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US pre-open: Futures flat as investors focus on Ukraine and earnings

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 09:57
US stock markets are expected to open flat to slightly lower on Tuesday morning in New York as investors pause for breath with indices near record highs.

Wall Street dips at open, indexes near record

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 09:47

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street edged lower at the open on Tuesday as investors hesitated to push the market higher, with major indexes near record levels. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 35.32 points, or 0.21 percent, to 16,495.23, the S&P 500 lost 3.86 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,880.8 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 11.116 points, or 0.27 percent, to 4,126.939. (Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Bernadette Baum)


Wall Street dips at open, indexes near record

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 09:34

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street edged lower at the open on Tuesday as investors hesitated to push the market higher, with major indexes near record levels. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 35.32 points, or 0.21 percent, to 16,495.23, the S&P 500 lost 3.86 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,880.8 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 11.116 points, or 0.27 percent, to 4,126.939. (Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Bernadette Baum)


Wall St set to open slightly lower, indexes near record

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 08:54

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeWall Street was set for a slightly lower open on Tuesday as investors hesitated to push the market higher, with major indexes near record levels. * Shares of Office Depot Inc jumped 10 percent in premarket trading even as it reported a quarterly loss and said it would shut at least 400 stores in the United States, hurt by competition from e-retailers, mass market chains and drugstores. * Apple Inc shares were likely to be in the spotlight after the stock traded above $600 for the first time since late 2012. Shares were flat in premarket trading.


US STOCKS-Wall St set to open slightly lower, indexes near record

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 08:50
Wall Street was set for a slightly lower open on Tuesday as investors hesitated to push the market higher, with major indexes near record levels. * Data showed the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March ...

Barclays earnings hit by sharp fall in investment bank

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 08:15

An exterior view of the Barclays Center is seen in Brooklyn, New YorkBy Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays Plc said a collapse in investment bank revenue had hit first-quarter profit and was still hurting income in April, throwing a spotlight on an overhaul of the flagging business due to be unveiled in two days by the British bank. Income from its investment bank fell 28 percent, largely because of a 41 percent drop in fixed income, currencies and commodities, a trend which is hurting most banks since regulators have forced them to set aside large amounts of money to cover losses from risky trading. But Barclays' performance was weaker than many rivals, partly because it has started shrinking the business - a process set to be extended in a strategic revamp due out on Thursday. Barclays is expected to cut the investment bank's size to slash costs and improve profitability, potentially costing thousands of jobs as Chief Executive Antony Jenkins leads a reshaping of the business, built up by executive including Bob Diamond before his ousting from the chief executive post in 2012.


Study Shows a Bright Future for the Next Generation of Philanthropists

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 07:30

Study Shows a Bright Future for the Next Generation of PhilanthropistsSo much is written each month about the various charitable giving indexes that are released. It seems that the interest in charitable giving in the United States is at least equal to the attention devoted to the current state of the stock market. I love statistics probably much more than most people. However, they rarely...


Canara Bank falls; earnings concerns surface

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 05:21
Reuters Market Eye - Shares in Canara Bank Ltd(CNBK.NS) fall after dealers say the bank's January-March quarterly net profit was boosted by a tax refund they estimated at 1 billion rupees ($16.62 million). ...

European stocks notch up modest gains after U.S. data, earnings boosts

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 05:15

The DAX Index curve is mirrored in a DAX logo on the trading floor of Frankfurt stock exchangeBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar fell to a 6-1/2 month low on Tuesday despite signs the U.S. economy is emerging from a particularly harsh winter-induced slowdown. It was hurt by U.S. bond yields struggling to pull away from their recent troughs, suggesting there were no immediate bets on future interest rates rises. While the European Central Bank is expected to repeat its concerns about the euro's impact on already-low inflation at a meeting on Thursday, economists do not expect it to cut its already record low interest again. "It's an anti-dollar trade," said Gavin Friend, a currency strategist at National Australia Bank in London.


GFH faces Kuwait shares suspension if misses AGM deadline -watchdog

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 04:26
Kuwait's financial regulator has given Bahrain-based investment firm Gulf Finance House until Sunday to hold its annual general meeting (AGM) and approve 2013 results or face a suspension of its Kuwait-listed shares. The watchdog, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), has been tightening oversight on corporate disclosure as it attempts to promote investor confidence in the Gulf state's financial sector. A Reuters survey of a dozen international fund managers this year found they ranked Kuwait lowest among five big Middle Eastern markets for corporate disclosure. The CMA has asked the stock market to suspend Gulf Finance House's (GFH) shares if it fails to meet the deadline, a Monday filing on Kuwait's stock exchange showed.

European shares rise early; Barclays drops after results

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 03:13
European shares rose early on Tuesday, mirroring Wall Street's gains following forecast-beating U.S. macro data, although Barclays dropped after posting a slide in profit. Shares in the UK lender were ...

