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Mar 26, 2015

Energy shares rally in premarket alongside oil; airlines fall

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – Energy companies were among
the biggest gainers of the premarket session on Thursday,
rallying alongside a sharp jump in the price of crude oil, which
came after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a
military operation in Yemen.

Yemen sits on a key shipping passage between Europe and the
Arab Gulf, and the air strikes raised issues about the security
of Middle East oil shipments as a time when the commodity has
been struggling amid concerns of oversupply.

Mar 23, 2015

Stock buybacks up 2.5 percent in fourth quarter on year -S&P

NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) – Companies in the S&P 500
spent $132.6 billion on stock buyback programs in the
fourth quarter of 2014, according to data from S&P Dow Jones
Indices, a rate that represents a year-over-year increase but
also a sequential decline.

The fourth-quarter rate was up 2.5 percent from the fourth
quarter of 2013 but down 8.7 percent from the third quarter of
2014. For the full year, repurchasing programs for companies in
the benchmark index jumped 16.3 percent to $553.3 billion, with
much of the activity coming from technology companies,
especially Apple Inc.

Mar 20, 2015

Sharp decline in U.S. dollar lifts stocks, oil

NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar fell sharply
on Friday and posted its biggest weekly decline against the euro
in more than three years, helping to drive a rally in Wall
Street stocks and crude oil.

The Nasdaq posted its highest close in 15 years on Friday
and had a weekly gain of 3.2 percent.

Mar 20, 2015

Decline in U.S. dollar lifts oil, stocks

NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar fell sharply
on Friday and was on track for its biggest weekly decline
against the euro in more than three years, helping to drive a
rally in Wall Street stocks and crude oil.

Riskier assets like equities were in general on track for a
strong week, largely driven by the Federal Reserve’s policy
statement on Wednesday, which struck a more dovish tone than
investors had expected. The Fed appeared to argue against an
interest rate hike in June.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. stocks, oil jump as dollar weakens

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks and crude oil advanced on Friday, capping a week of big swings as the U.S. dollar fell, easing concerns about the impact of the currency’s recent strength on economic growth.

Riskier assets such as equities were in general on track for a strong week, largely driven by comments from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, when the U.S. central bank struck a more dovish tone than investors had expected. It also appeared to argue against an interest rate hike in June, as had been largely anticipated.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. stocks slip, dollar gains day after Fed view

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were mostly lower on Thursday, continuing a recent bout of volatility as the dollar resumed its upward trend while the euro fell sharply.

Thursday’s activity represented a retreat from the previous session’s heavy move into riskier assets such as stocks and oil brought on by comments from the Federal Reserve, which struck a more dovish tone than investors had anticipated.

Mar 17, 2015

Global stocks mostly end down ahead of Fed; oil falls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks mostly ended lower on Tuesday as investors turned their focus to the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, which is being closely watched for signs of when the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates.

Wall Street stocks were broadly lower, pulling back after Monday’s rally, but the S&P and the Dow pared losses in afternoon trading and the Nasdaq posted gains as Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) rose 1.7 percent.

Mar 17, 2015

Stocks mostly end down ahead of Fed; oil falls

NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters) – Stocks mostly ended lower on
Tuesday as investors turned their focus to the Federal Reserve’s
two-day policy meeting, which is being closely watched for signs
of when the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates.

Wall Street stocks were broadly lower, pulling back after
Monday’s rally, but the S&P and the Dow pared losses in
afternoon trading and the Nasdaq posted gains as Apple Inc
rose 1.7 percent.

Mar 17, 2015

Stocks fall alongside oil; euro up for second straight day

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks mostly fell on Tuesday and crude oil prices dropped further as investors focused on a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting where the central bank may edge closer to its first interest-rate increase in nine years.

The euro EUR= rose against the dollar for a second straight session, after hitting a recent 12-year low, while the dollar dipped against a basket of major currencies .DXY.

Mar 16, 2015

Stocks up broadly; U.S. helped by dollar weakness

NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar weakened
broadly on Monday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting
on worries that the central bank could become more cautious
about raising interest rates, while Wall Street stocks rose as
the greenback’s fall eased worries about its effect on corporate
profits.

Crude oil fell 2 percent in a day of volatile trade. U.S.
crude at one point fell more than 4 percent to hit a six-year
low before paring losses in afternoon trading.