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  • 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...

  • *Slump in Apple weighs on overall market. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stocks fell in a broad decline on Monday, with the S&P 500 suffering its biggest one-day drop in more than a month, as economic data indicated weakness across the globe and the holiday shopping season got off to a tepid start. Apple Inc was one of the biggest weights on the session, falling 3.2 percent to...

  • The ETF has plummeted since the end of September and the most recent sharp drop came on Friday after OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, agreed to stick to its production quota, even in the face of declining oil prices. With OPEC failing to agree on cutting production, the risk that oil prices are headed lower in the short-term is keeping volatility expectations high, said...

  • *Data shows slowing factory activity in China, Europe. *Moody's cuts Japan's credit rating. NEW YORK, Dec 1- Global stock markets fell on Monday as slowing factory activity in China and Europe added to worries about weaker global growth and Apple shares dropped, while the yen briefly hit a seven-year low after Moody's cut its rating on Japan.

  • *Data shows slowing factory activity in China, Europe. *Moody's cuts Japan's credit rating. NEW YORK, Dec 1- Global stock markets fell on Monday as slowing factory activity in China and Europe added to worries about weaker global growth and Apple shares dropped, while the yen briefly hit a seven-year low after Moody's cut its rating on Japan.

  • *Discounts, online buys hurt Thanksgiving weekend sales. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stocks fell in early trading on Monday as manufacturing growth across Asia and Europe eased in November, while consumer stocks were pressured as Thanksgiving weekend in-store sales failed to impress. Industrials were the worst-performing sector in the S&P as the U.S. manufacturing...

  • *Discounts, online buys hurt Thanksgiving weekend sales. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stocks were set to fall at the open on Monday as manufacturing growth across Asia and Europe eased in November, while retailers could be pressured as Thanksgiving weekend in-store sales failed to impress. Markit's final November manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 28- Gold fell over 2 percent on Friday, extending a three-day slide to a two-week low, and silver dropped the most since September 2013 on free-falling oil prices and a strong dollar. Spot gold was down 1.9 percent at $1,168.56 an ounce by 1:28 p.m. EDT, after hitting a low of $1,165.04. U.S. gold futures for December delivery closed down $21.40 an...

  • *Oil falls to 2010 low, Exxon Mobil tumbles. *Retailers higher, Wal-Mart boosts Dow. "Crude seems to have no floor right now, and we could easily see the price drop into the low $60 s," said Tony Roth, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • *Soybeans turn lower as soymeal drops below $400 a ton. CHICAGO, Nov 28- U.S. wheat futures climbed to their highest in nearly five months on Friday, supported by news that Russia, a major global wheat supplier, was tightening its grain export rules, traders said. Wheat opened lower but quickly rallied on concerns about supplies from Russia, which the U.S. Department of...