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Futures slid Monday after Germany's finance minister said a forthcoming summit would not yield a definitive solution to Europe's debt crisis and after the New York Fed report that said manufacturing in New York State contracted for the fifth straight month in October.
Stocks rallied in the final hour of trading to close at their highest levels Friday, with all three major indexes logging a 10-week high, amid optimism the euro zone would find a solution to its debt crisis.
“It’s still about confidence [at] the board and CEO level. Obviously, the challenge is in Europe, our own deficit issues, issues in China. All this stuff has created a macroeconomic environment that makes things a lot more difficult, and created a lot more uncertainty,” said Mark Shafir, co-head global M&A at Citigroup
Futures added to their gains Friday following a handful of positive economic news in addition to a strong earnings report from Google and continued optimism over the euro zone will find a solution to its debt crisis.
Stocks came off their worst levels in a volatile session Thursday, but still closed mixed as investors remained cautious following JPMorgan earnings and a tepid Chinese economic report.
Futures declined Thursday after JPMorgan Chase beat analyst expectations for profit but showed weakness internally that left traders unimpressed and followign news that Chinese trade data was weaker than expected.
On the eve of Google’s earnings, rumors abound about a possible deal for Google to take over Akamai.
Stocks lost steam in the final hour of trading Wednesday after a report that European banks may shrink to meet higher reserve targets and news that real Chinese copper demand may be lower than initially thought, but still finished higher amid optimism that Slovakian politicians reached an agreement to approve the EFSF expansion.
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Futures gained Wednesday as investors shrugged off a disappointing start to earnings season after Alcoa missed forecasts and as Slovakia moved to reach a deal on expanding the EFSF rescue fund.
Stocks ended mixed after moving between small gains and losses Tuesday, as investors kept their focus on developments in the euro zone and ahead of Alcoa's results, which marks the beginning of third-quarter earnings season.
Futures slipped Tuesday following a sharp rally in the previous session and as investors stayed cautious ahead of a key vote in Slovakia to expand the euro zone rescue fund.
Stocks surged in the final minutes of trading to close at session highs Monday, led by banks, amid optimism that France and Germany's pledge would help resolve the euro zone debt crisis and rescue the region's struggling financials.
Futures were sharply higher Monday, tracking gains in Europe where investors were encouraged by German and French promises to unveil new measures to combat the debt crisis in the region by the end of the month.
Despite a failed attempt at the end of Friday's session to close the week out on a positive note, stocks finished higher on some tepid signs of recovery for the US economy.
Futures rebounded, erasing their early losses Friday following a stronger-than-expected monthly government payrolls report.
Stocks finished at session highs Thursday, logging a three-day rally led by financials, after the ECB announced new liquidity measures to support banks in the euro zone and as investors waited for the crucial monthly non-farm payrolls report at the end of the week.
Futures turned negative Thursday following ECB's President Jean-Claude Trichet's grim economic outlook at a news conference after the bank's Governing Council left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.5 percent.
Computer buffs and admirers of technology rushed to Apple shops from New York to Australia on Thursday to mourn Steve Jobs, praising him as a visionary who transformed the daily activities of countless millions.
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