Skidding To Seven-Week Low As Fed Decision Offsets Economy; Europe Rises On PMI Data

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Giving out early session gain gains, US stocks finished lower Wednesday as the Federal Reserve’s call for modest growth tempered moods amid signs of improvement in Chinese factory output and American housing market. October US flash manufacturing activity notched up to 51.31 from 51.1 in September while the US housing industry continued to chug ahead, extending …

Jobs Data Disappoints While Google Weighs On Equities; Europe Hits 16-Month High

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] US stocks turned lower Thursday falling for the first time this week as tech giant Google missed earnings target highlighting the storm brewing in the tech sector while a rise in weekly jobless rate eclipsed upbeat manufacturing data. The mood went sour after a Labor Department showed initial jobless claims jumped 46,000 to 388,000, reversing a …

US Equities Turn Higher As Retail Sales Lifts Sentiment; China, US Assist Europe

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] US equities moved higher Monday after retail sales data for September came in better than expected and Citigroup delivered above consensus quarterly earnings results. Sentiment was buoyed after a Commerce Department report revealed retail sales rose by a seasonally-adjusted 1.1 percent, beating forecasts of a 0.8 percent rise marginally. A separate report showed the Federal Reserve …

Market Loses Steam As Euphoria Over “Incomplete” Jobless Data Fades; Europe Stocks In Rally Mode

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] US markets erased gains to end nearly flat today as early optimism over upbeat economic data faded and a slump in Apple Inc weighed on technology stocks. Earlier, stocks rose for the first time this week and commodities rallied as risk sentiment improved following a record decline in US unemployment claims. A Labor Department report showed …

Equities Tumble Ahead Of Earnings Season; Europe Drops After IMF Forecast

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Equities plunged today with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ extending losses for the third straight day as investors chose to remain on the sidelines while third quarter earnings season started unofficially. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) slipped 110 points, finishing lower for the second day in a row. The 30-stock blue chip index turned overtly …

US Indexes Edge Higher On Data; Europe Ends Lower On Spain Jitters

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US indexes finished marginally higher Wednesday as improved services sector and payroll data lifted investor sentiments but the gains were pared after China’s official non-manufacturing PMI reading for August dropped to the lowest level since March 2011. The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index that covers nearly 90 percent of the economy rose to 55.1 in September from 53.7 in …