U.S. stock index futures edged higher ahead of the open Thursday after a report that jobless claims fell to a three-month low, and in the wake of a mixed close in the previous session on worries over the Federal Reserve's next move on quantitative easing from its policy meeting next week.
Stocks shaved off some of their earlier losses as techs staged a late-afternoon rally, but still closed mixed as investors considered news that the Federal Reserve may not provide as much stimulus to the economy as had been anticipated.
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Stocks sold off in the final hour of trading but ended higher at the highest levels since late April, as the dollar slid. Worries about the foreclosure crisis continued to temper overall market gains. DuPont and Kraft rose, while BofA and JPMorgan fell.
Stocks pared gains but remained higher Monday as the weak dollar boosted materials, but big banks slumped following the continued fallout of the foreclosure crisis, tempering overall market gains. DuPont and Alcoa rose, while Bank of America and JPMorgan fell.
Stocks continued to trade mixed, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq performing best, despite a batch of largely stronger earnings reports. American Express fell, while HP rose.
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Stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday, nearly wiping out losses from the previous session, after the Federal Reserve reported it has seen "modest signs of growth" in the economy and as investors focused on strong earnings reports and a slide in the dollar. Boeing and DuPont rose, BofA fell.
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Stocks lost a little ground in the final minutes of trading, but were still significantly higher, after the Federal Reserve reported it has seen "modest signs of growth" in the economy and as investors focused on strong earnings reports and a slide in the dollar. Boeing and Intel rose.
Stocks added to gains after several companies posted positive earnings results and as investors shrugged off concerns about the effect of the foreclosure crisis on banks and a rise in Chinese interest rates. Boeing and DuPont rose, while Bank of America fell.
"The last ten years have conditioned people to think short term as opposed to long term," Bill Miller said. "Now, stocks are cheap and people should buy good, quality companies at reasonable prices, put them away and ignore the fluctuations of the markets."
Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open for Wall Street ahead of yet another batch of earnings, but concerns over the global economic recovery persisted after China unexpectedly raised interest rates to curb economic growth.
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Stocks closed higher as Citigroup's earnings lifted bank stocks ahead of a cluster of earnings reports this week, including Apple and IBM, which report after the market closes. Bank of America and JPMorgan rose, while Intel and Home Depot fell.
Stocks rose as Citigroup's earnings lifted bank stocks ahead of a cluster of earnings reports this week. Bank of America and JPMorgan rose, while Intel and GE fell.