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Jun 29, 2015

Banks, bond insurers shares drop on Puerto Rico worries, options see more falls

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of banks and bond insurers exposed to Puerto Rico plummeted on Monday due to growing fears the U.S. Commonwealth would default on its debts, and options activity on many of those shares hinted at further declines to come.

Bond insurers were hit the hardest. Assured Guaranty (AGO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shares fell 15.8 percent while MBIA Inc (MBI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) fell 21 percent. Ambac Financial Group (AMBC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) dropped 11 percent. All three have sold insurance against potential defaults of Puerto Rican debt.

Jun 26, 2015

Stock trading spikes in annual Russell indices update

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26 (Reuters) – U.S. stock trading volume
spiked just before the close on Friday as money managers bought
and sold shares to align their portfolios with the annual update
of Russell’s widely tracked indices.

The Wall Street summer ritual, often the biggest trading day
of the year, occurs when Russell Investments adjusts the
component companies in its Russell 1000, 2000 and
3000 indexes to keep up with the rise and fall of U.S.
corporations.

Jun 26, 2015

Wall St. eyes Greece and Fed; Main St. lackadaisical

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Anxiety about Greece and uncertainty about the timing of higher U.S. interest rates may keep Wall Street on edge early next week, but one ray of hope for investors could be an unusually long streak of ambivalence on Main Street.

Seen by some as a contrarian indicator of future stock market performance, a weekly poll of individual investors showed positive sentiment for stocks remained below average for the 16th straight week despite a solid uptick in optimism.

Jun 26, 2015

Weekahead – Wall Street eyes Greece and Fed; Main St lackadaisical

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Anxiety about Greece and uncertainty about the timing of higher U.S. interest rates may keep Wall Street on edge early next week, but one ray of hope for investors could be an unusually long streak of ambivalence on Main Street.

Seen by some as a contrarian indicator of future stock market performance, a weekly poll of individual investors showed positive sentiment for stocks remained below average for the 16th straight week despite a solid uptick in optimism.

Jun 26, 2015

Wall St Week Ahead-Wall St eyes Greece and Fed; Main St lackadaisical

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26 (Reuters) – Anxiety about Greece and
uncertainty about the timing of higher U.S. interest rates may
keep Wall Street on edge early next week, but one ray of hope
for investors could be an unusually long streak of ambivalence
on Main Street.

Seen by some as a contrarian indicator of future stock
market performance, a weekly poll of individual investors showed
positive sentiment for stocks remained below average for the
16th straight week despite a solid uptick in optimism.

Jun 18, 2015

Smith & Wesson up ahead of earnings, investors eye U.S. election

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18 (Reuters) – Shares of Smith & Wesson
rose on Thursday ahead of the gunsmith’s quarterly
earnings report, with investors banking on a pickup in demand
ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The presidential vote is likely to raise concerns about gun
control legislation in the coming months, although the massacre
of nine people at an African-American church in Charleston,
South Carolina on Wednesday is unlikely to stir fears of tighter
regulation in the short term, Lake Street analyst Chris Krueger
said on Thursday.

Jun 8, 2015

Wall St ends lower, Dow slips into loss for 2015

June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended lower on Monday as
investors worried about Greece and mulled the prospect of the
Federal Reserve raising interest rates as early as September.

With investors growing more nervous about the timing of the
Fed’s first rate hike in nearly a decade, the Dow dipped into
negative territory for 2015.

Jun 8, 2015

Wall St loses ground as investors eye September rate hike

June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Monday afternoon,
with the Nasdaq down 1 percent, as investors mulled the prospect
of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates as early as
September.

The declines followed three straight weeks of losses, with
the Dow and S&P touching their lowest in a month.

Jun 5, 2015

Lukewarm stock market has investors betwixt and between

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock investors are expected to tread carefully next week, as speculation about the timing of a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike adds to concerns about valuations.

Since hitting record levels two weeks ago, the U.S. stock market has struggled for direction, and investors said the next several sessions might prove no better. A run of better-than-expected economic figures failed to boost sentiment and instead renewed focus on whether the Fed will begin to raise short-term lending rates before long.

Jun 5, 2015

Wall St Week Ahead-Lukewarm stock market has investors betwixt and between

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK, June 5 (Reuters) – Stock investors
are expected to tread carefully next week, as speculation about
the timing of a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike adds to
concerns about valuations.

Since hitting record levels two weeks ago, the U.S. stock
market has struggled for direction, and investors said the next
several sessions might prove no better. A run of
better-than-expected economic figures failed to boost sentiment
and instead renewed focus on whether the Fed will begin to raise
short-term lending rates before long.

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