Asia shares ride Wall St gains, Europe seen up too

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 03:11

An investor talks to a security guard in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in HuaibeiBy Wayne Cole and Vidya Ranganathan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets shuffled higher on Tuesday after promising U.S. economic news helped Wall Street to a firmer finish, though activity was again light with Tokyo still on holiday. Stock markets in India and China led the way with modest gains, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.2 percent. The Australian central bank's policy meeting was the only notable economic event in Asia, and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the cash rate at a record low of 2.5 percent, just as markets had priced in. Australia's main stock index trimmed gains while the Australian dollar firmed a quarter of a U.S. cent after the RBA announced its decision, and said the local currency was high historically, but refrained from calling for it to fall.


Asia shares ride Wall Street gains, Europe seen up too

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 02:53

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Wayne Cole and Vidya Ranganathan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets shuffled higher on Tuesday after promising U.S. economic news helped Wall Street to a firmer finish, though activity was again light with Tokyo still on holiday. Stock markets in India .BSESN and China .SSEC led the way with modest gains, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS added 0.2 percent. The Australian central bank's policy meeting was the only notable economic event in Asia, and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the cash rate at a record low of 2.5 percent, just as markets had priced in. Australia's main stock index .AXJO trimmed gains while the Australian dollar AUD=D4 firmed a quarter of a U.S. cent after the RBA announced its decision, and said the local currency was high historically, but refrained from calling for it to fall.


Canara Bank falls; earnings concerns surface

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 02:23
Reuters Market Eye - Shares in Canara Bank Ltd fall after dealers say the bank's January-March quarterly net profit was boosted by a tax refund they estimated at 1 billion rupees ($16.62 million). The falls reverse a 6.6 percent rally on Monday when investors had reacted positively to the state-lender's results, especially as its net non-performing loans fell to 1.98 percent during the January-March quarter from 2.39 percent in the previous quarter. Analysts say Canara's loans decreased mainly as a result of the sale of some bad assets. ...

China leads as Asia shares ride Wall Street gains

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 01:29

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in ShanghaiBy Wayne Cole and Vidya Ranganathan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets shuffled higher on Tuesday after promising U.S. economic news helped Wall Street to a firmer finish, though activity was again light with Tokyo still on holiday. Stock markets in India and China led the way with gains of 0.5 percent each, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.2 percent. The Australian central bank's policy meeting was the only notable economic event in Asia, and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the cash rate at a record low of 2.5 percent, just as markets had priced in. Australia's main stock index trimmed gains while the Australian dollar firmed a quarter of a U.S. cent after the RBA announced its decision, and said the local currency was high historically, but refrained from calling for it to fall.


Asia shares ride Wall St gains after upbeat U.S. data

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 20:32

An employee of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) looks at a monitor at the bourse at the TSE in TokyoBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets shuffled higher on Tuesday after promising U.S. economic news helped Wall Street to a firmer finish, though activity was again light with Tokyo still on holiday. Australia's main index led the way with a gain of 0.5 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.16 percent. Sentiment did get a fillip after the Institute for Supply Management's U.S. services sector index rose to 55.2 in April, the fastest pace in eight months and easily topping forecasts. "In Japan, the sales tax hike frontloading and payback, which began last month, were largely in line with expectations." The better U.S. news helped Wall Street recover early losses.


Occupy Wall Street protester convicted at trial of assault

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 17:47
An Occupy Wall Street protester was found guilty on Monday of assaulting a police officer during a demonstration two years ago to mark the protest movement's six-month anniversary in New York City. A New York jury found Cecily McMillan, 25, guilty of elbowing a police officer, Grantley Bovell, in the eye as he was attempting to arrest her. McMillan came to New York after college to volunteer with the labor group the Democratic Socialists of America, according to the New York Times.

Stocks edge higher; US service sector improves

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 17:11

FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo, specialist Vincent Surace, right, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Signs of weakness in China's economy and some disappointing corporate earnings are dragging the stock market lower in early trading Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Worries from overseas held back the stock market on Monday.


Weak earnings set Asian stock markets up for repeat underperformance

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 17:09

Pedestrians pass by an electronic board displaying stock prices, which are reflected in a polished stone surface, in TokyoBy Vidya Ranganathan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Unless they are in for the long haul, global investors in Asian equity markets outside Japan should be prepared for returns this year to be below those of other markets once again. Extrapolating from the shrinking profit margins seen in the latest batch of Asian corporate earnings, alongside weakness in global demand, analysts reckon stock markets in Asia are already too expensive. Asian stock markets have broadly yielded about 40 percent less in dollar terms than developed markets since the end of 2010. Slowing global manufacturing growth, rising local wages and dimming prospects for a recovery in exports have quashed whatever hopes investors may have had for a recovery in Asian corporate earnings.


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Monday

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 16:57
The stock market closed slightly higher as enthusiasm about an improving U.S. service sector outweighed concerns about China. Stocks started the day lower on news that manufacturing contracted in China ...