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Dec 5, 2014

Wall St rises for 7th week, but ends off its highs

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The Dow and S&P 500 closed a
seventh straight weekly advance on Friday as a
better-than-expected jobs report indicated strong economic
growth, but perhaps to the point where interest rates could rise
sooner than previously anticipated.

Bank stocks and other sectors tied to the pace of growth led
on the day, though continued weakness in crude oil weighed on
energy shares. While major indexes ended off their highs of the
session, both the Dow and S&P closed at records.

Dec 5, 2014

Payrolls leads Wall St higher; Dow near 18,000

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with
the Dow and S&P 500 on track for their seventh straight weekly
advance after the November jobs report came in much stronger
than anticipated, boosting banks and other sectors tied to the
pace of growth.

While crude oil continued its recent decline, weighing on
energy shares, the gains were widespread, with market weakness
concentrated in defensive sectors, which underperform in periods
of economic expansion.

Dec 4, 2014

Wall Street ends with slight losses, energy weighs again

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi brushed off pressure for more immediate monetary policy action but said the issue would be addressed early next year.

The day’s losses were slight but broad, with seven of the ten primary S&P 500 sectors ending in negative territory and no sector up more than 0.3 percent.

Dec 3, 2014

Cyclicals lead Wall St higher; Dow, S&P end at records

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday,
with both the Dow and S&P 500 ending at records, as data pointed
to improving conditions in the U.S. services sector, boosting
cyclical stocks.

Both the Dow and S&P also ticked to intraday records in a
quiet session, with many traders looking ahead to tomorrow’s key
meeting of the European Central Bank.

Dec 3, 2014

Dow hits record as energy rises for 3rd straight day

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose modestly on
Wednesday as energy-related shares rose for a third straight
session and data pointed to improving conditions in the U.S.
services sector, which makes up a majority of the economy.

Market moves were slight, with many traders looking ahead to
a key meeting of the European Central Bank. Still, the Dow hit
an intraday record and the S&P was within four points of its
record set last week.

Dec 2, 2014

Wall St rises, boosted by energy despite oil weakness

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as a
pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and helped the
market rebound from the broad decline in the previous session,
which was the S&P 500′s weakest day in a month.

The day’s gains were broad, with nine of the 10 primary S&P
500 sectors higher. The only group to fall was telecom
, off 1 percent. The sector is considered defensive.

Dec 2, 2014

Wall St rises; energy leads despite oil weakness

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as a
pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and helped the
market rebound from the broad decline in the previous session,
which was the S&P 500′s weakest day in a month.

The day’s gains were broad, with nine of the 10 primary S&P
500 sectors higher. The only group to fall was telecom
, off 0.6 percent. The sector is considered defensive.

Dec 2, 2014

Wall St rises, but oil continues to weigh

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose modestly on
Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and
helped the market rebound from the broad decline in the previous
session, which was the S&P 500′s weakest day in a month.

Energy shares continued to struggle amid ongoing volatility
in the price of oil. U.S. crude futures fell 2 percent to
$67.58 per barrel, contributing to the 0.5 percent decline in
the S&P Energy sector, the worst-performing industry
group of 2014. Chesapeake Energy fell
1.3 percent to $19.80 while Devon Energy was off 1.3
percent at $59.14.

Dec 2, 2014

Futures point to higher open, crude oil falls again

NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures pointed
to a higher open on Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted
market optimism and pointed to a rebound from the broad decline
in the previous session, which was the S&P 500′s weakest day in
a month.

Energy shares will be in focus as crude oil continued its
recent volatility. U.S. crude futures fell 1.1 percent to
$68.21 per barrel. While crude prices jumped on Monday, that
followed a plummet of more than 10 percent last week that took
it to multi-year lows.

Dec 2, 2014

Stock futures slightly higher after decline, oil down again

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, indicating a slight rebound from the previous session’s broad decline, which was the S&P 500′s weakest day in a month.

* Energy shares will be in focus as crude oil continues its recent volatility. U.S. crude futures CLc1 were down 1.2 percent to $68.16 per barrel. While the commodity jumped on Monday, that followed a plummet of more than 10 percent last week, a decline that took it to multi-year lows.