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*Fed to buy $2.75- $3.50 billion debt that matures in 2018. NEW YORK, April 10- U.S. Treasuries prices rose modestly on Thursday before a $13 billion auction of 30- year bonds after market-friendly minutes from the Federal Reserve's March policy meeting spurred a rally in short-to-medium notes, sending yields to three-week lows.
Bed Bath& Beyond plunged 6 percent after the company reported that weaker sales drove down its earnings in the latest quarter. EBay fell 2 percent on news that the activist investor Carl Icahn is backing down from his push to shake up the company. Rite Aid surged 13 percent after reporting earnings that beat analysts' forecasts.
Even before the Michael Lewis's controversial book, the high speed trading industry was steadily boosting its Capitol Hill connections.
April 10- Shares of bailed out auto-lender Ally Financial Inc fell 3 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $11.7 billion in the biggest U.S. Detroit- based Ally's shares were trading at $24.25 shortly after the opening on the New York Stock Exchange.
*Bed, Bath& Beyond slumps after earnings. *Bed, Bath& Beyond shares slumped 6 percent to $63.85 before the opening bell after the domestic merchandise retailer reported fourth-quarter earnings. *Family Dollar Stores Inc lost 1.8 percent to $58 in premarket after it reported second-quarter results and gave an outlook that fell short of expectations.
NEW YORK— The high-flyers are laying the stock market low— once again. Investors turned against biotech, Internet and other once-soaring stocks on Thursday, driving the Nasdaq composite index to its worst day since 2011..
April 10- Rite Aid Corp forecast 2015 earnings above analysts' estimate, after reporting a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to strong pharmacy same-store sales, sending its shares up about 10 percent before the bell. Rite Aid estimated full-year earnings of 31- 42 cents per share and sales of $26 billion- $26.5 billion.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for May delivery was down 24 cents to $103.36 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract gained $1.04 to settle at $103.60 amid unrest in eastern Ukraine after adding more than $2 the day before.
NEW YORK, April 9- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed a more supportive central bank than investors had previously expected.
NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Alcoa Inc., up 47 cents to $13. Morgan Stanley downgraded the Detroit automaker and the sector comes under pressure after another recall, this time from Toyota.
NEW YORK, April 9- Short- and medium-term U.S. People are readjusting now, "said Brian Rehling, chief fixed income strategist with Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis, Missouri.
*Alcoa's results help boost sentiment, shares rise 3.8 percent. Stocks on Wall Street jumped, with the Nasdaq rising more than 1 percent, and prices for U.S. government debt fell.
NEW YORK— Wheat prices fell Wednesday after the government raised its forecast for year-end supplies, citing a drop in demand from China. "Wheat prices did get to attractive levels," said Todd Hultman, a grain market analyst at DTN. Wheat for May delivery fell 12 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $6.69 a bushel.
NEW YORK, April 9- U.S. stocks jumped on Wednesday, with the three major indexes hitting session highs after the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed a more supportive central bank than previously expected.
*Alcoa's results boost sentiment, shares rise 3.5 percent. U.S. stocks rose for a second session, buoyed after Alcoa late Tuesday reported quarterly results that topped analysts' expectations, even though the company's adjusted profit fell due to declining aluminum prices.
NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. fell 1.0 percent to $34.92 with 29,859,800 shares traded. Alcoa Inc. rose 3.8 percent to $13.00 with 47,961,300 shares traded.
Cisco Systems Inc. rose. 8 percent to $23.12 with 29,404,400 shares traded. Comcast Corp. rose 1.9 percent to $49.79 with 20,195,200 shares traded. Facebook Inc. rose 7.3 percent to $62.41 with 98,138,200 shares traded.
NEW YORK, April 9- A group of small brokerages and large commodities companies have convinced lawmakers to tweak a rule they say would have made derivatives trading more expensive for them and sent more business to Wall Street banks that already dominate the market.
CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.81 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents higher at 5.0750 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.35 a bushel; while May soybeans 15 cents higher at 14.9750 a bushel.
NEW YORK, April 9- U.S. stocks edged higher on Wednesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second straight advance, in the wake of earnings from Alcoa and ahead of the minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting.