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May 20, 2015

Dow, S&P 500 end slightly lower after Fed minutes

May 20 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended marginally lower on
Wednesday after Wall Street saw little in the minutes from last
month’s Federal Reserve meeting to alter expectations of when
the central bank will raise interest rates.

Following the minutes’ release, the Dow and S&P 500 pushed
into record territory before giving up their gains.

May 20, 2015

Dow, S&P 500 in record territory after release of Fed minutes

May 20 (Reuters) – The Dow and S&P 500 pushed into record
high territory on Wednesday after Wall Street saw little in the
minutes from last month’s Federal Reserve meeting to change
expectations of when the central bank will raise interest rates.

Many officials at the Fed’s April policy meeting believed it
would be premature to raise interest rates in June and that a
bump in inflation was being offset by a weaker labor market and
softer data, according to minutes released on Wednesday.

May 20, 2015

U.S. stocks mostly flat after release of Fed minutes

May 20 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks remained near flat on
Wednesday as Wall Street saw little in the minutes from last
month’s Federal Reserve meeting to change expectations of when
the central bank will raise interest rates.

Many officials at the Fed’s April policy meeting believed it
would be premature to raise interest rates in June and that a
bump in inflation was being offset by a weaker labor market and
softer data, according to the minutes.

May 19, 2015

Stocks end mixed; Dow creeps up to new record high

May 19 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended mixed on Tuesday, with
the Dow rising marginally to a second straight record high, as
Wall Street digested housing data that some saw as hopeful for
an economy struggling to grow.

U.S. housing starts jumped to their highest level in nearly
7-1/2 years in April and permits soared.

May 19, 2015

Stocks mixed as Wall St eyes healthier economy

May 19 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 wavered on Tuesday afternoon
as Wall Street digested U.S. housing data that some saw as
hopeful for an economy struggling to grow.

U.S. housing starts jumped to their highest level in nearly
7-1/2 years in April and permits soared.

May 18, 2015

Dow, S&P close at record highs as rate-hike angst abates

May 18 (Reuters) – The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P
500 ended at record highs on Monday, helped by a rally in Apple
as well as tepid economic data suggesting the Federal Reserve
may wait to raise interest rates.

The S&P 500 racked up its third straight all-time
high close, gaining 6.47 points, or 0.3 percent, to end at
2,129.2 points. The Dow rose 26.32 points, or 0.14
percent, to end at 18,298.88, beating its previous record close
of 18,288.63 from March 2.

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.

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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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