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NEW YORK, Dec 13- World shares were little changed but commodity prices slipped on Thursday as investors looked past the Federal Reserve's announcement on Wednesday of further monetary stimulus and re-focused on the unresolved showdown over the U.S. "
NEW YORK, Dec 13- The S&P 500 may end 2013 within a stone's throw of its all-time intraday high hit in 2007 on the back of an improved outlook for global growth and with an end to uncertainty surrounding the U.S. " The median forecast for the S&P 500 by end of 2013 was 1,550, according to 47 respondents surveyed in the latest Reuters poll of equity strategists.
*Treasury to auction $13 billion of 30- year bonds. NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. The main surprise is the fall in initial claims, which suggests the labor market might be improving a bit quicker than expected and that would mean the unemployment rate might reach the Fed's new target a bit quicker than some people think, "said David Sloan, economist at 4 Cast Ltd in New York.
*Asian shares, led by China, seen top performers. LONDON, Dec 13- A tentatively improving global economy and plentiful central bank cash should foster gains for the world's major stock markets next year, a Reuters poll of more than 250 analysts showed.
NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. stocks opened flat on Thursday after data showed first time claims for jobless benefits fell sharply last week, but investors were cautious about making aggressive bets in the midst of ongoing "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 11.60 points, or 0.09 percent, to 13,233.85.
NEW YORK, Dec 13- The dollar was little changed against the euro on Thursday after three days of declines as investors digested the Federal Reserve's announcement of further stimulus on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Dec 13- U.S. retail sales rose in November and jobless claims fell sharply last week, hopeful signs for an economy that appears to have slowed sharply in the fourth quarter. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent, rebounding from a 0.3 percent decline in October, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.
CVS Caremark is looking at changes in U.S. healthcare as an opportunity to serve more customers, whether they are picking up prescriptions, getting them through the mail or stopping by an in-house MinuteClinic for a checkup.
*Best Buy surges on report its founder to make buy offer. Shares of Best Buy Co surged more than 15 percent after a report that the company's founder is expected to make a fully financed offer to buy the consumer electronics retailer by the end of the week. Best Buy was up 15.5 percent at $14.07 in premarket trade.
NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. Treasury debt briefly extended early price losses on Thursday after the release of data on November U.S. retail sales, producer prices and weekly claims for jobless benefits. Benchmark 10- year notes were trading 1/ 32 lower in price to yield 1.71 percent, up from 1.70 percent late Wednesday.
NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday after data showed initial jobless claims fell in the latest week, producer prices fell more than expected and retail sales rose in November.
*Sees 2013 adjusted earnings per share of $3.84 to $3.98. Dec 13- CVS Caremark Corp is looking at changes in U.S. healthcare as an opportunity to serve more customers, whether they are picking up prescriptions, getting them through the mail or stopping by an in-house MinuteClinic for a checkup.
*Best Buy surges on report its founder to make buy offer. Shares of Best Buy Co surged more than 11 percent after a report that the company's founder is expected to make a fully financed offer to buy the consumer electronics retailer by the end of the week. Best Buy was up 11.3 percent at $13.56 in premarket trade.
Dec 13- CVS Caremark Corp is looking at changes in U.S. healthcare as an opportunity to serve more customers, whether they are picking up prescriptions, getting them through the mail, or stopping by an in-house MinuteClinic for a checkup.
NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. stock index futures were mixed on Thursday as a new round of stimulus for the economy was not enough to offset worries over the impact of the impending "fiscal cliff". *In the European Union, finance ministers reached a deal to make the European Central Bank the bloc's top banking supervisor.
The U.S. tax code has many politically sacrosanct tax breaks and few rank higher than the deduction for home mortgage interest.
TORONTO, Dec 12- A U.S. federal agency is set to trial Research In Motion's new BlackBerry 10 smartphone after recently ditching the brand in favor of Apple Inc's iPhone, in a boost for the embattled Canadian company.
*CNOOC wants deepwater expertise to drill in South China Sea. HONG KONG/ NEW YORK Dec 13- CNOOC Ltd's purchase of Canadian energy producer Nexen Inc may prove to be bittersweet if U.S. regulators block the Chinese state-run oil company from taking over Nexen's oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 13- Raw sugar and arabica coffee futures on ICE extended their losses and f ell to their lowest levels in more than two years on Thursday, prolonging slides driven by surplus supplies.
The stagnant negotiations between the White House and U.S. Congress on a budget for next year has limited the bullish response to the U.S.