*Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- The S&P 500 hit a record high on Wednesday, lifted by bullish earnings from companies like Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.» Read More
*Caterpillar profit stronger than expected; shares rally. Limiting losses in the Dow and S&P 500, however, was Caterpillar.
*MSCI world stock index at lowest level in more than month. NEW YORK, Jan 27- Emerging market equities hit a five-month low on Monday to lead a global stocks sell-off, while Wall Street failed to hold slight gains as sentiment soured.
NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. "You're seeing more people looking to take profits in front of the expected $10 billion taper announcement on Wednesday," said Jason Rogan, managing director of Treasury trading at Guggenheim Securities in New York. In December, the Fed reduced its monthly purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities by $10 billion to $75 billion.
*MSCI world stock index at lowest level in more than month. NEW YORK, Jan 27- Emerging market equities fell to their lowest levels in nearly five months on Monday to lead a global stocks selloff, while Wall Street struggled to hold on to slight gains as sentiment soured.
*Caterpillar profit stronger than expected, shares rally. *Apple earnings due after markets' close. NEW YORK, Jan 27- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq extended last week's selling on Monday after weaker-than-expected new home sales data and ongoing concerns about emerging markets, while the Dow gained with shares of Caterpillar on strong earnings.
*MSCI world stock index at lowest level in more than month. NEW YORK, Jan 27- Emerging market equities posted their largest drop in almost seven months on Monday to lead a global stocks sell-off, while Wall Street pared early gains as sentiment continued to sour.
NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. "The market is already skittish," said Wilmer Stith, portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore. The U.S. Commerce Department said sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000 units.
*MSCI world stock index at lowest level in more than month. NEW YORK, Jan 27- Emerging market equities posted their largest drop in five months on Monday to lead a global stocks sell-off, while Wall Street pared early gains as sentiment continued to sour.
*Caterpillar profit stronger than expected, shares rally. The Dow industrial average was outperforming the broader market thanks to Caterpillar Inc which reported better-than-expected results.
Jan 27- Teamsters union members have approved YRC Worldwide Inc's revised labor contract, clearing the way for the struggling trucking company to proceed with its refinancing plans, sending its shares up 13 percent before the bell.
"Results are running light, and negative announcements have been off the hook," one analyst said amid a spate of disappointing reports.
E-Trade's system crashed Wednesday, leaving furious clients unable to execute trades just ahead of a market-moving indicator.
Ford said it expects lower pretax profit in 2014, and that targets for global automotive operating margin are at risk.
Investors are fleeing the U.S. municipal bond market as it shrank to $3.6 trillion in the third quarter of 2013, the smallest since the end of 2009.
Sears Holdings said Friday that it will spin off its Lands' End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer's shareholders.
The S&P 500 is on track to reach 2,000, but the start of Fed tapering could provoke a fall of 10 percent or more, warned a senior investment analyst.
Wall Street's bulls may be partying hard on the prospect of a Washington debt deal, but the actual vote is likely to trigger a "sell the news" letdown.
JC Penney shares tumbled to their lowest in nearly 13 years after a Goldman Sachs report projected slow sales and liquidity trouble.
Twenty-two investment firms will pay more than $14.4 million in sanctions to settle SEC charges of illegal short-selling practices.
The financial sector stands within a whisker of recapturing the mantle as the $17 trillion U.S. stock market's heaviest hitter.