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Stocks posted the best weekly gains in three weeks, closing Friday near the best levels of the day as new economic data showed moderate jobs growth, easing worries of a slowing economy. "The jobs number was pretty decent, it was probably as good as we could have expected," said Charles Rotblut, market analyst at Zacks.com.
Any number of things, from energy prices to Fed policy to geopolitical events, could derail what's expected to be a solid second half.
Even with the July 4th holiday next week, analysts think the markets will be as jittery as ever. "The market is very nervous here," Steven Neimeth, portfolio manager at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management told CNBC.com. "Lower liquidity around the Fourth of July week could lead to greater volatility as a result of news events, whether it be the Middle East, oil or the credit markets. Any news, good or bad, is likely to have a heavy impact on the market."
Stock futures point lower this morning after a weak showing in equities markets worldwide. European stocks are trading lower, and Asian markets were mostly down overnight. Volatility will no doubt be the tone of the day, as the Fed starts its two-day meeting. Durable goods fell 2.8%, below expectations. The dollar slid after the report and Treasurys rallied.
Investors will soon have earnings to add to their watch list, but unlike interest rates and energy prices they may yield a positive surprise. Though interest rates and subprime worries have rattled stocks lately, corporate profits will also be closely watched in the coming weeks. And many market pros think that--like the first quarter--the results will come in above unrealistically low forecasts.
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U.S. oil rose above $69 on Tuesday due to a planned strike in Nigeria that could further hobble output in the world's eighth-biggest crude oil exporter. The planned protest over fuel price increases is due to start on Wednesday and comes after more violence flared in the oil-producing Niger Delta at the weekend.
Stocks closed higher, with the Dow staging its biggest two-day gain since August 2006, as interest rates stabilized. "It's a little bit of a bounce because we got really oversold last week," said Tom Schrader, managing director of US listed trading at Stifel Nicolaus. "People are doing a little bargain hunting."
Oil rallied above $65 a barrel as fresh refinery and pipeline problems in the U.S. reignited fears over gasoline supplies as the summer peak in gasoline demand in the world's largest consumer approaches.
Oil rose Thursday, recovering from early losses to close above $64 a barrel as U.S. government data showed crude oil inventories fell unexpectedly last week.
Norway's Statoil posted weaker-than-expected first-quarter profit due to lower oil and gas prices on Wednesday, but said it was poised to grow after resolving production problems at several North Sea fields.
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