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  • US stocks open lower following drop in Japan Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    U.S. stocks are mostly lower in early trading following a sharp drop in Japan overnight. In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei stock index sank 3 percent following news that the country unexpectedly slid into recession in the third quarter of the year. The price of oil fell 96 cents to $74.94 a barrel in New York.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Allergan soars on deal reports Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    Shares of Allergan jumped in premarket trading Monday after several reports surfaced over the weekend that specialty drugmaker Actavis was preparing to buy the Botox maker, which is fighting off a separate takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals. The New York Times reported that Allergan is nearing a deal to sell itself to Actavis for more than $62.5...

  • Japan stocks rise on hopes for new stimulus Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:58 AM ET

    The latest milestone for the S&P 500 came on a day when the major U.S. stock indexes mostly hovered between small gains and losses as investors weighed the implications of an economic slowdown in Japan that worsened in the third quarter into a recession. "Japan definitely started us on a bit of a negative tone with the economy back into recession," said Chris...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks posted a fourth straight week of increases but ended Friday little changed as losses in healthcare shares offset gains in energy. Apple shares rose 1.2 percent to $114.18, another record high. Biotech stocks were among biggest decliners in the S&P health care index, which fell 0.8 percent and was the biggest drag on the S&P 500. Gilead...

  • Halliburton and Geron are big market movers Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Halliburton Co., up $1.29 to $55.08. Hertz Global Holdings Inc., down $1.04 to $21.69.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. long-dated Treasury debt prices rose on Friday for a third straight session, as institutional buyers scooped up bonds, comforted by benign inflation in the world's largest economy that should allow the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates lower for longer. "Low inflation expectations in the U.S. have prompted buying on the long end," said Kim...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- An improving U.S. economy has failed to galvanize the consumer discretionary sector so far this year, but a recent rally in restaurant stocks as the holidays approach could herald happier days ahead for other retailers. Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, Domino's Pizza Inc, Darden Restaurants Inc and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc have all...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday afternoon, led by losses in healthcare shares. "Oil prices moving lower would be a net benefit from most people's perspectives because it frees up so much potential disposable spending on the part of the U.S. consumer," said Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Clearpool Group in New York. On the Nasdaq, Cisco Systems,...

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose. 8 percent to $35.90 with 20,166,700 shares traded. Baker Hughes Inc. rose 1.9 percent to $59.89 with 33,748,400 shares traded.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    American Realty Capital Properties Inc. fell. 9 percent to $8.73 with 24,819,600 shares traded. Apple Inc. rose 1.2 percent to $114.18 with 42,067,300 shares traded. Baxano Surgical fell 53.3 percent to$. 03 with 27,392,400 shares traded.

  • *Oil rises from 4- year low on OPEC cut hopes. MSCI's all-country world index was almost unchanged at 420.17. A mixed bag of euro zone growth numbers showed France and Germany growing marginally but others like Italy still firmly in recession.

  • *Baker Hughes confirms merger talks with Halliburton. *Geron jumps on licensing deal with Johnson& Johnson. NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday, with the S&P on track for a fourth straight weekly advance, after data on retail sales and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment.

  • US stocks are little changed in early trading Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    Nordstrom rose 2 percent after the company reported better quarterly results than analysts were expecting. Halliburton and Baker Hughes rose 4 percent each following reports that the oilfield services companies were considering a combination. U.S. crude rose 86 cents to $75.04 a barrel in New York.

  • BULLARD SAYS LOWER LONG TERM RATES AND LOWER OIL PRICES SHOULD PROVIDE TAILWINDS FOR US ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE.

  • Stocks end mostly up as gains extend into 4th week Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks ended mostly higher on Friday as major indexes extended gains for a fourth week in a row, a rare stretch for this year. "The market has continued to surprise me with its strength," said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners, an investment fund in New York. Stocks have been mostly rising since Oct. 15, when the S&P 500 nearly fell into a "correction," a...

  • Saudi Arabia's oil minister also appeared to rule out a cut in production by the key OPEC member when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Vienna on Nov. 27 fuelling fears of oversupply. *U.S. crude for December delivery rose to 23 cents to $74.43 a barrel by 0116 GMT on Friday after dropping $2.97 in the previous session, the lowest since...

  • Cold snap helps wake up wheat and corn prices Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Wheat prices are surging this week as temperatures plunge in the U.S. The price of wheat for December delivery climbed 11 cents, or 2 percent, to $5.54 on Thursday, taking its gains for the week to 7.6 percent. The week's cold snap in wheat-growing states, such as North Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska, also pushed prices higher, as traders speculated that the...

  • Wal-Mart and Viacom are big market movers Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., up $3.74 to $82.94. J.C. Penney Co., down 66 cents to $7.10.

  • Kimberly-Clark approves $5B stock buyback Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Consumer products maker Kimberly-Clark said Thursday it will buy back up to 40 million shares of its stock, or spend $5 billion buying the stock. Kimberly-Clark, the company Kleenex and Huggies, is trading at all-time highs. Kimberly-Clark Corp. had 372.5 million shares on the market as of Oct. 14.

  • Nordstrom profit, revenue up in 3Q Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    SEATTLE— SEATTLE— Nordstrom Inc. shares jumped in extended trading Thursday after the upscale department store operator reported improved fiscal third-quarter sales and profits. Nordstrom's revenue increased 8.9 percent to $3.14 billion, also beating Street forecasts. Nordstrom lowered its full-year earnings forecast to reflect the impact of its...