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May 23, 2015

Wall Street Weekahead – Yellen tone suggests choppiness for markets ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the U.S. central bank to raise rates in 2015, though the process was expected to be gradual, with the timing of the first hike dependent on the strength of economic data. [ID:nL1N0YD1IH]

May 22, 2015

Yellen tone suggests choppiness for markets ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the U.S. central bank to raise rates in 2015, though the process was expected to be gradual, with the timing of the first hike dependent on the strength of economic data.

May 22, 2015

Wall St Week Ahead-Yellen tone suggests choppiness for markets ahead

NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) – U.S. stock investors have been
enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains,
but with the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates
this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a
bit choppier in coming weeks.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the U.S.
central bank to raise rates in 2015, though the process was
expected to be gradual, with the timing of the first hike
dependent on the strength of economic data.

May 4, 2015

Buffett defends core holdings like IBM, Coca-Cola, in interview

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett defended some of his core holdings in a televised interview on Monday, but reiterated that equities in general would look expensive in an environment with normal interest rates.

The remarks from Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), come as several of his core holdings, including International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Coca-Cola (KO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), have showed declining revenue trends in recent years.

May 1, 2015

U.S. jobs report looms for directionless market

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. stock market has struggled for direction of late, but next week’s payroll report could confirm whether the recent weakness in data and stock prices is waning as the weather warms, or the start of a longer-term trend.

Over the past two weeks, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index .SPX has moved an average of 17.79 points daily, wider than the 12.43 point range in early March. The swings have amplified on mixed economic signals.

May 1, 2015

Wall St Week Ahead-U.S. jobs report looms for directionless market

NEW YORK, May 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. stock market has
struggled for direction of late, but next week’s payroll report
could confirm whether the recent weakness in data and stock
prices is waning as the weather warms, or the start of a
longer-term trend.

Over the past two weeks, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index
has moved an average of 17.79 points daily, wider than
the 12.43 point range in early March. The swings have amplified
on mixed economic signals.

May 1, 2015

U.S., UK, China manufacturing all in slow lane

By Wayne Cole and Ryan Vlastelica

(Reuters) – Manufacturing activity growth remained sluggish in some of the world’s major economies in April, suggesting that global economic growth remains “moderate and uneven,” as the International Monetary Fund described it in its World Economic Outlook in April.

Manufacturing sector data for the eurozone and Latin America will be published on Monday after the May Day holiday in many countries on Friday.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. movie theater shares may lose steam despite blockbusters

NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – U.S. movie theater stocks are
unlikely to continue their blistering run despite a wave of
popular first-quarter titles and the expected success of “The
Avengers” sequel and “Star Wars” in the coming months.

Shares of major names such as AMC Entertainment Holdings
, Carmike Cinemas and Cinemark Holdings
are all sharply outpacing the broader U.S. stock market. But
that success may signal limited room for the shares to rise
further, even if company results come in ahead of expectations.

Apr 22, 2015

Investors question whether banks’ robust profit growth will hold

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Financial companies are among the standouts of the first-quarter earnings reporting season, but their dazzling profit growth has failed to impress investors, who are finding reasons for caution behind the headline numbers.

At a quick glance, the group appears well-positioned for outperformance. Analysts see the sector’s first-quarter earnings rising 14.5 percent, Thomson Reuters data shows, with even greater earnings growth continuing all year.

Apr 21, 2015

EU Google probe encourages investors in Russia competitor Yandex

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The European Union’s antitrust probe into Google sparked a big rally in Russian search engine Yandex NV last week, even though the “Russian Google” still faces significant challenges, competitive and otherwise.

Yandex has amassed a $6.54 billion market capitalization, mainly by selling advertising against the web browser used on 64 percent of Russian desktop computers.