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  • Shares to Open Lower as Spain Asks For Bailout Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Monday tracking European shares after Spain officially asked its euro zone partners for financial aid to shore up its beleaguered banking system.

  • Stocks Up for Day After Volatile Week Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 4:05 PM ET
    Outside the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with stocks set to stage a rebound after falling on Thursday's weak economic data.

  • Ratings Downgrade Cuts Deeply at Morgan Stanley Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 9:42 AM ET
    Morgan Stanley

    As Moody’s Investors Service prepared to cut the ratings of some of the world’s biggest financial firms on Thursday, Morgan Stanley’s chief executive, James P. Gorman, was in St. Petersburg, Russia., the New York Times reports.

  • Stocks Set to Rise; Banks Up After Downgrade Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with stocks set to stage a rebound after falling on Thursday's weak economic data.

  • Stocks Close Near Lows; All S&P Sectors Lose Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 4:01 PM ET
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    Stocks traded mostly higher at the open Thursday, with traders shrugging off a fresh batch of economic reports and a rising dollar as Europe's debt woes continued to intensify.

  • Futures Shrug Off Weak Jobs Picture, Stay Flat Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 8:39 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced an extension of the bank’s asset swap program known as “Operation Twist”, but stopped short of announcing another round of quantitative easing.

  • Stocks Close Mixed After Fed Extends 'Twist' Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 6:56 PM ET

    Stocks wobbled out of the gate Wednesday, with traders hesitant to make any strong commitments head of the afternoon Federal Reserve policy decision.

  • Futures Edge Up Ahead of Fed 'Twist' Call Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Wednesday as investors turned their attention away from the G20 Summit and the euro zone crisis and concentrated instead on domestic concerns.

  • Prostate Cancer Takeout Targets Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 11:06 AM ET
    Medivation

    The takeout speculation that has ignited a small recovery rally in Dendreon is empty talk; instead investors interested in the lucrative prostate cancer drug market should look to Medivation as a more attractive acquisition target, says a Jefferies analyst in a research note Tuesday.

  • Hong Kong Exchange Defends $2.2 Billion Price for LME Sunday, 17 Jun 2012 | 11:15 PM ET
    Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKex) has defended its purchase price of $2.18 billion for the London Metal Exchange, after some analysts voiced concerns about the amount it was paying.

  • Stocks End Up 1% on Stimulus Hopes; FB Soars Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    Stocks closed at session highs Friday, lifted by reports that central banks are prepared to provide liquidity after Sunday's Greek elections and amid growing hopes for action from the Fed in light of some recent disappointing economic data.

  • Futures Off Highs After Manufacturing Report Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 8:34 AM ET

    U.S. stock index came off their highs Friday following the New York Fed's "Empire State" manufacturing data, but still held gains following reports major central banks were ready to provide further monetary stimulus measures following Greece's elections over the weekend.

  • Stocks End Higher on Central Bank Action Report Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 4:30 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher after a wild final hour of trading Thursday following a report that central banks are preparing coordinated action to provide liquidity after the Greek election.

  • Quest Software Bid May Signal Growing M&A Appetite Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 12:25 PM ET
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    The software sector is rife with speculation that technology giants looking to diversify from PC and hardware sales will buy software specialists like Quest Software and BMC Software as merger and acquisition activity heats up in the sector.

  • Futures Rise Despite Economic Data; EU Weighs Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures rebounded Thursday amid growing hopes for stimulus from the Federal Reserve on the heels of several weak economic reports, but ongoing uncertainties in the euro zone kept a lid on gains.

  • Sunoco, Carlyle Close in on Philly Refinery Deal Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 8:58 AM ET
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    Financial sponsor Carlyle Group is closing in on a deal to purchase a large Sunoco oil refinery in Philadelphia, according to three people familiar with the matter, in a transaction that could be completed in a matter of days, one of these people said.

  • UK Media Inquiry Heats Up: Prime Minister Next Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 2:17 AM ET
    David Cameron

    British prime minister David Cameron faces the prospect of appearing for a full day at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics on Thursday, rounding off a week in which the elite of British politics will have given evidence into their dealings with the media.

  • Glencore Chief Defends High Executive Pay Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 2:52 AM ET
    The headquarters of the Swiss commodities giant Glencore in Baar, Switzerland.

    Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of Glencore, has launched a provocative defence of high pay for executives, arguing that substantial remuneration is required to secure entrepreneurial leaders, the Financial Times reports.

  • One Airline Could Deliver a ‘Nice Surprise’ Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 1:28 AM ET
    The U.S. government deregulated the airline industry in 1978, and Europe followed suit in 1997, allowing airline companies to fly in markets that were once off-limits. Deregulation ignited a fierce competition among airline companies that resulted in lower airfares for passengers, but also many mergers and failures within the industry.

    The airline sector has been hard hit by the crisis, but while Air France and Lufthansa are still struggling, International Airlines Group could be cruising towards clearer skies, Arnaud Scarpaci, fund manager at Agilis Gestion, told CNBC.

  • Stocks End Mixed After Bernanke; Banks Slide Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 4:41 PM ET

    Stocks lost steam in the final hour of trading to finish mixed Thursday, after the Federal Reserve announced new capital rules for financials and following Bernanke's comments that offered little hope for further central bank intervention.

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