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May 18, 2015

Dow, S&P hit record highs as rate-hike worries fade

By Noel Randewich

(Reuters) – The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 hit record highs on Monday, helped by a rally in Apple as well as weak economic data suggesting the Federal Reserve may wait to raise interest rates.

The Dow touched an intraday high of 18,311.09, surpassing its previous record set in early March, while the S&P 500 touched 2,129.51, climbing past the high it hit last week.

May 15, 2015

S&P ekes out second record close after lackluster data

May 15 (Reuters) – U.S. shares ended little changed on
Friday, with the S&P 500 edging up to a record high for a second
straight session after a ream of weak economic data.

The S&P 500 gained 1.63 points, or 0.08 percent, to
end at 2,122.73. That followed a more substantial 1.08 percent
jump on Thursday that fueled speculation the benchmark index
might trend higher after having oscillated in a range for much
of the past three months.

May 15, 2015

Wall St dips, S&P off peak, on lackluster data

May 15 (Reuters) – U.S. shares dipped on Friday and the S&P
500 eased off a recent record high as a ream of weak data
stirred concerns about the economy’s health.

The S&P jumped 1.08 percent to a record close a day earlier,
modestly exceeding its previous peak on April 24, fueling
speculation the benchmark index may trend higher after having
oscillated in a range for much of the past three months.

May 14, 2015

S&P 500 ends at record high as dollar loses ground

May 14 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended sharply stronger on
Thursday and the S&P 500 closed at a record high as investors
worried less about interest rates and a weaker dollar offered
the possibility of stronger sales for U.S. multinationals.

The S&P 500 gained 22.62 points, or 1.08 percent, to
end at 2,121.1, exceeding its previous all-time high close of
2,117.69 on April 24. The Nasdaq Composite had its strongest day
since January.

May 14, 2015

Wall Street rises sharply as dollar loses ground

May 14 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose sharply on Thursday
afternoon and the S&P 500 was on track for a record-high close
as a weaker dollar offered the possibility of stronger sales for
U.S. multinationals.

The dollar moved to its lowest since January against a
basket of currencies of major U.S. trading partners – good news
for companies that have large foreign sales.

May 12, 2015

Wall St ends weaker as global bond worries deepen

May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended lower on Tuesday after
a recent run-up in global bond yields unsettled investors
already concerned about an eventual Federal Reserve interest
rate hike.

Stocks recovered from steeper losses after Treasury yields
crept back slightly from six-month highs.

May 12, 2015

Wall St cuts losses as global bond worries weigh

May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks recovered losses to trade
near flat on Tuesday afternoon as a recent run-up in global bond
yields unsettled investors already concerned about an eventual
Federal Reserve interest rate hike.

Stocks indexes had earlier fallen to their lowest in about
a week but bounced back after Treasury yields ticked down
slightly from six-month highs.

May 12, 2015

Global bond worries push Wall Street lower

May 12 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were down on Tuesday
afternoon as a recent run-up in global bond yields unsettled
investors already concerned about an eventual Federal Reserve
interest rate hike.

Stocks indexes had earlier fallen to their lowest in about
a week but recovered some of those losses after Treasury yields
ticked down slightly from six-month highs.

May 11, 2015

Wall Street ends down on global jitters; oil stocks lower

May 11 (Reuters) – Wall Street closed lower on Monday as
investors fretted about Greece’s precarious financial condition
and slowing growth in China, while energy stocks fell on weaker
oil prices.

U.S. stocks, which rallied on Friday on a strong jobs
report, have been trading at historically expensive valuations,
fueled by ultra-low borrowing costs.

May 11, 2015

Wall Street dips on global worries; oil stocks trickle lower

May 11 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were down on Monday afternoon
due to worries about Greece’s precarious financial condition and
slowing growth in China, while energy stocks fell on weaker oil
prices.

U.S. stocks, which rallied on Friday on a strong jobs
report, have been trading at historically expensive valuations,
fueled by ultra-low borrowing costs.

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      "Based in Thomson Reuters' San Francisco news bureau, Noel Randewich covers the semiconductor industry and the growing use of microchips in everything from smartphones to home energy management. Prior to his San Francisco posting, Mr Randewich spent a decade covering emerging markets news in Mexico City."
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