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U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open Friday in the wake of Thursday's selloff over economic concerns, sparked by weaker-than-expected jobless claims data.
Stocks tumbled Thursday after a series of disappointing economic reports and despite an uptick in mergers and acquisitions activity. The day's downdraft wiped out the weeks gains for the Dow and the S&P 500. Intel and GE fell.
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Stocks declined Thursday after a series of disappointing economic reports and despite an uptick in mergers and acquisitions activity. The day's downdraft puts the market on pace to wipe out the week's gains. Intel and GE fell.
Stocks extended their losses Thursday after a weak report on manufacturing out of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve and a disappointing report on jobless claims. Intel and GE fell.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open Thursday after the government reported a bigger-than-expected jump in unemployment claims.
Stocks slipped Friday, but ended off their earlier lows, amid disappointment in the July jobs report. Still, stocks managed to finish solidly higher for the week.
Stocks were sharply lower Friday after a second straight drop in payrolls increased expectations of a slow economic recovery. Financials led the decline. Kraft rose.
S&P futures initially dropped about 10 points following a very poor non-farm payrolls report. July payrolls fell 131,000, more than double the 60,000 decline expected by economists. Government job losses were particularly notable. The key reading of private sector jobs also disappointed the Street (gain of 71,000 vs. gain of 83,000 consensus).
The latest reads on consumer confidence and personal spending have provided little encouragement that shoppers are starting to spend again. However, July marks the start of back-to-school shopping, and since parents have to buy clothing for their growing children, it may give a much-needed boost to retail sales.
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Stocks rallied Tuesday as the euro gained against the dollar after a number of successful European debt auctions eased investor concerns about the euro zone's solvency crisis. Techs and industrials led the advance.
Stocks rallied Tuesday as the euro gained against the dollar after a number of successful European debt auctions eased investor concerns about the euro-zone's solvency crisis. Techs and industrials led the advance.
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Poor weather in early May and a still cautious consumer translated into a mixed bag for retailers in May, underscoring the fragile state of the economic recovery at this stage.