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  • *Nov jobs report comes in well ahead of expectations. NEW YORK, Dec 5- The Dow and S&P 500 closed a seventh straight weekly advance on Friday as a better-than-expected jobs report indicated strong economic growth, but perhaps to the point where interest rates could rise sooner than previously anticipated. Ronald Sanchez, chief investment officer of Fiduciary...

  • *U.S. stocks rise on payrolls; MSCI global index edges up. NEW YORK, Dec 5- An unusually strong U.S. jobs report lifted the dollar to a five-and-a-half-year high against a basket of currencies on Friday and drove stocks higher, led by financial shares. "It is unequivocally bullish on the U.S. economy," said Anthony Valeri, fixed-income strategist at LPL Financial in San...

  • *Nov jobs report comes in well ahead of expectations. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 on track for their seventh straight weekly advance after the November jobs report came in much stronger than anticipated, boosting banks and other sectors tied to the pace of growth. Bank of America rose 2.8 percent to $17.70 while Goldman Sachs was...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Bank shares led gains Friday on Wall Street after November payrolls data came in much stronger than anticipated, raising market expectations a rate hike from the Federal Reserve may materialize sooner than previously thought. "This report solidifies the idea that the economy is getting stronger, and the more economic activity on Main Street, the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Bank shares led gains Friday on Wall Street after November payrolls data came in much stronger than anticipated, raising market expectations a rate hike from the Federal Reserve may materialize sooner than previously thought. "This report solidifies the idea that the economy is getting stronger, and the more economic activity on Main Street, the...

  • *Microsoft rises, limiting the market's decline. NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi brushed off pressure for more immediate monetary policy action but said the issue would be addressed early next year. "I wasn't expecting much from the ECB, which doesn't want to paint itself into a corner,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. Treasuries investors are focused on the wide difference in yields between European government bonds and higher-paying Treasuries, especially among long maturities, according to Dan Heckman, senior fixed income strategist, at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Kansas City.

  • *Euro zone shares slide, but Wall Street subdued. NEW YORK, Dec 4- The euro rebounded and bond yields in the euro zone bounced off record lows on Thursday, after the European Central Bank put off until next year a decision about whether to increase economic stimulus, leaving investors uncertain. Stocks in the euro zone fell more than 1 percent and MSCI's measure of...

  • *Weekly jobless claims land almost as expected. NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi brushed off pressure to act and said the bank would reassess the impact of its monetary policy stimulus early next year and take further action if necessary. Every time they get a bad number or are worried about the...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls at open on ECB comments Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi brushed off pressure to act and said the bank would reassess the impact of its monetary policy stimulus early next year and take further action if necessary. The United States is the main engine for a global economy in slow growth mode, a headwind for U.S. multinationals,...

  • Kroger profit jumps 21 pct in third quarter Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    Dec 4- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, reported a 21 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by the acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc, sending its shares up 5 percent in premarket trading. Net income attributable to Kroger rose to $362 million, or 73 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Nov. 8, from $299 million, or 57 cents per share, a...

  • *Dow, S&P 500 hit intraday and closing records. NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 ending at records, as data pointed to improving conditions in the U.S. services sector, boosting cyclical stocks. Both the Dow and S&P also ticked to intraday records in a quiet session, with many traders looking ahead to tomorrow's key meeting of the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Wednesday as energy-related shares rose for a third straight session and data pointed to improving conditions in the U.S. services sector, which makes up a majority of the economy. Cimarex Energy was the S&P 500' s top percentage gainer, up 5.9 percent at $108.98. Diamond Offshore rose 3.7 percent to $31.46.

  • *Brent oil holds above $70 a barrel. NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters)- Global equity markets advanced and the dollar rose to its highest level since 2009 on Wednesday as momentum grew for the European Central Bank to launch a bond-buying program and data showed U.S. economic resiliency in the face of slowing world growth. "Investors are looking to increase their holdings of...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St ticks up, energy stocks rally again Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stocks rose slightly on Wednesday, led by commodity-related shares, as data continued to show a strengthening U.S. economy and ahead of a meeting of the European Central Bank. The largest percentage gainer on the S&P 500 was land drilling contractor and oil services company Nabors Industries, which rose 6.1 percent to $13.66.

  • *OPEC oil supply falls 340,000 bpd in Nov due to Libya- survey. Brent for delivery in January rose 62 cents to $71.16 a barrel by 0839 GMT after falling $2 on Tuesday. U.S. crude for January delivery was at $67.54 a barrel, off the day's high of $67.97, but up 66 cents from the previous session when prices dropped more than $2.

  • *U.S. stocks climb with energy shares; MSCI global stock index up. NEW YORK, Dec 2- Oil prices resumed their decline on Tuesday after rallying the previous session, while world stock markets edged higher as investors snapped up beaten-down energy shares. MSCI's global share index was up 0.2 percent.

  • *Otsuka to buy Avanir; Cypress Semi to buy Spansion. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and helped the market rebound from the broad decline in the previous session, which was the S&P 500' s weakest day in a month. While oil fell 1 percent to $68.35 per barrel- extending a decline that has taken the commodity down...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rises, but oil continues to weigh Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    *Otsuka to buy Avanir; Cypress Semi to buy Spansion. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and helped the market rebound from the broad decline in the previous session, which was the S&P 500' s weakest day in a month. U.S. crude futures fell 2 percent to $67.58 per barrel, contributing to the 0.5 percent...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 2- U.S. crude futures slipped below $69 a barrel on Tuesday after a rebound from five-year lows on signs that shale oil producers are starting to slow down output. *U.S. crude futures for January delivery slipped 12 cents to $68.88 a barrel by 0013 GMT. *Libya is still testing pipelines to restart the southwestern El Feel oilfield, a spokesman for...