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.» Read More
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.5 pct, Nikkei advances 1.2 pct. *Copper rises on short covering after steep weekly losses. "Market players both domestic and overseas are taking a wait-and-see stance," said Kim Young- il, a market analyst at Daishin Securities, of South Korean shares which traded nearly flat but hovered near a seven-month low hit last week.
TOKYO, June 17- The Nikkei share average is expected to open lower on Monday as weak U.S. stocks and a stronger yen dampen already fragile sentiment, with the Japanese benchmark languishing in a bear market.
*JPMorgan stock falls, private equity unit to become independent. NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. stocks fell on Friday on low volume to end their third negative week in four on lingering concern over whether the world's central banks will soon start to trim their stimulus programs.
NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. stocks fell on Friday and the dollar finished its worst week in almost four years against the yen as investors worried that major central banks may soon start withdrawing stimulus and after data showed a decline in U.S. consumer sentiment. That helped boost the MSCI world index 0.1 percent on the day.
Supporting that view, a Wall Street Journal report on Thursday said a change in the Fed's bond-buying does not mean that the U.S. central bank would end the purchases "all at once" or that the Fed was "anywhere near raising short-term interest rates."
NEW YORK-- Shares of drug developer Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose Friday after its chairman disclosed that he'd bought more of the company's stock. THE SPARK: In a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gabriele Cerrone disclosed the purchase of 8,000 shares for $4.42 per share.
NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. stocks fell on Friday to close their third negative week in four as concern lingered over whether the world's central banks will soon begin to rein in stimulus programs. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 105.90 points, or 0.70 percent, to end unofficially at 15,070.18.
*Wall Street slips; world equity index heads for 4th weekly loss. NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. stocks fell on Friday and the dollar was headed for its worst week in almost four years against the yen as investors worried major central banks may soon start withdrawing stimulus and after data showed a decline in U.S. consumer sentiment.
NEW YORK-- InvenSense Inc. shares rose Friday after a Piper Jaffray analyst said he thinks the technology company's revenue will pick up in the next few months, with Apple Inc. possibly providing an important boost. InvenSense said it is unable to comment on future business with any company.
NEW YORK-- Cempra's stock declined Friday as the pharmaceutical company priced a public stock offering at a 14 percent discount to its Thursday closing price. THE SPARK: Cempra Inc. priced the offering of approximately 7.3 million shares at $7 each. Cempra _ which went public in February 2012 _ said that the offering's gross proceeds were $50.8 million.
Capstone Turbine Corp. fell 11.6 percent to $1.13 with 9,018,900 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. fell. 7 percent to $24.19 with 16,170,600 shares traded. Facebook Inc. fell 1.8 percent to $23.30 with 12,806,100 shares traded.
NEW YORK-- A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. fell. 7 percent to $36.04 with 10,958,300 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. fell. 9 percent to $13.09 with 45,613,500 shares traded.
SolarCity Corp. shares jumped Friday after a CreditSuisse analyst upgraded the company's stock. THE SPARK: Analyst Satya Kumar raised SolarCity to "Outperform" from "Neutral" based on new financing arrangements, lower operating costs and potential favorable changes to the regulatory environment in California.
*JPMorgan's private equity unit to become independent; stock off 1.6 pct. NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. stocks fell on Friday as investors sold some shares to book profits a day after the S&P 500 recorded its second-best session of the year and disappointing data showed a decline in consumer sentiment.
*Fed to buy $1.25 billion to $1.75 billion in Treasuries. NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. government debt prices rose on Friday as traders bought bonds on the view the Federal Reserve would stick to its near-zero interest rate policy for a protracted period to help the economy even if it were to reduce its bond purchases this year.
NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. stocks added to modest declines on Friday, weighed down by losses in the financial and energy sectors. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53.83 points, or 0.35 percent, to 15,122.25. The Nasdaq Composite Index gave up 14.48 points, or 0.42 percent, at 3,430.89.
NEW YORK, June 14- Major stock markets rose on Friday but were headed for a fourth straight week of losses, while the dollar fell further against the yen as investors worried that major central banks will soon start withdrawing stimulus.
NEW YORK-- Restoration Hardware's stock jumped in premarket trading Friday as the home products chain's first-quarter results topped analysts' estimates and it raised its full-year forecasts.
NEW YORK, June 14- U.S. stock index futures trimmed losses after data showed producer prices rose more than expected in May as gasoline prices rebounded, though underlying inflation pressures remained muted.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Smith& Wesson climbed 4 percent in premarket trading Friday after it projected that strong sales would propel it beyond Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter. Smith& Wesson also believes that earnings from continuing operations rose 63 percent, to 44 cents per share.