further to head off slowing inflation.

                            European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi also looked to be clearing the way for the full-scale government bond buying widely hoped for by financial market investors but opposed by Germany's Bundesbank.


                            More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0J80OX20141124

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                            • #29
                              U.S. stocks fluctuate as payrolls fuel rate speculation

                              U.S. stocks fluctuated, with equities heading for a seventh weekly gain, as investors speculated that better-than-estimated payrolls data bolstered the case for higher interest rates.

                              The Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) Index gained 0.1 percent to 2,073.52 at 10:04 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 24.53 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,924.63. Trading in S&P 500 companies was in line with the 30-day average for this time of the day.


                              More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-1...olls-data.html

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                              • #30
                                European shares hit seven-year high

                                European shares were at a seven-year high and the euro sat near an 11-year low on Thursday as the European Central Bank prepared to take the plunge into full-scale quantitative easing.

                                Market expectations are sky-high for the ECB to unveil a large-scale QE programme -- printing money to buy euro zone government bonds -- despite opposition from Germany's Bundesbank. Berlin is also worried that such purchases could allow spendthrift countries to slacken the pace of reforms.


                                More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0KV01A20150122

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