*Asian markets look well placed in wake of Wall St gains. SYDNEY, Dec 9- Asian markets were poised to move higher on Monday, energised by a potent cocktail of upbeat Chinese trade data, a weaker yen and a firm finish on Wall Street.» Read More
Copper also fell on concerns of slowing demand by China, the largest buyer of the metal. Soybeans, and their derivative soymeal, have come under selling pressure as a record-large U.S. soy harvest approaches. Soybeans are usually crushed to make soymeal.
NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. stocks finished mostly flat on Friday, though a rally in Amazon.com shares a day after the online retailer's results helped boost the Nasdaq. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 2.99 points, or 0.02 percent, at 15,558.60. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 7.98 points, or 0.22 percent, at 3,613.16.
NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. stocks cut earlier declines heading into the closing bell on Friday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq pushing into positive territory as shares of Starbucks and Amazon.com rose in the wake of their earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average was off 10.74 points, or 0.07 percent, to 15,544.87.
*Wall Street opens lower as profit taking sets in. NEW YORK, July 26- Wall Street sagged on Friday as a slew of corporate earnings prompted investors to take a pause, while the dollar fell to a five-week low on speculation the U.S.
*Gold up more than 8 percent in three weeks. LONDON, July 26- Gold eased back on Friday but stayed on course for a third weekly gain, as wariness over the U.S. Spot gold fell half a percent to $1,326.60 per ounce by 1433 GMT as buyers cashed in on the day's $1,340 peak, around $160 up from the three-year low hit on June 28.
*Amazon, Zynga shares down after weak results. *Vivendi overhaul gathers pace with $8.2 bln Activision deal. NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. stocks fell on Friday as the market took a breather from a recent rally that has taken the S&P 500 up about 18 percent for the year and as investors digested major earnings.
NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. stocks fell at the open on Friday as the market took a breather from a rally that has taken the S&P 500 up 18.5 percent so far this year and as investors weighed a slew of mixed earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 48.83 points, or 0.31 percent, to 15,506.78. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 21.10 points, or 0.59 percent, to 3,584.09.
*Amazon, Zynga shares pressured in premarket after results. NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday as the market took a breather from a recent rally that has taken the S&P 500 up 18.5 percent for the year and as investors digested a slew of major earnings. 'said Andre Bakhos, director of market analytics at Lek Securities in New York.
*Amazon, Zynga shares pressured in premarket after results. NEW YORK, July 26- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday as the market took a breather from a recent rally that has taken the S&P 500 up 18.5 percent for the year and as investors digested a slew of major earnings.
CHICAGO, July 25- U.S. cash corn bids fell hard from record-high levels on Thursday as a big drop in Chicago futures markets encouraged farmers to sell what remained of last year's harvest, analysts and grain merchants said.
*Nasdaq gains on Facebook results; Dow, S&P edge higher. NEW YORK, July 25- The dollar and global equity markets fell on Thursday after mixed corporate earnings and renewed worries about growth in China weighed on investor sentiment, but a 30 percent jump in Facebook Inc shares lifted U.S. stocks from the doldrums.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 25- Zynga Inc said on Thursday it will largely abandon its long-running efforts to build a real-money gaming business in the United States, a prospect observers had believed to be the struggling company's sole, tenuous lifeline.
NEW YORK, July 25- The Nasdaq climbed on Thursday as Facebook's stock scored its biggest daily percentage gain, but a mixed bag of earnings from other companies limited the Dow and the S&P 500 to modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average added 13.37 points, or 0.09 percent, to end unofficially at 15,555.61.
*Caterpillar, the Dow's worst performer, falls for second day. *Facebook's best daily percentage gain boosts Nasdaq. NEW YORK, July 25- The Nasdaq got a lift from Facebook shares on Thursday, but the Dow and the S&P 500 stumbled over mixed earnings and weakness in the cyclical sector.
*Caterpillar weighs on Dow, extending recent selloff. *Facebook's best daily percentage gain boosts Nasdaq. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, rebounding off earlier weakness as strength in technology companies, especially Facebook, lifted the Nasdaq.
CHICAGO, July 25- Record-high cash bids for corn in the United States were starting to show signs of cracking on Thursday, but strong demand from ethanol plants was likely to prevent a wave of declines that were seen this week in the soybean market, analysts and grain merchants said.
*Caterpillar weighs on Dow after reducing 2013 forecast. *Facebook's best daily percentage gain ever keeps Nasdaq aloft. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stocks mostly slipped on Thursday, with cyclical sectors falling on some disappointing earnings and concerns about China's growth, though Facebook's rally gave the Nasdaq a lift.
July 25- Boston Scientific Corp on Thursday reported its first quarter of operating revenue growth in years and beat analyst expectations for second-quarter profit, pushing up shares to their highest level in nearly four years.
July 25- Shares of Spirit AeroSystems, a supplier to Boeing Co and other jet makers, rose 7 percent on Thursday after a British newspaper reported that car and plane parts maker GKN may launch a bid for the company. Ken Evans, a spokesman for Kansas- based Spirit, said the company would not speculate on rumors.
July 25- Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday that quarterly profit edged down as costs increased and U.S. spending curbs hurt demand, and its shares fell nearly 3 percent. Dallas- based Southwest has added seats to planes and raised baggage fees at its AirTran subsidiary to boost revenue and keep profits flowing, but it faces significant cost pressures.