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US futures point to a flat open for Wall Street. European shares opened lower on Thursday, with investor sentiment hit by further hurdles in the Greek bailout deal and by the prospects of more ratings downgrades for the region's financial institutions. Asian shares fell sharply reversing the previous day's rally.
CNBC's Mandy Drury looks at the U.S. markets, which are mixed after a positive start. Shares of Yahoo are lower after talks with Alibaba break off. Zynga is also lower after the company warns of a booking slowdown. Apple is up again for the ninth consecutive say. And Kellog's is up after agreeing to acquire Pringles from P&G.
European shares pare early gains on reports of possible delay in Greek bailout. Bank stocks are mostly higher, though off the day's best levels. Bank of England raises 2-year inflation forecast to a higher than expected 1.8 percent. Italy slides back in recession as economy contracts .7 percent in Q4. German economy shrinks less than expected to .2 percent in Q4.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply higher open for Wall Street, as European shares rallied on the back of economic data that was not as bad as expected. Germany's gross domestic product shrank by less than expected, while the euro zone economy shrank but a north-south divide was evident as France grew while Italy contracted. Banks were leading European stocks up, after BNP Paribas hit its earnings targets and said it saw positive signs for the year.
US Futures point to a higher open for Wall Street after a mixed trading session yesterday. European stocks rose on Wednesday following better-than-feared GDP figures for Germany and France, and as debt-stricken Greece appeared to be nearing a political consensus on painful budget cuts. In Asia markets rose on Greece while comments from China's central bank governor saying Beijing would continue to invest in euro zone government debt aided sentiment.
Mandy Drury reports U.S. markets are in the red, not in honor of Valentine's Day, but because of disappointing retail sales. Gap is up on a Citi upgrade, but Avon swings to Q4 loss and plans layoffs. Financials, including Bank of America, are down today. But Apple is up and, for the moment, worth more than Microsoft and Google combined.
European shares move lower after U.S. retail data disappoints. Solid demand and lower yields are seen during an Italian debt auction. Greek GDP drops by a 7 percent annual rate in Q4. The EU may take action against Spain for delayed austerity measures. Moody's warns it may cut the AAA ratings for the UK and France after cutting Spain, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta, yesterday. Euro zone finance ministers meet tomorrow in Brussels.
European markets rose after Italy sold 6.0 billion euros of government bonds on Tuesday, in a sale which analysts said drew solid demand and with yields lower than at previous comparable auctions.
US futures point to Wall Street opening lower today despite a strong day yesterday. European shares are flat on Tuesday after rating agency Moody's put the United Kingdom's triple-A rating in jeopardy for the first time and warned it may cut France and Austria as well, while downgrading six euro zone nations including Spain and Italy. Asian shares also fell, reminding investors that Europe is still deeply mired in a debt crisis despite Athens' steps to avoid a disorderly default.
U.S. markets up slightly on the day, but are off their best levels, as traders try to determine whether the Greek deal is for real. The S&P nears the 1350 level. Financials lead the markets higher. Apple crosses over $500/share, but pulls back slightly. Google expects to win approval for its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility.
US stock index futures signaled a higher open for Wall Street on Monday, after Greek lawmakers voted a bill bringing more austerity to the country in order to ensure it gets a second bailout from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. European shares also rose with the FTSE Eurofirst 300 gained 0.4 per cent as the banking sector added 1.2 per cent.
US futures point to a higher open for Wall Street. Banking shares led European stocks higher early on Monday after the Greek parliament approved measures needed to secure an international bailout and avoid a chaotic default that would dent market confidence in the euro zone. Asian shares also gained though most of the recent optimism appeared to have been already priced in.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports on U.S. markets and their down day, mostly in response to Greek austerity and economic data. The VIX is back over 20 for the first time this month. Activision beats the Street and boosts its dividend, but NPD data on game sales drives stock down. LinkedIn handily beats the Street and jumps 14 percent.
Markets in Europe are mostly down as Greek opposition to the austerity plan heats up. Bank stocks are among the biggest losers. Spain approves sweeping labor market reforms. Four Greek ministers resign in protest over the new austerity package. Greece's police union threatens to issue arrest warrants for EU, IMF officials.
Stock index futures pointed to losses for Wall Street at the open after euro zone finance ministers withheld further aid for Greece and demanded more cuts in return for a second bailout. European shares also fell on Friday, dragged lower by banks.
S&P 500 futures point to New York stocks declining 0.5 per cent at the opening bell. European shares also fell today, dragged lower by banks on concerns about the outcome of the euro zone debt crisis after finance ministers imposed further conditions before approving a rescue package for Greece. Asian shares ended lower as investors remained concerned about Greece's commitment to debt restructuring.
U.S. markets are mixed on the day, after opening higher on the Greek agreement. Cisco shares lower, but up nearly 50 percent since last August. And Pepsico is down nearly 4 percent after it refers to 2012 as a "transition year." And Diamond Foods takes a major hit after announcing it's getting rid of two top executives over improper accounting.
Greek political leaders agree on austerity measures and warn there will be a "social uprising" over the agreement. As a result, the markets in Europe end the day higher, but off the day's best levels. The ECB and Bank of England leave key interest rates unchanged. The Bank of England adds 50 billion pounds to quantitative easing program. And Spanish government bond yields rise as new issue tempers demand.
Stock index futures pointed to a flat open for Wall Street today as investors looked ahead to talks to secure a new bailout for Greece as well as a policy decision by the European Central Bank. In Europe, shares were higher in morning trade on hopes that a second bailout deal for Greece was in the making, with the country's finance minister on his way to Brussels for a meeting with other euro zone finance ministers.
In the U.S., markets are slightly lower after hitting a 3.5-year closing high, as investors wait for news out of Greece. Disney and Ralph Lauren are up on consumer spending. McDonald's is down in spite of better than expected global sales for January. And Cisco and Groupon trade lower ahead of earnings later today.