U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent. **ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $2.81, down 19.2 pct premarket.
The S&P 500 financials and energy sectors have led the rally since June 4, up over 10 percent, respectively, while technology has posted the smallest gains, up about 4 percent.
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Stocks finished the final trading day of the weak second quarter with a huge bang as Wall Street cheered a surprise agreement by EU leaders to help the region's struggling banks.
U.S. stock index futures jumped Friday after European leaders unexpectedly agreed to take action to bring down Italy and Spain’s borrowing costs and create a single banking supervisory body.
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Wall Street suffered through another rough day Monday, with stocks dropping more than 1 percent on worries over the effect the European debt crisis would have on the global economy.
Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev and Mexico-based Grupo Modelo have confirmed they are in talks to sell the remainder of Modelo to Anheuser-Busch InBev, which already owns a non-controlling 50-percent stake in Modelo. Both sides say although discussions are taking place, a deal — with an expected price tag of $12 billion — is not certain.
Take a look at some of Monday's midday movers:
Better times may be ahead for U.S. beverage stocks, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Dara Mohsenian. He upgraded his rating on the beverage sector to “attractive” from “in-line,” citing improving trends for carbonated beverages.
Compared to the same period a year ago, financials and utility companies have taken the lead, showing EPS growth of 17 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
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Stocks ended largely unchanged in a lackluster session Thursday as investors hesitated to jump in amid ongoing worries over the euro zone and ahead of Friday's monthly jobs report. For the week, however, all three major averages logged their worst decline this year.
Higher expenses may have clouded Constellation Brands’s 2013 forecast, but Timothy Ramey, vice president and senior research analyst at D.A. Davidson and Co., says the outlook for the alcoholic beverage maker is still quite good.
U.S. stock index futures shaved some losses Thursday following a better-than-expected jobless claims report.
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A UBS analyst downgraded shares of Molson Coors Brewing, citing slowing sales of its marquee brand to economically-strapped domestic beer drinkers, as well as lost alcohol market share to wine.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued a research note Wednesday, instituting "buy" ratings on Beam, Coca-Cola, Constellation Brands, and Pepsico, stating that U.S. global-beverage companies may be well positioned for long-term growth.