SYDNEY, June 20- Asian stock markets were braced for a fall on Thursday in line with Wall Street after the U.S. central bank confirmed that it would begin to withdraw stimulus this year if the economy continued to recover as it expected.» Read More
NEW YORK-- Shares of Research In Motion declined 2 percent before the market opened Wednesday with Bernstein Research predicting that the BlackBerry maker won't measure up to Wall Street expectations in the second half of the year. A representative for Research In Motion Ltd. did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Violence in the Middle East and lower oil stockpiles in the United States supported prices. Brent futures for August delivery were up 50 cents to $106.52 a barrel by 0940 GMT and set for their highest close since April 4. U.S. crude for July delivery rose to a nine-month high of $99.01, before easing to $98.91, still up 47 cents.
PERTH, June 19- U.S. oil prices were steady below $99 on Wednesday as investors waited for the U.S. *NYMEX crude futures for July delivery had risen 6 cents to $98.50 a barrel by 0053 GMT, after climbing to a nine-month high of $98.74 a barrel on Monday. *Brent crude rose 6 cents to $106.08 a barrel.
Brent crude settled 55 cents higher at $106.02 per barrel after trading as high as $106.24. Front-month U.S. crude oil futures finished 67 cents higher at $98.44 per barrel, after reaching $98.61. The benchmark three-month futures contract in London ended at $7,005 a tonne, down from Monday's close of $7,082.
Industrial and tech shares rally, 3 M at 52- week high. *Boeing shares hit 5 1/ 2- year high. NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. stocks advanced for a second straight day on Tuesday as investors bet the Federal Reserve would temper statements which were interpreted to mean a sooner-than-expected winding down of stimulus efforts.
NEW YORK, June 18- Most U.S. The Fed's policy statement, to be released after the close of the meeting on Wednesday afternoon, could affirm remarks by Chairman Ben Bernanke last month that the U.S. central bank may decide to trim the amount of bond purchases in the next few meetings if the economic recovery maintains momentum. "
NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. stocks advanced for a second straight day on Tuesday as investors bet the Federal Reserve would temper recent statements that were interpreted as meaning an early reduction of stimulus efforts. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 138.76 points, or 0.91 percent, at 15,318.61.
NEW YORK-- Shares of CommVault Systems Inc. rose Tuesday after a Pacific Crest Securities analyst upgraded the information management software company's stock.
*Brent crude rises to hover around $106. NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. equities pushed higher on Tuesday as investors grew more confident that the Federal Reserve would temper its recent statements on the future reduction of U.S. monetary support, while still pointing to economic improvement.
General Electric gained 1.9 percent to $24.21 and was the fourth most actively traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange. The expectation is that the Fed will dial back its rhetoric on tapering to ease "hysteria" in the markets since talk of reducing stimulus heated up in May, said Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Knight Capital in Jersey City, New Jersey.
NORWALK, Conn.-- Emcor Group Inc.' s shares rose Tuesday, a day after the company said it expects that the planned acquisition of an energy services company, RepconStrickland, will add to its profit this year. THE SPARK: Emcor said Monday that it is buying RepconStrickland in a deal valued at $455 million.
Dell Inc. rose. 4 percent to $13.46 with 18,489,500 shares traded. Facebook Inc. rose 2.3 percent to $24.58 with 22,034,100 shares traded. Intel Corp. rose 1.4 percent to $25.46 with 18,359,600 shares traded.
NEW YORK-- A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose 1.0 percent to $4.09 with 12,150,100 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose. 8 percent to $13.31 with 33,279,000 shares traded.
*Demand still soft in India, China- traders. NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 18- Gold fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday as U.S. equities rallied and bullion buyers took to the sidelines before the conclusion of a two-day Federal Reserve policy meeting they hope will give greater clarity on the outlook for U.S. monetary policy.
*Brent crude rises above $106 before trimming gains. NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. equities pushed higher on Tuesday as investors grew more confident that the Federal Reserve would temper its recent statements on the future reduction of U.S. monetary support, while still pointing to economic improvement.
*Wheat firm on rain delays but world supplies cap gains. At the Chicago Board of Trade at 11:05 a.m. CDT, July soybeans were up 8-1/ 2 cents at $15.21 per bushel. The contract extended its premium over new-crop November soybeans, which rose 4 cents to $12.89- 1/ 2. Some soy processors in Iowa raised their cash bids for soybeans by 15 to 20 cents per bushel on Tuesday.
General Electric gained 1 percent to $24.02 and was the second most actively traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Flir Systems Inc. rose Tuesday on optimism that the company's commercial business is poised for growth. THE SPARK: Raymond James analyst Brian Gesuale boosted his rating for Flir to "Strong Buy" from "Market Perform," predicting that the company's overall sales volumes could double by 2015..
NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. Treasuries erased most of their earlier price losses in choppy trading on Tuesday, ahead of a planned purchase by the Federal Reserve of long-dated bonds. Benchmark 10- year notes were last down 1/ 32 in price to yield 2.19 percent, down from 2.22 percent earlier on Tuesday.
*Sony ADRs higher as Third Point raises stake. Speculation over the meeting has shaken markets significantly after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said on May 22 the Fed could begin to scale down its stimulus if the U.S. economy gains momentum, comments that brought the equities rally to a halt.